Posts Tagged ‘Colors & Patterns’

5 Reasons Floral Patterns Will Make You a Happier Homeowner

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Florals make a bold statement, which is why so many of us shy away from them when choosing home decor. The thing is, florals are one of the easiest ways you can brighten your home’s interior and add happiness to your life. Whether you currently flip for florals or verge more on the edge of being a wallflower, here are 5 reasons you may want to give florals a try.

1. Florals make you feel. 

At the core, designing a home is about how you want to feel when you’re there–and flowers, have a penchant for capturing feelings in a very special way. From whimsical and romantic to dramatic and energizing to fun and playful, florals have you covered. Think about what feeling(s) you want to encapsulate and then find a floral that will deliver.

Decorating tip: Large-scale florals in bold and vibrant hues will energize the space, while small-to-medium-scale florals in lighter tones will make the space feel relaxed. To enhance the drama, try dark or oversized florals.

2. Florals give you color.

There are many psychological effects of color, which is why incorporating it in any way you can will be beneficial. Florals are a great way to achieve this–even more so if you have a neutral space. Additionally, because most floral patterns feature several colors at once, it’s easy to set a color scheme based off of a pattern you love.

Decorating tip: Figure out how much color you want or need and let the florals do the work. Some ways to feature florals for color include upholstery, wallpaper, art, window treatments, and headboards.

3. Florals are fun!

Flowers are full of charm and have a happy disposition that just comes naturally. Simply put, flowers are fun! Floral patterns effortless bring a splash of whimsy to the space, which is sure to make you smile. Think about the areas of your home that could allow you to be a little more playful and then get to work.

Decorating tip: Pieces of art, throw pillows, and floral-covered accent chairs are just a few ways you can bring in more fun without putting in too much effort.

4. Florals are flexible.

Florals are one of those patterns that can easily be used in a variety of ways–big, small, seasonally, year-round–making it a cinch to decorate with them. There’s really no shortage on how they can be incorporated into your decor!

Decorating tip: Florals can work in any season simply by mixing up the hues. Think softer hues for spring, brighter hues for summer, earthy hues for fall, and neutral or shimmery hues for winter.

5. Florals are [always] in style.

Florals have always been in style, but in recent years, they’ve been one of the hottest design trends. Because of this, floral patterns are more exciting and more accessible than ever. With the versatility and visual interest they provide, is it any wonder they’re so popular? No matter what your design style may be or what colors you enjoy most, you can be guaranteed that there’s a floral to suit you.

Decorating tip: Even the smallest amount of floral has an impact so there’s no reason to avoid them. Try incorporating florals into your space with items like decorative pillows, upholstered seat cushions, or an eye-catching area rug.

 

Decorating with Midcentury Modern in Mind

Midcentury Modern Design Styles Defined

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Over time, certain design styles seem to come back full circle. Partly because of widely popular show Mad Men, and just partly because it’s cool, this is exactly what has happened to Midcentury Modern. Midcentury Modern, or Modern, as it is more commonly referred to, is often used interchangeably with the term “Contemporary”, and while they do have similarities, they are not one in the same. Modern design is a set style that is defined by its own trends and largely unchanged for several decades.

Elements of Midcentury Modern Design Style

— Clean, uncluttered look

— Graphic patterns with pattern and texture

— Accessories such as graphic or geometric-style wall art, starburst clocks and metal mobiles

— Wood trim

— Classics furniture pieces uniquely designed to blend with contemporary lifestyle

Interior Design Ideas

You can tell a Midcentury Modern design by its clean and unadorned interior. Natural materials are predominantly used for furniture, fabrics, floors and accents. Floors are generally bare, and in the times area rugs are used, they are typically made of wool and neutral in color.

MidCentury Modern Furniture

The major characteristics of true Midcentury Modern furniture pieces are clean lines, vivid colors, unique materials and excellent quality. Sharp, geometric shapes and crisp lines are typical of this type of furniture. Vivid colors like red, yellow, blue, green or black and white combos are also common. Most designers preferred to use unique man-made materials such as fiberglass and plastics, but woods like teakwood, walnut, oak and rosewood were also used. Top designers of the area include, but are not limited to, Arne Jacobsen and the Danish Designers, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Milo Baughman, George Nelson, Paul McCobb and Alvar Aalto.

Choosing Colors

Although vivid colors are a Midcentury Modern trademark, there is a certain “coolness” that needs to remain within the space. Pastels in teal, yellow and blue, paired with neutrals is a popular color palette for living spaces. Other colors that can be found in this design style are mustard, tangerine and avocado. Bright colors that are often incorporated include turquoise, lemon yellow, red and chartreuse.

