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  • 19 Feb 2021 8:42 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    How to Work With Charcoal Grey

    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]

  • 17 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    How to Work With Bright Yellow

    There is a reason the classic happy-face design is bright yellow; it's the cheeriest color in the spectrum. It's the color of sunshine, buttercups, lemons and dandelions.

    In decorating, bright yellow is often relegated to accessories. And no one is complaining about lemon yellow throw pillows or kitchen appliances; the color works great as a splashy accent. But it doesn't necessarily need to be used sparingly. In fact, you can put it anywhere — as long as you have a good plan. Yellow will draw the eye and become an automatic focal point.

    Yellow's perfect color wheel date is violet, purple or indigo. It looks smashing with cool grays, navy blue and eggplant. Yellow also pairs well with other citrus tones (greens and oranges).

    Bright yellow can slide between orange and green hues. Most yellows in decor tend to be on the warmer side, with peachy undertones. But there is lots of room for green-yellows too, especially in mid-century modern and contemporary modern design...more

    [Author: Samantha Schoech]

  • 15 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Favorite Color Combinations: Gray and Yellow

    As gray and greige reign as the neutrals du jour, you may be wondering what other colors to pair with it. While a safe and elegant choice is to keep everything in a gray, silver, black and white color palette, pairing gray with an electric color can enliven a space and put a stamp of personal style on it. Today we'll take a look at how different shades of yellow pop when paired with gray throughout the house...more

    [Author: Becky Harris]

  • 12 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    When to Use Yellow in the Kitchen

    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]

  • 10 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Obsessed With Gray in the Kitchen

    Occasionally I get a little design bug in my bonnet (read "really cool hat") on a particular color or maybe an interesting tile texture or just whatever. Right now, my obsession is all about using gray in its many different forms. Most home owners are hesitant to use this particular color because of the common misconception that gray is a "cold" color. However, in my obsession I've been working diligently to find just the perfect shades of gray. The beauty of gray is that it looks great in both paint and so many other textures. Gray can be one of the best neutrals because it works with nearly every other color out there. It just depends on the particular shade, and warmth or coolness of the tone.

    This idea-book is all about how to use gray in your kitchen without making the space cold or uninviting. You'll see both contemporary and traditional spaces, speaking to the sheer adaptability of this color...more

    [Author: Jason Ball]

  • 8 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    When to Use Gray in the Kitchen

    Gray is continuing its run as a popular neutral hue in homes. It’s still a bit of an unconventional choice as the predominant color in a kitchen, but that is quickly changing, as evidenced by the increasing number of gorgeous gray kitchens appearing on Houzz.

    Gray can appear austere and chilly compared to its warmer neutral counterparts, beige and tan. The trick to working with it is to pair it with a warm material, such as wood, or a contrasting hot and bold hue, such as red, orange or yellow. A gray kitchen may not be the best choice if you live someplace with year-round cool, overcast and rainy days, but it’s an excellent color for a kitchen in a hot climate — it will give your kitchen a cool and elegant vibe.

    Check out my top gray paint picks for kitchens below, as well as 10 tasty kitchens on Houzz that feature this elegant hue...more

    [Author: Jennifer Ott]

  • 5 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Gorgeous Sunrooms Bring In the Outdoors Year-Round

    Light-drenched sunrooms are a welcome feature in homes and help foster an indoor-outdoor connection. These window-lined rooms are alluring at any time of the year, but in winter we’re perhaps the most likely to crave more sunlight in our homes and to dream of cozying up next to a fire while looking outdoors. If you’re thinking of adding a sunroom or decorating a living space in laid-back sunroom style, take a look at these inspiring spaces on Houzz that all bring the outdoors in...more

    [Author: Luaren Dunec Hoang]

  • 3 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Sunrooms and Conservatories

    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]

  • 1 Feb 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Elements of the Perfect Sunroom

    Sunrooms support leisurely living and increase square footage — often with lower construction costs than a fully finished room. If you're thinking about someday adding a sunroom or turning an existing space into a sunny retreat, here are some features to consider. And if you're not, maybe these photos will change your mind...more

    [Author: Natalie Myers]

  • 29 Jan 2021 11:00 AM | Ph Decor & Design Solutions (Administrator)

    Blast De-cluttering Roadblocks Once and for All

    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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