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Paint Decor Trends 2017: Taupe, Gray & Honey Glow

Recently I told you that many big paint companies have declared purple to be important for home decor this year, in my post: Paint Color Decor Trends 2017: Purple Reigns!  Those purplish hues are subtle but they still aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for more inspiring colors, these are the other major paint company color trends for 2017. The focus here is on neutral taupe and gray, warmed up with a delicious honey glow!

Sherwin Williams Poised Taupe

Sherwin-Williams named Poised Taupe SW 6039 as the color to define 2017. They like the warm and calming taupe because it “creates a cozy lifestyle and brings a sense of sanctuary into our homes.”  They also mention the beauty found in “lived-in” homes. Homes that “are allowed to age gracefully and show the wear and tear of everyday life. Every scratch, crack and mark records a story, a memory.” Greg and I agree with that. We have the same feeling about our french antique furniture, where each piece has been loved for a long time before we buy it and ship it to the USA to sell to our customers. Each piece tells a story.

Kettleman paint

Kelly-Moore Paints chose this sophisticated gray called Kettleman as the company’s 2017 paint color of the year. Although this photo shows it in a contemporary decor room, I can imagine this easily in a traditional library where it would look classically masculine, like those Old English rooms that we see in historical dramas. Just pop a traditional leather sofa or chair in the room and an antique-inspired desk and it would be very cozy! I can also see Kettleman paint working with vintage Hollywood Regency style decor. A bit of silver chrome and shiny surfaces like mirrored furniture would create dramatic glamour!

Honey Glow paint

Dunn-Edwards Paints named Honey Glow as its 2017 Color of the Year. This warm golden yellow is full of happy energy. It is probably best used in small doses, to create an accent wall or for trim, or in color blocks to frame a specific area of wall. The best thing is that the paint company will donate 10 percent of sales of paint tinted in Honey Glow to HoneyLove.org, a nonprofit organization that supports urban beekeeping and shows us how to make our gardens bee-friendly. Very cool. I hope this creates quite a BUZZ! (That was impossible to resist!)

We’d love to hear from you in the comments box. What do you think of the home decor paint colors for 2017?

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Paint Color Decor Trends 2017: Purple Reigns!

While 2016′s paint color trends were all about the whites, for 2017 many of the big paint companies have declared that purple reigns! Don’t worry, these aren’t vivid purples that would look more at home in a 1970′s nightclub. These are soft, moody and muted tones that are restful on the eye. While nobody is going to redecorate just because of a new year of color trends, we always enjoy seeing the color picks and how they might enliven our own decor, even in just as a few accent details.Shadow Benjamin Moore Dining RoomBenjamin Moore nominated Shadow as its 2017 Color of the Year. This is the most intense purple of all the paint companies and they call it “a rich, royal amethyst” but it looks to me as if it still has lots of gray in it.  The white lifts it and I think it needs a little bling too — gold or silver accessories or some sparkling crystal. Here you see a crystal chandelier and a gilt framed mirror. Benjamin Moore describes Shadow as, “A master of ambiance…sophisticated, provocative and poetic.”

Glidden Byzantine Blue Hallway

Glidden paint named Byzantine Blue as its 2017 Color of the Year. The company says: “The name may say blue, but Byzantine Blue is truly a purple in disguise.” I do wonder why they called it blue in the first place, then… all these paint colors are confusing enough as it is! Anyway, it looks very elegant in this hallway. Quite serene and classic but bringing a nice dose of color. This purple definitely brings in blue and gray tones, so the look will change according to the colors you pair it with.

