Good whatever time of day you are reading this!
The decorations of Christmas, I hope, are down and packed away. I look forward to one thing in January – fresh space. As in we end a year with Santas, nativities, stockings, wreathes and we start a year with a fresh slate.
If you are looking at your home thinking it’s time to change some things up let this post help you out.
The easiest way to change your home’s look and give it a fresh new vibe is to change the color. This translates to painting the walls. I, personally, despise painting; but I cannot deny the way a freshly painted room makes me feel!
The 2018 Pantone color of the year is purple and that is a color I can personally deal with (and smile.) The specific shade of the year is ultra violet which is a fusion of red and purple. So let’s play with this color for a moment shall we?
You can put this on your wall…
Pick a shade and pick a room. When I see the fairest hues I’m automatically taken to a relaxing bedroom, spa bathroom, or an office for “her.” Personally, I’m not about to paint a room in honor of the Prince from Michigan but…
To up the femininity of the shade you can pair it with soft grey. These shades also go well with gun metals. Let’s not forget making it super fun and pairing it with bright pinks, oranges, and greens.
PPG likes to share their color of the year (less followed than Pantone) and they chose Black Flame. This isn’t a color I prefer on my walls (Southern girl here not a metropolitan gal.) However, I do like to accent with black!
My heart does flutter a bit at the accents of Secret Safari and Gypsum.
And then Sherwin Williams announced it’s color of the year would speak straight to my heart:
Ocean Side is calling to me (not just because it’s ocean) because it is the color I’m naturally attracted to. We all have that shade that pulls us in and these shades are the ones that catch my eye and magnet me right over. If you have been in my house then you know this entire palate could be renamed Amanda.
So there are some ideas for walls as per the trendy side of 2018. You may feel more comfortable using those colors for accents. Go for pillows, window treatments, rugs, towels, and my favorite – flowers!
Bring outside inside
This year make your house a mini green house! From succulents, which require little to nothing, to fun tropical style plants, all the way to basic ivies – bring the plants in! Not only will they clean your air and teach your kids some responsibility; but they will bring new life to your home and liven it up just by existing!
Plants should go in EVERY room! The living area, kitchen, bath, bedrooms, even the laundry! Put a little green happiness in there and be healthy! Go the extra step and place plants you actually use in the kitchen – herbs, aloe, etc.
I never thought I would write this but…
Brass is back.
I grew up in the 90’s and so I have this feeling about brass that makes me nauseous. However, this year we’re mixing metals. Copper got the shining spot last year and this year we are looking at fusing your copper pieces with brass pieces and tin. Mix the metal.
While we’re visiting decades gone by
I wasn’t around in the 70’s but I have been in homes that haven’t been touched since the 70’s. Many of my sweet clients live by the rule if you wait long enough the trend will return. Well, while I hope that a few trends never show back up this is one that I guess isn’t so terrible.
This is actually not a bad flooring because it is so easy to maintain and keep clean. You sweep, vacuum, and mop. You can also pick from a super wide variety of terrazzo colors and patterns.
I’m not going out to order this. But hey!
The pattern of the year goes from chevron to chevron
No, it doesn’t but I’m not a fan of it or Herringbone which is supposedly the rage for ’18.
Elimination of the gallery wall
Gallery walls have been the rage for about ten years. I never created one in my home (but the idea did cross my mind no short of 76 times.) Twenty eighteen is asking you to bid adieu to the gallery wall and to embrace large art.
If you hate painting then you should get excited right now! Instead of drop cloths, brushes, and rollers, you can use that money to buy a few new oversized pieces of art (go ahead and hit up Hobby Lobby) and change your room with a simple tack or two.
So there you have it a slight culmination of home trends for a new year. What do you love? Hate? Want to try? Let me know!
Oh and every girl needs this in her life this year….