Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or are looking to spruce up your existing space, color is (maybe surprisingly!) the easiest way to add decorative creativity and warmth. The concept of bright color and bold patterns may seem scary at first, but the best part about using color as an accent in interior design is that there are no set-in-stone rules. When it comes to these stylistic accents, the options are endless, and there are only a few guidelines to hold in mind to ensure your home stays chic and tasteful.
The 60-30-10 Rule
One of the best ways to ensure that color stays an accent instead of a show-stealer is through the 60-30-10 rule. This simple guideline reminds decorators to keep 60% of a room the primary color, 30% of the room a secondary color, and 10% a pop of color, print, or more vibrant accent. With this easy formula in mind, it will be difficult to get carried away with too much of one color, and your home will be balanced and stylish.
Follow the Leader
When competing colors and patterns begin to overwhelm the serene decor of your home, remember to follow the leader. Essentially, remind yourself to pull from the largest pattern or color in the room and let that accent piece guide the rest of your design. There is nothing more stylistically off-putting than pieces competing for cohesion. Instead, allow your accent throws, pillows, etc, to follow the lead of the largest accessory in the room — usually lamps, rugs, large pieces artwork, or draperies. Accents like those frame the periphery of the space, allowing room for more minor interior incorporations of color and pop.
While most interior decorators opt for uniformity of wall paint, one of the easiest ways to make a statement in your home is through an accent wall. This doesn’t mean a fourth of your living room needs to be coated in eccentric wall paper in order to be chic, but rather, pull inspiration from other parts of the space. Maybe follow the leading pattern piece in the room, like the rug or artwork.
Moving the Color Along
One of the biggest problems with pops of color in the home is the “randomness factor,” meaning that many accents clash with the overall aesthetic. This can be easily remedied with just a bit more attention to color detail. For example, if the rug in the living room has greens blues, creams and tans, and you use blue as your accent in the living room, bring that blue into the kitchen space, and perhaps incorporate green somewhere into the more minor home spaces or bathrooms. It might sound obvious, but weaving these complementing colors will produce a psychological and design flow throughout the home.
Green with Envy
This year has brought decorative succulents and terrariums into the spotlight, taking their place as one of the simplest and most impactful ways to bring color (and life!) into the home. With the modern emphasis on serene decors rooted in white, grey, tan, and cream, trend-savvy interior decorators are increasingly turning to the beautiful greens of nature for their pops of color . These accents are temporary, bright and classic ways to bring a special touch into your home.
As your children grow from preschool to prom, there may be no other room in the home that experiences as much decorative evolution and whimsy as their bedrooms. To keep up, it is important to keep their spaces bright, happy and easily adaptable.
- Avoid Sensory Overload: While kids’ and teens’ decor options often embody the wild and carefree nature of childhood, it’s all too easy for the design to veer into sensory overload. Kids’ bedrooms are typically smaller in size, littered with toys and clothes, and even shared with siblings. Too many patterns and colors can make a small space feel even smaller – destroying any chance of design cohesion or interior serenity.
- Let Basics Be Basics: Your children’s growth is unavoidable, but poor furniture choices aren’t. When it comes to kids’ furniture, it can be easy to get carried away in the race car day beds and princess dressers. However, keeping those essential bedroom sets simple will allow you to change more ephemeral decorations as your children age.
- Consider Year-Round Pastels: Pastels are an amazing way to bring color into the room without being overwhelming. Their timeless hues are serene and soothing, but still whimsical and elegant.
- Stick to What You Know: There is no doubt that the accent colors and decorations of your kid’s bedroom will change while they live at home. Wall stickers may be the new best friend of creative teens looking to constantly switch up their room designs. Instead of painting the walls or ripping out wallpaper, find fun and mess-free wall stickers to satisfy an artistic edge.
- Embrace White Decor: Putting kids around white furniture, comforters and pillows is one of the biggest fears of most parents. However, going for an all-white pillow, blanket or duvet may actually be your saving grace. The bleachable fabric is easy to wash and will give the space a timeless and open feeling.
- Get Creative with Bed Frames: In the era of sleepovers, you (and your children’s friends!) will thank you for adding this thoughtful touch to the room. Whether it’s a day bed, rollaway bed, or fun bunk bed, there is always opportunity for extra sleeping space when it comes to the kiddos.
- Keep It Simple: While it can be easy to get carried away with the pink and blue of typical baby girls’ and boys’ rooms, one of the smartest decisions you can make for the future is to keep the dominant colors simple. Allow your children to choose their own accent colors and decorations while keeping the main tones cohesive to the home itself.
