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All that’s old is new again, or so the saying goes. And just like we saw the resurgence of brass hardware and light fixtures, we’re also seeing certain colors making a strong style statement again.

HUNTER GREEN

Hunter green was hugely popular in the 90s (I may or may not have worn a hunter green bridesmaid dress in a dear friend’s wedding) and has since fallen out of popularity. But I’m willing to bet that these stylish kitchens might change your mind. Think English country cottage with a twist, or rural French bistro reinterpreted.

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Pair either of these looks with loads of natural warm woods, brass fixtures, and clean modern countertops in quartz or marble to offer a high contrast to the dark cabinetry.

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But if your style runs a little more bohemian, take note of Justina Blakeney’s jungle-inspired color scheme. Even though the aesthetic isn’t as formal as the other inspiration shots, the elements are all the same: warm metallics (copper, in this case), natural woods, and crisp contrasting white.justina-blakeney_jungalow-kitchen-lr-25

GREY MATTERS

Grey has been on the scene for awhile now, but let’s get past the yellow-and-grey color scheme that’s been making the rounds for awhile. I’m expecially loving the way it juxtaposes against rich, warm woods. It’s not the first color combination you’d think of, but it works.

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In this deep charcoal bedroom, pops of orange pick up the color of the warm woodwork in the eaves overhead. Notice in both photos how much the white balances out the darkness of the grey (I’m sensing a theme here!).

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Charcoal walls with natural linen makes for an easy and calming living room. Load on the natural elements: a rustic pendant overhead with a hide rug underfoot.

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Not a fan of neutrals? Charcoal is the perfect backdrop for pops of color. These African juju hats explode in a flurry of saturated color in an otherwise masculine and monochromatic space.

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NEUTRAL NAVY

Navy is huge right now, and for good reason. It pairs well with practically any other color and acts as a neutral. It can be soothing, preppy, boho, or crisp depending on your overall style.

Emily Henderson’s assistant Ginny revealed her brand new dining room and it’s a beautiful eclectic mix of styles. The navy allows the rest of the room to shine: warm woodwork, a vintage light fixture that feels spot-on for the architecture of the home, a crisp white modern Saarinen tulip table, and chalky white crown molding.

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Navy doesn’t have to be so serious all the time, though. Punch it up with a floral-inspired wallpaper like in this powder bath below.

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Or go for the ultimate moody master bedroom with rich peacock-hued walls and coordinating bedding, grounded by a vintage rug.

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But if that sounds all a little too dark, try a velvet upholstered club chair to get the look without major commitment.la-dolce-vita-blue-velvet-chair

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ROUGE RED

Red is making a big resurgence. It hasn’t been super popular in the past decade, but I’m thinking we’re going to see a lot more of it in a whole new way.

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I saw tons of saturated red rooms when I was at High Point Market in April, like this vignette in the Bernhardt showroom, and there’s no color more eyepopping and statement-making than this.

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It feels so fresh with all the metallic accents, but kept from going overboard thanks to the linen upholstered bed.pencil-shavings-studio-high-point-16

I also loved how rich this dramatic chair was in a sumptuous red velvet at the Ambella Home showroom.pencil-shavings-studio-high-point-30

They featured crimson in several corners of the showroom.

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Of course, red is nothing new. Case in point is this lovely Parisian cafe scene, complete with swivel velvet chairs.

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HOW NOW, BROWN?

Finally, one last shot to inspire a whole new appreciation for the color brown. It’s oft-maligned, but brown can be approachable, friendly, and clean when paired with crisp white. This farmhouse entryway has loads of personality thanks to the horizontal stripes and pops of color.

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Halloween costumes, fuzzy blankets, and pumpkin lattes can be found everywhere you look this time of year. It’s time to don tights, boots, and your favorite fall jacket. But as you snuggle into a cable-knit sweater, shouldn’t your home be able to cozy up how it looks too? These rich, saturated paint trends do just that and more.

Better than Basic Black and Blue 

1. Navy: the surprising neutral. If it’s dark enough, or muted enough, navy can make for the best wall color, no matter the decor. This Brit+Co jewel-tone round up includes a beautiful pale navy bedroom. The tone is neutral enough for a deep navy headboard, black wood work, and white, royal blue, teal, and purple accents.

