Crazy Rich Color: Coral and Blue

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Sometimes, we want harmony, and serenity in a room. A harmonious room, can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes we crave tension and interest in a room. When we crave interest and spark in a room, the color wheel is a useful tool, helping us make impactful decor decisions. Red pops against a green background. Blue recedes as orange is pulled forward. Yellow-purple is a third combination on the color wheel. You may think it’s an unlikely pair, but it works in many spaces.

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Photographer: Angus Fergusson; Designer: Tommy Smythe

Coral is really orange mixed with various shades of pink. Here we continue with the coral theme, but this time with blue. Again it works, because the colors are opposites on the color wheel, and balance the cool and warm tones the eye receives. What do you think of this color combination? Leave us a comment, and send us a photo, if you have tried this mix in one of your own spaces. Sign up to be notified when a new post goes live. And thanks!

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Sophisticated Wovens

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Natural fibers and wovens. They provide instant coastal chic. They are effortlessly cool, but not so sophisticated. They can easily look worn and cheap. Seagrass, jute, rattan, and of course cane, all fall under the category of natural wovens. A lot of cane furniture is showing up for spring and summer, and it is reminiscent of the worn cane chairs of your childhood. Remember those lattice patterns on the back of chairs, with places that were inenvitably broken and ragged? That’s because, by the time your parents discovered cane furniture, it had gone so far down-market, that the quality had suffered greatly. So if you see natural fibers happening in your Air BNB, but can’t imagine them happening in your own home, I completely understand. But let’s be open-minded, and try a sophisticated approach to wovens that relies heavily on light and dark contrasts.


The Dark and the Light

In a previous post, we explored all of the reasons black furniture looks sharp and chic against white walls. Apply this same concept to wovens this summer. Instead of choosing fabrics, rugs, and baskets all in the same brown or tan color, look for those black wovens that will the contrasts found in a room that is well put together. If you want an airy jute rug, opt for one that has a black border, like this one. This small detail will take your look to the next level. Look for a black-bottomed wicker basket that will give your room more weight than a traditional one. Take some inspiration from our photos, and the vacation homes you visit in the spring.

Finally

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Crazy Rich Color: Coral and Green Bohemian Glam

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When it’s time to embrace color you can place a light touch in a room, or you can go completely crazy with color. In this month’s spread, we decided to go completely crazy with coral and green, and I love the way it turned out. So much talk is about Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral, and it really is a beautiful hue. I let it inspire me to create something bold and plush. I’m calling this Bohemian Glam, because of the gold touches interwoven into an eccentric color combination. Or it is really eccentric? Leave a comment if you like this color combination? Would you try this in your space? Note: This post is not sponsored.

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How to Style a Black Sofa

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A lot of color is coming in the Spring. A LOT. So, this post has to be rushed out, before we can no longer talk about classic, black and white rooms with a straight face. A well-executed black and white room, is like a gentleman in the perfect tuxedo. Everything looks sharper and crisper when it is framed in black and white. Designer Lynda Reeves once said, “A room with no black in it, is like a face without eyebrows.” Now, who wants an unframed face? Not me.

A Black Sofa Grounds a White Space

I love clean lines, and airy, white spaces. But too many white/beige/neutral items in a room, can actually look TOO airy – so that, everything in the room looks as if it’s floating. It’s good to know how to style a black sofa, since black furniture grounds a space. A black sofa grounds a large, white room, making it look less cold and less abandoned. If your apartment is small, don’t let that discourage you from embracing the depth and sumptuousness of a black sofa. It can be done right, even in small spaces.

A Black Sofa in Your Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe

Maybe you want a black sofa in your apartment because you have children or pets, and you think a black sofa will hide spills and markings. Guess what? You’re right! A black sofa is much more forgiving than lighter colored sofas. A black sofa offers a sharp contrast to white walls, making them look cleaner, and even whiter. But how to style a black sofa in a small apartment without sucking all light out of the room? The key is to keep everything else white and chic. Against your very white walls, place a black sofa with elements of your Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe. Elements like:

  1. Black framed wall art to contrast your very white walls,
  2. A bordered rug preferably in black white (to look chic and hide the aforementioned spills and markings),
  3. Black lampshades or black floor lamps. (Every other piece, not mentioned in this list, can be white or beige, as long as your lamps are black). Black lighting is like stylish punctuation, and the same thing can be achieved with a black pendant light hanging above.

