Why Don’t You…?

…transform your fireplace into a colorful focal point?

I love when fireplaces act as the main event in a room – whether they’re innately tiled patterns or freestanding Scandinavian designs. But by far, my favorite technique for spotlighting a fireplace is a healthy jolt of color like the above example from Mr. & Mr. Of course, painting the fireplace alone makes for a fun statement, but by extending the color to the space above the fireplace (all the way to the ceiling!), the look is that much more commanding and powerful.

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Try This: Ombre Your Textiles

 

Spring is in the air – are you feeling it yet? Even though we experienced a massive snowstorm last evening here in the Midwest, I’m still feeling inspired as the calendar has flipped into March territory and warmer temps are right around the corner. Nothing feels more springlike than gentle pastels, so naturally, I’ve been gravitating toward these lovely photos today…

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Why Don’t You…?

… embrace pattern to the max?

In the above photo, there are no less than three classic patterns competing: polka dots, leopard print and a modern cross-stitch interpretation. So why does it work?

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How to… Pastel

Pastel is a pretty tricky color story to work with when decorating a home, don’t you think? Often times a collection of light-colored hues can make a room feel too feminine and childish. Yet with the right tools and know-how, pastel can turn a variety of spaces into a light-filled and beautiful room. Here are a few tips for making it work in your own home!:

1. Texture.
Pay special attention to texture when decorating with pastels. Rather than opting for light pink throw pillows or buttercup blankets, try incorporating pastel hues into heavier items with a hard texture, such as wooden coffee tables and metal floor lamps. This keeps the look from feeling too “sweet” and mixes in a bit of toughness for the perfect balance!

2. Shape.
Throw in a few angular items to keep the space feeling fresh and modern. The metal desk lamp above adds so much character to this vignette, primarily because of the detailed angles it provides. Other great shapes to try? Prism-inspired end tables, triangular pillows or even geometric-inspired artwork.

3. Layers.
Don’t forget to layer the space with plenty of natural materials like wood, wool and metal. Layers add a great deal of detail to any room and is the perfect place to “weight” down all of those lighter shades!

So what do you think, friends – are you excited to give pastel a go in your home? Any tips you have when using pastel to decorate your space? I’d love to hear!

Image via PLAZA Interior 

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Why Don’t You…?

…highlight the underbelly of your furniture?

Tabletops get all the credit; why not have some fun with your dining room table, desk or vanity by painting it a fun hue underneath? Rotterdam-based designers Minale-Maeda¬†recently created a collection entitled ‘Inside Out’: an entire series of furniture where pops and hues of color are spotlighted inside the piece, rather than out. Drawers are rejoicing everywhere!

Why not DIY your own version with your existing furniture? The look is sure to make you smile when you’re dusting bunnies off the floor!

Image Credit: Minale-Maeda via Treehugger

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