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Redecorating Your Home? Go Nordic!

February 18, 2016 1:51 am

(BPT)—Nordic-inspired interiors are having a moment. Echoing traditional Scandinavian design, the Nordic theme can lend a sense of balance and beauty to your home—and you can achieve the look without spending designer dollars.

To embrace the Nordic trend:

Start with a Clean Slate – When building the foundation of Nordic design, it’s important to select the right hue of white for the walls. Take a cue from colors inspired by natural, fine-textured stone. Alabster, for example, is a natural, flattering white suited especially for bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

Turn on the Light – Long, dark winters in Nordic countries foster a desire for natural light. Take advantage of the daylight you do have—and create an ethereal effect—with sheer window treatments. Incorporate transparent, shiny and reflective elements, like paper lanterns or copper pendant lighting, to maximize “lightness” when the sun goes down.

Mix in Natural Tones – Nordic design favors natural, live-well tones. To achieve this look and feel, use earthy, natural materials, such as Carrera marble, in the kitchen or bathroom. Add birch or maple cabinets and furniture to help balance stone grays and blush petal pinks of the natural elements.

Sharpen the Details – Complex shapes, angles and patterns in vibrant colors are also present in Nordic décor. Hang boxy frames or multilevel, open shelving units for symmetry, and include a strategically-placed, whimsical element, like zebra-striped pillows, multicolored candleholders, or red counter stools.

Source: Sherwin-Williams

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4 Interior Design Themes Taking Off This Year

February 18, 2016 1:51 am

Trends in interior design are often dictated by the current culture. Themes taking off this year are a subtle nod to 2016, with bold furnishings mixed with soft patterns, according to a recently released report from the Delta Faucet Company.

The report forecasts these trends will manifest at home in the following ways. Get inspired by these looks when revamping your own home!

1. “Colorful Contemporary”

Soft, geometric shapes accompany bright hues and natural fabrics for a cheerful, modern look. Influenced by Mid-Century aesthetics, this design sits squarely at the intersection of urban and suburban. Stylized subway tile and playfully shaped furniture in loud colors, like coral or bright yellow, will become more popular. Homeowners with a desire for additional natural elements may want to consider lightened, walnut wood accents or copper-framed storage units with pale ash shelving.

2. “Delicate Victorian”

Graceful patterns, subtle pastel hues and white-washed woods work together to create a timeless Victorian-era aesthetic with a softer touch. This classic design has a place in modern spaces when traditional accents, like delicate filigree patterns, and soft colors are placed in open-concept designs. Homeowners can accessorize through feminine-shaped vases, rose-gold accents, brass finishes and patterned textiles. Within this trend, expect an emphasis on floral and hexagonal patterns to bring this understated, elegant style to life.

3. “Jeweled Luxury”

Deep purple and navy hues, angular patterns and polished chrome finishes all create a luxurious look. Taking elements from both modern and traditional design, this trend incorporates clean, geometric shapes and open, wirework furniture with faceted surfaces and marble flooring. Jewel-inspired details and finishes in buffed gold with subtle iridescences add a sense of long-lasting opulence.

4. “Reclaimed Rustic”

Cool metals combine with warm botanical patterns to create the perfect blend of strong, industrial design with country comfort. Tarnished metals and textured stone juxtaposed against repurposed wood, nubby linens or country silks create rugged, yet comfortable spaces. Reclaimed wood accents, bursts of poppy and browned brass finishes bring a balance of warmth to the cool, modern metals.

Source: Masco Corporation

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