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


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.


Top Design Colors of 2013

Just like fashion, health claims, and the economy, colors follow trends. Each year brings new attention to a portion of the color wheel, and it is important to stay abreast of these trends as an interior designer.  After all, being trendy is highly valued by consumers and entire rooms are redecorated to reflect what is “in” versus what is rapidly becoming “out.” A major challenge in design is predicting the trends and recognizing what may become a classic and timeless design, and what will be dated before it is even finished being implemented in a design.

So what are the colors of 2013 and why were they chosen? Each color evokes its own mood, energy, feeling, and overall vibe intended to be played out throughout the year. They are a prediction of sorts, but whether the predictions are accurate has very little bearing on their popularity in the design world.

Pantene’s Emerald

Pantene is considered the leading color trend creator in all color-based industries: design, fashion, makeup, etc. For 2013 the Color of the Year is Emerald. Intended to represent liveliness, radiance, and lushness, Emerald brings elegance and a sense of luxury to a room. As for the intended feelings associated with Emerald? A sense of well being, harmony, and balance will supposedly follow utilizing this jeweled green.

Sherwin-Williams’ Aloe

Also a green—though a less vibrant shade—this Color of the Year softens the mood to simplistic prettiness. More mid-century modest rather than modern flashy, Aloe is intended to mimic its plant inspiration by soothing and calming a room’s energy. It also nicely complements neutrals and pastels, making it a versatile choice in the design scheme.

Benjamin Moore’s Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet’s selling point as a Color of the Year is its role as a “transitional” color. Benjamin Moore has predicted that 2014 will be the year of the pastels, and as such Lemon Sorbet is a perfect bridge from the current saturated color tones.  The color brightens an atmosphere without overloading the senses, akin to tea’s mild compared to coffee’s powerful dose of caffeine.

Color trends are fun to incorporate and really make a space feel trendy and fashionable. Even so, when designing a room, it is important to keep in mind that trends fade and the colors of today will be replaced a year from now. Thus it is a good tactic to use Colors of the Year primarily as accent pieces such as lamps, clocks, throw pillows, and such or as part of a more overall color scheme (for example Aloe lends itself well to pastel yellows, blues, and browns that can characterize a child’s room or nursery).  Knowing the color trends is exciting and inspiring, and integrating them into your designs will keep your work fresh and your clients happy.

What Is The Most Popular Furniture In Homes Today?

Furniture makes a home complete.  Furniture styles have evolved over the years as the demands of the buyers changed. Aside from that, home stagers are becoming more experimental with their style options, and this is seen by the types of furniture in their homes.  Below are some of the popular styles of furniture present in homes.
Traditional Style
This type of furniture has been around for ages. It is usually a combination of different designs from different parts of the world. Apart from that, they are made from toned woods such as cherry wood and mahogany. Most of them come with designs such as carvings, veneer and marquetry. In terms of fabric, the most common ones included damask, tapestry and jacquard. Some of the most popular traditional style of furniture includes Federalist, Queen Anne, Chippendale and Regency.
Country Furniture
Country furniture, also known as cottage furniture, this is a combination of different designs that comes with a rural touch and very inviting. Their main features include minimal adornment and simple lines. Some of them contain washed or pickled oak or pine, while others are incorporated with elements from iron and wicker. Most of the furniture comes in one color or they can combine two tones. The fabrics used in this type of furniture include cotton and linen with checks, stripes, and floral patterns. The outlook is usually comfortable yet casual.  Some designs that homeowners can consider include American Colonial, Italian, French and English.
Modern Furniture
The invention of the early 20th century paved way to modern furniture, which feature streamlined silhouettes.  This style of furniture is very popular because of their new sleek looks.  The designers have used new materials including tinted glass, steel, and plastics in combination with wood, both pale and dark. The fabrics used include leather and monochromatic upholstery.
Contemporary Furniture
Many people mistake contemporary furniture for modern furniture. However, they come with a variety of differences.  Contemporary styles are made to be convenient with the inclusion of variety of features such as drink holders in chairs or sofas.  The most common types of wood in this style are birch and maple, both dark and light. The contemporary styles feature upholstery with natural tones and texture such as silk, wool, leather, linen and cotton. Accessories such as pillows and rugs are a common aspect with this style and they feature vibrant colors and geometric patterns.
Eclectic Furniture style
For homeowners that are not interested in the typical styles of furniture, eclectic is the way to go.  This style allows them to combine the different styles to contrast or complement each other and other décor in the room. The secret is choosing the best combination to create a well-designed area.
Transitional Furniture
This style provides homeowners the chance to combine traditional designs with contemporary furnishings. This leads to a comfortable yet attractive style. This style comes with dark or warm wood but with minimal carving and ornamentation. The upholstery comes with solid colors and simple patterns, making them easy to coordinate.
While you can choose a single style, home stagers have the chance to customize the look of their designs with the guidance of the color schemes and existing décor.

