Green leaves with wide, white edges help ‘Double Stuff’ Solomon’s seal provide eye-catching color in a woodland or shade garden. Fragrant flowers open in spring as white bell-shape blossoms that dangle along stems. Stems with or without blooms make a terrific addition to a garden bouquet. Deer-resistant plants grow 26 inches tall by 16 inches wide. Leaves fade to bright gold in fall. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
"I love gray — I think I always will," says interior designer Lexi Westergard. "However, I am definitely using it differently than I have in the past. I still love it for bathroom cabinet colors, pillows, rugs and accents. I am loving more of a greige or white for wall colors. I think this year we will see white as the dominant, go-to neutral color for walls."
If bright white walls are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a warm gray tone that’s light enough to almost look white, like Lexi did in this living room. She chose Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray, one of her favorite paint colors.
Brighten shady beds with the silvery leaves of ‘Silver Bouquet’ pulmonaria. Spring blooms open to reveal pink petals that slowly fade to blue hues. At any point, plants often have multiple flower colors on one stem. Plants grow 7 inches tall by 20 inches wide. Site this deer-resistant beauty near the edge of planting areas to showcase its dainty blossoms. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Variegated leaves featuring green with chartreuse splashes make ‘Brasil’ philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’) a colorful choice. This beauty is a patented variety that vines. Let it cascade from a pot or hanging basket, or train it up a moss totem. Classic heart-shape leaves blend with any décor. Give ‘Brasil’ a spot near a bright window for best leaf coloration. Water this philodendron when soil is dry to the touch.
For smaller, more intimate gatherings, designers set up a sitting room to create a stylish conversation space. Light blues and neutral tones create a soothing feeling in the space, while a window allows in natural light, which reflects off the mirror wall and the other three white walls, making the space feel brighter and more inviting. A fireplace provides warmth to the space, highlighting the vignette designers created in the room with four, plush armchairs and a tufted ottoman to keep the homeowners and their guests comfortable in this space.
Sometimes, real estate brokers have to get creative to market a house. "This home in Oakland, California, was a tiny two-bedroom of about 900 square feet," says Jennifer Montague Clark of The Home Co. "To maximize resale value, we felt we had to show buyers the garage’s untapped potential. We painted it white to emphasize how light and bright it was, then staged a day bed and game table to illustrate potential uses." Take these tips to your own home (whether it’s for sale or not): A fresh coat of paint works wonders, as do some colorful furnishings and accessories—no major investment required.
When choosing dwarf Alberta spruce for pots, consider miniature varieties, like Tiny Tower (Picea glauca conica ‘MonRon’). This little cutie reaches a maximum height of 4 to 6 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. The slow growth rate means you can keep it tucked into containers for a few years. Tiny Tower has bright green leaves that shift to gray as they mature. It’s hardy in Zones 3 to 8. At Christmas, you’ll often see mini Christmas trees in pots. These are usually dwarf Alberta spruce and can be planted into the landscape after the holiday.
Goof-proof and tough as nails, philodendrons unfurl an assortment of leaf colors, shapes and sizes. This group of plants makes an undemanding, true low-maintenance addition to any room. Ideally, give them a spot in medium to bright light, but most also grow in low light conditions. This collection includes (clockwise from bottom left) ‘Graziaele’ with heart shape leaves, large ‘Red Congo,’ Philodendron selloum, ruffle-edged ‘Xanadu,’ classic Philodendron cordatum and chartreuse variegated ‘Brasil.’
Divide the table into three sections; sweet, savory and bubbly and indicate this on pretty tags. In the center of the table, place shots of rose lemon champagne punch, garnished with blueberries on a rectangle white plate. Using white highlights the bright colors and keeps the look streamlined.
The homeowners needed to keep a tub since they're planning on starting a family soon. Jones selects a contemporary option with glass doors that will fit their needs without looking clunky in the space. White subway tile, mosaic tile backsplash in ocean greens and blues and chrome shower fixtures create a clean, bright and modern bathroom.
A native to Brazil, marbled bromeliad (Neoregelia marmorata) boasts light green leaves with striking red markings on top and bottom. Bright light coaxes maximum leaf color, which peaks as a glowing wine red. Flowers form in the center cup, opening slowly over a long period of time. But most folks grow this beauty for the eye-catching leaves, not the blossoms.
For a good shade tree, it’s tough to beat Norway maple, unless you’re planting variegated Norway maple (Acer platanoides ‘Variegatum’). The green leaves with white edges brighten the landscape all season long. In fall, leaves shift to gold tones. Norway maple tolerates urban pollutants, but avoid planting it near driveways or sidewalks, because shallow roots can lift concrete. Trees grow 50 to 60 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
Discover the pleasures of hibiscus iced tea with Roselle Jamaican hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa). The fleshy sepals that form after flowering brew a bright red tea packed with Vitamin C and anthocyanins. Grow as a potted annual north of Zone 10. Overwinter indoors, providing temperatures above 60 F for consistent growth.
As seen on Buying and Selling with Drew and Jonathan Scott, the brothers designed a master bedroom oasis for Santino and Andrea with lush bed linens and pillows. Those features are accented by black wood end tables and bright, reflective lamps on either side of the bed to bring more light to the space. The focal point of the space is an accent wall that is covered with wallpaper. The tree photograph above the bed helps to bring a little nature into the space.
Micah Stansell’s office is actually in the house next door. The aesthetic is a complete departure from that of the family home, however it’s the perfect blank canvas for him to create and edit film and exhibitions. The upper level white space is flooded with brightness via skylights and character-rich with a vaulted ceiling, wood beams and original exposed brick columns. The entire left side of the room is decked with storage cabinets concealed by white glass doors that blend into the walls. This space is a super thoughtful minimalist dream and ideal for any creative.
As seen on HGTV's Rocky Mountain Reno, this bedroom, once covered in wood, dark and outdated, is now a bright, beautiful place for the couple to relax. A large window with neutral window treatments let in plenty of natural light, while the light color of the walls and ceiling help to reflect that light and keep the space feeling lights and open. Trista continues her design into the bedroom with the bold, blue bedspread and accent pillow. She added a modern touch with a metal chandelier hanging from the ceiling, but kept the rustic design alive with the exposed beam in the ceiling and the natural wood door to the right.
Candles, and plants offer multiple benifts as accessories to a room. Candles always add a feeling of brightness, warmth and color, especially if they are placed in colorful holders, or stained glass that reflects the colors. With plants and other organic natural materials, they also add color or become a design element, but even more so, they can really soften an area that is surrounded by hard cold materials such as wood, stone or granite. All accessories in the Park family home were provided by Ikea for a special promotional episode of HGTV's Cousins on Call.
Ilex verticillata is a holly that loses its leaves in fall, leaving stems studded with berries. Commonly known as winterberries, ilex berries are available in bright red, orange or yellow; the yellow ones are great for Thanksgiving and fall arrangements, says grower Bill Prescott, of Stargazer Barn. "Winterberries grow all over the U.S.," he says. "Ours are bred for floral use, so they have long stems and nice, lateral branches that are dense with berries."