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2. SFGirlByBay blogger and photographer Victoria Smith visited fellow blogger Anna Dorfman at her home in New York. Victoria was all about her friends taste in saturated colors. This black wall was one of many in Anna’s 1891 home. Though black is usually used as the accent color, here, it does a lovely job of taking the lead as the main backdrop, just speckled with white and wood throughout.

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New Neutrals: Gray or Gray?

3. Who says your neutrals have to belong to the white family? For this library, a warm-gray paint color is infused with a hint of purple. It’s the perfect color for pairing with velvet reading chairs, an old book, and a cup of hot chocolate.

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4. That isn’t the only gray you need to consider, either. Jessica from Freshome makes a case for any gray on every wall. This toasty charcoal pairs well with cream walls and ceiling. Bits of tan and brown become the color pop throughout the room, rather than the accent wall.

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Greens with Envy

5. Prairie Days Design creator Kaleigh is smitten with green rooms. We aren’t talking about Christmas green here — think rich forest greens that have a way of melting your heart and making metallics pop. Gold, silver, and copper sit happily as mixed metals with the help of this botanical-inspired green wall.

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6. A mix of green, blue, and gray come together to create this velvety dark-green wall. Keeping the decor in the room on the monochromatic side makes this den all the cozier. Design Shuffle rounded up nine of their favorite green rooms. This one is our fave; what’s yours?

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Walls that Won’t Stop Blushing 

7. Another fan of the monochromatic room is Bianca Hall, the mind behind French for Pineapple. Whether pink, navy, green or gold, she’s all over it if the room colors match. This pink-hued marsala wall is enveloping with it’s twinning-color sofa and ottoman. Let’s grab a wool throw blanket and snuggle up there!

8. Quartz is expected in the kitchen. At least the countertop material is. This color — rose quartz — on the other hand is quite unexpected in the working space. The pale pink has been a favorite in fashion, design, and of course paint. We’re loving it and hope it lasts a long time.

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These rich, saturated colors are so hot right now, it would be silly to pass up the opportunity to have them in your home before the cold months are upon us. As we enter this fall season, be prepared with your flannel, fleece, and a room richly colored enough to keep you cozy.

Until next time,

~Bri


Design trends are always a response or reaction to something. Why do we see skinny jeans become popular for years only for wide-leg flares to return? It’s a response to what has become the norm. So when crisp white interiors became all the rage a few years ago, it was only a matter of time before the trend pendulum swung completely to the other side. I’m seeing dark interiors trending EVERYWHERE – and I’m loving how new and rich it feels, especially as we turn towards fall. We chatted briefly last year about matte black interiors, so let’s follow up with how this trend is evolving.

We spent the weekend in San Francisco and everywhere we turned, we saw dark, rich colors from front doors and exteriors to accent walls and accessories. Going dark is undoubtedly the next big thing and it’s definitely not reserved for just more masculine spaces. And it’s definitely not just black that’s hot: dark blue inks, mossy greens, charcoal, and almost unidentifiable tobacco shades are all taking a bow. The most important thing if you try this look? Test several swatches in your space before you commit!

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The chic storefront of Serena & Lily is a chalky Parisian black. With contrasting white shutters and an airy white interior, it’s not shying away from its design roots of breezy California style but it’s definitely more city sophisticate with that sleek exterior and dramatic trim around the front door.

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Just down the street from Serena & Lily is the lovely and inviting Hudson Grace shop. I couldn’t get enough of the extreme contrast: moody ink walls paired with creamy botanical prints and bright white dinnerware. Take note: all the warm wood accents and textured baskets provide the perfect counterpoint to keep an all black interior from feeling cold or unwelcoming. Natural texture is your friend!

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They had the most beautiful solid black taper candles with a gold HG monogram debossed at the bottom. Crazy chic. Hudson Grace San Francisco - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

The Studio McGee team nails this exact look in a black shiplap with warm nautical brass accents and a marble-topped wood vanity. It’s unexpectedly chic while still maintaining a casual, approachable style.

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I cannot get enough of this beautiful floor-to-ceiling dark living room (via The Guardian) that feels like the setting of a Dickens novel. Anchored by a colorful worn antique rug, the room is layered with different textiles to increase its warmth and approachability. Try a sheepskin over the back of a chair, and bring in lots of greenery to pop against the dark walls. Love the floral painting, too, to give it a more feminine spin in what could’ve felt very much like a gentlemans’ club otherwise.

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Worried about committing to an entire dark room? Think about painting an accent wall in a dark shade. This dramatic Parisian apartment goes for high contrast with deep walls but keeps the interior of the windows bright white, as well as the ceiling and wood floors. Overall the entire room is very monochromatic, including the furniture.

