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For my final installment of the Colors for Summer Decorating series we descend upon bold yet tranquil blue decor. (We've previously talked about yellow decor and red decor.) This beautiful hue encapsulates summer but brings in the looming days of fall ahead. Blue accents are calming and peaceful but still oh so evident of the warm ocean and big sky of late summer days. Let's take a look at classic blue home accessories and inspiration.
Accenting your late summer soirees with beautiful blue lounge chairs or patio accessories is not only stylish but smart. This glamorous color is just as patriotically summer-friendly as red, but transitions smoothly into the cooler fall days that inevitably will arrive. My favorite way to incorporate blue decor accents is with blue glass pendant lights. The beautiful glow of light behind blue glass screams serene, lazy summer days. Shop our eclectic selection of summery blue lighting and accents below.
Shopping Guide: Crackle Glass Lantern, Serving Bowls, Glass Pendant Light (currently unavailable), Round Platter, Ceramic Table Lamp, Ikat Pillow.
All Images via: Summer Accents Pinterest Album
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The chevron pattern is a classic home decor style that has been around for ages, especially in the design of elegant hardwood floors. The more bold version has really come into its own in the past decade and can add some zip to any room.
It’s easy to control how strong the pattern will appear based on the size and color you choose. One great thing to know, however, is that it looks great from floor to ceiling and everywhere in-between.
1. Chevron Ikat Canvas Down Throw Pillow 2. Chevron Black and White Zig Zag Wingback Accent Chair
The chevron pattern is not meek so to invest in tiling or painting a floor in that style may be too risky. No worries, soft furnishings like pillows or furniture fabrics are a great option. A fun project would be to paint a chevron design on the plain wooden frame of an accent mirror to match the color scheme of a bedroom or bath.
3. Black Finish Mini Pendant 4. Zig Zag Giclee Shade
Chevron can also be found in lighting! An easy and inexpensive way to update lighting would be to swap out an old shade for a chevron zig zag styled version. Whether a pendant in the kitchen or on dining room fixture, the chevron will certainly add pizzazz to your home decor.
5. Clarendon ZigZag Hand-Painted Wood Table Lamp
Contemporary table lamps can also exhibit an exotic look when decorated with a chevron pattern. Thoroughly modern, this lamp would look amazing in a living room or on a night stand.
Photos: House and Home.
Are you feeling romantic? Perhaps flirty? Blush colored accents in your home and in your wardrobe will do the trick. Not everybody goes for bold and colorful when it comes to spring and summer decorating and fashion, so blush could be your new “go to color.”
Because blush is so delicate it should be paired with other nudes and neutrals to have an ethereal affect. There is one exception, and that is black. Black will anchor blush and be the perfect counterpoint. I love blush as a bedroom color scheme. Whether it’s blush-colored curtains or soft pink bedside lamps, it will create a calming respite from a crazy world outside.
Another design idea for blush is using it in your bathroom or closet. If you are lucky enough to have a walk in, try painting the walls blush and adding a chandelier with crystals.
Blush is also the perfect color for decorating your home for baby showers, weddings and sweet sixteen parties. It’s more sophisticated than pink and certainly much easier on the eye. Generally, I’m a fan and think you will be too.
Get the look: 1. Mary McDonald Annika Blush and Blush Parchment Accent Lamp 2. Crystorama Angelina Blush Mini Chandelier 3. Abbot Pink Desk Clock (currently unavailable) 4. Chesterfield Pink Shell Tone Decorative Throw Blanket
Photos: Habitually Chic.
You can make a space feel modern, warm, eclectic, classic or industrial by the careful selection of statement-making pendant lights. I've long believed that lighting is what gives a room its personality. And not just by the ambiance it gives off, but the light itself says a lot about your design style.
Lately I've been loving the look of pendant lights:
Whether hung over a dining table, coffee table, at a kitchen island or even in a bedroom, pendants will also do double duty for you - give you the light you need and the style you want.
Here is a selection of some of my current favorite pendant lights!
Interested in seeing how I used pendant lights in my own loft? Check out my 3 contemporary lighting tips blog post that includes a tour of my home.