Do you prefer neutrals colors in a room? Are you excited about the pinks, greens, and corals coming in the spring? Leave a comment and sign up for our newsletter to receive updates when we post. Remember, this blog contains affiliate links. When you shop these links, you support this blog, and we appreciate it. Thank you!

Winter Cool Items:

  1. Throw Pillow: Daffodil Yellow x Stripes Throw Pillow by Leah Flores
  2. Vase: Celia White Base at CB2
  3. Art: Plant Cell 1 by Mary Gaspar, at Minted
  4. Sofa: Alfred Black Leather Sofa at CB2
  5. Framed Print: Lunar Black and White at West Elm
  6. Coffee Table: Streamline Coffee Table, Marble, West Elm or this one from Amazon
  7. Lamp: Curvilinear Mid Century Table Lamp, black now $90

Summer Vibes Items:

  1. Throw Pillow: Kuba cloth pillow with down-alternative at CB2
  2. Vase: Orange Short Glass Bud Vase, 7.75″ tall at Amazon
  3. Art: Plant Cell 1 by Mary Gaspar, at Minted
  4. Sofa: Alfred Black Leather Sofa at CB2
  5. Framed Print: Lunar Black and White at West Elm
  6. Coffee Table: Streamline Coffee Table, Marble, West Elm or this one from Amazon
  7. Lamp: Curvilinear Mid Century Table Lamp, black now $90

Top-Rated Low Light Plants

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In August, when it was hot and sunny, we talked about Low-Water plants. Now, it’s January, the days are cold and dark, so let’s talk about Low-Light Plants. My home has a lot of windows, and contains plenty of drought-resistant succulents. I don’t own many low-light plants, so Amazon was an amazing resource for this blog entry. We wanted to find the top-rated low-light plants, avoiding those that are major disappointments. Perfect for homes with no south-facing windows, and apartments on lower floors, the following plants received the best ratings.

Top-Rated Low-Light Plants from Amazon:

  1. Flamingo Flower (Anthurium species)(toxic to pets)
  2. Boston Fern (Nephorlepis exaltata)
  3. Prince of Orange (Philodendron Araceae)
  4. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbacha) (irritant, toxic)
  5. Golden Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)(toxic)
  6. Calathea (ornata) (toxic)
  7. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) (irritant, toxic)
  8. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)(irritant, mildly toxic)
  9. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)(mildly toxic)

Next, you may ask, are there any indoor plants that thrive in BOTH low-light AND low-water areas? Yes. We found two varieties:

  1. The Golden Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
  2. The Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Finally, we would like to know, what are your favorite plants? Perhaps you live in a cold climate, and have a plant that thrives indoors all winter? Leave a comment below, and sign up for our newsletter to be notified when there is a new post. (This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure statement here.)

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  • Source2: www.theplantlist.org
  • Source3: wikipedia.org

Crazy Rich Color: Red and Green in Home Decor


Is red with green just for Christmas trees? No. Two theories support the idea of red and green as a great color combination for any space. The first theory is based in nature. The second theory is based in color theory.

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Red and Green in Home Decor: A red pillow pops against a velvet green sofa

Red and Green Found Together in Nature

The first theory is based in nature. Together, red and green combine to form some of the most inviting natural phenomena. Think of a red lady bug on a green leaf, a bright red strawberry with green stems, or red tomatoes on a green vine. It makes sense that the traditional green Christmas tree is covered in red berries and baubles. Because, the red-green color combination is so readily found in nature, it could be that we freely accept the two colors as a natural pair.

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Red strawberries with green stems.

Red and Green are Opposites on the Color Wheel

The second theory supporting the idea that red and green is a great color combo, is based on Color Theory. Color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing, and the visual effects of a specific color combination. It is based a system of primary colors and their complementary colors on the opposite side of the color wheel. As we see on the color wheel below, red (a primary color), and green (a secondary color), are on opposite sides of the color wheel. Therefore, they compliment each other, and create interest when displayed side-by-side. One color pops, the other color recedes. Balance is achieved. Opposite from blue on the color wheel is orange. Opposite from yellow on the color wheel is purple. We will talk about those color combinations in later posts. For now, it is enough to know the color wheel is a useful design tool.

