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2017 Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

Yep, It is that time of year when the air gets crisp and cold, holidays are in full swing and Pantone reveals their color of the year!

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?
“A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”~Pantone

This is the color that for the following year will take the lead and will dictate fashion whether home fashion or runway.

Pantone has chosen: “Greenery” a bright green, clean and crisp.

Pantone describes “Greenery” as “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”

In this high tech world we live in it is nice to get back to nature inspired colors. Adds warmth and freshness. Think of green apples, a meadow, trees.
“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”~Pantone

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How to stay with current trends when they are not your favorite? Use it sparingly. Use it as an accent piece or small accessory, such as a vase , throw or pillow.

“Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.” pantone-color-swatches-fashion-color-report-fall-2017~Pantone

Check out Pantone.com for other color pairings.

Style My Space will be using “Greenery”as a fresh pop of color that will enhance any style. Here are some great ideas using this exciting shade of green.

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INSPIRED BY PANTONE Trending Fall Palette

A coveted mix of muted and bold, these awe-worthy autumn tones are to fall for.

As presented by Wayfair.com – did you know that as a designer you can apply

for trade only discounts for your purchases on Wayfair?

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Choosing the right paint colors

Creating a great first impression is everything when selling your home. Buying a home is very emotional and though a potential buyer may have a long list of wants for their future abode those will pale in comparison to the feeling a buyer gets the first time he or she steps into your home.
Making sure that your home is appealing and appears up to date is a critical part of selling your home. One of the quickest ways to give your home a face-lift is a careful consideration of the color palette.  Think of your homes color palette as an important backdrop; it sets the stage for the furnishings and decorations that give rooms a clean updated feel. Paint is one of the easiest updates you can apply to your home but it is also one that causes many sellers and agents a like, a lot of headache. Picking the right paint color is imperative because the wrong color inside or out can turn clients off to the home.

So, How do you pick the right paint color?

First, please remember that this is not an interior design choice and should have nothing to do with your personal favorite colors. The goal here is to choose neutral colors that will appeal to the largest amount of potential buyers.  Neutral paint colors are restful, uncomplicated, and versatile. Below we have seven color suggestions that are light, neutral and (in our experience) work for making a home universally more appealing.

HC-173 Edgecomb Gray
By Benjamin Moore
This easy taupe-gray is gorgeous and neutral. It pairs amazing with bright white molding details!

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bm/colorgallery/embed_color.jsp?colorvalue=rgb%28218%2C%20212%2C%20197%29&colornum=HC-173&colorname=Edgecomb%20Gray&colorhref=http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/paint-color/edgecombgray
Edgecomb Gray
HC-173

2137-60 Grey Owl
By Benjamin Moore
“Gray is the new white” Gray Owl is always classy and light. It is a universal color that lets you play in the gray!
DEC752 Birchwood
By Dunn Edwards
Looking to bring some warmth into a large space? Larger room feeling too cold? Birchwood is here to save you! This creamy warm neural from Dunn Edwards Ranch/Modern Desert
collection brings a big punch of warmth to large spaces. It also looks gorgeous with classic white trim or with wood accents.

https://www.dunnedwards.com/colors/browser/dec752
DET648 White Picket Fence
By Dunn Edwards
Part of the Then and Now collection White Picket Fence is perfect for lofts, mid-century spaces and creating a clean contemporary back drop.

SW 7036 Accessible Beige
By Sherwin Williams
One of the most popular wall colors for flippers! Why you ask? Because it is a perfect creamy neutral that can stand on its own or pair perfectly with an accent wall.
SW 6204 Sea Salt
By Sherwin Williams
This beautiful green-gray is part of the Coastal Cool Collection and adds a touch of “spa” feel to bathrooms and laundry rooms with out going overboard. Every time I see it on a wall I think “this is the color of Zen”

SW 9173 Shiitake
By Sherwin Williams
Looking for a tan that looks and feels rich? Well Shiitake is a yummy neutral that adds a touch of class to any space! It is still light enough for smaller homes.

Bonus Color…

DEW394 Cascading White
By Dunn Edwards
Need a white? Well you are in luck! We recently went to a class at Dunn Edwards and found out that Cascading White is the most requested white that they have. It is the “new” white. It pairs so perfectly with Dunn Edwards Silver Fox (DE6289) that you can literally feel a wave of relaxation wash over you seeing them side-by-side. But of course it is white so it really pairs with everything.

Runners up…

SW 6105 Divine White By Sherwin Williams
HC – 170 Stonington Gray By Benjamin Moore
HC – 172 Revere Pewter By Benjamin Moore

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What is the difference between Vintage and Antique?

What is the difference between Vintage and Antique? They both mean “OLD” right? Well, not so fast…

There are many new products being made with vintage in mind or being called “vintage” so how does one tell the difference? And just because it was new a couple of decades ago doesn’t mean it’s an antique either.

This article from ElleDecor Magazine will shed some light on this confusion:

http://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/advice/a8720/antiques-roadshow/?src=social-email

 

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Pantone: 2016 Color(s) of the year

With Balance and tranquility, Pantone is offering a blending of two shades this year.

INTRODUCING ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY
PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919
A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.
Lee_Eisemann Pantone Color of the Year 2016 ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

Beautiful balance of these two shades pair nicely with many other colors and textures.
PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2016 – Rose Quartz 13-1520 & Serenity 15-3919

http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

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The Art Of Home Staging

From The New York Times:
The Art of Home Staging
The practice of home staging has long elicited strong reactions. But as staging has evolved, more real estate professionals stress its importance.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/realestate/home-staging-new-york.html?mwrsm=Email&_r=0

This article really shows the evolution of Home Staging not only with ideology but in pricing as well.

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Houzz: 5 ways with an 8 X 5 Bathroom

From Houzz:

5 Ways With an 8-by-5-Foot Bathroom

Look to these bathroom makeovers to learn about budgets, special features, splurging, saving and more!