Power of art in the home.

Through the ages of time people have always understood the importance of having art in their life. From statues standing in town square to more personal works hanging in their home, art is a key factor in society. Not only is art a great way to record the past but, it also can add that personal human touch to any room of the house.  Easily turning the empty spots above fireplaces and walls into a focus point of conversation, while sharing your home with friends and family.  Whether it’s a painting of old or a new masterpiece, the styles and choices of what fits you and your desired environment are endless. Already have that piece your just absolutely in love with or has been in the family for years? Why not design a room around the art and incorporate everything you like about it into a actual living space. Now the next time you feel like something is missing you will know what, art.

Yello’? Can ya hear me?

 

 

Yellow is not a color typically seen all that often in interiors; it’s very bright and attention-grabbing – maybe a little too much for some people. Yet, it’s on the 2013/2014 Color Forecast “Seduction” palette as previously blogged about. That’s probably because good ole classic yellow is on the upswing for its optimistic and creative-thought-inducing qualities.  Because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want a little optimism and creativity in today’s times?

Three shades of yellow appear on the forecasted color palette: a goldenrod, mustard, and a pea green that is very much on the yellow side. While we aren’t really sure about how “seductive” these tones are, they are most certainly rich and bold and will add life to whatever space they appear in. These colors are perfect when paired with whites, like in the interior shot above, or grays, as is trendy with current interiors. A low-saturation goldenrod paint in a small room would be a non-overwhelming facelift to brighten a dull interior. Or, even adding just a lamp and a rug, like the ones we found below, can make a room look fresh, young, and inviting. So maybe yellow and green are only “seductive” in that they’re happy and bright, but even so we are excited to see what 2013 brings us for these colors.

           

Do you dig the modern flair?

    

This week, DOTI wanted to work on creating an elegant interior that both you, as well as your husband, can enjoy. For a relaxing, modern living area, we love this Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in brown leather, for they are as classic as they are comfortable.  This console table is a perfect companion for the Eames chair; a great setup for a flat screen and very masculine and modern with its strong lines and dark wood. Next we wanted to find a rug to give color and overall mood to the room. We found this modern rug from Surya with linear elements in it – although wavy in design, the vertical lines and rectangular shape of the rug fit with the straighter lines of the chair and console table. After that, it was easy to find accessories to complete the look. My favorite one is this cool end table from Global Views; I adore the way its cut and the funky wood! And how about that yellow pillow with its textured fabric…don’t you think that’d make such a statement against the smooth leather? All together, these elements make for a picture perfect family space. What do you think of this modern look? Be sure to let us know!

         

Come in and stay awhile.

Designs Of The Interior (DOTI) has a wide network of vendors and retailers for any type of home décor that you can imagine, making it easy for you to create your desired look. For example, we were drawn to this interior because of its warmth and visual complexity. We love the tribal rug that anchors the two loose-cushion chairs and provides a direct contrast to the light blue ceiling above it. It seems like a nice, comfortable, and beautiful place to sit down and read, or perhaps watch television.

By selecting our own similar tribal rug – Surya has a great variety of products we pull from for you – it was easy to recreate this fabulous interior look that could easily fit inside a many-windowed space with a high, light blue (or whatever else suits your fancy) ceiling. The chairs are rustic yet finished, and the print on the rug and pillows combined with the sculpture accessories gives the interior an updated, transitional look. What do you think of our interior re-creation?

        

     

Why the gray face?

One of my most requested color combinations today in homes I design for is green and gray. Sophisticated yet fun, it’s easily applicable to anywhere in the home. Perhaps one of my favorite ways to uniquely incorporate gray and green is a gray sofa with light green accessories and/or wallpaper. Gray fabrics have an understated beauty to them and go with a variety of different floor and wall treatments. A vibrant green pattern on the wall or pillows makes the gray stand out even more, and green accessories like plants or vases add delightful splashes of color while still looking elegant overall.

It’s also easy to modernize a living or family room with green and gray. I love this ruffled lime green pillow, which combines two of today’s hottest trends (ruffles are in!). In addition, these traditional chairs with a slight green twist are fun to pair with overstuffed furniture for a cool contrast. Finally, add in this warm gray rug for a furniture anchor and it’s easy to take your designing and imagination from there.

What do you think about this color combo? Love it or hate it, leave a comment and let me know!

               

More (and masculine!) coral.

If you like coral but not a fan of the frills, it can just as easily be paired with darker colors for a more masculine look. To the left you can see how the coral pillows look sophisticated but fresh on a dark leather couch. I am also a huge fan of both the style and coloring of the vintage rug on the right, which is also darker in tone than the usual light neutrals and would be perfect with some dark antique wood furniture or flooring. Coral is a great color to use as a stand-out star in a dark room.

Reclaimed and redesigned – beautifully.

With the entire world going green, antique and reclaimed wood products are EVERYWHERE. Not only are they hot, but they have that ever-desirable traditional look with a contemporary flair. In my search for products to complete the look, I found this GORGEOUS Water Tower lounge chair by Bellboy. It’s called the Water Tower chair because it is made from the reclaimed timbers of a New York City water tower; as such, it’s nearly one-of-a-kind and will make you a mere $14, 200 lighter in the pocket. The unique variations in the wood stand out in any interior space and make a good contrast against neutrals – like the popular grey color palette – or pops of color – wouldn’t it look just fabulous on a tribal rug?