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Green and Red are opposites on the Color Wheel.

Crazy Rich Color and the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe

Once you find a color combination you like, use the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe to rotate accessories in and out of the your design repertoire. Pop a red pillow onto a green velvet sofa. Add a traditional rug in red and green. Rest green houseplants in bright red pots to create interest in a room.

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Products pictured above:

Green

  1. Bloomingville Vase
  2. Safavieh Lighting Collection Paris White Ceramic 27-inch Table Lamp
  3. Flowering Lotus Flowers, Ohara Koson Framed Art Print by Fine earth prints 
  4. Pink Cactus Four Framed Art Print
  5. Palm Leaves 2 Framed Art Print by Maboe
  6. Rhonda End Table by Zipcode Design
  7. Bleached Ivory Basket Weave Jute Rug, White – 5′ x 8′
  8. Palette No. 33 Art Print by Parimastudio 

Crazy Rich Red and Green

  1. Gaya Porcelain Oxblood Vase, West Elm
  2. 16″ Multicolored, Cusco pillow with insert by CB2
  3. Mirasol Table by Corrigan Studio
  4. Simple Connections 2 Framed Art Print by Fernandovieira
  5. Barragan Pink Canvas Print by Anne Paravion 
  6. Spring Moon Framed Art Print
  7. Zahra Caravan Tufted Wool Area Rug
  8. Strata Framed Art Print by Matadesign 

Copper and Grey Accents

 

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Why do Copper and Grey Suit Each Other?

Perhaps the reason grey works so well with copper accents, is that the two colors strike the right balance of warm and cool.  Grey, can be very cooling and serene, while copper (and rose gold) can be very warm and uplifting.  This contrast creates a harmonic balance rooted in color theory.  Color theory is not an exact science, but it is based on the spectrum of colors created by white light.  Part of color theory believes we can convey a mood using color, and that warm colors, pared with cool colors, provide some of the most aesthetically pleasing moments.  

Copper and Grey as Sources of Room Decor Inspiration

So, this post is about using copper and grey as sources of room decor inspiration.  First, navy, grey, and copper, come together in one look.  Then, we pull together blush, grey, and copper as a second look.  Using the same furniture, we can change a room, and create elevated style.  (Although we focus on color in this post, patterns and shapes matter too!  We explored patterns that satisfy visual plenty vs. patterns that satisfy visual clarity in previous posts.)

The Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe

In the graphic above, the sofa, coffee table, side table, lamps, and rugs stay the same.  So what changed?  Using our design concept, The Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe, we simply changed the artwork and the throw pillows, for a whole new look.  Read more about the Home Decor Capsule in this post, and in that post.  Read more about Color Theory here.  Do you like these two looks?  What  color combinations would you use?  Leave us a comment below.  Subscribe to our newsletter, and be notified when a new blog is posted.

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Items pictured above:

  1. Mugod Decorative Throw Pillow, Denim
  2. Palette No. 33 Framed Art Print by Parimastudio
  3. Lucie Framed Art Print by Sylviedemes
  4. The Blue Village Framed Art Print by Simon
  5. Gardens of Capitola Framed Art
  6. Zuo Cage Coffee Table, Rose Gold
  7. Zuo Cage Side Table, Rose Gold
  8. Euro Style Collection, Copper Table Lamp
  9. Velvet Pink Throw Pillow Cover
  10. Bright Hot Bouquet Art Print by By Dylan M
  11. Sunday Walk Canvas Print by Laderkistudio
  12. Barragan Pink Art Print by Anne Paravion
  13. Eloise Abstract Painting Framed Art Print by Mari_orr
  14. Sofa: Sutton Sofa in Mountain Grey, by Apt2B
  15. Pouf: Jaipur Solid Pattern Grey Wool Pouf
  16. Rug: Bailey Area Rug  by World Market 5Ft3″x7Ft7″

How to Decorate Bedrooms in Any Style

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How to Decorate Bedrooms in Any Style

The Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe is a collection of home decor items consisting of permanent items (quality, heavy furniture) and interchangeable home decor items (accessories and art).   There is an emphasis on quality, not quantity.  The concept allows you to live in style, without doing a complete overhaul of your rooms each season.

