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

    Eye-Opening Yellow Bedrooms

    I tend to associate the color yellow with the sweet corn my hometown, just outside the reach of suburban Chicago, is famous for. It's also the color of one of the first flowers of spring in that part of the country, daffodils, which my mother planted in beds around the house to herald the end of our long, cold winters. To me yellow represents the color of sunshine, sustenance and rejuvenation. It reminds me of happy, idyllic days and makes me feel optimistic for the future. If you have similar positive associations with yellow, try using it in your bedroom to help you get revved up each morning for the day ahead.

    Below you'll find several sunny yellow bedrooms as well as tips for working the happy hue into your sleeping space...more

    [Author: Jennifer Ott]

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

    How to Work With Light Grey

    Light gray is this decade's trendiest neutral. It has replaced beige as the wall color of choice. (I actually don't know if this is true in a statistical sense, but it sure feels like it.)

    A true neutral gray is a mixture of black and white, but we hardly ever see a true neutral gray. What we see are infinite shades of warm and cool grays. Warm grays have yellow or brown undertones. Cool grays have a blue undertone. The ubiquitous "greige" is a very warm gray that can look almost beige.

    Cool or blue grays tend to have a very crisp, almost icy look to them. They are wonderful with bright whites in formal rooms and with blues and beiges. You can treat them almost like a light blue. Warm or yellow grays are complemented by creamy whites and warm colors like yellows, pinks and natural woods.

    But, of course, there are no fast rues. A cool gray can be the perfect way to offset wood, and you are more than welcome to mix a warm gray with blues.

    These examples show a variety of mash-ups that work and illustrate the beauty and versatility of the color ...more

    [Author: Samantha Schoech]

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

    Gorgeous Grey Bedrooms

    I love gray for its versatility. You can go light or dark, warm or cool, and still pair the neutral with just about any other color. Cool grays look fantastic combined with warm wood tones, or go for a warmer gray and add in some black, white and/or metallic accents for a clean, sophisticated vibe.

    Read on for a sampling of stunning gray-clad bedrooms on Houzz, along with suggestions for pulling together your own gray-hued room...more

    [Author: Jennifer Ott]

  • 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]

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