Monday, April 21, 2014

Decorate Your Kitchen With Two Tone Cabinets

Mixing and matching colors with two-tone kitchen cabinets is a great way to add interest and update your kitchen. This look started trending a few years ago and seems to be maintaining it's popularity. Lending to the well received idea is the fact that it is such an affordable way to give existing cabinets an instant facelift with just paint, brush, and creative juices.

My favorite configuration is light colored cabinets on top and dark on the bottom as the darker color on the bottom best anchors the room. However, this trend allows for your own personality and taste to shine through giving your kitchen a distinct style of its own. Another common configuration is cabinets one color and an island or other stand-out item a different color. Larger kitchens with islands are natural fits for two-tone kitchen.

Is this just a trend or will it be a timeless look? My favorite kitchens have stand alone cabinets instead of traditional ones. To me it makes for a much more warm and interesting space.This trend of painting cabinet sections separately affords homeowners the chance to make their kitchens look more like these timeless images......

to help create the illusion of stand-alone furniture pieces.

I believe the look will stay with us as long as we pay attention to overall design and make good color choices. So I say give this easy makeover a try if you are considering a kitchen update.

Jack Thompson

Whether it is the desire to restore a vintage kitchen........

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or bring the vintage feel to a modern interior, the warmth of painted two tone cabinets helps to manifest the look.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Whether you choose bold contrasting colors or subtle shade variations, varying the colors on your kitchen cabinets will give your kitchen design depth and character.

Even bright colors, not typically thought of for kitchens, seem to take on a more traditional look when mixed and matched with ivory.

The combination works perfectly! Or you can pair white cabinets with ebony wood - very chic.

Vintage charm!

James E. Howard

Sometimes it can just be a portion of your cabinets. This looks good especially in  a smaller kitchen.

Interesting way to bring old world into a more modern kitchen. I love the cabinet!!

Another version of two kept in subtle colors.

The Lettered Cottage

This design trend works well in all types of kitchen ....... old world, country, tradition and modern.

Phoebe Howard

Don't forget you can also mix wood and painted cabinets.

Timothy Corrigan

As the average kitchen size is increasing, homeowners are wanting to add additional colors to their color scheme. Here is a lovely example......ivory cabinets and celadon island.

A common configuration is cabinets one color and an island or other stand-out item a different color.

A second color on the island can give the impression that the island was added at a later time, much like mis-matched furniture being added to the room piece by piece.

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If you don't want it to look like you have added the island at a different time, add a decorative accent or two that incorporates both colors.

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Blue and white is always a good timeless choice.

James E. Howard

Charcoal gray kitchen cabinets and white island equals a lovely kitchen!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Decorating Grown Up Pink Bedrooms

The pink bedroom is no longer associate only with little girl themes of Princesses, Barbie, Hello Kitty, or tons and tons of ruffles and lace. They have grown up to become modern and chic, classic and elegant...... beautiful places that women can feel good about relaxing in. The pink bedroom can still be feminine without being too girly, and that suits the men in our lives as most will tell you that they are not enthralled with that look anyway. If you want a pink bedroom by all means have one, just make it sophisticated and charming. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Charlotte Moss

Remember that wallpaper is a wonderful alternative to just painting the walls of your bedroom pink. Here the pink flowers in the wallpaper set the stage. Add in this beautiful bed, curtained in pink and you have an elegant oasis.

This Charles Faudree bedroom features pink toile de jouy on the Lit a la Polonaise
 and several other patterns for interest.

Pink is a non-threatening color and has been proven to help people feel calmer. Pink is often used to create a feeling of relaxation and calmness.

Even though the walls are white, this bedroom has a pink room feel because of the multi pink pattern mix. It is proven that pink and green are pleasing to the eye.

Another interesting  and well done pink patterned  bedroom.

Robert Bergero painted the ornamental trimmings on the walls of this lovely pink bedroom.

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This is such a pretty pattern combination. The large pink damask like wallpaper is center stage and supported beautifully by the bed linens.

Black and pink bedrooms can be sultry but tend to look too youthful sometimes if you use polka dots or geometrics. Try something more grown up like this if you want your bedroom to sizzle.

If you don't want your room saturated in pink, try a subtle wallpaper that can still give you your pastel fix.

Pink can be soft and romantic and is great for making your skin look it's best. Just find a shade that's not overly sweet.

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Keep it fresh and clean with lots of white for smart, fresh feel. This is a nice mix of antiques and modern acrylic.


Joan Rivers Country Home

The color pink will also look great if used together with other shades of pink. This monochromatic look will still be on the softer side and will create a warm look.

Wonderful old world pink bedroom.

 The palest of pink walls supplies the perfect backdrop in this French inspired bedroom. Grey and green are two wonderful colors to accompany pink

The pink walls and this wonderful mirrored bed with it's tufted headboard make this bedroom a current and chic space.

Chinoiserie wallpaper in pink with the same color on pillows and odd pieces of upholstery......perfection.

Raspberry is a great pink and this striped wallpaper is run on the horizontal (a technique called "railroading"). It adds modern glamour yet maintains a cozy feel.

Pairing light pink with tan creates coziness and warmth.

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Pink can also be modern, classy, clean, and stylish, particularly if you’re considering a light pink room. It all depends on how you accessorize.

Remember there are other many ways to give your bedroom a large dose of pink without becoming overwhelmed. The rug is the focal point and brings the feel of a pink room. The addition of the accessories causes the eye to move upwards and adds pops of the color on  a different level.

Pink Chinoiserie panels act as a headboard and work well with the pillows to give the feel of having a pink bedroom.

This colorful throw and the flowers are all you need to give this room a "think pink" feel.

The same goes for the curtained bed and upholstered bench. Just alittle pink sometimes goes a long way.

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