Textures and Patterns to complete your Mid Century Modern Look

Fabric is the ultimate way to add texture. It doesn’t really matter if the fabric is solid in color or saturated in a graphic pattern sticking with subtle, neutral hues will make the space feel cohesive. To offset the sleek lines of furnishings, soften the space with fabric drapes, rather than blinds.

Visit either of our two Tempe, Az area locations located inside of SWITCH Consignment to check out the latest designer upholstery fabrics available at amazing prices.

Build-a-Room Series: True Blue Dining Room

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I don’t have a formal dining space, but if I did, this would be right up my alley. Light and airy, with primarily subdued colors and a splash of bold. I also really like the layout–how it looks into the family/living room. Open, but not so open to where I’d have to work at defining each space…

At first glance, the colors are what caught my eye. My favorite color is blue, so naturally, I was drawn to that bold pop of color at the top of the walls. Not only is it a beautiful shade of blue, all that white trim and wainscotting really makes it stand out. Oddly enough though, as much as I like blue, I tend to prefer it in smaller doses–which is why I was pleased to see they didn’t go overboard. I think the touches of blue they used throughout are just right!

OK, so let’s break down a few elements of the space and talk about how you can mimic this look in your own home.

We’ll start with the rug. Next, to the color, that gorgeous rug had my attention. While we offer a variety of beautiful rugs, there are two I feel would work perfectly. The first is the Ella Rose, in the color bone, from the Magnolia Home collection. It has those faded colors that give a vintage look. The second is the Layton. It’s a bit richer in color, but I think those tawny shades mixed with the blue would look amazing in that space. It really is all about your preference, so be willing to be flexible in certain areas.

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In regards to dining chairs, our Victor is a perfect choice. It has an Old World look, complete with heavy carved wood legs, and comes available with and without arms.

For upholstery, my top three fabric choices are Indeed, India, and the Wanda. Here’s what they look like:

The thing is, you don’t necessarily have to go with a geometric print. Any blue and white fabric could work–even something as classic as stripes!

Finally, let’s address the window treatments. In this space, they went with a floral pattern on the valances, however, I think any garden-themed pattern would work. Take our Hargrove, Hayworth, and Hermes, for example. Each has a unique garden theme that would blend effortlessly with this space.

I hope this helped fuel your inspiration. Be sure to check back for more in this series.

10 Key Features of Spanish Style Interiors

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Spanish style homes are quite unique. The rustic yet elegant look has a timeless appeal that is hard to beat. Although Spanish inspired design is more prevalent throughout Sun Belt states like Nevada, New Mexico, Florida, Arizona, and California, there are several key features that make it easy to add Spanish flair to your home regardless of your location. Let’s take a look at 10 of them that will make your home muy bonito!  

UNO: Decorative wrought iron.

Not only is hand-forged ironwork is a centuries-old trade, it is a very prominent feature in Spanish-style homes. The architecture will often include ironwork on doors, lighting, stairways, and hardware.

DOS: Arches.

Arches are elegant and style-defining. In addition to interior archways, you will find arched doors, windows, alcoves, and niches.

TRES: Tiles on risers.

Risers covered in Mexican or Catalina style tile add beauty to stairways with their intricate patterns and eye-catching colors. These tiles also provide protection against scuffs and scratches, making them a functional addition as well. Combining different patterns is actually encouraged–just make sure the colors work well together.

QUATRO: Warm wood details.

Doors, floors, and furniture are popular features showcased by warm wood full of rich tones. If the pieces are heavily detailed with a pattern, even better. Many homes even feature warm wood on the ceilings whether it’s the entire ceiling or exposed wooden beams. Wood selections fitting for this design include ebony, walnut, butternut, teak, mahogany, and rosewood.

CINCO: Stucco walls.

Historically, stucco walls were a practical way to keep the interior cooler, however, they are now are also considered a key design feature. At one time, simple, crisp white was the preferred choice. While white is still popular, the style now embraces painting walls with layers of warm tones.

SEIS: Succulent garden.

The exterior of a Spanish-style home often includes succulents. Not only do succulents provide beautiful color and texture, they are drought tolerant and very easy to maintain.

SIETE: Mexican pavers.

Mexican pavers are handmade clay pavers that are traditionally made by Mexican artisans. They have been around for hundreds of years with design methods passed down for generations. Mexican pavers come in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colors and are individually named–typically after the town or region where the clay was found. Mexican pavers are equally as popular for the interior of Spanish-style homes as they are for the exterior.

OCHO: Rich textiles.