- Add Some Magic: Fairy lights are not exclusive to the holidays. In fact, they are one of the trendiest ways to decorate your child’s room. In addition to functioning as a source of night light, these tiny lights will give the room a comforting and magical aura.
- Rethink the Canopy: Having a canopy over your child’s bed doesn’t mean you have to buy a new bed frame every time they grow out of their old one. These fun and simple canopies, independent of the bed frame, give the room a whimsical spin that will make your child feel like their bed is a safe oasis.
- Be Wary of Themes: Going all out with a bedroom theme is fun for a while, but will quickly become a burden when your kids decide that they no longer love trains, or the rain forest, or nautical sailboats. While it can be tempting to go above and beyond on a certain children’s theme, it is a good idea to stick to a simple color palette and only accent with themed accessories. This will allow your children the freedom to change their bedroom as their interests evolve over the years.
One of the simple beauties of owning your own home is having the opportunity to host guests. However, this idea is often more glamorous in theory than in practice, and many homeowners struggle with perfecting their guest bedrooms. The decorating process doesn’t have to be a large production. In fact, keeping it simple and focused on the little details is the key to a wonderful stay.
Seasons change, but guest room decor doesn’t have to. Your visitor’s quarters do not have to embody the epitome of the latest trends and fashions; it is far more important to keep decorations and bed accessories timeless and comfortable. The essentials? Fluffy pillows, a climate temperate duvet, and plenty of soft throw blankets. There is nothing more uncomfortable as a guest than a too cold or too warm stay because of stuffy comforters or rough blankets.
Ease of Electronics, Outlets and Lights
This might seem like a small and meaningless detail, but making sure there is a visible outlet and light switch close to the bed is a must for any thoughtful host. Guests don’t want to worry about charging their phones or stumbling into bed in the dark. This common problem can be solved with a chic bedside charging station. These are sleek, helpful, and usually offer a clock interface so guests don’t have to reach for their phones to know the time. Pair it will a tasteful nightside lamp that can be turned off with ease from the side of the bed, and make sure that television remotes are simple to use. Consider writing a little note to guests regarding the “how to’s” of the home, from the television to the coffee maker. Visitors don’t want to bother, and this will show attention and care on your part.
Florals and Aroma
Tangential with the simple decor, it is still important to showcase thoughtfulness through subtle details. Prior to arrival, place a few complementing floral arrangements in the bed and bathrooms, and burn a favorite candle. These are minor changes that will make any visitor feel calm and welcomed. Consider picking one of these luxury decorative candles that double as interior design and delightful aroma.
Whether you’re a first time home owner or a well seasoned real estate zealot, there is something universally special about moving into a new home. Eager anticipation mixed with a new sense of comfort and relaxation makes for an incredibly memorable snapshot– an emotional time capsule simply begging to be commemorated with a meaningful housewarming party. With a few thoughtful tips and party additions, you can ensure that the event sets a tone of love, warmth, and positivity for years to come.
Selecting a Signature Scent
One creative way to christen a new home is selecting a signature scent, ie candles, fragrance oils, etc., to burn on the night of the party. This will not only create an inviting aroma for guests, but also yield an olfactory memory forever linked to your home and the happiness of the experience. Having a signature scent also presents the opportunity to return the traditional “gift giving” favor to guests and send each individual home with a personal candle or fragrance oil.
Offering Petite Bites
When selecting food options for the event, it is important to keep in mind the nomadic nature of a housewarming party. Nothing will soil the evening more than a pulled pork slider gone rogue or red wine on the white sofa. However, you can still keep the food delicious while also being portable and clean. Charcuterie plates are as beautiful as they are tasty and mess free, you can even make multiple mini trays and spread them throughout the house– mixing various cheeses, crackers, fruits and veggies to keep guests happily grazing all throughout the tour. They key is to keep the food individualized and relatively sauce-free, and that doesn’t mean you have to settle for boring and tasteless. Think blue crab beignets, stuffed endive with herbed goat cheese, and vanilla almond macarons: glamorous, portable and perfect for a memorable evening.
Keeping Decor Simple
Finally, this is a time to relish in the freshness of a new home. It is essential to keep the decorations minimal, and not to clutter the space with dated and ephemeral decorations. Keep it simple and timeless; stick to no more than three additions. Flowers are the ideal way to give the space an extra special touch, but keep the arrangements minimal. Decide on a few cohesive types like roses, peonies and hydrangeas, then sprinkle them throughout the house, not forgetting the guest powder room. Next add mirrors to the smaller rooms in the house to open up the area, and finally, decorate with a framed photos of friends and family. While this is a night to celebrate the house itself, it is above all a time to remember those special individuals who make your house a home.