A fresh new take on interior design

I’ve been an interior designer for more than 20 years. And, during this long and wonderful career it may surprise some readers to know that I believe there is only one hard-and-fast rule of design. It is this: Surround yourself with the things you love.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s not always the case.

This is because most of us approach home decorating projects with a history. Have you acquired furniture, art and accessories over time? Has the Mayflower truck followed you to new addresses and maybe even a new state? Welcome to Florida!

Written By Leanne Ritchie Special to news-press.com

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Interior design: More than 50 shades of gray

Forget about the title of that racy best-seller. Color expert Kate Smith says our eyes can distinguish more than 500 shades of gray.

That makes gray exceptionally versatile for interiors, and it’s a big part of why gray is being used much more frequently in kitchens, bathrooms and even nurseries. “Gray has an ability to show an undertone of every single color,” says Smith, a Rhode Island-based color forecaster and industry consultant who writes SensationalColor.com.

And while grays are, foremost, blends of black and white, the combination gives gray advantages over other neutrals.

Written By Kimberly L. Jackson/The Star-Ledger

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Bright and nonconventional colors bring adventure to home decor

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When it comes to trends in interior design, the forecast through 2014 is looking bolder, brighter and more adventurously colorful than has been seen in a while. Up-and-coming palettes are earning descriptions including “youthful,” “vibrant” and “positive,” heralding the rebounding market’s ready return to color.

Color expert and interior designer Barbara Schirmeister equates new, energized color palettes to growing economic confidence, as well as the influence of the youth market.

Written By Brandpoint

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Your Life Decorating: Add a splash of colour with designer pillows

This week we are with interior decorator Tracey McDonell Reid. Watch as we take a look at decor ideas for the summer and hot new products that have hit the design market.

In this segment, we have indoor and outdoor pillows from Tonic Living.

Written By Leeanna McLean

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Homestyle: Use navy to anchor your home decor

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been head over heels in love with the color blue. Cobalt? Be still my beating heart. Robin’s egg? Divine. Turquoise? Makes me swoon. But when it comes to navy, I have a personal weakness that borders on obsession.

Navy has it all. It’s a no-fail neutral that looks perfect paired with practically everything, from white and cream to coral and citron. It gracefully sets off every finish in your decor.
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Written By Mary Carol Garrity

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Neon hues give home decor punch

The neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back, in fashion and décor. Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes.

Of course, these colors aren’t for everyone. But if you’re ready to play, here are some fun options and expert advice on how to go sassy but stylish.

Tanika Nayak, an interior designer and shelter-show host on HGTV and the Food Network, loves bright hues. She says the key is to make them look up-to-the-minute and not circa 1983.

Written By : Kim Cook, Associated Press

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Decorating with the ol’ red, white and blue

Feeling patriotic?

Want to show your love for red, white, and blue all year long? You don’t literally need to hang a flag to show your country some love–not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Some color combinations conquer, while others divide. This classic American color combination exudes confidence, strength, and optimism. Blue in all its forms is restful and safe. While we know red is energizing and passionate. White is the great neutralizer.

It’s a no fail combination!

Written By Carrie Leskowitz, CarriesDesignMusings.com

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Right at Home: Neon hues give decor punch

“The neon brights that peppered the 1980s are back, in fashion and décor. Highlighter hues and glow-in-the-dark tints provide a shot of adrenaline after a few seasons of mellow, mushroom-y color palettes.

Of course, these colors aren’t for everyone. But if you’re ready to play, here are some fun options and expert advice on how to go sassy but stylish.

Tanika Nayak, an interior designer and shelter-show host on HGTV and the Food Network, loves bright hues. She says the key is to make them look up-to-the-minute and not circa 1983.”

Written By Kim Cook

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Homestyle: Red all over — dashing designs seek pop of color

Packed full of energy and excitement, the color red is sneaking back into vogue in interior design. For years, people shied away from this arresting color, opting instead for safe, soothing grays, tans and creams. But now folks are feeling bolder and taking bigger risks in their decorating. And as they do, red is shooting up the popularity charts.

We’re having a blast at Nell Hill’s zipping up people’s spaces with spunky shots of red. Want to join the fun and add this striking color to your decor?

The key to success when decorating with a statement color as striking as red is to pick a few key places to let it shine. Here are my top seven spots to add a pop of red in your home’s interior:

1. Paint a wall

If you want to go big with red, wash a wall in it. Depending upon the shade you select, red will send off a strong vibe that ranges from happy to angry, so pick your paint color carefully. Another word of caution: It’s easy to go too far with red, so start by using this powerful color in small doses. Before washing the entire room in red, start with just one wall and see what you think. Whether you end up painting one area or the whole room, be sure to balance your high-intensity wall color with plenty of light-colored neutrals through upholstery, art and window coverings.

Written By Mary Carol Garrity

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Think Pink! 6 Tips to Decorating Your Home With Pink (Plus a Ridiculously Glam DIY Project)

When it comes to home décor, pink is a color that is used far less than every other color in the rainbow—and with good reason. First, we had I Dream of Jeannie and that velvet wraparound couch she had in her bottle. Then pink was repeatedly raked through the coals by Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole and Snooki in their own decorating schemes. Pink in the home became a joke.

Personally, though, I love the color pink and think when used properly—and sparingly, at times—it can enhance a space immeasurably by adding an unexpected and super flattering hue to your home. Don’t worry—I’m not trying to sell you on painting the house pink. I’m not even suggesting you give it a try because just because The Expert said so. If, though, you like the color pink, but aren’t really sure about how to use it at home, hear me out. These six tips will have you on your way to being tickled pink in no time!

Written By Courtney Cachet

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