Eye on Interior Style: Bohemian Influences

Season after season, year after year, there are homeowners and apartment dwellers alike, who choose to decorate with fantastic Bohemian style or more sedate Bohemian influences. Those influences can come in the form of brilliant color, a lovely mix of pattern or warm eclectic furnishings. You’ll readily see the influence of Bohemian style in many of our modern, traditional and shabby chic spaces. See what we mean below:

Bohemian

An open living space with comfortable striped sofa is surrounded by Bohemian influences. Fantastic textiles show off brilliant color and stunning pattern.

Bohemian Influences

Even leather seating can be brought to life with color and pattern on the decorative pillows and brilliant blooms.

 Bohemian Influences

Here again, awesome pattern and striking color amp up a living space on the rug underfoot, the pillows that fill the sofa and fabulous decorative accents displayed on open shelves.

Bohemian Influences

One of our favorite dining rooms is all decked out in holiday finery. We think this is Bohemian influence at its best.

Bohemian Influences

As we mentioned earlier, some homes and rooms are made better by more restrained Bohemian influences. Here a single rug and silk toss pillow work magic in this otherwise serene bedroom.

Bohemian Influences

A contemporary room goes bold and beautiful with color, pattern and artwork. We are captivated by these Bohemian influences.

Bohemian Influences

Charming wallpaper and a bent wood cradle are charming in this awesome nursery.

Bohemian Influences

A wonderful mix of styles and a few pops of color make for a comfortable and inviting living. It’s easy to see those Bohemian influences here.

 

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Room Decor Ideas: See What Pattern Can Do

Color and pattern often go hand in hand. Not always, but often, pattern can amp up a room’s decor. We recently shared a post about color with our Design Shuffle blog readers, so today we’re doing a follow-up highlighting some of our favorite ways to use pattern as a companion to all sorts of colorful spaces, from pale to bright, indoors and outside.

Living Room Pattern

White rooms are perhaps the easiest ones to bring alive with brilliant colorfully patterned accents. Here, blooms abound, strewn across curtain panels. sofa pillows and underfoot on a fabulous rug.

Wall Pattern

Wallpaper is making a big comeback and what better way to add color and pattern than with awesome wallpapered walls?

Wall Pattern

Totally contemporary wallpaper gives this dining room a distinctive background for an amazing piece of art above the fireplace.

Pillow Pattern

Black, white and gray create pattern on accent pillows for this pale pink sofa. A really good look, don’t you think?

Pillow Pattern

Here again, toss pillows are the place for pattern. Just about any bedroom can benefit from pattern on the bed.

Rug Pattern

Color and pattern are delightful underfoot. We love the interaction between the rug and the colors used in the gallery wall.

Bathroom Pattern

Bold pattern can add visual interest to a tiny powder room or bath. This purple pattern makes a dramatic design statement.

Pattern in Outdoor Spaces

And lastly, pattern is perfect in outdoor living spaces no matter their style. From Bohemian chic to  lovely eclectic and contemporary too, color and pattern can add a most inviting look to patio, deck or porch.

 

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Delightful Design: Add a Touch of Spring

Does the arrival of spring always have you thinking about spring cleaning or more importantly, spring updates for you decor? Giving rooms a new look for spring doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Just have fun and do a few clever and creative touches that give a nod to the new season and a new look for spring. We hope one or more of the ideas below  will inspire a new spring project:

Spring Color

A bit of bright color at the front door or outside on the deck, is a quick and easy way to welcome spring. What could be easier that that.? Little time required, big impact achieved.

Spring Decor

How gorgeous is this massive bath? See how one blooming plant can virtually shout “spring is here.” This idea will work beautifully in a more modest sized bathroom. Please give it a try.

Blooming Branches

Blooming branches in a clear glass or pottery container filled with water is another clever idea with lots of visual impact. We think the larger the vase or bottle, the bigger the visual impact.

Tulips for Spring

What flower represents spring better than tulips? Make them yellow like the potted ones above and your kitchen table will make you smile.

Blooming Branches

Here’s another look for  branches that brings great results–a tall clear vase of branches with budding blooms and leaves just bursting forth.

Spring Inspired

For warm weather beauty trade that warm and cozy bedding for white ones and sheer or light weight white canopy panels. This simply exchange will take you happily through spring and summer.

Pink Chaise

Ready for a bigger update? Upholster a lovely chaise lounge in pink cotton. Canvas or linen would be beautiful

Spring Inspiration

Just a few spring green toss pillows and maybe a new potted plant or two can make all the difference when updating a living room for the new season. Just thinking about it inspires us to implement our plan to bring spring into our decor. How about you?

 

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Cool Contemporary Kitchens

Are you planning a new contemporary kitchen or a complete redo of your current one? Right now we’re seeing a lot of attention being given to contemporary and modern kitchens on Pinterest. Sleek lines, upscale finishes and touches of  wood to warm up stone and metal are all on display in these popular images. Sometimes, even a small update can make a kitchen space sing. Here are eight contemporary kitchen ideas we’re loving this week:

Contemporary Kitchen

Wood, stone and metal come together in a most appealing way in the fabulous kitchen above.