Rich fabrics are a traditional part of Spanish interiors. Something such as velvet curtains, for windows and entryways, are a great example. Not only does their richness add to the drama of the architecture, they pair beautifully with all the ironwork. Other textiles to use include Old World-style tapestries, Persian or Navajo rugs, upholstery fabrics, and accessories, such as pillows and throws. Our Capri and our Shabala are two fabrics that can offer both color and pattern for your Spanish-inspired design.

NUEVE: Eclectic furniture.

In Spanish-style homes, you have so much freedom to mix several different styles of furniture. With simple and somewhat organic architecture, an assortment of eclectic furnishings can easily be displayed. Think Indian, Moroccan, Syrian, and African pieces–pretty much anything goes!

DIEZ: Earth tones.

Within the walls of a Spanish-style home, you’ll find lots of warm, earth tones. Typical colors often include warm hues of reds, oranges, and browns, with accent colors such as turquoise green, blue and yellow. Colors tend to be displayed by way of textured walls and ceilings, wood flooring or beams, decorative tiles, large floral arrangements, and a variety of accents.

 

A Glossary of Home Fabric Patterns

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If you’re anything like me I find it hard to remember all the descriptive details about the various fabric patterns–unless it’s something simple like stripes, plaid, or florals, of course. I mean, there are just so many! This is why I really like visuals. I find that having a visual on hand brings the pattern to life, making it easier for those unique little details to seep in. So this is what I aim to do: provide you with a brief rundown of common home fabric patterns with a graphic to go along with it.

PAISLEY 

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The paisley motif resembles a droplet, or teardrop if you will, and is of Persian and Indian origin. The pattern got its name from the town of Paisley, Scotland, the location where textiles featuring this design were produced. It became popular in the West during the 18th and 19th centuries and continues to remain widely popular today.

CHEVRON

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With its term coming from the inverted V shape used in military insignia, this zigzag stripe pattern has been a popular choice for decades. The pattern can even be traced back to early art, including designs on pottery and rock carvings. Chevron is a fun and whimsical fabric perfect for pillows, window treatments, rugs, and much more.

DAMASK (DAM-usk)

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Named after the city of Damascus, this pattern can best be described as a reversible figured fabric of silk, cotton, wool, linen, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. Designs are usually monochromatic and feature patterns such as flowers and fruit. This fabric pattern is often widely used in upholstery, table linens, and wallpaper.

HOUNDSTOOTH

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This classic check pattern was first worn by Scottish shepherds and gets its name from its uneven, two-tone pattern resembling a dog’s tooth. The pattern is often seen on clothing, however, it looks beautiful when used as upholstery. While houndstooth typically comes in black and white, other colors are sometimes used.

QUATREFOIL (KWA-tra-foil)

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Derived from the Latin term meaning “four leaves”, quatrefoil resembles a four-leaf clover and was a design regularly used in Gothic and Renaissance architecture. There are several variations to the design, including some being squarer or narrower in shape. Quatrefoil patterns are popular in wallpaper, pillows, and window treatments.

IKAT

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Ikat refers more to the weaving and dyeing of the fabric, rather than the actual pattern itself. Bundles of threads are bound together with a tight wrapping in the desired pattern and then dyed. The threads are then woven into the cloth once the bindings are removed, giving the fabric its signature blurred edges.

OGEE

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Simply put, the ogee pattern can best be described as a mirror image of two elongated S shapes, which can at times, resemble an onion. Ikat is a popular pattern frequently used in bedding and on rugs.

TOILE

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Toile is a classic pattern that dates back to the 18th Century. It is often associated with French Country design style because of its use of pastoral scenes. In more recent years, however, toile has been given a facelift. This “modern” toile is both fresh and stylish, making it a popular choice in homes today.

HERRINGBONE

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Herringbone consists of a V-shaped weaving that resembles the skeleton of a herring fish, hence its name. The break at reversal is the differing quality that sets it apart from the chevron pattern. While herringbone is a popular choice for upholstery, it is also a popular motif choice for floors and tile backsplashes.

 

 

8 Ways to Make an Impact with Color

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Adding color is one of the things homeowners are most afraid to tackle when it comes to decorating their home. It can be easy to love a paint chip or fabric sample–it’s the applying it to real life that becomes the challenge. Color isn’t something that has to be all or nothing. Honestly, adding it in small, but effective ways, can actually result in a bigger impact than if you applied color from floor to ceiling. Here are 10 ways you can do just that.

1. The Front Door

Curb appeal is something that any home can benefit from–and the front door is a perfect place to start.  Go with a daring shade to give your entryway a burst of energy you’ll appreciate each time you come home.