Violet Verbena PPG Paints

PPG Pittsburgh Paints added to the passion for purple with its selection of Violet Verbena as 2017 color of the year. Another gray-purple hue, Violet Verbena would look good in a traditional space like this beautiful bedroom. PPG describes it as a “nuanced update on a classic shade” and I agree with them that it will blends a masculine and feminine note. This makes it a good choice for a guest bedroom. It will appeal to both male and female visitors. But whoever is sleeping there, I suggest they move the bedside table next to the bed! Cloudberry Color of the Year

Olympic Paints & Stains named Cloudberry as its 2017 Color of the Year, and this one looks the most obviously purple of them all, as far as I can tell from the photos. This soft violet seems the most feminine of all the purples, making it a sweet tone for a lady’s boudoir or dressing room, or for a powder room. But paint hues always change according to the colors they are teamed with, and the pinks in this living room photo will certainly bring out the blush in the Cloudberry wall color. Paired with gray or white, the look would be quite different, and paired with black it would be very dramatic and seductive. I think this is a great color for someone with Hollywood Regency style decor!

Tell us in the comments box what you think of these colors. We’d love to hear about your own decorating plans for 2017.

If you are tempted to pick up some purple accessories or furniture for your home, find them at EuroLuxHome.com at this purple decor link.

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Decorating With White

I wrote a while ago about all the elegant and soft whites that have been picked as Paint Colors of the Year for 2016.    White is such a classic color, it works in traditional rooms and modern rooms and with styles from French Country to Farmhouse to Scandinavian to Hollywood Regency and Art Deco!  But it also risks looking clinical and cold if it’s not handled well.

This white living room in the English countryside avoids looking stark — despite the high ceilings and large expanses of white walls — due to the soft furnishings. The white sofa slip covers and squashy throw pillows make it look comfy. Soft furnishings are important to balance the hard surfaces which can make a white room look unwelcoming. Wood floors and furniture warm the space up too. That view out of the window is stunning, but sadly we can’t all replicate that!

A beautiful dark wood floor also helps to ground this bright white living room in Minnesota. You are unlikely to redo the entire floor of a room to match the white walls! But if you have a room with wood floors already, then it could be a good candidate for white decor. Or use new or antique wood furniture to create the same effect, warming the space up and contrasting nicely with the airy white.

White bamboo chairAnother way to create a sanctuary of peaceful white is to look for off-white textiles and white furniture so you can layer the tones for a richer impression.  The easiest trick of all is to use a wide variety of textures to create visual interest. For example, bamboo, wicker, and rattan furniture or woven rattan baskets all create immediate texture.

This white Woodbridge dining chair is actually faux bamboo – it is crafted in hardwood but turned in a bamboo-like fashion. But you can see how much texture and dimension it adds to the fabulous hand-rubbed finish in antique white paint.

French Style White Bench

Carved detail will also soften the look of a piece of white furniture and create tons of visual interest. The decorative style of this exquisite new French style window bench is enhanced by the antiqued whitewash finish on the pretty details: the rosettes and the reeded and turned legs. The bench is upholstered in white/cream linen. Linen always has such a lovely texture too. Can you see the distressed finish on the bench? The extra visual layering and texture take an already beautiful piece of white furniture into an even more interesting zone!

White Ladderback chair French Country

Here’s another example of artful distressing on a new  white French Country dining chair or side chair. The distressing by Woodbridge Furniture Company artisans is created by hand-rubbing. It is quite a skill to know exactly where an antique piece of furniture would have been worn by use, and therefore create an aged and antique effect!

The result is lovely and authentic. You can see how the distressing adds visual dimension and warmth to the white ladderback chair. (Underneath the white paint finish, the chairs are solid wood and very sturdy.)

If you imagine the chair without the hand-distressing it would still be a very handsome chair, but you can see what I mean about the importance of visual layers of color and texture.

Of course, if you have lots of pets or children around, you might want to be strategic in your use of white furniture, but distressed pieces absorb and disguise the impact of ‘real life’ very well!

Do you have a room decorated in white? We’d love to hear from you in the comments box, or even see photos!

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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?

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Paint Color Decor Trends 2016: Whites Win!

While last year’s paint color trends were quite bright and bold, for 2016 many of the big paint companies are turning to a serene state of mind and picking dreamy shades of white! Of course, we’re not all going to strip the paint off the walls and redecorate just to please the paint companies. Still it is interesting to see how similar the colors are this year and the reasons given by the paint companies for choosing these classic whites are all the same too: to create a tranquil sanctuary away from our fast-paced world!

