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Pantone Picks Pink and Blue for Interiors

A few weeks ago I blogged about the Paint Colors of the Year for 2016, which are all soft whites. The only company that has spoken out for color this year is Pantone. The international color trend experts at Pantone picked a pink and a blue for their colors of the year 2016. The colors are called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone pink and blue

Pantone chose these soft pink and blue tones for the same reason as the paint companies who chose whites!

They say it’s to create a sense of peacefulness – an escape from modern day stresses. The Pantone website says “Whether on their own or combined with other shades, the pairing of Serenity and Rose Quartz bring a feeling of calm and relaxation into the home environment.”
This is the first time Pantone picked two colors rather than one. Last year it was the deep wine color Marsala, which I thought was a very nice shade for many different styles of home decor. The light pink and blue are a bit different. Pink and blue makes some people think of picking a color to paint the nursery for the baby! Other people might be reminded of the 1980s.  But I think there are ways to work with Serenity and Rose Quartz in the home and still keep it looking grown-up and beautiful.

Blue and Pink Floral Traditional

Here is one example. It reminds me of the decor I’ve seen in some old French houses and chateaux, where the soft pastel pinks and blues were a very traditional choice. High quality materials and fine finishes are important to carry off this luxurious look. A touch of gilding adds to the sophistication too!

This is a sweet take on the same color combo. The romantic bedroom plays up the delicate tones by pairing them with flowers, bows, crystals on the light fitting, and sheer curtains. Even the image behind the bed of a rack of dresses has a floaty feel.
Aubusson Pink Blue Throw Pillow
If all-out Rose Quartz pink and Serenity blue is too much for you, a few home decor accents can capture the tranquility of these colors.

This new Aubusson throw pillow blends similar shades of pink and blue beautifully. Crafted using traditional techniques to replicate antique French Aubusson pillows, the pillow has a floral design that would look very pretty in a Victorian bedroom or in a country cottage living room.

Dale Tiffany Blue Barroque LampThe airy weightlessness of the two colors also makes me think they will look good on glass. The softness of the colors matched with the shiny translucency of glass seems like a match made in color heaven!

I think the blue on the hand-crafted art glass shade of this new Dale Tiffany Blue Baroque table lamp looks very close to the Pantone Serenity shade.

The shade is made by glass artisans using traditional copper foil techniques and the pretty glass jewels add to the light and tranquil feel.

Pink Chandelier FlorenceThis amazing new Cyan Design Florence chandelier looks like a close match for Rose Quartz pink. The Murano glass style chandelier with its cascading swirls could almost be whipped up from pink clouds at sunset! Or maybe I’m just getting all romantic and dewy-eyed from looking at Rose Quartz pink and Serenity sky blue for too long!

What do you think of the Pantone colors of the year? Would you like them in your home? Would you combine them or just stay with one shade or the other?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

Decor Trends 2015: Paint Colors of the Year

Just because the various paint and color trend companies release their ‘Colors of the Year’, it doesn’t mean that we all want to run out and change our color scheme! But it’s great to see the colors chosen each year. Sometimes they shake up my ideas about home decor, just in case I’m falling into a rut. Even if I don’t want to use the paint color on my walls, the Colors of the Year might inspire me to try a new color as a decorative accent.  Let’s take a look at the paint Colors of the Year for 2015.

I’m starting with the paint color that I think is the most accessible for most people. Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year is Guilford Green HC-116. It’s a serene silvery green from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color collection. The Historic Color paints are all inspired by  colors found in buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Maybe that’s why I like it so much!

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

The next shade with broad appeal is Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala. It’s a deep red-brown shade that can look earthy, sophisticated, or dramatic, depending how you use it.

Ambella Home Red Wine DecorNow, excuse me for blowing my own trumpet, but I was inspired to write a post about Red Wine Colored Decor a few months ago. The rooms I showed were very similar to the Marsala shade, but I promise you I had no idea that Pantone was promoting Marsala for 2015. Hey, I’m more on-trend than I thought I was! This is one of the rooms from that Red Wine Colored Decor post.

Next up are the more adventurous hues for 2015… starting with the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year. The paint color is called Coral Reef, and you can see why.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef

The lively mix of pink, orange and red is probably best used in small doses, for an accent wall or a smaller room like the hallway in this photo. It looks fresh and pretty glimpsed against the softer peach of the kitchen walls and the clean white trim.

Coral pink wall cabinetSherwin-Williams also suggests that you might try using the Coral Reef color to paint a piece of furniture. We can help with that! We have many types of coral painted furniture in our gallery, like this arched coral wall cabinet.

Although the newly crafted wall cabinet is not painted with the Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef color specifically, I think it’s a pretty good match if you want the look but don’t want to paint your walls coral. An accent piece of furniture like this gives you a charming dash of the trend color without taking over the house!
Finally, the PPG PIttsburgh Paints Color of the Year is the boldly saturated Blue Paisley
.Other by Allison Park Paint & Wall Coverings PPG Pittsburgh Paints

This green-hued blue really is electric, isn’t it? A bolt of the color on an accent wall or in color blocking will give a powerful wake-up call to a room. I can imagine it creating a lush tropical mood in a beach cottage or condo. I can also picture it looking glamorous in a petite powder room, with a contrast of crisp white or sunny yellow.

