It’s Baaaack….Shocking Color Trend

Last week I attended Design Camp Seattle, put on by celebrity designers Lori Dennis and Kelly Ellis. The line up of speakers was amazing and I came away both inspired and informed. The opening speaker in Seattle was Bill Indursky, founder of the online shopping site V& M.  Bill spoke on trends and as a color consultant I was  interested in hearing what he had to say about Color.

Bill Indursky speaking on Trends 

Hang on to your paint brush because according to Indursky, the Gray trend is over and Beige is back… shocking I know! Seems like just yesterday (wait…it was yesterday) all we saw were shades of Gray. Now it’s all about Beige and Brown. I might have doubted this fact except when we walked into the Seattle Design Center where the Camp was held every single show room had nothing but Beige on Beige with dark brown wood furniture. In fact, there was not a Gray sofa or Gray wall in sight.

Bill explained the trend back to Beige is partly due to the  popularity of the raw wood/industrial/rustic trend but bottom line is that people want to feel safe. Beige represents stability, durability, and plays off one of the other hot trends which is antiquity. Brown represents security and gives people the feeling of being connected to the Earth, organic and grounded. Seems like good qualities to have in our home considering all the stressful things that have been happening  in the US lately.

Restoration Hardware

The rule of thumb is that trends usually last for about 10 years. The Gray trend is only about 4 years old so if Beige is indeed the new neutral it will be interesting to see what happens to Gray.

Nancy Braithwaite Designs

So there you have it. Beige (and Brown) is back…Gray is SO 2012.

Oh, and Bill told us he always dresses in one of the major trends when he presents.  His outfit is inspired by  ”The Ancients”.  Greek, Roman, and Egyptian inspired elements are all trending right now both in interiors and in fashion.

What do you think about Gray vs. Beige?  Do you think the Gray trend is over?

If you would like help deciding what neutral is best for your home give me a call.

 

 

 

Coastal Inspired Family Room Make Over

I recently worked with a wonderful client who’s family room that was in some serious need of updating.  She had originality decorated it in the 1990′s and everything was right on trend back then; the sponge painted walls, the elaborate (and very expensive) custom window treatments, and the 90′s color pallet. Since her BEFORE and AFTER photos were so dramatic she was gracious enough to give me permission to share her family room transformation with my readers.

This is how her family room looked when I first arrived to give her some help. (Click photo to enlarge)

Family Room Before

Her goal for her new room was to have a very light and bright, coastal inspired family room. Following that vision she had recently purchased two White and Navy checked chairs and a neutral colored sofa as her foundation pieces for the room.

Two new checked chairs

sponge painted walls dated family room

new sofa

One of the biggest design challenges of the room is that it has peaked angled walls and a very tall slanted ceiling. The current way it was painted with dark walls and a bright white ceiling accented the rooms irregular shape and gave the appearance of a chopped up room. It was certainly not the calm and restful space my client envisioned.

tall angled ceiling

When you have a room like this with slanted ceilings and angled walls there are several ways to paint it as I wrote about HERE.  Since my client’s number one goal was to “lighten and brighten” up her space, we wrapped the entire room (walls and ceiling) in the same soft neutral.

By painting the whole room in one light color the room now feels more calming and connected. I also had her flip the furniture so that the sofa was now in the bay window facing the new wall mounted TV and the 2 chairs were at the other end of the room for reading and conversation.

The room now feels like one continuous space and the many angles become much less noticeable. Being in the room is now much more calming and restful.

 My client is still working on accessorizing and plans to purchase art work but we are both so happy with how it turned out.

Photographers trick. I pulled the two club chairs up for the photo 

Pretty dramatic transformation don’t you agree?

If you would like help choosing color or updating a room in your home, give me a call.

 

 

 

My Olioboard Guest Bedroom Comes to Life

One of my favorite design tools that I use for both myself and for my clients is Olioboard. In case you haven’t heard of it, Olioboard is an online design program where you can create 2D or 3D  inspiration or design boards simply by clicking and dragging an almost endless library of real life products. It is super easy to learn and so much fun to create a  fantasy room or try out how an actual room would look with your chosen furnishings.

olioboard purple bedroom

Linda Holt Interiors

 Being a photographer I love the fact that Olioboard is actual photographs. It really helps my clients visual the entire completed room. It also makes me look so professional even though Olioboard really does all the magic.

Recently I created an Olioboard for a very small guest bedroom I was decorating. My client already had the bed, asked that it be very simply furnished and preferred Red and Cream as his colors of choice. I put together this board below as inspiration and much to my surprise he said he loved it all and to go ahead and decorate the room exactly like the board; rug, fabric, storage bench, art work, bedding…everything! (click on photo to enlarge)

designing a bed room with Olioboard

Now that the room is finished I thought it would be fun to show the Olioboard come to life. (click on photo to enlarge)

small guest bedroom

I made just a few small changes at the client’s request such as one big statement pillow rather than a bed full.

I also decided to have my friend Susan Siefer paint the two side tables with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to add a pop of blue and also to make the room a little more custom.

Susan custom mixed the Blue to match the Blue in the fabric shade and the Red accent stripe is Annie Sloan Emperors Silk.