Last fall, fashion saw a move towards mixed materials of all kinds, with a special emphasis on leather. I for one bought into it big time: a cotton trench with leather sleeves, hammered jewelry that incorporated leather ties, a silk dress with leather trim. Now I'm excited to see leather home decor accents rising in popularity!
Of course leather has always been a mainstay for interiors. However this look focuses less on items upholstered entirely in the material and more on subtle accents, making it a more affordable trend in which to dabble. Look for hides in lighter shades like camel and sienna on home furnishings, all types of lighting, storage, and more.
Even a single piece goes a long way—and nothing can beat the luxe yet earthy texture that leather home decor accents bring!
Shopping Guide: 1. Leather and Linen Chair (currently unavailable) 2. Leather Strap Round Wall Mirror 3. Leather Trim Desk Clock and Frame (currently unavailable) 4. Iron and Leather Wine Rack 5. Acacia and Faux Leather Lamp
Images: Lamps Plus Guest Blogging Pinterest
One of the quickest and most effective updates you can do to update your decor is to install new lighting. This minor change can have a major impact on a sometimes mundane, forgotten space. Bathrooms both small and large can really benefit from installing unique ceiling lighting. Here we explore new ways to install bathroom lighting to update your space.
Above we see some beautiful vintage inspired wall sconces and chandeliers that bring a special twinkle to the décor of the bathroom.
Installing industrial light fixtures in beautiful metals can really add a cool pop to your bathroom space. Both vintage as well as industrial lights look great in vintage style bathrooms, but can be translated to just many different spaces as long as they have an underlying color or material similarity.
For a more traditional look in the bathroom, consider installing recessed lighting. Adding recessed lighting to your bathroom brings a new dimension of light to the room, and the ambient lighting can work wonders for those gazing into the mirror. The lighting above is concealed by the crown molding (left) and the mirror (right) for a subtle wash of light in the room.
While traditional in concept, chandeliers in the bathroom are not terribly traditional. However, if you have a high enough ceiling and a rectangular shaped bathroom, a sparkling crystal chandelier can have a stunning effect.
For those of you readers who are like me, adding a funky touch to your bathroom might be just the thing you are looking for to make a powder room or master bathroom pop. Adding fun lighting elements like mini pendant lights in diverse colors and materials makes the room feel fun and special. Clustering paper lanterns over the vanity is a gorgeous option for someone looking for a funky yet organic way to update their bathroom lighting.
Images sourced via: Pinterest.
As the weather gets warmer, simply throwing open your windows may not be enough. You need to get the air moving with ceiling fans! Before buying one, however, be sure to do some research as to what size you need to really make a difference. As for what looks best, there are a ton of choices. I've pulled together six ceiling fan styles.
Brushed metal fans with simple lines work well in both cottage and contemporary settings. On the left, a more traditional style melds with the painted wood slats and mosquito netting of an Australian home. On the right, an energy efficient home on the water in Rockland, Maine sports a contemporary ceiling fan with a light kit. Interior images: Left: Steve Ryan, Rix Ryan Photography for Queensland Homes; Right: Larson + Shores; photo by James R. Salomon for Boston Globe Magazine.
Shopping guide: 1. Emerson Loft Brushed Steel Ceiling Fan 2. Quorum Telstar Contemporary Ceiling Fan with Light Kit 3. Casa Vieja Trifecta Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan
Rattan fans are perfect for beach houses and on porches. Can't you just picture yourself on that upholstered swing, mint julep in hand, fan whirring lazily overhead? On the right, a fanciful rattan model is in harmony with the coastal decor. Interior images: Left: Terracotta Properties; Right: Karen Robertson Collection; photo by Annie Schlecter.
Shopping guide: 1. Minka Aire Terrana Kocoa Ceiling Fan 2. Casa Vieja® Tropical Leaf Ceiling Fan 3. Outdoor Tropical White Ceiling Fan
White fans are a dime a dozen at big box stores, but don't be lured into mediocrity. More interesting silhouettes can really make the room, indoors or out - and white fan styles are better today than ever before. Interior image: Top: Murdock Young Architects; Bottom: Heather A. Wilson Architect.