What do you think of the paint Colors of the Year for 2015? Do any of them tempt you, and how might you use them in your home decor?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Decorative Stair Ideas

We’ve been looking at decorative stair ideas that give you the chance to express your creativity in this most humble and functional area of the home. Although our 1920s bungalow renovation is still in progress, I’m getting a lot of inspiration for my own decorative stairs! One of them might work for our upstairs area dedicated to Greg’s ‘man loft’ and the guest bedroom.

Check out these decorative stair ideas that we’ve pinned on our Pinterest page. They elevate (excuse the pun) a simple staircase from pure function to a unique design feature


Graphic and gorgeous! Music fans will enjoy these elegantly decorative stairs, painted with piano keys. This would be a fantastic way to lead visitors up to your music room.


Don’t neglect the stair risers! These decorative stairs feature a selection of pretty floral wallpapers on the risers. It’s a great idea for a country cottage or to enhance a Victorian decor home. You could of course use all the same wallpaper on each riser. But I rather like the unmatched and eclectic feel of this approach. It adds to the vintage mood.


Here’s a fine way to upcycle some old wooden rulers. You have to look quite closely to see that they are indeed old-fashioned rulers glued to the stair risers. The various tones of the wood and the styles of the ruler markings create a unique effect.


Tile on the stair risers might be a more tricky DIY job. You need to ensure the tiles are exactly the same height as the risers. But look how fresh and appealing the tile looks! I can picture this working beautifully in a coastal home, with the breezy blue and white tile, accented by one red riser. It could also be rather fabulous with Art Nouveau design tile.


This clever home-owner has used decals on the risers to create a butterfly and bird vignette. The surrounding walls and stair rail are kept quite simple and clean. I think this is generally a good idea so the decorative stair design is framed without too much other distraction.


If you want a simpler but still very decorative stair approach, the subtle gradation of color on these stair risers looks highly sophisticated. It’s a rainbow of blue!


Turning our gaze to the other side of the stairs, shelves on the underside of an open staircase are a great way to display your books, collectibles, and small antique or vintage items.

If you have any decorative stair techniques or ideas, we’d love to hear about them. Tell us in the comments box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her husband, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox!

Color in Your Interior Design

In thinking about interior design colors for the 1920s bungalow we’re restoring, I came across this great article at Freshome Design & Architecture: Room Color and How it Affects Your Mood. And then, in a moment of serendipity, an email newsletter from Traditional Home magazine landed in my inbox. The newsletter contains three links to slideshows:

Each of these interior design blog posts and photo galleries deals with the use of color in home decorating. So guess what today’s blog topic is?

Dazzling array of paint chips in orange and green -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t struggled at one time or another with paint colors. Using paint chips is great, but it’s often hard to tell what that gorgeous tangerine on the card will look like covering a 10×14-foot wall!

Of course, wall paint represents just one way to incorporate color into your interior design. And sometimes going with neutrals is not only the easiest choice but the one that enables you to showcase your collections (such as blue Delft ware), accessories (such as a vintage Capodimonte chandelier), or fine furniture (such as an antique Rococo dining table with ornate carvings).

Cozy fireplace sitting area in a tranquil blue and white palette -- EuroLuxAntiques

This cozy fireplace sitting area features a blue and white design, with a celadon-colored door for interest. Colorful cushions on the chairs add movement to the space. I love the little pair of sconces that flank a pair of stacked prints above the mantel. This symmetrical design gives the space a formal feel, while the cushions keep things a bit contemporary. And I love the round table! A designer once said “every room should have at least one round table,” and I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

Toile accented dining room -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

This dining room combines reds and blues for a French Country style interior design. I love how the decorator carried the blue toile used in the valances to the interior of the open china cabinet in the corner. Brilliant! The sheer curtains create a romantic ambiance, and the rust red color in the tablecloth gives the space warmth. Ditto for the warm wood floors you can see peeking out at the corner of the rug. As a final touch, the decorator added colorful fresh-cut flowers for a pop of yellow and purple. All in all, this room represents a great use of color in interior design!

 

Neutral dining room with blue green furniture -- EuroLuxAntiques.com

Here’s a great example of how a neutral color palette can serve your interior design. The walls, drapes, dining chairs, and area rug all are done in shades of beige. This draws the eye first to the rich, brown dining table. Next, you notice the pretty purple irises in clear vases on the table. Finally, your eye wanders to the gorgeous blue china cabinet. The simple wire-frame chandelier seems to float in the space; an ornate, crystal chandelier here might overwhelm the design.

 

 

As you can see, you don’t need to fear color in your interior design. If you don’t feel bold, go neutral and accent with colors you love. If you’re fearless, crank up the paint sprayer and refresh your walls with something vibrant!

Are you fearless when it comes to color in your decor? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!