Even though it is a very small room it was still fun to put it all together on Olioboard and also easier for my client to visualize how it would look once finished.

How about you? Do you use Olioboard?

If you would like help decorating or help with Color, give me a call.

7 Tips to Create a More Soulful Home

I just read an interesting article about how Oprah is redecorating her Montecito California home. In the article (you can read it here) Oprah shares  how even though she has decorated many beautiful homes over the years not one of them ever really felt like her home nor did she ever feel completely comfortable in them.  Oprah says rather than decorating around who she really is, she fell victim to decorating with what was trendy, in style, or what she “thought a famous person’s home should look like”.  Case in point; if  I had to guess who lived in the room below, Oprah would most likely not come to mind.

Oprah’s home

This time around, Oprah says she is finally focusing on creating a home that feels like her home.  She wants to put her feet up (with her shoes on) and not worry about scratching an antique coffee table.   She wants her dogs to cuddle on the sofa with her and not worry about drool on the fabric. She wants to create a home that reflects her life style and functions for how she lives…she wants to have a house with a Soul.

If I could talk to Oprah I would share these 7 tips for creating a Soulful Home.

1. Make note of how you REALLY live and be totally honest. If you eat in the family room in front of the TV every night then maybe you want a table in the family room or a coffee table that lifts up and doubles as a tray table. If you rarely use your formal dining room but desperately need a home office or a play area for your children then go ahead and turn the dining room into an office or play space.

turn your dining room into a library

dining room library

2. Don’t buy all your furniture from the same store. Even though you might love the look of a particular trendy store think about what you like about that store’s particular look and create it with a mix of different furniture from different sources. Nothing has less Soul than a room that looks like a page out of a catalog.

mix of furniture sources same feel

Pottery Barn look and feel with furnishings from various sources

3. Add in something handmade, vintage or unexpected. A great way to bring Soul to a room is to add in something that is hand made or something with a little history. This could be original art work (even your children’s artwork), a custom made piece of furniture, a vintage basket … something that doesn’t say  ”made in China” on the back.

In the room above, the contemporary sofa and fabrics get some added Soul with the addition of the painted vintage dresser and vintage lamps and chair.

4. Family Portraits. A great way to add a Soul to your home is to show visitors who lives there. Tip: Rather than scatter family photos around the house, display them all together for greater impact.

family portraits add personality and soul.

group family portraits for best impact

5. Books. Books that reflect your interests and books that you actually read tell visitors who lives in the home, what they are interested in and gives the home personality and  Soul.

books add soul to a house

6. Collections. display what you love, collect and treasure and your home will be filled with  Soul. Don’t worry if your collection isn’t trendy or if it is unusual, all that maters is that it speaks to you.

collections add soul to a room

hat collection reflects personally of who lives in the home.

 7. Choose color based on what you like and not the trend color of the moment. I can’t stress this one enough. Just because shades of gray are currently trending doesn’t mean you should paint your walls gray…unless you love gray! I painted my sitting room walls blue/green because it is a color I love and makes me happy…not because of any color trend.

green living room

Linda Holt Interiors

So how about you? How do you like to add Soul to your home? Can you think of anything I missed?

 

 

3 affordable ways to wake up tired rooms

This time of the year a lot of us are suffering from holiday let down or the Winter Blues. In the North East the days are short and cold, causing many to feel just a little tired. Our rooms can look tired this time of the year as well but adding a little energy is easier than you think and can be just what is needed for a mid Winter pick me up.

As a Boston area decorator here are my 3 favorite ways to add a little UMPH to a room.

1. Bold graphic patterns are not only a huge trend right now but a great way to boost your room’s energy. Incorporate a fun bold graphic in your room by bringing in new throw pillows, a rug, or a graphic fabric.

Graphic pillows, rugs, fabric

The graphic wall treatment and the three throw pillows add just enough energy to this bedroom to keep the room from looking tired while still retaining a soothing and restful look.

Laura Martin Bovard design

Try swapping out your current neutral rug with one of the new affordable Graphic rugs.  This one below is from West Elm and will really add a punch to your room.

west elm rug

west elm rug

Using a colorful graphic fabric for window treatments will definitely amp up your room and add pizzazz to even the most neutral of rooms. I love how the red graphic drapes below really help this room come alive.

Tracery Interiors

Tracery Interiors

 2. Changing up your room’s floor plan is another way to add new energy and it doesn’t cost a dime. Simply by moving things around you will create a new energy and that is sometimes all the refreshing up you need. Try moving your furniture off the wall. Float your sofa or chairs around a coffee table to create an intimate conversation area.

maria killam

Maria Killam Design

If your room is somewhat square try placing the sofa on the diagonal; it will boost the energy of the room because diagonals are the most dynamic of all the lines.

Patrick Baglino design

Patrick Baglino design

 #3. Color. You can never understate the power of color for adding energy to a room. Bright bold Color is so popular now and and the choices are endless. You can ease into incorporating a bold color simply by adding a bright pillow or go all out and add a statement piece of furniture. 

