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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?

 

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

Best of April 2014: National Decorating Month

April was National Decorating Month and I hope that our blog posts helped inspire ideas for your home!  Let’s revisit some of our favorite antiques and decor posts from April.

National Decorating Month gray decorGray popped up as a hot decor trend for 2014, so in National Decorating Month I wrote a post on Gray Decor in the bedroom & living room. Gray is so adaptable. It works well with natural materials in a rustic country setting and in sophisticated city rooms. It’s great with exotic or heavy textures too, like this Castilian themed Ambella Home bedroom.
Madrid dining chair set
Our Madrid dining chairs client spotlight about Heidi’s chic dining room also emphasized the beauty of neutral colors. Heidi has a set of our linen-upholstered Spanish style chairs in her dining room.  The  pale gray paint on the walls and the light tones of the carpet and  chairs give a fresh twist to the room’s traditional Spanish Mission style influence. Heidi’s dining room is perfectly timeless but also perfectly NOW!
Hand-painted ceramics add a colorful touch in National Decorating MonthFor a splash of color, you don’t always need a big decorating project. I think it keeps the spirit of National Decorating Month to use smaller accents and creative touches to ring the changes in your home. For example, our client Bunny sent us this photo of her kitchen adorned with old Italian Deruta ceramics she bought from us. See more in our post on the sunny Mediterranean style of hand-painted Vintage Deruta Ceramics.

 

Antiques deals in National Decorating MonthDuring National Decorating Month, Greg and I worked hard at spring cleaning and sorting some of our older stock. The good news for you is that we’ve slashed prices by about 40% (or more!) on some beautiful antiques and vintage pieces that are still waiting for a good home. See some of our favorite bargains in our Spring Cleaning Antiques Deals post. Or visit EuroLuxAntiques.com to browse for deals on antique furniture, lighting, clocks, ceramics, and other smaller items.
Atlantique Antique Show
Finally, we celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2014 and we’re having great fun remembering highlights from our early years. If you want to know what NOT to do when a slab of marble on an Art Deco sideboard breaks just before a major antiques show, read this post on our First Atlantique Antique Show. We had a Laurel and Hardy moment involving the marble, too much glue, and a glass-topped hotel table. It’s funny to look back on, even if it wasn’t so funny at the time!

 

Thanks for spending National Decorating Month with us. We’ll share more ideas and inspiration about antiques and home decor in May.

 

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.

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.

2013 Trends: Antique Furniture Comes Back

I know many of you don’t decorate based on trends. You buy antique furniture because you love its look and appreciate its high quality and value. Still, I was excited to see antique furniture made the list of House Beautiful’s “10 Home Decorating Trends that will be Hot in 2013.” And it made me want to look into other 2013 design trends to see how fine antique furniture and accessories might fit into the picture.

The renowned Boston Design Center issued its 2013 Trends Report, and again I noticed traditional furnishings making a comeback. BDC devoted an entire category to “The Classics,” summed up as “tailored shapes, tasteful and refined, polished surfaces, perfectly modern.” Many fine French antiques and vintage pieces fit this description, such as this beautiful upholstered 1950s Louis XV arm chair in walnut.

Another candidate for BDC’s “The Classics” category? This fab French mid-century modern sideboard.

BDC also devotes an entire section to “pattern” trends, and they predict stripes, floral prints, and figural patterns will be big in 2013. Other design blogs also have predicted a comeback of animal prints, but with a whimsical twist — such as in this reproduction French bombe commode with a sensational zebra stripe!

Designer Melissa Rufty says she’s “crushing on brass” for 2013, and certainly many antiques used brass hardware. If you like more bling, there are a variety of high-quality reproduction pieces that incorporate brass or even gilt elements for the ultimate shine.

This particular console table not only includes the brass elements predicted to be hot but also homes in on the classic themes predicted by BDC.

Designer Leta Austin Foster says “enough with the plain” in the House Beautiful 2013 trends slideshow and calls for “pretty, classic fabrics.” Again, you can look to vintage to fill the bill, as in this gorgeous French velvet table runner from the 1950s.

In terms of color, all the major trendsetters see blue in the future. One obvious way to add pops of blue throughout your decor is by displaying classic Blue Delft ceramics.

I guess my biggest takeaway from reading about 2013 decorating and interior design trends is this: Antiques are never out of style! Regardless of what the current trend seems to be, antique and vintage furnishings always have a place in your home’s decor.

What do you think about the projected design trends for 2013? Do you pay any attention to trends?

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 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!

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