Contemporary Kitchen

Natural light fills this fantastic galley kitchen. Below counter storage abounds and open shelving can be used for decorative accents, dishes and serving pieces.

Contemporary Kitchen Warm wood cabinets, table and modern chairs are a fascinated contrast to sleek concrete in this inviting eat-in kitchen.

Contemporary Kitchen

We love everything about this stunning contemporary kitchen. Massive island, dark flooring and lots of display space and high windows to enhance it all–simply perfect.

 Contemporary Kitchen

Sleek and modern combine beautifully with a bit of rustic and retro to create a kitchen that invites family and friends to join the chef in prep and mealtime fun.

 Contemporary Kitchen

Absolutely stunning, don’t you think? This small kitchen is a study in contemporary style, functionality and beauty. A trio of white pendant lights add that perfect final touch.

Contemporary Kitchen

Here’s one of those updates that has big visual impact and super functionality. A dish rack that adds natural beauty plus simple practicality. Form and function that please.

Contemporary Kitchen

Already have wonderful dark contemporary kitchen? Bring it to life with pure white minimalist accents like these rotund ceramic vases in a variety of sizes.

 

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Winter Inspiration: Great Style and Comfort Too

Looking for inspiration for a winter decor update? When it comes to winter interiors, we often hear the words “cozy” or “comfortable” leaving out “stylish” and “glamorous.” We think a room can include all of the above and maybe a little fun too. See what we mean below.

Stylish and Comfy

Color is the key to this comfortable traditional space. Red meets turquoise and forms a beautiful relationship to brighten the most dreary winter days.

Stylish and Comfy

Just the spot to curl up with a good book, this comfy chair beckons.

Stylish and Comfy

Colorful artwork and furnishings get a glam touch from fabulous faux fur and acrylic ottoman. This space is sure to bring a smile to every face.

Stylish and Comfy

Unexpected elements make this kitchen anything but traditional. The work island and cabinets look more like furniture pieces that kitchen cabinets. We love the look.

Stylish and Comfy

Color, texture and pattern create a cozy comfortable sleeping space.

Stylish and Comfy

Woodwork, wallpaper and fabulous fabrics work together beautifully in this closet and master bath.

Stylish and Comfy

Black and white are a fantastic combination in this marble bath with comfortable armchair.

Stylish and Comfy

One thing that can bring joy and excitement to a winter room with lots of natural light is greenery–potted trees and plants or awesome specimens like these, that show off their roots in water-filled clear glass containers.

 

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016: Two for One

Pantone Color of the Year

As leave the old year behind and welcome the new year with all its possibilities, the design world eagerly embraces the Color of the Year 2016 from the color experts at Pantone. This year they picked not one, but two colors–a duo of pastels called Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Pantone Color of the Year

A warm pink and a cool blue that can stand alone or be used together as very amicable contrasting companions.

Pantone Color of the Year

We love the idea of using black with these pastels for a more sophisticated chic look in fashion (above) and home decor (following.)

Pantone Color of the Year

Here Rose Quartz walls and woodwork are stunning with black accents.

Pantone Color of the Year

Black is perfect above a fireplace painted in glossy Rose Quartz

Pantone Color of the Year

Serenity blue and Rose Quartz are irresistible when combined with black in the dress above.

Pantone Color of the Year

This great dining illustrates the beauty of Serenity walls when used with black accents. Lighting in unexpected red bring this room to life.

Pantone Color of the Year

Serenity blue cabinets are gorgeous with dark countertops and backsplash.

Pantone Color of the Year

We think the contrast is stunning when the two are used together. What a fabulous party table this is!

 

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Delightful Design: Great Green Rooms

 

Green Living Room

Dark green interior spaces can be a delightful change from pale neutrals. Not saying pale color palettes don’t have their place be cause we are big fans of whites, grays and pastels. But this time of year, our thoughts turn to dark walls and furnishings that turn rooms into cocoons for the winter. We hope you enjoy these beautiful rooms enveloped (like the fabulous living room above or accented with gorgeous green. 

Green Living Room

Deep comfy chairs and footstools make for lovely green accents. Irresistible, don’t you think?

Green Living Room

Green furnishings can also work beautifully with other dark colors on the walls. For instance charcoal gray or navy blue are great color companions for green

Green Living Room

A fantastic green wall can be the perfect backdrop for a treasured collection of mirrors or a stunning gallery wall.

Green Kitchen

Here, green seems a brilliant design choice lower cabinets in this kitchen that mixing stylish contemporary with vintage appeal.

Green Bedroom

A great mix of greens, including a charming medium hue on the walls and night stand (that tone on tone look is lovely) that creates a perfect background for velvet pillows in contrasting shades.

Green Living Room

The perfect green sofa is stunning in this sophisticated living room. What a gorgeous splash of green!

