Charcoal gray may be a neutral, but it's also a statement. It's bolder than its lighter brethren; more modern than its neutral cousins, the beiges; and less dramatic than black. (I guess that would be Dad?)
As Texas designer Bex Hale from this season's Design Star says, "Charcoal gray is the little black dress of decor. Dress it up, dress it down — it's my go-to color."
True gray (or achromatic gray) is a mixture of black and white. It has equal values of red, green and blue (RGB), and thus no hue. Off-grays — what we most often use in decorating — have very subtle but important differences in the values of red, green and blue. Cool grays are noticeably blue, green or violet. Warm grays are noticeably pinkish or brown and may have yellow tones.
Charcoal off-grays have very subtle differences in the RGB values but remain true neutrals, making them the perfect complement for most colors, especially bright whites, warm citrus hues and pinks.
Because it appears so often in nature — think stones, storm clouds and the North Atlantic — it also works well in with natural materials like wood, marble and greenery...more
[Author: Samantha Schoech]
[Author: Becky Harris]
Are you a sunny optimist? Or do you just wish you could channel that vibe? Associated with happiness, exuberance and positivity, yellow is an excellent color choice for the kitchen. Since yellow reflects a large amount of visible light compared with other colors, it's best to limit brighter shades of this attention-getting hue to small doses and materials that you really want to stand out.
Here are my top yellow paint picks and eight eye-catching yellow Houzz kitchens to inspire you...more
[Author: Jennifer Ott]
[Author: Jason Ball]
[Author: Luaren Dunec Hoang]
Biophilic (meaning “nature-loving”) design is considered by many to be the missing piece in green architecture today. Derived in part from the life’s work of prominent American biologist E.O. Wilson, this emerging design discipline strives to move modern building practice into the same sustainable direction as the green building movement. But it goes further, seeking not only to minimize impact on planetary resources, but to actively improve human health, well-being and productivity. Today, many architects and designers are mining their intuitions for hints at what our collective human nature has been hungering for in the built environment. This Healthy Home series celebrates time-tested, rather than high-tech, strategies for turning your home into a biophilic paradise, starting with the biophilic benefits of sunrooms and conservatories...more
[Author: Jess McBride]
[Author: Natalie Myers]
There is enough advice on de-cluttering and organizing to fill an entire wing of a bookstore, and a quick online search brings up billions of results. But if it were as simple as picking up a book and following the author’s advice, wouldn’t we all have perfectly organized, streamlined homes? Well, judging from my own experience, and from the experiences of the many Houzz readers who have chimed in with comments on the subject, there is a lot more to culling clutter than tossing things in a bin. Our relationship with our home, and the things in it, is charged with emotion — it’s not so easy to let go of things when something as simple as a rusted tackle box or a worn photograph can bring memories flooding back. In the past several months we have been exploring this topic, and some of the best tips from our conversations are pulled together in this guide.
Below, find eight ways to move through your own mental and emotional roadblocks to work through your clutter, from the inside out...more
[Author: Laura Gaskill]
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