Make Your Home Attractive With New Flooring

There are different types of flooring options available today. Vinyl was the commonly known option for its durability and affordability. In general it is considered to be very affordable and easy to install. They assist home owners to minimize on their budget of hiring contractors in that they allow self-performance. Vinyl is considered by experts most suitable for wet floors like the bathroom and kitchen. This is due to its non-absorbent characteristic that also makes it very easy to clean. It is less likely to fade from any exposure to direct sunlight.

Ceramic flooring has an advantage of added durability for a smaller cost. It is still very much in demand today. It gives your home a very beautiful look and it can last for decades if proper care is taken. Ceramic flooring is water proof and can be used on counter tops of floor tiles, indoors and also outdoors. It is mostly considered for outdoor because of the possibility of standing water. It makes it easy to clean dirt or mud from outside. This type of finishing is also commonly used in bathrooms as it gives a durable and attractive look. It comes in different styles and looks and makes it easy to fit in any room of the house. Ceramic flooring is also very easy to install, anyone can lay it if they follow the instructions.
Hardwood flooring has been around for centuries. This is because of their natural beauty and durability. Hardwood flooring adds value to your home and a lifetime of beauty. It is becoming very popular to use hardwood flooring in the kitchen and the rest of your home. It has a very classic look and works well with nearly any kind of décor. They can last for a very long time with minimal care and also offers a flexible installation option. Professional installation is however recommended for this kind of flooring but if you are experience enough you can do it on your own.

Bamboo flooring is very new in the flooring industry. It is actually not wood but grass and that makes it very environmental friendly. It can be harvested without killing trees. It is inexpensive to use and works well with any décor. Bamboo flooring is very stylish, durable and versatile. The unique variation of color comes from the carbonization of bamboo and gives it a dark brown honey like color and also light tan.
Laminate flooring is the best alternatives to hardwoods if you do not want to commit a lot of expenses and time to care for them. They have a four layer construction which makes them very durable. It is a popular choice due to their low on cost and also easy to install. Laminate flooring is practically resistant to scratches, chipping or burns and is best used on high traffic areas.
A home stager should help prepare your home for sale. The goal is to make the home attractive to the highest number potential buyers. Flooring of the house is important in this case and from the help of a home stager you should get tips on how to make the house attractive with minimal cost. A home stager should give you the different options of flooring’s and also the most preferred by many people. This makes the process of selling the house very easy.

5 Different Types of Wood

Adding up new ideas for home improvement or just by business purposes require thorough researching. Quality matters in all aspects and we can only learn to appreciate it if we have enough knowledge about certain matters. In addition to this, we need not only focus on large features with regards to home and office improvements but it is important to keep a closer concept about the most detailed preferences. Here are 5 different types of wood that you may like to view before considering items to purchase for furniture, for flooring and for accessorizing.

1.  Pinewood is under the characteristic of softwood that largely grows in the Northern hemisphere along with other hundreds to a thousand species of wood. You can easily determine an item using pine because of its white color that is closely yellowish pale. Another is that this type of wood is light weighted and because of this property, it is ideal for decorative function like crafts and carvings. A major contribution of pinewood is for provincial furniture wherein distinctive style matters.

2.  If you prefer tropical hardwoods then you surely have to pick mahogany or known for others as Honduras mahogany. This type of wood can be found in three major country producers namely; South America, Africa and Central America. Do not get confused with the variations of this specie because all of which is of high quality. Many wood experts suggested that mahogany from the Caribbean region is considered to be the strongest and best in terms of quality but quite expensive. On the other hand, the mahogany grade coming from Africa has lesser quality with highly figured properties which can be bought affordably. In general Mahogany has uniform pore features that is of reddish to brownish in color and often displays stripe formations. Manufacturers use mahogany for creating extensive crafts like Georgian and Empire types of furniture.

3.  In terms of popularity Oak woods are widely preferred hardwood. This is a proud product of the United States with an average of sixty species growing in the country. Classifying these species is easy through setting the red ones from the white ones. Oaks are ring porous which has indefinite sizes depending on the factors that highly contributed to its growth. Contemporary designs are the top subject for furniture classes made out of Oak. English and American preferences for furniture styles are often followed along with added modern details. Gothic reproduction is as well common pieces made out of this wood type.
4.  Another type of wood is the Teak which is considered indigenous and can be found in Southeast Asian countries. This type is durable, heavy and undoubtedly strong which makes it a reason why it costs greater. Classy furniture is the top of the brands in using teak and one of which is the modern Scandinavian styles. It is as well used for oriental crafts mainly because of its pleasing yellowish to dark brownish color.

5.  Now if you want cabinets made out of quality materials then walnut is a popular choice. This type of wood grows in some parts of America, Asia and Europe with different varieties. The good thing about walnut is that it is durable and strong but do not heavily weigh. It has light to dark chocolate brown shades that is well suited for fine cabinet making.