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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.

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.

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.

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!