Blue & White || From nautical navy and white to chinoiserie patterns, this combo always looks fresh Certain color combinations have truly stood the test of time, none more so than blue and white. When it comes to interiors – outdoors, too – blue and white always looks fresh, cool, crisp and sophisticated. From bold, poolside cabana striped draperies to richly-patterned chinoiserie vases and ginger jars, this timeless pairing works equally well in solid blocks of color or intricate patterns. It's particularly strong in cooling down summer outside settings, but for warmth and zing, add orange, pink or yellow. And, you can use blue and white in any room – think of a guest bedroom covered in French toile de jouy (twal-duh-zhwee) fabric, the aforementioned chinoiserie vases scattered around a living room, or a serene bedroom with muted versions of blue with white for comforters, pillows, and window treatments. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. However you incorporate it, blue and white just feels right. Sky-View Seats || It's not surprising…according to many surveys, America's favorite color is blue. It's almost never jarring, but calm and cool, though it does feel more energetic in saturated versions of navy, royal blue, and turquoise. And, it's readily available on upholstered furniture, from dining and accent chairs to upholstered beds, sofas and ottomans, as well as every kind of accessory. Metal or wicker outdoor furniture is often painted white, with classic navy blue cushions for an inviting summer look.   Coastal Connotations || There's nothing better than relaxing by the ocean, lake or pool. Blue sky, blue water, white sand – we're intrinsically drawn to these coastal hues because they are so prevalent in nature. And even though grey is an enduring color go-to, we don't long for a grey sky the way we do blue. You can create coastal vibes in any room using blue and white, especially if you mix in variations like cornflower, periwinkle or powder blue. Sometimes you can find many variations in one area rug that can act as a springboard for creating an oasis of calm.   Cool Accents || If you have a neutral-hued room, add some color with blue patterned pillows, and for porch, deck or patio, get them in Sunbrella weather-resistant fabrics. For dining, set a table with blue and white patterned dinnerware mixed with cobalt water goblets, plus blue and white floral table linens for a fresh look. Typically, bathrooms are white, so towels and rugs with blue in them beautifully complement white tile and porcelain. Or, try painting a light blue ceiling in a white room for a tranquil feeling every time you look up. This technique is often used to great effect on porches, where Southern tradition says a "haint blue" ceiling will ward off evil spirits.
The most personal space in your home deserves the most personality and most thoughtful design. Transform your bedroom into a relaxation haven that is unique to you in three easy steps. Curated Color || Decide on a color palette that speaks to you. Creating a tranquil aura can be achieved with hues of blue, purple, and teal as they are known for encouraging sleep and relaxation. While warmer hues promote a lively environment and aren’t recommended for the bedroom, the colors that make you happy are best for your space. If you are uneasy about deciding on wall color entirely, give yourself a blank canvas to work with and choose white. Then you can add in pops of whatever colors you love with décor, furniture, and textiles and maybe even an accent wall! Just be sure the colors you choose harmonize into a calming overall look; cohesiveness is key. Optimized Organization || It is no secret that our surrounding environment has a direct impact on our moods. Keep your bedroom neat and organized with storage solutions that go beyond the norm. Many beds, including those with the super cozy tufted headboards, have side drawers under the bed or at the foot of the bed making them a perfect solution for small spaces. Have room to spare? Add a bench to the end of your bed that features hidden storage. Many ottomans have the same feature and come in great textures and colors that will truly elevate your space!   Thoughtful Details || Love to travel? Seek out some vintage suitcases, stack them beside your bed and voila! You have a nightstand and extra storage. Are you a bookworm? You can achieve the same look and functionality (minus the storage) by piling up some of your favorite oversized books. Spend your free time gardening? Create a garden wall by mounting a wooden pallet and decorating it with greenery and votive candles! Take time to curate a collection of décor that is truly unique to you and what you love.