I love these colorful lamps from Lamps Plus and they come in dozens of different colors. They are even color coded to Sherwin Williams and Pantone paint colors . I recently purchased one for my client in SW6882.

Lamps Plus

Of course if you are really brave and craving some energy you can always paint a high energy color on the walls. Just be sure you surround the bright color with plenty of neutral to give they eye a place to rest.

Using a very bold color in small doses especially with white and black is a great way to add some interest and high energy to a space without overwhelming it. I fell in love with the entrance below. Talk about adding energy to what could be a very boring entrance! It makes me want to run up those stairs to see the rest of the house.

 What is your favorite way to add a little energy to your room? Graphic prints? Color? or by rearranging the furniture?

If your New Years Resolution was to get your house in shape in 2013, please contact me.

 

My 15 Seconds of Fame in House Beautiful Magazine

When I received a call from an editor at House Beautiful Magazine back in November I was driving home from an appointment and only answered my phone because I thought I must have left something at my client’s house. When the caller, Christine Pittel, said she wanted to interview me about painting my first nanosecond thought was  ”oh, she must be looking for the OTHER Linda Holt“.  There actually is one and she lives just a few towns away from me and is a well known Artist. Although we have never met we have been confused for one another for the past 20 years. In the next nanosecond I heard Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painting furniture and it was at this point I pulled off the road to try and collect myself and calm down my rapidly beating heart…OMG…House Beautiful, OMG…House Beautiful! House-Beautiful-Feb13-cover Many of you already know that I am a huge Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fan. My good friend Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design actually was the one who turned me on to it a couple years back. She was likely one of the very first around to check out and start using the paint. Now of course it seems like EVERYONE is using it.

AnnieSloanChalkPaint

Since I am basically lazy when it comes to painting furniture, I love the fact that you don’t have to sand or prep a piece before starting to paint. It’s instant gratification and you can have a fresh updated piece in a day…love that! Painted furniture is so “on trend” right now and I usually try and incorporate at least one painted piece into each of my projects.  My client’s love to have something unique and custom without spending a huge amount of money. As I recently shared in a previous post, I just painted two chairs with Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange for one of my clients.

Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange

Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange

Anyway, I digress… Pittel asked me to name my favorite Annie Sloan paint color and to talk about a piece I used it on and why.  My pick?  Florence: one of Annie’s newest colors.

Annie Sloan Florence

Annie Sloan Florence

How funny that I picked this color even before I knew that Pantone’s Color of the Year was to be Emerald Green. Below is my actual  quote in the February House Beautiful feature on Color Painted Furniture. (click on photo to enlarge) HB quoteand here is the piece in mention; done with my painting partner Susan.

 If you would like to see other pieces Susan and I have painted that are currently for sale check out my Pinterest board here.

If you had told me 5 years ago when I was still working full time as a photographer and only dreaming of being an interior decorator that one day I would be quoted in House Beautiful  I would have said you were crazy. It’s been an exciting  journey and I have to give credit to a few teachers and mentors who made my quote possible: namely Maria Killam for her True Color Expert training Leatrice Eiseman for her Color Expert training classKate Smith for her friendship and advice, Susan Siefer, close friend and painting partner and most recently Tobi Fairley, my teacher and business mentor. They have all educated me, inspired me, and fueled my passion and love of Color and Design.  I thank you and love you all.

If you would like a custom painted piece of furniture in your home or decorating help, give me a call.

 

 

FINALLY!!!! The Official Pantone Color of 2013 is……..

It’s been months of speculation, rumors, incorrect reporting (that the color was Monaco Blue)and just plain old confusion as to what Pantone’s highly anticipated Color of the year for 2013 will be. As I wrote about here, Pantone is the top dog in the color predicting space and Pantone’s tradition of designating a Color of the year has become a very big deal to anyone working with or who loves color.

Well the announcement just came down so say goodbye to Tangerine Tango and say hello to  Emerald.

17-5641Emerald

Pantone’s Color of the year 2013

Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony. It seems the perfect choice to me and I am so happy to see this color going into 2013.

Emerald green

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013

As a color consultant, one tip I would like to share if you plan to use Emerald on your walls, is be sure to make it the star and surround it with lot’s of neutral  (like white) to give the eye a place to rest. Look at this beautiful bathroom with Emerald green walls…stunning.

and this gorgeous bed room. In both photos Emerald is the star and white is used as the grounding neutral.

emerald green

 

emerald walls

Emerald also pairs so well with Gray, the new on trend neutral we are seeing so often.

emerald drapes

If you want to bring Emerald green into your home but not sure you want to make such a big commitment here are a few photos to inspire you of ways to  us Emerald Green as an accent color.

Pillows are always a great way to introduce a pop of color.

emerald

Decor Pad

How about painting a flea market find Emerald Green?

emerald furniture

I love how this Emerald Green chair adds a pop of color to this space

emerald green chair

and who wouldn’t LOVE an Emerald Green velvet head board!

emerald green head board

Lastly, one of my all time favorite powder rooms is this one done by Katie Ridder.

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

So what do you think of  Pantone’s Color of the Year? will you be bringing it into your home?

If you would like help incorporating Emerald Green in your home or any other color, give me a call.

 

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