It's time to reclaim our home and give it new life. This summer is all about bold colors, clean lines, unique statements pieces, and personality. Find simple or daring ways to incorporate these three exciting trends into your home this summer and see what a difference it makes.
#1 More Accessories
The first trend of the summer is more is more when it comes to accessories. Fill those bookcases with your favorite books, collectibles, and travel souvenirs. Invite guests into your world. Let them get to know you through the items that make you happy.
When it comes to design don't just throw your items onto the shelves. Give it thought. Take the time to display your treasures in a way that is aesthetically appealing to you and your guests. Group like pieces together by theme or color and mix in a variety of textures.
I love the use of color on this beautifully organized bookcase. It's just something about grouping books by color that appeals to the eye and creates an organized chaotic look
Have a love of plants... display them amongst your collection of books and magazines. Keeping the plants in groups and in similarly colored pots intrigues the eye but still looks organized and balanced.
A collection of your favorite souvenirs can sometimes look out of place in your home, but when done correctly can make for a dramatic accent to your home. I love the use of textures, color, and theme on these shelves. It appeals to the eye and pulls you in. You want to explore these shelves and hear the stories behind these unique and beautiful items.
Skip the paint this summer. Give life to your walls, stairs, bookcases, and furniture with bold peel and stick wallpaper. There are some amazing and affordable prints on the market offered by a variety of retailers. Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Wayfair, Etsy, and Spoonflower are just a few and they each offer a great selection.
A bold wallpaper on every wall in a room makes a statement and gives your home personality. Don't be afraid of bright colors and bold prints. The more adventurous the better.
Adding wallpaper to the stairs gives your home that added touch of personality. Especially, if your stairs are located in your entryway, this dramatic first impression gives guests a glimpse of who you are and invites them into your home.
The use of the wallpaper inside this cabinet pulls you in and intrigues the senses. Don't be afraid to mix bold patterns with vintage style.
It is amazing how a few pieces of bold peel and stick wallpaper can make a piece of furniture pop. I love the use of this fun, bright print with the clean lines of the dresser and bold emerald green and black paint.
Rattan has been around for ages and is usually used outdoors, but over the last couple years designers and homeowners have been bringing these unique and beautiful pieces indoors, and this trend is not slowing down. So this summer start incorporating those beautifully crafted pieces into your home.
Rattan and cane furniture give warmth to a space especially when paired with a neutral palette. These pieces help to create a cozy atmosphere and work beautifully in a bedroom.
Afraid to introduce a large piece of rattan furniture into your home, then opt for an accent piece such as a gorgeous mirror.
Go bold with an oversized showstopper piece. One unique piece can set the tone for the whole room and give it a life of its own. You can then keep the rest of the space simple and clean or continue the flair with bold colors and exotic prints.
1. Natural Finishes
Natural finishes in the kitchen and home are a growing trend for 2020. As more and more homeowners are looking to sustainable materials when decorating their home they are being drawn to reclaimed wood, concrete, and natural stone to create a earthiness feel. A great way to bring these materials into your kitchen is through countertops and floors, as pictured about. But, if you are searching for a more budget friendly kitchen upgrade then use these materials for the dining table, seating, and accessories. As pictured below this great reclaimed wood dining table gives a warm earthy feel to the space and the concrete floors keeps the room light and open creating a sense of balance and harmony.
2. Pops of Color
Another exciting trend for kitchens in the new year is the bright pops of color accented throughout the space. Whether it's richly painted walls or bold cabinets the space will feel exciting and personal. But, if your not ready for such a dramatic upgrade then introduce the pops of color in subtle ways. Maybe some bright blue canisters to sit on the counters or shelves. Or, a bold piece of artwork to grace your walls. Don't be afraid to add the little pops of color to your clean white kitchen, it could be a much needed refresh.
3. Design Forward Backsplashes
The last big trend in kitchen design for 2020 is design forward backsplashes. Homeowners are looking to add more interest to their backsplashes so they are choosing patterned tiles to accent their space. And, others are gravitating towards colorful tiles installed in interesting patterns. Either route makes a dramatic impact especially against white cabinets and countertops.
The first impression of a home is the entryway. It can be a completely separate entity or an extension of a room. It may be big or small, open or closed in. But no matter what size or shape, it is important to create a memorable space.
This entryway tells a lot about this home. The moment you step through the door you are greeted with warmth and charm. The shiplap walls, whitewashed cobblestone floor, and antique wood door speaks to the rustic character of the home. The ample hanging storage and a farmhouse inspired bench says come in, take your shoes off, and stay awhile. This homeowner wants its guests to feel comfortable and cozy.
Here is another example of a rustic inspired entryway. The homeowner has chosen a weathered bench with handmade storage boxes to provide plenty of hidden storage for shoes and accessories. A few simple pieces of shiplap anchor a chunky wooden shelf, large metal hooks, and family keepsakes welcoming you to their home. Even though this is not a large entryway, the homeowner has still managed to create a space that serves its purpose and sets the mood for the rest of the home.
This entryway is uncluttered and full of personality. The clean modern lines of the bench and neutral walls provide a backdrop to the simple southwestern furnishings. This homeowner shares a little of their personality without being too much in your face. The subtle blue in the rug with the pop of orange provides just the right amount of color to play off the natural basket and simple black and white photo. And, finally the bull head hooks give a sense of whimsy. These owners like their home neat and clean, but are always in the mood for some carefree fun.