The industry’s top home furnishing designers gathered in High Point, NC to showcase their latest collection to prospecting retail buyers and interior designers for the biannual High Point Market. High Point Market is the equivalent to Fashion Week in the fashion world – it is the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, providing insight to new products and the latest trends in home décor… Mixed Media || Unique materials like concrete, metal, and stone are paired with more traditional elements like glass and wood to create an unexpected twist on classic silhouettes. Highlights include pieces like a writing desk or sofa table that feature metal bases topped with stone. Va Va Velvet || What once was a textile we only saw in the fall and winter months is now making an appearance in spring and summer! Slightly lighter in texture for the season, this fabric is being shown in both airy pastels and bold brights from pillows to ottomans to add a fun punch of color to your home. Flora & Fauna || While it’s not out of the ordinary to see an abundance of floral patterns for the warmer months, this design staple was spiced up with a dash of fauna this season! Birds and blooms mingle with leafy vines on poufs, bedding, and accent chairs. Nature's Neutrals || Bring the outdoors inside with textural raffia, rattan, or wicker. Furniture constructed of these natural elements provide a lighter look for the season while maintaining a refined look. Go coastal with the addition of shiplap or rope elements. Perfectly Imperfect || The Japanese design aesthetic known as wabi sabi – the art of living with imperfection, was prominent at this market. The trend highlights the inherent beauty of asymmetry and furniture pieces that are designed to purposefully look unfinished.
Whether you’re a rustic beauty or a modern maven, adding a touch a glam to your home will elevate your space with a healthy dose of fun! Hardware || The most subtle way to incorporate a little sparkle… hardware! Whether you choose a bedroom set that is already equipped with shimmering drawer pulls or spruce up your current set by switching out the hardware for custom ones with more pizzazz, you can’t go wrong. Another place to consider this trend is in the living room on your side tables or media center! Metals || Metallic home décor elements are the new neutral and the easiest way to introduce a touch of glitz to your home. Don’t be afraid to mix metals! From accent tables to ottomans, mixing metals will create depth while tying in what you already have in the room.
Europe is like that unequivocal cool kid – they don’t follow trends, they set them. While diversity in design ranges from country to country the one adjective that best describes them all is: chic. From minimalism to opulence each design evokes a sense of effortlessness that transcends the test of time. Posh Parisian || Deemed fashion capitol of the world, Paris, has mastered the art of effortless sophistication. Their evolving interior design style strikes a balance between old and new, opulence and minimalism. Vintage accents like an ornate chandelier is paired with a clean, modern sofa. Light walls offer a blank canvas for decadent texture like a velvet accent chair in royal blue or a tufted ottoman. Merry Mediterranean || Inspired by the cheerful hues of the sun, sand, and sea, Mediterranean design is as carefree as the people that inhabit the area. Capitalizing on their perpetually mild climate, Mediterranean architecture blurs the line between the outdoors and indoors; bare picture windows and sliding glass doors dominate design making dining al fresco a seamless transition. Patios are filled with cushy outdoor furniture that is as cozy as their living room set. Simply Scandinavian || Built on the Scandinavian design philosophy that less is more, minimalism is characterized by clean simplicity and functionality without compromising comfort. Clean lines like leggy, tight-back sofas are juxtaposed with rich texture like a sheepskin rug to create a crisp-meets-cozy vibe. Void of any bold primary hues, this design aesthetic was made for the lovers of all things neutral.
From Pantone to Sherwin Williams to Behr the color curators have chosen what they anticipate to be the most popular hues for 2018. Ranging from deep and saturated to muted and serene there is certainly a color for every design aesthetic… Pantone: Ultra Violet || The most talked about color reveal of the year might be a tad too cosmic for your walls, but this invigorating hue can be great in small doses! Abstract artwork or an area rug are good ways to experiment with this bright color. Behr: In the Moment || This watery-gray hue evokes a calming vibe that would be great for a bedroom, a master bath, or any other room you want to turn into a tranquil sanctuary. Right at the crossroads of saturated and muted this tone works well as the neutral in the room. Sherwin Williams: Oceanside || A jewel tone that perfectly blends blues and greens to create a hue that is reminiscent of the serene coastline of your favorite beach. Whether you paint your walls with it or find a similar hue in an accent piece like a side chair or ottoman you can’t go wrong! Benjamin Moore: Caliente || This fiery red has purple undertones giving it a rich saturation that is a little more soothing to the eye than an orange-based red. Try it as an accent wall in your living room – this color really pops when paired with a cream or white sofa!   Pinterest: Sage || While Pinterest technically isn’t a color expert, it’s certainly the leading forum of inspiration for life in general and the most pinned color is sage. Step aside griege, because sage is stealing your thunder as the new neutral. Out of all the colors listed this hue has already made its debut in the form of walls, sofas, bedding, even kitchen cabinets!
