The springy greens and moody blues in this guest bedroom could easily become overpowering if not balanced properly. To keep the high energy hues in check tonally, accents of white were used including: the window trim in the adjacent powder room; the whitewashed basket pendant along the ceiling; the upholstery of the seagrass armchair cushions; and the linen slipcover of the sleeper sofa.
This rustic living room with stone walls and fireplace is all decked out for Christmas. Stockings are hung from the mantel with care while decorative trees, decorations, candles, and greenery draw attention to the illuminated Christmas star above. Two simple upholstered chairs up front provide a perfect sitting area for holiday guests. Blue and white patterned throw pillows add some winter glitz to the otherwise neutral room.
The goal for this kitchen was to create a warm, open chef's kitchen that felt like it was original to the 1936 Georgian Revival. Traditional white cabinetry, linoleum floors, soapstone counters and a pecan butcher's block-topped island give period references. Custom lighting, tone-on-tone wallpaper and accents of red and blue underscore the warmth and vibrancy of the space.
Designer Emily Henderson plays into her love of eclectic styling by mixing various patterns, furnishings and accessories to create a light and airy living room with feminine charm. For more casual appeal, she added some oversized patterned throw pillows by the sofa. They're perfect for floor lounging, gathering 'round the coffee table and other cozy cushioning. Plus, they're an additional visual accent against the stark, white sofa and hardwood floors.
White lamps in front of the large scale painting above the vintage media cabinet balance out the lighter artwork on the opposing wall. The side tables and coffee table are round and allow for flow of movement against the strong right angles of the gray and red contemporary sofas and the media cabinet. Patterned throw pillows mesh the two sofa colors together and blend the red accent tone with the cool tones of the room.
Design-wise, former HGTV Design Star contestant Tera stands by her motto "taking what you have and making it better," but she has grown a little more daring. "I'm definitely more open now to bringing in color and a more contemporary style in my design and staging business," she says, a shift illustrated in this colorful teal blue bedroom with black and white accents.
Although this kitchen, designed by TriplePoint Design Build, continued the subtle tones of brown and taupe, the coordination of colors in the top and lower cabinets add interest and appeal. Especially fetching is the white iridescent backsplash that frames and accents the more subdued color choices. A modern glass table decoration in blue and artwork in brown and yellow provide an added pop of color.
Dichondra 'Silver Falls' accents bright 'Blue A Fuse' petunias and 'Breathless White' Euphorbia in a hanging basket. Dichondra is a great "spiller', or trailing plant, for window boxes and other containers, too. A herbaceous perennial in zones 10 to 12, it can overwinter as a houseplant if you're careful not to overwater.
Designer Amy Elbaum cleverly designed this living room with a slight nod to modern living in the accents she selected and placed within the traditional space. The artwork, lighting and overall look of the room evoke an updated yet timeless feel of sophistication. Especially lovely is the color scheme, which allows dark blue and soft color to play against white walls in a harmonious flow of hues.
Even small powder room counters deserve a little panache. A powder room rarely requires space for toiletries or cosmetics, but that little piece of countertop is sometimes an overlooked spot for decorative accents. Clinton Rice, owner of Clinton Lane Rice Design in Atlanta, brought this collection of blue and white Chinese porcelain into his powder room, adding another layer of pattern against the existing geometric wallpaper.
David and Kortney wanted to keep the living room open and simple, so they brought in a neutral sofa to complement the white walls, neutral stone fireplace and natural light of the space. Then, they added color by adding blue and green striped chairs with mint accents throughout the space to keep things stylish and bright.
“Choosing furniture that’s proportionate to the room and to each of the other furniture pieces in the space is very important for a successful design,” say the designers of Laura U, Inc. “This is a very large room, the bed is custom and over-scale, and the bedside chests are perfect size for our colossal bed and generous room. A custom bed also means custom bedding. Ours is thoughtfully detailed with our Moroccan motif in a neutral tone as the embroidery with a complimentary arctic blue on the accent pillows.”
Sink into this clean, comfortable bedroom at the end of a long day and you're sure to feel relaxed almost immediately. The symmetrical look of the space — matching end tables and globe lamps are situated on either side of the room — adds to the visually soothing feel. Funky pillows and a faux fur throw add a modern element to the space, and the black accent wall makes the white elements in the room pop.
“We filled it with things that made our eyes happy,” says Sonal. That meant navy blue on the walls and the ceiling (Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore) and a glass-bead chandelier from Currey & Company. The various styles of furniture, all neutrals, blend in a cool, relaxed way, including a bed with crisscrossed metal accents and a white upholstered chair (both from RH) plus a whitewashed wood nightstand by Noir.
Several patterns and a rich color scheme were the focus of designer SuzAnn Kletzien's plan for this eclectic living room. A vibrant green accent wall frames the bay window area, while a brick wall provides a rustic edge behind a soft black chenille sofa. Kletzien paired together a black vintage Persian rug with two other rugs, including one with a modern blue and white chevron design, to create a layered look.
Outfitting a small room in white and reflective surfaces is a common designer strategy to lend the illusion of more space. But in this tight family bath, designer Hannah Dee of Hannah Dee Interiors used a splash of soft blue tile in another clever technique: “The accent wall brings your eye to the back of the room, broadening and lengthening the space—visually—making it feel much bigger than it really is.”
Patterns are harmoniously woven together to create a colorful master bedroom design. The key to adding different patterns to a room is to choose different prints and colors. A striped nightstand contrasts with the interlocking scroll design on the yellow wallpaper and ties the pink of the ottoman with the pink tweed pillows. A soft, pattern in the gray-and-white window treatments parallel the colors of the bedding and acts as a backdrop for the pale, blue armchair.
Jackson Paige Interiors worked their magic on this Brentwood remodel by incorporating built-ins for a clean, structured backdrop. Consequently, accent colors and accessories drive the decor and give the room its unique design. Shown here, the eggplant, light blue and orchid colors on the daybed give the space a punch of color while coordinating with the teal paint on the wall. The white backdrop also allows accessories to reign.