Interior designers work with color, design trends

What’s hot? Gray walls.

What’s not? Formal living rooms. Seriously. .

Those are just two of the 2013 home design ins and outs spotted at the Parade of Homes, which starts Friday, as well as on HGTV, cococozy.com, Pinterest and in decorating magazines.

Some trends work here. Some are snubbed big time.

The Parade of Homes is a perfect time for home-design daydreamers to tour the newest offerings by local builders as they pick up the latest interior design and home layout trends and mentally redecorate their own homes or plan for the future.

Written By Linda Navarro

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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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Decorating trends moving toward darker wall colors

When Delores Dalke of Hillsboro began selling real estate in the 1970s, the trend in home decorating was to have colorful walls. But, by the 1990s, conventional wisdom changed to say that walls should be light and neutral in color, at least if you were going to sell the home.

The idea was that if a room’s walls were a neutral color, the owners could decorate it and accent it as they wanted. The truth, though, was that most people decorated with neutral furniture, as well.

In recent years, decorating ideas have changed again. Dark and rusty reds, gold, and dark browns have become popular colors.

Written By ADAM STEWART

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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: Mosaic tiles

We are back with interior decorator Tracey McDonell Reid.

Add some texture and colour to your home. In this segment, we explore mosaic tiles.

Series breakdown:

• Monday, July 29: Pillows

Pillows covered in bright splashes of colour can refresh a room for the summer or bring an added pop of colour to your backyard.

Written By Leeanna McLean

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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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12 Ideas for Decorating with a Colorful Sofa

I recently purchased a teal sofa (after waffling between teal and pink for a bit) and many readers commented that it was too bright, too tricky to decorate around. Color on such a big piece doesn’t have to be overwhelming though! It all depends on what else you put with it. I’ve gathered some inspiration for decorating with colorful furnishings — you know, so we can discuss.

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Written By NICOLE BALCH

Kate Moss Has More In Common With Home Decor Than You Think (PHOTOS)

Kate Moss has a completely unique personal style that frequently inspires us to try new looks. But what we haven’t noticed, until recently, is her flair for color. Her ensembles frequently get us thinking about new color combinations for our outfits…and interiors. When the golden goddess wore one of her favorite combos, black and white, it had us rethinking that classic duo. A little bit of gold (or bronze) with black and white is something very special.

Even better, the black and white scheme also works with other colors (like deep teal and red), making it incredibly easy to find products that fit this decor. And it also allows mix and mingle your metals in the form of all your home accessories. Click through the slideshow below inspired by Kate Moss, to prove how this color palette can work for you.

Written By Raydene Salinas

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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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