Benjamin Moore Simply White

Benjamin Moore nominated Simply White as their 2016 Color of the Year. This photo shows how beautifully the layered white tones diffuse light and create a sense of peace and harmony. These white-washed walls make a gorgeous backdrop for the richly toned wood furniture and hand-hewn beams.

SW paint Color of Year Alabaster

Sherwin-WIlliams chooses Alabaster (SW 7008) as Paint Color of the Year for 2016. It is a symbol of new beginnings but the main reason cited by Sherwin-Williams for giving Alabaster a place on the pedestal is as an escape from the noise of the modern world. “Alabaster offers a sense of personal solace and revival to weary minds. It is the true neutral to set the tone for 2016.”  It certainly looks graceful in this living room, and the mirror, glass, and silvery reflective surfaces all add to the light and luxurious feeling created by the Alabaster white.

Another oasis of calm is created by the Glidden paint company’s 2016 Color of the Year: Cappuccino White.  The creamy off-white creates a soft and relaxing atmosphere, as you can see in this traditional San Francisco living room.

It is always great to get design inspiration for using classic whites, and these pure tones will work on walls in any room of the house and with any decor style.

http://www.euroluxhome.com/products/new-jonathan-charles-china-cabinet-country-farmhouse-painted-dusty-white-jc-1567.htmlWood furniture always looks great against painted white walls but sometimes people like to choose white furniture too for some white walls. This continues the visual flow and sense of spaciousness.

For example, this new white Jonathan Charles French Country Farmhouse cabinet will look very elegant on a white or other pale wall.

Even though the china cabinet is a stunning 7 feet tall, the white painted wood keeps the airy feeling going in a white room, and the glass doors add to the lightness.

Browse all our white new and antique furniture for more bright white ideas!

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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?

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Red Wine Colored Decor

Just as red wine is smooth on the palate, red wine decor is smooth on the interior design palette! I’m writing this post on Beaujolais Nouveau Day and if you don’t know about this annual celebration of wine you can read all about it in my Beaujolais Nouveau Day blog post from last year.

I could sure do with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau as we just moved into our renovated vintage 1920s bungalow and there is still so much to do! But in the meanwhile, I’ve been thinking about red wine colored decor.Traditional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Scott Sanders LLC

Wine colored decor is especially great in winter. It’s cozy, warming, welcoming, sophisticated, and dramatic. Wine colors vary from tawny tones with more of a rusty red hue (like aged Merlot) through to plummy purplish tones like spicy Syrah, French Bordeaux, and California’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

French Antique Hunting Chairs in our client's dining room

All of these wine colors look beautiful with wood, which is why they look great in traditional homes decorated with antique furniture. This photo comes from a Client Spotlight on Antique Hunting Chairs that our customer Howard bought from us.  Howard’s dining room in his New York home is decorated with wine colors. As you can see, the wine tone looks splendid with the aged wood of the 130-year-old oak chairs and that substantial wood table.

Wine colored decor is always a good choice for a dining room. As I’ve said in other posts about red dining rooms, any shade of the color red helps stimulate appetite and lively conversation!

Ambella Home Red Wine Decor

Red wine decor tones are also a super choice with neutrals, especially gray. Gray usually needs to be paired with a color to give it life, and the gray/wine combo is always sophisticated. This living room featuring decorative Ambella Home tables from the Antoinette collection is a good illustration of the color combination.

Wine Colored Buffet ProvenceYou’ll notice that the first two photos didn’t have floor-to-ceiling wine painted walls. Instead, they just feature the color on either the upper or lower half of the wall. That’s a good way to enjoy wine colors in smaller doses if the full walls feel too much for you. Or you can paint only a small accent wall or perhaps the interior of an alcove lined with book shelves.

Or just choose a piece of furniture in a rich burgundy color, like this tall chest of drawers or dresser in our gallery. The Chesapeake chest of drawers is crafted in hardwood with a lovely wine painted finish.