We’ve applied this concept to many living rooms, but can the concept of the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe be applied to bedrooms?  Yes, it can. You can know how to decorate bedrooms in any style.  Let’s compare two bedroom styles, French Country and Bohemian.

French Country Bedroom Elements:

  • Soft, neutral colors
  • Embellishments like ruffles and florals.
  • Traditional brass mirror and other hits of gold.
  • Bed with a ruffled skirt
  • Distressed wood and other distressed items
  • Louis XVI chair or even a Ghost chair.
  • A neutral rug
  • Simple vase of flowers

Bohemian Bedroom Elements:

Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe for Bedrooms

So, now know the difference between two decor styles.  Next, how do we embrace these styles? How to decorate a bedroom in any style? Is it costly or time consuming?  No.  Within the framework of the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe, switching decor styles is easy.  Your foundation pieces are:  your bed, your bedside tables, and your dresser (I don’t actually have a dresser in my bedroom, but many do).  These pieces are pricey, heavy to move, not easy to change around.  The foundation pieces stay in your space season after season.
 
Ok then, what changes? Accessories change, as the seasons change, as your mood changes. Accessories are the interchangeable decor parts within the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe – even for bedrooms.  In the graphic above, we changed: wall art, mirrors, rugs, plants, and lamps.  These changes created a whole new look.  Take a look at the Before and the After in the graphic above.  We hope you can use this graphic to visualize your next room refresh.  You deserve to wake up in a bedroom that inspires you, and reflects your personality.  Yes, redecorating a bedroom, in any style, is easy. 
 
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French Country Bedroom Items pictured above:
 
  1. Dresser Decor – Stoneware vase, Cream and Clay – Stone & Beam
  2. Wall mirror – Teton Home – Amazon
  3. Wall art – Exhale – Blush, Blue, Gold – Acrylic – Society6
  4. Paris & Co. Art Print by Sophieschultz
  5. Bird Flame Peach Art Print by Moodymuse
  6. Linen Jannina Tufted Upholstered Bench
  7. Ivory Tonal Sweater Emilie Area Rug
  8. Norville Table Lamps in Aged Cream with Burlap Shade

Bohemian Bedroom Items pictured above:

  1. Dresser Decor – Large Succulent and Cactus Planter Pot
  2. 36″ Decorative Wall Hanging Mirror in Sunburst Shape, Brushed Gold
  3. Whoa palm sunrise  Framed art print – Society6
  4. Ocean Palms Framed Art Print – by Bree Madden – Society6
  5. Cactus with Gold Frame: Pink/Gold
  6. Woven Chindi Metal Bench – Cost Plus World Market
  7. Pink Alessia Area Rug: Pink/Multi – 6Ft7″x9Ft
  8. Modernist Table Lamp – West Elm

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How to Decorate in Any Style

 

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How to Decorate in Any Style

Have you had enough modern home decor, and you want to go back to something a little more traditional?  Maybe you’ve never updated your spaces in the first place, and feel it’s a good time to go modern?  Did you know there are distinct, identifiable elements in each home decor genre?  Once you decide you need a change, you’ll be happy to know how interchangeable home decor can be, and how easy it is to change home decor styles.  First, let’s compare two home decor styles, then we will see how easy it is to decorate in any style, within the framework of the Home Decor Wardrobe Capsule.

Modern decor

First, if you struggle to identify what is modern, look for these features:

  • Clean lines
  • Abstract art
  • Netural tones
  • Calm, serene spaces
  • Use of natural materials
  • No curvy lampshades.  Lampshades range from straight and square to angular and industrial, but no traditional curves.

Transitional decor

Next, transitional decor is often compared to Traditional decor, because it goes back to softer, curvier lines, without going all the way back to traditional skirted sofas and heavy furniture pieces.  An abundance of these features in your favorites will indicate you prefer transitional home decor:

  • Antique rugs that have been re-dyed or distressed.
  • Abstract art is mixed with floral prints (see graphic above).
  • Formal portraits, usually art prints, that have been distressed or softened.
  • Steel or powder coated matte black metal in the place of brass or nickel.
  • Curvy, but not tufted sofas, and chairs.
  • Sofas are not as airy as modern sofa, or up on legs, nor are they skirted, as a traditional sofa would be.

Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe

Then, how to decorate in any style? Is it costly or time consuming?  No.  Within the framework of the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe, switching decor styles is easy.  Your foundation pieces should be set:  Favorite sofa, coffee table, end tables.  These pieces are pricey, heavy to move, and therefore not easy to change around.  The foundational pieces stay in your space season after season.

Rotating your accessories

Ok then, what changes? Accessories change, as the seasons change, as your mood changes. Accessories are the interchangeable decor parts within the Home Decor Capsule Wardrobe.  In the graphic above, we changed: wall art, throw pillows, rugs, table art, and sometimes, lighting.  These changes created a whole new look.  We hope you can use this graphic to visualize your next room refresh.  We know your visitors will appreciate your versatility and elevated style.  Yes, redecorating in any style is easy. 

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Modern Classic items shown above.

  1. Large Succulent and Cactus Planter Pot
  2. Modern Velvet Geese Silhouette Pillow
  3. Indigo Five Wall Art
  4. Escher’s Segulls by Michael Kahn
  5. X-Ray Nautilus Shells George Taylor
  6. Maidenhair (black on white) Denise Duplock Wall Art
  7. Printed Boucherouite Rug
  8. Caroline Floor Lamp

Traditional Transitional items shown above.

  1. Creative Co-op DA5355 Blue & White Ceramic Ginger Jar with Lid
  2. Americanflat Begin Again Pillow by Olimpia Piccoli
  3. Retro Mod Small Navy Wall Art
  4. Amoebic Party II by Ann Marie Coolick Canvas Art
  5. Indigo Garden Wall art
  6. Macrame Blue V Wall art
  7. Blue Henley Area Rug
  8. Floor Lamp (This lamp is quite modern with its square lampshade).

How to Rotate Seasonal Decor for Spring and Summer

How to Rotate Seasonal Decor for Spring and Summer

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This is an odd post for October, but I’m inspired to show viewers what their rooms will look like when the days are longer again, and it’s time to switch back to airy, lighter colors. First, the basics.  A home decor capsule wardrobe is a collection of furniture and home decor items.  Some of the more expensive parts of the capsule are your essential pieces of furniture like:

These foundational pieces are perennial favorites to love all year round.  You’ve carefully chosen them.  You could rearrange them around the room, but you generally don’t move them out.  Onto the next part.

How to Rotate Seasonal Decor for Spring and Summer

Next, you rotate in (and out) your favorite seasonal items.  Maybe each year, you buy one or two new items. Maybe not.  If you’ve chosen wisely, you could shop your home first, and use what you already have.  The seasonal items include:

  • Wall art
  • Throw pillows
  • Rugs
  • Table art, sculptures, artifacts, souvenirs from travel
  • Coffee table books

Think of it as Christmas decorating, but for fall and spring.  Each year, you put up a Christmas tree, and all of the trimmings.  Well, this is similar, except you change the look of your rooms each fall and spring (and summer, or winter), to give your home that refresh it needs, as the seasons change.

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Items pictured above:

Graphic Black and Gold:

  1. Gold Eternal Loop Table Sculpture
  2. Black, TangDepot Cotton Solid Throw Pillow Covers
  3. Black Wall Art. Phases of the Moon
  4. Edie Sedgwick, 1966 Framed Art Print by Andy Warhol
  5. Abstract Black and White Painting on Grunge Paper
  6. Wall Art Deco Geometry, Black 
  7. Lexie Area Rug, black/white/grey
  8. Weeki Wachee Spring Florida – 1947

Blush Rose Gold:

  1. Small Hammered Copper Bowl
  2. Pink Throw Pillow
  3. Wall Art – Gainsborough
  4. Wall Art – Minimalism 1
  5. Puppy Art
  6. Gold Marble Wall Art
  7. Hand Tufted Moroccan Triangle Area Rug
  8. Wall Art: Make Your Own Luck

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