One of nature's most prominent hues is about to make a welcome return with the start of spring this month. From an interior design standpoint, green can be tricky to work with, often because it takes on so many different casts depending on lighting and the other colors used around it. This is especially true of paint colors. The classic adage, "if it works in nature, it will work in your home," definitely applies to green. Just think of how great live plants look in any room. Depending on saturation, texture, and which variations you use, green can be soothing or energizing. If it's been awhile since you've considered it, maybe now is the time to put some fresh greens on your design plate.   Calming Approaches || Sage. Mint. Forest. Moss. Seafoam. Olive. Aloe. Celery. These are some of the greens that nourish and soothe, much as they do in the natural world. Note that many of these can be dark and saturated and still exude calm, much like a dark forest with filtered sunlight through treetops can feel very peaceful. In the same way, mint, celery, seafoam and aqua are often associated with tropical beaches, which can feel both peaceful and visually lively at the same time. In terms of your interior space, almost any type of wood furniture looks great with greens, whether it's a green upholstered chair or a walnut credenza against a mint green painted wall. Or, place a wood cabinet with a green distressed painted finish in a kitchen or hallway to add vintage character.   Wake-up Call Approaches || Shamrock. Kelly. Emerald. Chartreuse. Lime. These tend to dazzle the eye, create excitement, and energize the soul with their sharper intensity. They will gain even more strength when paired with other vibrant hues like royal purple, hot pink or the traditional holiday pairing with red, which works well because green and red are opposites on the color wheel. In terms of a room, a modern glass-top table, for example, will pair beautifully with lacquered emerald-green walls in an entranceway. Mixed Greens || Much like a grouping of plants, different greens can blend beautifully. For example, pair two upholstered accent chairs, one in chartreuse next to one in kelly green, and it will make the room look fresh, lively and eclectic. Fabric patterns on throw pillows can also coordinate well, such as a palm frond print pillow mixed with, say, pillows with small-scale green and white stripes. Mix in a pair of ceramic garden stools and live plants, and you can easily create a lush garden feel indoors, even if you live in a city apartment. It's easy using green. Green is everywhere!
With a new year upon us, it's a good time to take stock of your home space. If you have a dedicated home office – whether you work from home full time or just pay bills there – it may be time to reorganize and make a fresh start. Specific items to upgrade can include your desk, chair, storage cabinets, shelving and lighting. Ultimately, you want your space to function smoothly, but also energize you to do your best work. A Place for Everything || And everything in its place. Even in the Digital Age, there never seems to be enough storage. Depending on how you want your home office to function, you need some version of drawers, shelves or cabinets to store things like receipts, paperwork and supplies. A desk with versatile drawers or cubbies can be useful, especially if you don't want your work to be immediately visible to anyone entering the room. Sometimes a minimalist desk with a small writing surface and room for a computer monitor or laptop is all you may require. Style & Comfort || You can create a hard-working home office without sacrificing style or comfort. The space should be productive and inspire you with brilliant ideas, so don't feel compelled to stick with office grey or all neutral colors. If kelly green, royal purple or citrus orange get your creative juices flowing, go for it! Make sure you have an office chair that offers adjustable support, and if space allows, include an upholstered chair or sofa for break time or to seat visitors. Finally, good lighting is essential. Include a task lamp for close work, as well as sufficient overhead lighting, especially if natural light is not abundant. Personal Touches || Personalize your home office with framed family photos, favorite books, a glass-door cabinet of curiosities, or a mood board pinned with travel images, souvenirs and stickie notes. Strategically placed plants or a vase of fresh flowers clears the air, and a bit of office humor goes a long way… posable superhero action figures are totally acceptable!
In general, the definition of a tableau (derived from the French) is an artistic grouping, stage presentation or scene. As it relates to your home's interior, you probably picture a beautiful tabletop. It can be anything from a stack of books on an end table with a vase of flowers perched on top, to an elaborate grouping of treasured objects spread across a fireplace mantel or console. Think of a tableau as a calling card or preview of the rest of your home that expresses your personal style in a dramatic, fun and artistic way. It can be purely decorative or a combination of decorative and useable objects. Show Off a Collection || Not sure what to do with your growing collection of vintage pottery? Arrange a group at the end of a credenza or on top of your kitchen cabinets. To make the tableau more eye-catching, play with scale and color. Place tall and narrow pieces next to stout ones, and if the items are color coordinated - say blue and white, or green, yellow and chartreuse - your grouping will be more striking. If you have an abundance of framed photos, place them together on top of a dresser with a lamp, arranging them by descending size, so 8"x10" frames are in back, then 3"x5", then mini frames in front. Maybe add a long peacock feather at the front of your tableau for the finishing touch. Rearrange Anytime || With any tableau, you have complete creative license to express yourself freely. Whether you keep it to just three items for simplicity or pile on multiple pieces, you can always change, or add items, even making your vignettes worthy of a still life painting. Declutter || Instead of placing your collections haphazardly, think about putting them on a tray to avoid a cluttered look. The great thing about a tray? You can move it – and everything on it – with ease. A recent trend involves displaying small objects under glass cloches of varying sizes – another easy way to declutter and keep intricate items dust free. Sometimes symmetry helps to declutter when you have numerous objects. A cluster of small bottles and books on a table gain structure if they're flanked by a pair of lamps, for example.
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!