A black and white Scandinavian inspired entryway is clean, organized, and full of modern artistic charm. I love the use of light wood accents to warm the black and white palette and subtle artistic touches. The simple round mirror reflects the homeowners modern black and white photograph collection and continues the theme of clean lines used throughout the space. The entryway is completed with just a touch of greenery bringing a hint of nature inside.
Weather it's paint or wallpaper, nothing says personality like a bold first impression. This entryway intrigues you. This homeowner is not afraid to play with color and mix different styles. From the blue walls to the modern light fixture to the traditional mahogany banister you know this home is filled with eccentric charm.
Bathrooms are our own personal sanctuary. They are where we decompress after a long day and refresh in the morning. And, to many moms and dads they are an escape from our loving rambunctious children even if only for a few brief moments. Bathrooms need to be more then four walls and the basic necessities, they need to be our own personal oasis. My favorite way to create a bathroom oasis it through the use of clean white, warm wood accents, and a bold geometric print. This combination creates a spa like atmosphere with a bold twist. Below are some of my favorite inspirations I found on Pinterest and Instagram.
A Geometric Escape!
The simple white subway extends to all walls, floor to ceiling, creating interest and a crisp backdrop to a warm wood vanity, black accents, and the bold black and white geometric tiled floor.
Here a bold geometric tile is used as a feature wall, which is then accented by a rustic wooden vanity, rich wood inspired tile flooring, cooper accents, white sinks, and gorgeous wood mirrors. This is a bathroom I could wake up to everyday.
Bold and Relaxing Spa!
Here, the home owners chose a dark grey flooring and light grey walls with white moldings to play off the grey and white geometric tiled wall. Also, through their use of chrome accents and lighter wood round mirrors the bathroom appears softer and more spa like when compared to the more rustic look of the above bathroom.
The perfect powder room!
I love the mixed grey geometric wall paired with the clean lines of the warm wood vanity, black metal fixtures, glass pendant lights, and simple round mirror. This bathroom is tranquil, fresh, and bold.
A true tranquil spa inspired bathroom.
The use of this mixed grey hexagon tile on both the floor and shower wall allows the eye to travel the full length of the bathroom creating a sense of space. The white walls, long white stone like counter, clear glass shower, and simple accents contrast the bold flooring creating a perfect sense of balance.
The other day when looking through my boards on Pinterest I stumbled upon this inspiring image I pinned long ago and it got me thinking. The stairway isn't just a pass through space in the home. It is where we hang our treasured family photos and showcase vacation memories. But, instead of simply hanging them on walls why not create a statement piece. After all, we take the time to redo the stairs and add a fresh vibrant coat of paint, so why not go one final step further and create a work of art. Here are some of my favorite and most inspiring ways to freshen up the stairway.
Instead of pictures, a simply framed mirror, exotic vases, and a plant freshen up the white walls and rich wood and metal stairs.
I absolutely love how this classic stairway becomes more modern and eye catching with the geometric gold diamond wall hangings and the few touches of greenery.
Keep it simple. Display only a few items from the same collection. This creates an artistic harmony.
Lastly, try a bold statement with a bright and exciting wall paper, vibrant accent lights, and lots of character.
Each season a new trend emerges onto the interior design scene inspiring home owners to make dramatic changes to their home. But, do you have to change out everything in your space in order to make a big impact or can you simply introduce little touches of the trend in order to freshen up the room? The answer is yes to both. Every so often you need to freshen up your space by changing out a large piece such as a chair or area rug, but most of the time you can simply add a few new trendy pieces to make enough of an impact to make the space feel fresh and new. So, this season freshen up your space with metallic.
Mixing metals is a great way to add depth and character to a room without introducing bold colors you may regret later down the road. Don't be afraid to mix a galvanized metal farmhouse bucket with a shiny rose gold vase. Here are my top three tips for introducing mixed metals into your space.
1. Determine your color palette.
If your home is filled with cool tones such as blues, purples, and greens then lean more in the direction of silver and chrome. But, if your home has reds, oranges, and pinks (warm tones) then seek out a few stunning gold, brass, and copper pieces. Now, when it comes to neutrals (white, cream, beige, and grey) you have the option of any and all metals, even if you have little pops of color throughout.
For example, a kitchen with white walls, a white backsplash, grey countertops, and blue cabinets can be accented with any metal. Now you may be saying, "but blue is a cool tone so you should stick to chromes and silvers." But in all actuality majority of your space is a neutral so a rich gold will warm up the space or a matte nickel will keep it light and airy. Either way both metals bring their own depth and personality to the room.
2. Choose a dominate metal.
Once you have determined your palette, the next step is to decide which metal will be the dominate. Then use that metal on a large and impactful piece of furniture or home décor and allow the other metals to keep the eyes moving throughout the space. An example would be having a rich shiny gold coffee table and table lamp, but copper and brass picture frames and trinkets. Or a large silver bookcase with pops of nickel, chrome, and black metal décor amongst the books and family heirlooms.
3. Mix Metals
Finally, don't be afraid to mix a dull or antiqued metal with shiny metals. This subtly will create depth and keep the eyes wondering. The shiny metal initially draws you in while the antique metal keeps you intrigued. The use of mixed finishes works particularly well in a farmhouse style home
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