Green Living Room

Green hues come together beautifully little corner. We are captivated by the addition of that bright splash of spring green.

Green Dining Room

An elegant dining room is dressed in green–walls, draperies, chairs and even the tiny shades topping the crystal chandelier look gorgeous in these delightful hues.

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Brilliant Decorating Ideas: Empty Frames

Each and every painting deserves a beautiful and appropriate frame, whether it’s a masterpiece or a much loved print. The perfect frame can enhance the art within it. However, there are those among us who love a frame for the frame’s sake. These creative people love to experiment with hanging a single empty frame, a group of empty frames, or a frame with no painting but an eye-catching decorative item inside. They may be on to something interesting. Below you can see eight examples of fabulous empty frames:

Empty Frame

When is an empty frame not really an empty frame? Perhaps when it holds within its borders a stunning framed painting. We think this massive empty frame is gorgeous.

Empty Frames

A gallery wall of empty frames in various golden tones, designs, shapes and sizes is a great idea for the foyer or hallway.

Empty Frames

This collection of empty frames brings visual interest to a dark and handsome bedroom. We’re captivated!

Empty Frame

Empty frames “frame” delicate botanicals potted in tiny cut tree trunks on a white mantel. What a creative use of leaning and hung empty frames.

Empty Frames

Charcoal gray is just right as the background for a fantastic gallery wall of empty white frames. We are fascinated by the addition of typography and whimsical birds.

Empty Frame

Pretty in pink, this wall is hung with gilt-framed photographs set within a larger empty frame.

Empty Frame

A single empty frame shakes up a bathroom gallery wall. We can see lots of decorative potential for this creative idea in just about any room.

Empty Frame

And finally, here’s an empty frame idea that’s been in our design inspiration file for a long time–just in case we ever happen upon a fabulous floor to ceiling beauty. One can dream.

 

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Unexpected Elements in the Kitchen

Whether by design or serendipity, many homeowners and apartment dwellers have unexpected elements in the kitchen. What to do? We say embrace them fully to create your own one of a kind looks. Add a sofa or chairs for a conversation area, a library ladder to reach a row of extra high cabinets or an elegant crystal chandelier. We love the unexpected in any room. In the kitchen, a surprising element can be fabulous.

Kitchen Decor

Have a little extra space in your kitchen? Add chairs to create an inviting conversation area.

Kitchen Decor

A sofa or love seat backed up to the kitchen island can be a clever use of space and soften the hard edges of appliances, cabinets and countertops.

Kitchen Decor

If you’re fortunate enough to have a large kitchen with really tall cabinets along one wall, consider a sliding library ladder to make those “unreachable” cabinets more practical for everyday use.

Kitchen Decor

Love exposed brick in your decor? A back splash of that great textual material may be just right for you.

Kitchen Decor

This beautiful kitchen includes a work island that goes from rustic to elegant with a fine finish on a slice of reclaimed tree trunk with the bark still attached.

Kitchen Decor

Backstairs become a focal point in this kitchen with the addition of lovely wrought iron.

Kitchen Decor

This lofty living space includes a kitchen with its own built-in office above. Now that’s unexpected!

Kitchen Decor

Lastly, here’s a kitchen with chef-worthy appliances and a glam look. Who knew crystal and velvet could look so good in the kitchen? We love it, don’t you?

 

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Handsome Bedroom Designs: Dark & Not So Dark

Love dark bedroom looks? Perhaps you’ll enjoy experimenting with a combination of dark and not so dark. Combining dark and light elements is a perfect way to balance masculine and feminine in a shared bedroom. Below you will find great ideas for dark and handsome bedrooms and not so dark color palettes you’ll also appreciate.

Dark Bedroom

Actually, the handsome bedroom above recently featured in the post “Beyond Summer: Decorating with Awesome Indoor Plants” was the inspiration for today’s post about dark bedroom designs. We love everything about this space. Using dark walls and dark bedding meant taking a risk but it works beautifully, don’t you think?

Handsome Bedroom

This dark bedroom is anything but moody. The yellow accents are a lovely contrast to deep blue and gray.

Handsome Bedroom

White painted brick and almost black create a fabulous contrasting backdrop for this contemporary bedroom. Unexpected art makes a whimsical statement that hard to ignore.

Handsome Bedroom

White monogrammed lines are quiet stunning in this inviting bedroom. It shows off the beauty of light + dark.

Handsome Bedroom

Masculine and feminine do much more than co-exist in this “wood cabin” bedroom design.

Handsome Bedroom

Exposed brick and black paint play well together in this loft bedroom.

Handsome Bedroom

Mixing slightly glam and darkly handsome elements create a bedroom that’s just right for a shared bedroom.

Handsome Bedroom

It’s easy to fall for this painterly look. From curtain panels and pillows to a dipped black and natural wood stool and settee at the foot of the bed, there’s an irresistible paint-inspired look about this bedroom design. A dark and not so dark bedroom design at its best, wouldn’t you say?

 

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