Featuring red wine colored furniture and home accents gives you all the warmth of the color to serve as a focal point in your room, without the commitment of a full decor job. I’ll drink to that!

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Spice Up Your Space with Orange Decor

Orange Front DoorToday I’m feeling inspired by orange décor. With Halloween on the horizon, the shops are full of pumpkins (real and fake!) and orange and black Halloween decorations. The season from now through November seems infused with beautiful tones of orange… from the bright Halloween décor to the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and sweet potato dishes, as well as the rich fall colors outdoors. Orange creates a welcoming glow to warm us up as temperatures drop, so why not bring it into the house year-round?

I think people can be a bit scared of orange décor. That’s natural, it’s a bold shade and it can be overwhelming. Or it can look too 1970s (when that’s not your aim) or too young and urban hip (when that’s not your aim either!) But the range of shades – from coral to tangerine to rust to pumpkin – means orange décor can work well even in traditional rooms. It all depends how you use it.

OK, this might be a bit too vibrant for many of us, but let’s start with the orange-juiciest photo! Actually, this saturated orange decor (painted with Ralph Lauren’s Bold Orange IB229) Is nicely balanced by the white architectural detail cutting into the brightness a bit. The natural brown and green tones in the room help bring the design down to earth too. It’s like a scattering of autumn leaves! The painted orange ceiling makes the ceiling look taller as it continues the wall color and draws the eye upward. I can imagine this room being invigorating in the day. At night, I’d want careful lighting to mute the orange and turn it more “warm and welcoming” than “wake up!”

This breakfast room combines softer coral with burnt orange on the walls. Warm wood details and bamboo blinds ground the orange tones nicely. The light orange accents on the chairs add the finishing touches. The room feels both relaxed and elegant.

Orange is a traditional color for Asian decor. It looks terrific in this simple Asian-inspired nook. All the other details and colors are kept simple and streamlined so the alcove doesn’t seem too busy and the orange accent wall can SHINE!

If even an orange accent wall feels too much for you, you can still get a lively zing with some color-block detail on one wall. This kid’s bedroom uses a large pumpkin orange block to frame a photograph. I could see the same idea working as a frame for a display of blue and white Delftware.

Ambella Home cabinet orange decorThis warm Mediterranean orange decor shows how very rich the color can appear, which is perfect to set off an Old World decor style. For example, we stock this Ambella Home scrolled iron cabinet with a stone top and the decorative design stands beautifully against the glowing orange walls.

Rococo Orange Decor

Whether you like all-over orange (like this Rococo living room that oozes exotic allure) or just a few splashes of orange in accents to add zest to a room, we’d love to hear about your orange decor.

Or tell us which of these blog photos you like best. Is orange decor your favorite squeeze?

 

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2014 Trends: Elegant Gray Decor

Gray decor is apparently rocking the trends lists for 2014. I don’t think it was ever off-trend! As April is National Decorating Month we’ve all got an excuse to rethink our interiors. Maybe even try some new and creative decorating techniques.

Greg and I been working to get our drywall up in our 1920s bungalow renovation project. We also finally finished the HVAC a few weeks ago after interruptions with freak snowstorms! We’re not ready to think about finishing touches on the interiors yet. But if you plan to paint any rooms in your home, gray decor is a great way to go.

Gray Decor by Benjamin MooreGray is the new black, according to Realtor magazine’s 10 hottest home design trends for 2014. I also remember when gray was the new brown, and then the new white. Funny how gray can’t just be the old gray that we love already! The serene living room above features Benjamin Moore‘s Thunder color paint on the walls. It shows how beautifully gray works with natural materials. It’s a perfect match for wood, stone, and natural fabrics like linen.

FarrowBallGrayDecorThis gray decor in this classic and inviting living room is created with Farrow and Ball’s French Gray on the walls and London Stone trim. That French Gray tone was also popular in 19th century wallpapers.

