Finally, Pantone offers it's color of the year. First it is shown in fashion, but decor follows fashion so you're likely to see this bright Honeysuckle appearing in accents, linens, draperies and more soon.
These colors are certainly showing a transition from the deeper golds and red earth tones of a few years back, adding more clarity to the colors and more vivid shades.
The key is in the hardware which you can order online from specialty hardware sites like this one specializing in ice boxes. The hardware on top of custom cabinetry panels completely transform this refrigerator into a 20th century ice box.
I am trying to blend a old world wine country style and an arts and crafts kind of style in my kitchen and dining room. My home was decorated in the more Mediterranean look and I inherited the arts and crafts items from a friend. I have tried to incorporate the two but it looks choppy. Any ideas? Thanks for any help.
Sounds baffling at first, doesn't it. But not really.
First, you need balance. To avoid one piece in the room sticking out like a sore thumb, you need a balance between the two styles. A weighting close to 50/50 is probably best, but you could also skew it up to 80/20. You just don't want one lonely piece by itself. So mix and match your pieces and furniture.
Second, you need some unifying element. Color is the easiest. You could have a neutral throughout the room and then one or two accent colors. Use these colors with all pieces - on both chairs of mixed styles. Or put a red throw pillow on the Mediterranean chair and red runner or picture frame on the arts and crafts table. Now, the red becomes a unifier bridging the gap between the other two styles.
In this case, if you don't use too ornate Mediterranean pieces but rather a bit rustic with wood and iron, you should be able to blend them. I wouldn't throw in a third style, though, like a modern glass table, for example.
At some time or another in life, we need to blend styles, just remember to balance them and find a unifying element. Might be appropriate to dealing with different types of people too, eh?
Veteran reader of My Home Redux and long-time friend, Terri, asked about kitchen backsplash ideas to go with her granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. She was especially interested in glass tiles but didn't want something so trendy that it would go out of style right away.
Glass tiles are beautiful As long as you use a non-scratch cleanser, they're easy to maintain. To avoid becoming the backsplash equivalent of an avocado refridgerator, just stick to classic designs and colors. The colorless (tends to look like green) and bright blues will likely show their age before more traditional and conservative colors. Also, be sure to coordinate the tile with your countertops for a harmonious look.
Kathy wrote in to ask about the paint color in her kitchen.
Hello there, ... my dilemma is I have a cathedral ceiling kitchen with still nice looking honey oak cabinets. I am not ready to paint them . My kitchen faces north ,so in the winter it is not very bright . We are thinking to add windows on the west side. I believe you my have suggested red for the walls but I do not think that look is right with the oak . I have too much of the same oak all over the kitchen, cabinets, floor , fireplace kitchen, table and chairs . I have white appliances. Presently my walls are a light yellow which is not rich enough for the size of the room. At one time it was painted a grey green shade that was too dreary. Now I like golds , greens , taupe . The room is separate from any other room but it is 24x32.I am thinking of a rich color on the windows or even just going with white of light beige to make the room airy . Any suggestions. The rug under the table needs changed as well. Thanks for any thoughts. ~kathy
I wrote back:
I can see what you mean about the red. It may be a problem but may not be, but let's go in a different direction.
You have a light gold now. You're right, that won't provide enough contrast with your oak cabinets and floor. Here are two popular tones right now that are between gold and orange. They're warm and rich. They'll give you contrast but won't fight the oak.