Shopping guide: 1. Midway Eco White Energy Star Ceiling Fan 2. Casa Reaction White Ceiling Fan 3. Kichler Botella White Ceiling Fan
Wooden blades can be beautiful, from sleekly sculpted teak to a more rough hewn wood style. In both rooms shown here, the fan brings out the wooden details in the decor. Interior image: Top: Tom Scheerer; Bottom: Thad Hayes.
Shopping guide: 1. Casa Vieja Windstar II Square Teak Blades Ceiling Fan 2. Quorum Flex Satin Nickel Ceiling Fan 3. Artemis Maple Finish Ceiling Fan
These fans echo the design of portable styles, and recall true factory spaces. However, as you can see, they make an interesting style statement in a home. Interior image via Pinterest.
Shopping guide: 1. Casa Vieja Big Sky Oil-Rubbed Bronze Ceiling Fan 2. Matthews Diane Brushed Nickel Ceiling Fan 3. Minka Aire Vintage Gyro Brushed Nickel/Chrome Ceiling Fan
If you've got lots of ceiling height, you can go black, and keep your ceiling fan styles monochromatic. On the left, a series of black fans echoing the material of the stairs mingle among the rafters in a home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the office on the left, your eye moves from the blackboard, to the fan, to the spindle back chair. Interior images: Left: JTJ Design; Right; via Pinterest.
Shopping guide: 1. Minka Concept II Hugger Matte Black Ceiling Fan 2. Casa Optima™ Matte Black and Espresso Ceiling Fan 3. Casa Metro LED Energy Efficient Matte Black Ceiling Fan
Table lamp trends can be as wide-ranging as fashion. What makes following this trend is that table lamps are much more practical than clothes and can be moved around the house and used in many applications.
One day an on-trend lamp can act as a chic bedside table lamp and the next it is modern desk lamp! Here are some of the most current trends in table lamps.
1. George Kovacs Square Shade Chrome Table Lamp
To me, geometric lamps are cerebral. Not only beautiful, they follow a more mathematical approach to enhancing a room. Strong geometry is important to any space and you may wish to introduce this form of lighting to rooms that lack architectural pizazz.
2. Feiss Urban Renewal Antique Forged Iron Desk Lamp (no longer available)
Industrial lamps are probably the hottest trend now. Part Steampunk, part Neo-Industrial Revolution, these lamps offer a specific look that works well in lofts, urban interiors as well as old-school country houses. It’s a nod to the past with modern aesthetic merit.
3. Arteriors Home Roma Emerald Cased Glass Table Lamp (currently unavailable)
Emerald is the darling hue du jour. Thus, incorporating this bold green in your home shows your understanding of current design trends. Adding an emerald table lamp is also an easy an inexpensive way to add a pop of color, especially if you tend to like neutrals and white.
4. Jamie Young Large Steampunk Table Lamp 5. Hammered Bronze Vase Table Lamp
Distressed lighting is also a popular table lamp trend. While it could be considered part industrial, these table lamps work better in a more polished space. While the forms are graceful, the patina is worn and warm.
Photos: The Zhush, The New Victorian Ruralist, Lonny.
Unless you've just won the mega-millions lottery, one factor will always be a consideration when designing your space: budget. However, great expense doesn't guarantee great taste, and these easy budget decorating ideas will be your best friend for a stylish and livable home.
Much beauty can be created without much money; and in fact working with less forces you to think more carefully about what you value most. The result is a considered, cultivated interior that will be your retreat from the busy outside world.
Call on the concept of 'one' when you're working on a strict budget. This simple approach streamlines and de-stresses the process as well as keeps your spending in check. Setting a rule for one color throughout a room—whether that means turning your book spines inwards for a cohesive (and totally free!) library look, or sticking with a single hue for all your kitchen implements—ensures you're less likely to make impulse buys that aren't within your scheme.
Similarly, while a formal headboard has its time and place, a single large wall hanging plays the same role as a focal point and requires considerably less from your budget.
When it comes to art, a gallery wall with multiple framed pieces does look terrific, but the cost of assembling and hanging adds up quickly. Conversely, one large painting, a black and white photo, or a stunning piece of wall art makes an impact over a sofa or entryway console; and often the canvas is striking enough that you don't have to frame it at all.
The lesson? When you're working with budget decorating, think about all the ways you can make a strong statement with just one of something—and choose the best of that one that you can afford!