Victorian Gray decor wallpaper

The Victorian style floral wallpaper in our Victorian Bed and Breakfast client spotlight is a great example.Our customers Kathy and Tim renovated a beautiful Victorian mansion in Walla Walla, Washington, and opened it as the Vine and Roses Bed & Breakfast. We helped them furnish it with antiques including this French Country dresser. The dresser looks fabulous against the gray wallpaper accented with vivid red flowers.
In Victorian times, gray decor was also often seen in entry halls, hallways and staircases. Supposedly the simple gray wouldn’t compete with the surrounding rooms. I suspect it held its own quite well!

Gray decor bedroom with furniture by Ambella Home

Gray decor is sophisticated and soothing in a bedroom too. Because gray is such a subtle tone it can take a lot of texture. The textured gray walls and patterned linens in this bedroom prove the point. Anyone who worries that gray will be too staid will be reassured by this elegantly exotic room, featuring the Ambella Home Castilian king bed and chest of drawers that we stock in the gallery.

French Provincial dining chairs for gray decorIf you don’t want to decorate completely in gray, a few gray accents still create the mood. This set of 6 new French Country dining chairs looks authentically rustic, but with a nod to contemporary color. Crafted in solid mahogany, the chairs have a soft gray wash finish to make them look well-loved and well-worn. The gray complements the natural color of the handwoven rush seating perfectly.

Do you have gray decor in your home? We’d love to hear what you like about it in the comments box below.

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2014 Trends: True Blue Decor

While reading about the latest interior design trends for 2014, I noticed that blue decor is hitting a lot of headlines! These aren’t shy and retiring shades of blue either, but true blue decor that makes a strong statement.

Dark Blue decorThis House Beautiful magazine slideshow of design trends says that navy blue will be big in 2014. Considering that people usually think of blue as a ‘cool’ color, this traditional living room still feels cozy and welcoming. I think that is because there is a lot of texture and detail in the space. The sofa is soft and inviting, with a nice variety of throw pillows scattered on it to tempt us in. The books also add visual interest and the wall sconces keep the lighting intimate.

Vintage Sideboard in its new Maryland home! EuroLuxAntiques.com

Seeing this room reminded me of a client spotlight from nearly a year ago. We shared this photo of Irene’s dining room in Maryland. Irene was clearly ahead of the trends! Or perhaps it’s just fair to say that classic style is always in fashion. Irene bought a vintage French Mid-Century Modern sideboard from us and placed it in her dining room. The dark blue decor looks so very elegant, and the Art Deco chandelier makes a stunning accent.

Antique French chairs for navy blue decorIf you’re looking for accessories for your blue decor, this set of six antique Mechelen chairs would look terrific in the dining room. They would also work as side chairs anywhere in the house. Carved in the Mechelen style in around 1900, the oak antique dining chairs from Belgium are crowned with handsome lion heads on the finials and a brass handle on the chair rails. The navy, gold, and cream upholstery has been relatively recently done and the classic stripe pattern is timelessly elegant.

Deep and saturated turquoise is another example of blue decor that’s topping the trend list this year according to Elle Decor magazine. I love the relaxed sea breeze feel of turquoise – it turns any room into an oasis.

Turquoise blue decor accent bookcaseEven if you don’t want to go all-over turquoise, a few turquoise accents can really lift a space. For example, this new Mediterranean bookcase will add a gorgeous pop of color. The distressed turquoise splatter finish on the solid oak bookcase makes it a great match for a French Country style interior or even for a cozy coastal cottage. With the turquoise detail on this bookcase, it really does feel like we’re relaxing in the south of France – a lazy sunny day image to beat the gray day blues!

Blue and White Delft

Antique Delftware always adds an airy dose of refreshing blue and white to a room, and if you group your pottery collection like this it looks even more fantastic! My post on Delftware ceramics tells you more about the history and various styles of these eternally appealing blue and white Delft treasures.

The color blue is most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence. I guess we can all see why true blue decor is top of the interior design charts for 2014!

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 you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.