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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?

 

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.

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!