Small space living can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo personal style for functionality - there are ways to marry the two in perfect interior design harmony! The Furnishings || Don’t shy away from statement furnishings just because of your limited space - if you love it, make it work! Your bedroom is your sanctuary so if your way of packing a style punch is with a grand bed then do it, but be smart about it. Opt for a bed that has under-bed storage built in and/or invest in a short chest that can be place at the end of the bed for additional storage and a surface for décor. If space allows for a bedside table choose one that is glass or Lucite as this will give the room an airy feel. The Color || “Paint it white to enlarge the space…” we hear it all the time and while yes, there is truth in this go-to small space design standard, it doesn’t need to be your standard. Rules are made to be broken, right? If you are a lover of color then splash that bold hue on an accent wall or even the ceiling! You’ll discover that a pop of color will actually create depth in the room. Not a fan of accent walls? Hushed hues like blush, dove gray, and sage can be painted on all the walls creating a quiet impact that won’t go unnoticed. The Décor || Visual tricks like styling with mirrors and glass will definitely create the illusion of a larger room while adding a dash of glam, but there are a few other tricks! Try adorning one of your walls with one piece of large-scale art. This will create a feeling of grandeur without the chaos of a gallery wall. Have a spare corner? Combine the look of luxury with functionality by adding a stylish storage ottoman.
It's the heart of the home; the place where casual dining meets entertainment and everything in between. For some of you, the family room is the most used room in the house which is something you want to keep in mind when you are shopping for furniture to fill the space. Area Rug || We always say it’s best to design from the bottom up. Starting with the area rug will help you develop a color palette for the room while providing a cozy treat for your feet. Seating || L-shaped and U-shaped configurations promote conversation and provide a clear view of the television. Oversized sectionals will create the L-shape and sometimes includes reclining seats and/or a chaise lounge all in one piece! Another option is to mix and match a sofa (maybe a sleeper if you don’t have a guest room) with a chaise lounge, accent chairs, or a recliner to create a little dimension in the room. Due to the amount of traffic this room will see, aim for high performance fabrics like Sunbrella or Microfiber as they are both stain and fade resistant. Or if leather is more your style, seek out the pieces with a lacquer finish as they will be the most durable leather when maintained properly. Storage || Beauty can meet function with your media storage. Wall units create a focal point while hiding all of those unsightly wires and consoles. Personalize it by adding your favorite books, picture frames, or nostalgic knick-knacks. Tables || The family room table as evolved over the years, with the oversized ottoman topped with a tray being the latest trend. The ottoman is great because when not being used as a place to rest your drink, it can serve as a place to rest your feet. Some even have hidden storage!
If variety is the spice of life, you won't find a more colorful and diverse design mix than in Morocco. Often recognized for its extravagantly patterned tiles and popular ottoman poufs in every gorgeous hue you can imagine, Moroccan style encompasses so much more. Drawing from its blend of African Berber, Islamic, Spanish and French cultural history, the Moroccan look offers global sophistication using hand-crafted items infused with exotic details. If you don't happen to have an authentic riad of your own, you can still create the look and feel in your home Textiles & Accents || Moroccan rugs and poufs are the most popular items in home interiors, and are readily available stateside. Moroccan rugs come in every color, size and shape, and the soft, neutral-hued ones coordinate beautifully with boho-inspired rooms. You can easily hang a group of pierced metal lanterns in a bedroom, place a carved drum table in your living room or add striped spice-tone throw pillows to your sofa. As with any space, it's all about the mix. If you use too many Moroccan style items in a room, it might look like a stage set, which is fine if that's your ultimate goal. Colors & More Colors || Typically, we think of Moroccan color palettes as consisting of warm spice tones like orange, red, saffron yellow and versions of brown, but there are many variations originating from different regions of the country. Jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby are often mixed freely, and some traditional Islamic color palettes combine deep cobalt with turquoise, tan and white. In addition, many Moroccan rugs have a white or off-white ground with free-form, open geometric patterns in black or brown. Shapes & Patterns || From iconic Moorish arches and arabesque domes to hexagonal and octagonal wooden tables, Morocco is all about shapes... keyholes, fish scales, and intricate open lattice and trellis patterns are also abundant. In addition to amazing architectural shapes, many geometrics are prominent on tiles and textiles. For example, multiple layers of Zellige tiles are widely displayed in Islamic mosques, in a kaleidoscope of patterns and color combinations. They look similar to azulejo tiles you'd see in Spain and Portugal.