2. Walls

There’s no rule that says you have to paint all four of your walls. Even if you only decide to paint a single wall, you don’t have to paint the entire thing. Partial walls (i.e. walls with windows, doors, built-ins, etc) are perfectly acceptable places to throw up some paint. You’ll get the splash of color you want without it being more than you can handle.

3. Headboards

Headboards are an easy way to create a colorful focal point in the bedroom. Buy, or have a custom headboard made, in a colorful fabric you love. Or, for something different, paint a portion of the wall behind your bed to create the appearance of a headboard.

4. Shelving and Bookcases

A fun way to bring in color is by adding it to shelving areas. If you have removable shelves, take them out, paint the back a fun hue, and then replace the shelves once it’s dry.

5. Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets may seem like a big risk to take, but it can actually be fun! Consider painting or swapping out a few doors (top, bottom, or both) or go all in by changing color in its entirety.

6. Throw Pillows and Blankets

Colorful accent pillows and throw blankets are two of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to bring color into your home. Smaller items such as these are simple to change out whenever your tastes change.

7. Lampshades

There’s no need to replace the entire lamp if you still like the base. Instead, consider giving it an update by replacing the shade. Shades come in a variety of colors, making it easy to find something you like. Extra creative homeowners could even try a fun DIY project of dying a shade in a fun color and/or with a cool effect.

8. Area rugs

A good rug is a wise investment. Not only does it add a layer of protection to the floor, it’s a simple way to give your home a splash of color. Stop by and check out our selection, which has something to complement every design style.

 

10 Ways to Master Hygge in Your Home

The Danish practice of hygge is quickly gaining popularity–and rightfully so. If you aren’t familiar with it yet, ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish concept of taking pleasure in the little things in life. Roughly translated as ‘coziness’ in English, hygge is a mindset of making the ordinary things and moments more meaningful, beautiful and special. Hygge isn’t something you can buy, but rather a way of life you have to embrace. Here are ways you can master hygge in your home.

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1. Turn up the heat. Nothing says cozy like the flicker a crackling fire. If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, don’t fret–you can easily create that warm and cozy vibe by lighting a variety of candles. If you’re eco-conscious, skip the paraffin based candles and opt for ones made from beeswax or organic soy instead.

2. Dim the lights. Overhead lights are often too bright and harsh. To create a homey feeling, dim the lights or turn them off altogether, relying only on lamps and candles.

3. Cut the clutter. Cozy does not necessarily equate clutter. In true hygge fashion, if it doesn’t bring you joy, clear it out.

4. Layer on the fuzzy. A big part of hygge is texture. Incorporating layers of soft items, such as fleece throws, fluffy pillows, shag rugs, and plush furniture will bring your hygge to a heightened level.

5. Fill your mugs regularly. What better way to embrace hygge than with a mug of piping hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate? Don’t bother putting the tea kettle away. Keep it handy so you can refill your mug easily.

6. Soak in the tub. During your home’s hygge transition, don’t forget about the bathroom. You can easily create a space to decompress by incorporating some candles, essential oils, bath products, and fluffy towels.

7. Get tech savvy. Did you know that technology can actually contribute to your home’s coziness? Being able to set up a playlist and wireless speakers for music, or navigating an app that can control lighting and temperature, can really make your time at home all the more relaxing.

8.  Be selective in your furnishings. Hygge is all about quality and meaningfulness, so be selective when you go out shopping. Instead of purchasing a lot of mass-produced items, decorate your home with furniture and accents that are meaningful to you. These can include items that were gifted, passed down, purchased on your travels or even an antique with a rich history.

9. Bring the outdoors in. If you don’t live in a rural area or have property, that’s okay. Even if you live in the city, you can bring a bit of nature inside. If greenery isn’t your thing, you can bring in natural materials, such as stone, leather, and wood.

10. Gather together. The best moments in life generally include family and friends. Filling your home regularly with those you love is just about as hygge as it can get.

Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Since Pantone’s introduction of the Color of the Year in 2000, we’ve seen a variety of hues that have captured our attention. Each year, the color has been reflective of our cultural climate–and this year is no different.

As a society, we have reached a crescendo in the “going green” movement. A greater majority are seeking to unplug from the busyness of life in order to reconnect with what’s real. This mindset has influenced the way people live, what they eat, how they decorate their home, and how they look at the planet as a whole. Pantone has once again taken note and picked a color truly reflective of where we are today.

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Meet Greenery–a fresh and zesty color that signals us to restore, replenish, recharge, and reconnect. Greenery is a hue that represents new beginnings; an awakening. It’s meant to stir us to purge out the excess so we can hone in on the most important things in life.

