Thursday, January 20, 2011

Flowers to Bright Your Home

Living in Delaware can be pretty depressing in January.  We keep hearing about global warming, but, I can tell you that over the last ten years our winters have gotten colder and snowier (if that's a word).  The days are usually cloudy and grey which means we don't see the sun too often.  It's very uplifting and energizing when those rays of sun do shine. 

One way I've found to make things seem brighter and to put a smile on my face is to use flowers.  It's amazing how they can transform a room. 

                                                                                                               Photo from HGTV website
                                                                                                       Photo from HGTV website

                                                                                                                Photo from HGTV website

Friday, January 14, 2011

Fresh Fabric Patterns

Honeysuckle, the new color of the year, will not appear in fabric selections until the spring.  Even then, it will not saturate the market because many of the fabrics for home furnishings and clothing fashions were made last year.  The color will be seen more by Fall and this time next year will have saturated the market.

This new fresh, vibrant color is a natural evolution from the fresh colors and patterns we've seen over the last few years.  Not everyone is drawn toward contemporary patterns, but, many people want a more modern look than traditional fabrics allow.  Therefore, over the last few years we have seen traditional patterns tweaked to give a more modern look and they have been made available in unexpected colors.

Lifestyles are more casual today than in decades past and the colors and patterns in home furnishings reflect that change.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 Color of the Year

Pantone's color of the year for 2011 is Honeysuckle.  See it and read about it here:

This color is fresh and vibrant.  I can visualize it used on the walls of a powder room, sunroom or in a master bedroom for a soft romantic look.  It would be great to use as an accent in a contemporary room that has been done in black and white.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Opportunity for a Fresh Start

Every New Year's Day I take down the Christmas decorations while my husband watches football games.  On January 2 when I walk around the house it seems very bare.  The sparkle and ambiance that the decorations created are gone and the rooms feel void of warmth.  I find this a good time to re-evaluate my decorating choices and especially the choice and placement of accessories.

In my opinion this is the best time of year to make changes in the home.  As I mentioned, taking down decorations seems to leave a void and most everyone has an attitude of looking forward and making life changes at the start of the new year.  In many parts of the country we're stuck inside for much of the winter because of the weather.  As long as we're stuck in the house we can take that time to try new furniture arrangements, remove old accessories and replace with something totally different or take items from one room and try them in a different room.

It's easy to be creative when putting out the Christmas decorations because they're only temporary.  If people use this same approach when decorating their homes, they may be pleasantly surprised with the rooms they create.  My only hope would be that they don't get too creative and end up with something that lacks good taste and balance.