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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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The Top Interior Color Trends to Watch

August 19, 2015 12:15 am

Defining a color palette in the home is as much about personality as it is about aesthetics. Whether seeking to renovate a room or simply refresh seasonal decor, consider incorporating this year’s most popular colors in the design, which not only speak to individuality, but are also right on trend, according to the color experts at Valspar.

1. “Sixth Sense” – Modern Grays, Transparent Blues and Radiant Yellows
Impressive advancements in smart technology and intuitive digital devices - from smart phones to smart cars to wired-clothing - are becoming a benchmark in all aspects of everyday life. This trend represents the seamless, perceptive presence of smart technology with cool, luminous and visionary hues featuring transparent glowing tones of blue, green, aqua and radiant yellow balanced by a stylish modern gray that expresses intuition. Bringing in touches of iridescent and ombre finishes can elevate the flowing effect of these luminous hues.

2. “New-Fashioned Family” – Happy Reds, Timeless Blues and Deep Burgundies
Shifts in family structure, as they become increasingly diverse, blended and anything but cookie cutter, are impacting today's homes. This trend is characterized by joyful, optimistic, contemporary hues capturing the independent spirit of this new demographic and includes confident, happy shades of red, coral, berry and orange grounded with a timeless, comfortable denim blue and a soulful, deep burgundy. Pairing these joyful hues with high-gloss finishes and translucent accents adds a pop of personal style to the home.

3. “Picture-Perfect” – Soft Tans, Dreamy Blues and Filtered Platinum

This trend zooms in on the social media movement and the powerful influence of personal storytelling. This palette embodies the warm connective nature of self-expression with soft coral tones, a tan that represents human interaction, and dreamy shades of blue, copper and platinum that bring to mind popular photo filter effects. Layering these filtered hues with subtle shimmer and metallic finishes can add a flash of excitement.

4. “Nurtured by Nature” – Mineral Grays, Rich Reds and Fresh Yellow-Greens

This trend is translated by a collection of lush, organic colors that include unrefined mineral grays of the earth; a rich clay red; an invigorating blue and a fresh yellow-green that radiates energy and growth. Natural stone and hammered steel accents ground the energy of these lush hues and heighten the sensory appeal of the space.

“‘What colors are trending?’ is probably the most frequent ask I receive as a designer,” says Genevieve Gorder, design expert, television personality and Valspar color ambassador. “Grouping colors into relatable families through cultural events makes an overwhelming category of home feel approachable, logical and most importantly, doable.”

Source: Valspar

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Survey: Vacationers Stress to De-Stress

August 18, 2015 12:15 am

Vacations are supposed to be relaxing – right? According to a recent Wyndham Hotel Group survey, the process of planning a vacation can trigger stress greater than that induced when visiting in-laws. Yikes!

The most stressful aspect of vacation planning, the survey found, is staying within budget. While nearly all respondents feel they need a vacation, most believe an overseas vacation is out of reach.

The survey also assessed the relationship between parents and children on vacation, finding families that take just one or two vacations a year fight less than those that don’t. At home, a third of parents talk to their children more via mobile devices than face-to-face; on vacation, three-quarters of parents use their mobile devices less, proving a getaway to be the ultimate cell phone dead spot.

Source: Wyndham Rewards

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