Pantone says, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”

In addition to Greenery, nine other colors can be found in the new color palette. They include Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Pink Yarrow, Kale, and Hazelnut.

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Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute states that the 2017 Spring Color Report “evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling” because the hues are reminiscent of those that surround us in nature.

Decorating with Greenery

Greenery is certainly a color that will allow you to bring the feel of the great outdoors inside the home. This color is so versatile, it can be used in numerous ways, including paint, accent furniture, and home accessories, to name a few. Create a botanical theme, go bold with a single large upholstered piece, or simply use Greenery in small doses for pops of color throughout the space.

Here are two fabrics we offer that can help you get the look:

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Looking for a great designer fabric at an affordable price? Take a quick trip to our Interior Fabrics showroom in Houston, Tx for great deals on all kinds of fabrics. You will find colors, textures, and furniture to make your bedroom a romantic retreat for you and your loved one.

Giving Your Child Creative Freedom with Their Bedroom

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If you have children, you are fully aware of the stage of independence. All of a sudden, your little one has a voice–and it’s one that needs to be listened to. When it comes to decorating your home, you may not feel comfortable with them giving input in the entire decorating process, and that’s okay. You should, however, try to give them creative freedom in smaller doses–like the bedroom. Being able to have some input on their personal space will not only make them feel like a valued member of the family, it’ll also make them a much happier child. Here are some ways you can give your child creative freedom (while still maintaining a little control).

Let them choose the color palette. Ultimately, you have the final say, but there’s really no harm in letting your child pick the colors for their room. Take a trip together to the hardware store and let them choose their favorite paint swatches. It’s almost a guarantee that he or she will hand you some crazy colors–but that’s okay. Have them narrow it down to their top three and work from there. If the color is way over the top, pull a few toned down swatches of their top choices, telling them those brighter colors can be brought in with a wall mural, painted furniture, or accents.

Fabric choices also fall into the realm of the color palette. Take a fun trip to the fabric store, letting your little one point out some of their favorites. Since they’ll be the one spending the most time in the space, it’s important that they have fabrics they enjoy. To make things easier narrow down a variety of textures, patterns, and colors for them to choose from.

Skip the themes. Sure, themes can be cute and fun, but they don’t leave you much room for change. Instead of letting your child decorate their room top to bottom in a theme, guide them to pick small theme-like things as a compromise. Get that pillow with an airplane or princess crown on it, or hang an animal or superhero poster on the wall. This will give them much more room for creativity and flexibility in the long run.

Allow them to display things they like to look at. As long as it’s appropriate, and as long as there’s enough wall space, nothing is really off limits. Names displayed with wooden letters, favorite cartoon characters, handmade collages, sports memorabilia, bowls of collected rocks–these are just some of the ways they can let their personalities shine.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll have one happy kid and the satisfaction of knowing that they are truly pleased with their space.

 

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Neutral Rooms Are Anything But Boring

Forget the myth about neutral colors being boring. Neutrals are a lot of things, but boring is certainly not one of them. Here are 5 reasons why:

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1. Neutrals are a safe zone. There is no reason why this should be looked upon as a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, neutrals are NOT just for those people less daring when decorating. When you have a monochromatic scheme, you can go in so many directions with tone, depth, pattern, and texture. As long as you make those things important, and focus on having the right amount of each, any room (even a neutral one) can be exciting.

2. Neutrals allow for versatility. Practicality is another thing that sometimes has a bad rap. When you use neutral colors, you have the ability to match and coordinate with a wide array of colors and textures than any other shades out there. It’s this practicality that leads to flexibility when you decide to change up your space.

3. Neutrals are soothing and calming. Your home is your sanctuary. Neutrals can provide that peaceful environment we often crave after a hectic day. A soothing palette easily puts those stresses at ease, creating a home that’s a haven.

4. Neutrals help pops of color and rich textures stand out. When you have a neutral foundation, those pops of colors and fabrics, bountiful in textures, take center stage. Colorful accents become easily changeable and textures become more fun the more neutral the surrounding colors are.

5. Neutrals heighten the sophistication. Trendy colors are fun, but they lack the sophistication that neutrals do. If you want a home that’s classy, rely more on neutrals and save those trendy colors for accents.

Think Outside the Beige

Before we wrap this up, let’s address an issue many people have regarding neutrals: the beige factor. While beige does fall into the neutral category, it’s not the only neutral out there to use. Ivory, taupe, black, gray and white are other suitable options for your interior. Even colors that are prevalent in nature, such as blues and greens, can be considered neutral. With colors such as those, there’s really no reason why your home can’t look amazing.