Hello, everyone! Mari here! I’m so happy to be with you at Curated Lifestyles by Signature Designs with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog. It’s a fabulous place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from beautiful buffet lamps and chandeliers to a lovely array of rugs for the floor.
Today’s post features the lovely color lavender. From floors to walls, draperies, furnishings and decorative accessories, in small ways and broad swaths, lavender works beautifully with many styles. Please enjoy!
Thanks to Shandra for allowing me to share some of my favorite lavender spaces.
For the confident lover of lavender, carpet can be a wonderful way to infuse this appealing hue into a bedroom or living room.
Lavender upholstery is another design choice for the self-assured. A paler lavender hue was chosen for the long drapery panels. The beaded glass pendant light is gorgeous in this contemporary space.
Lavender zebra print is unexpected, but beautiful, in this updated traditional sitting room. A whimsical wallpaper and chic rug add even more lavender within the space.
This dining room done in a neutral palette gets the lavender treatment with velvet upholstery on the dining chairs.
A lovely watercolor effect on the walls brings appealing lavenders and lilacs into this beautiful dining room. Artwork, fresh-cut blooms and glass table decor add their own colorful touches.
Lavender is beautifully paired with taupe. Lavender and taupe plaid bedding with simple lines contrast nicely with the more feminine gathered bed skirt.
An all-white bathroom is updated with lavender paint on the walls, giving it a chic crisp look. Paint is an easy way to try out a new color or a more bold use of an old favorite.
This great living room in gorgeous neutrals is a lovely example of how one single element can be used to bring a much-loved hue into a space. Here, the restrained use of lavender gives the color, even more, importance in the design. Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
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Don’t be afraid to get behind the wheel…the Color Wheel
The quickest way to liven up a room is to add color. I know, there are thousands of color variations and it can be intimidating. So what do you do? Begin with understanding the rules of decorating with color; learn the basic elements, the terms and the methodology of working with color. When you understand these simple tools of using color, you will be able to create the space of your dreams.
A useful tool used by designers and artists is the color wheel. The color wheel allows you to immediately view the relationship between various shades by dividing the spectrum into 12 basic hues: three primary
colors, three secondary colors and six tertiary colors. Primary colors are pure colors; red, blue and yellow. You cannot create these colors by mixing other colors; all colors are created from primaries. Mixing any two of the primaries in equal amounts produces secondary hues, orange, green and purple. Tertiary colors are created by mixing equal amounts of primary with secondary.
Colors affect emotion and create a mood. Blues and greens are considered cool and soothing. Reds and yellows are considered energetic. Colors are also considered warm and cool because of association. For instance, blues, greens, and purples are considered cool because they are associated with the sky, water, and nature. Reds, oranges, and yellows are considered warm because they are associated with the sun.
When you are ready to create your signature color palette, use the color wheel to help you make the right choices or look to Mother Nature for a color combination that works every time.
Decorating a small space can have its challenges. But adding color is a great way to take a small space and create a big statement. Before you take that giant leap outside of your comfort zone, you need to think about the function of the room and decide what type of feeling you want the room to emit. If you want to make the room feel larger use light colors. If you want to bring warmness into the space, use saturated, rich hues. High energy colors work well in breakfast areas, while calm colors work well in bathrooms and bedrooms.
Bursts of color can create an inviting atmosphere, it anchors a room and helps define the space. A few simple tricks can turn your petite space into a warm and inviting area where you can entertain or just sit and be happy.
Using lighter colors make the walls recede and create a bright, airy feel. Colors: neutrals, grays, blues, and greens.
Go bold and use a bright color for an accent wall.
Use large-scale patterns or graphic prints. Small prints will appear too busy and chaotic.
If you are still not sure about using a bold color on the walls or in the furniture, layer the room with your accent color.
Use as much vertical space you can. Look at it as an opportunity to make a statement by hanging large pieces.
Keep contrasting colors to a minimum. Different colors for the wall, ceiling and the floor will make your space feel disjointed and incoherent.
When choosing furniture, you want to have a mixture of large and small to keep the room balanced. A painted or upholstered headboard in a rich hue could be a great focal point and slipper chairs with a big, bold pattern are the perfect seating options.
Paint an unexpected pop of color against a neutral backdrop. Use a lighter shade, to subtly emphasize the trim and any architectural detail.
Rich colors work better under incandescent lighting. It makes the color appear deeper.
Add depth by using solid colors. If you are considering using an all-white room, use a tone-on-tone to add visual interest. it provides a sense of depth without adding disorganized elements.
Interior design trends are a lot like fashion trends, they come and they go. A number of interior design trends have potential to become classic styles; some trends will fade out as quickly as they got here. Trends are not created by waving a magic wand; they are the end result of a great deal of studying our environment including the influences that will impact our surroundings. These dynamic influences include social and economic issues, technology, lifestyles, entertainment, and most of all, the needs and desires of consumers.
You want a design that displays your personal style without having to spend a fortune on trendy items that you may be a little uncertain about, but you do like the current trend for the time being. So what do you do? As a designer, I suggest you invest your money in classic styles and add small amounts of the trend throughout your space.
A sure-fire way to add design trends to your home is through paint color or accessories. If you would like to add the current trend palette to your home decor, but you are not certain that you will adore it after a while, a quick solution to that design challenge is to disperse the color in small doses in effective ways that you will be happy with.
Toss in some accent pillows, vases or inexpensive window treatments. By creating layers of color in small quantities, you can achieve your desired look without making any major changes like purchasing a sofa or upholstering other large furniture items. Furniture trends are very iffy and costly. You must ask yourself a few questions like, does it fit your lifestyle and is it comfortable? The goal is to have the ease of changing out the trendy style when you’ve grown tired of it without draining your bank account.
Whether it’s a pattern like animal print or the color of the year, you don’t want to use too much. These trends can be a lot of fun, but will eventually go out of style. When using trendy patterns, try to keep them out of custom window treatments because curtains are usually a large focal point and you will probably grow tired of them quickly. Unless they are inexpensive department store draperies and can be replaced with no doubts. Patterns are most effective when repeated once or twice in your design space.
Creating a fabulous space in your home doesn’t have to be traumatic. Be bold and daring. Don’t be afraid to incorporate interior design trends in your living spaces. Invest in the classic styles and sprinkle in a little trend here and there. This will allow you to change-up your interior when the mood hits without any design regrets.