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Going dark doesn’t mean you’re stuck with just black or charcoal. Consider other rich jewel tones like a dark peacock or velvety rich deep emerald.

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Depending on what kind of light your space gets, the color will change subtly through the day. A deep navy will appear brighter with more direct sunlight and vice versa. Remember to layer lots of natural textures to lighten the overall look. (Emily Henderson)

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These dark walls also provide a perfect backdrop for colorful artwork and accessories. Bright bold jewel tones look incredible so don’t be afraid to experiment a little.

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A stunning pine-hued kitchen is perfectly balanced with white tile and gorgeous brass fixtures. YUM.

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Are you on board with the dark trend? I for one can’t get enough of it!


Hi BHG readers! My name is Katelyn Cheek and I write the lifestyle blog Katalina Girl. My blog is a place where I share all of the things I‘m truly passionate about related to fashion, home, entertaining, travel and of course my fur babies. By day I’m the eCommerce Editor at Better Homes and Gardens and by night, the Design Director for my family’s home building and renovation company called Oakstone Homes. So yes, you guessed it, pretty things are my jam.

I’m super excited to share one of our latest home renovations because what’s better than before and after pictures to inspire your own home makeover? We teamed up with Megan, the homeowner and founder of MB Interior Design to help create her dream home. From cabinets and paint to extending walls and new flooring, this was a complete and total gut job.

Megan and her husband, Matt, purchased this outdated 1980s home for their family of five for a few great reasons. Number one, this house had spectacular bones and tons of square footage. Second, the house was in town and nestled on a nearly 11 acre wooded lot – you just don’t find that every day! As soon as I saw the home I  recognized its endless potential. From the kitchen to the basement, check out how we transformed this dark, builder-grade house into a light, bright, custom home.

The kitchen is my favorite room in the house. As you can see, the old kitchen had honey oak cabinets, a misshaped island, an outdated solarium window, and the world’s smallest pantry! To create a more functional space, we extended the wall with the window out almost six feet to create a bigger space and make room for the oversize island. We also cut back the wall separating the kitchen and dining nook to better connect the spaces. This wall is a support beam so we weren’t able to completely remove it without blowing the budget. Last but not least, the kitchen looks back at their 10+ acres. To create a better view we replaced the old solarium with a triple window. The amount of light it lets provides a clean, airy feel.

Like many older homes, this one had a formal dining room that the family didn’t need. It was a huge room with two openings: one into the kitchen and one into the entryway of the home. To create better use of the space, we split the room to create a large walk-in pantry and an office space.

Another one of my favorite spaces in the house is the pantry. The custom barn doors are hung where the old entrance to the dining room was. The pantry features a custom built-in with a quartz countertop and custom shelving to hold appliances such as a wine refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee maker. Creating a space in your pantry for these items will remove the clutter from your kitchen countertops.

The living room has large, 25-foot ceilings and a wall of windows that overlook the wooded backyard. This big space needed a few cosmetic fixes including new flooring – which spans the main level – and a new stain color for the built-in to better complement the floor. We also removed the track lighting and added can lighting to the ceiling. The kitchen and living room were painted Revere Pewter, which is the perfect warm gray color, in my opinion.

The laundry room was large but lacked storage. To compensate for the problem we installed custom built-ins with shelving and drawers – each family member has their own! The cabinets were painted Dorian Gray and upgraded with new gold knobs and a new quartz countertop.

Every bathroom in the home needed a little love including this main level powder room. This space was completely gutted an upgraded with a new stool, vanity, countertop, mirror, and to top it off, a vessel sink.

The basement level lacked character. To brighten up the space we painted the large honey oak fireplace surround white and added shiplap for the TV to hang on.  There was also a large kitchenette in the basement that was completely closed off from the living space by a door. To connect the kitchenette and basement living room for optimal entertaining, we opened up the wall and created a bar top for seating and serving!

Just like the rest of the house, this space had outdated oak cabinets. We followed Megan’s same design concept in the laundry and painted the cabinets Dorian Gray, plus added gold knobs.  We even used our leftover barn wood from the pantry doors to create an X-shaped wine holder. The herringbone backsplash and gold sink faucet  completed the space perfectly!

Photography: Jake Boyd Photo


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The number one question I’ve been asked is what my favorite white paint colors are. Whites can run the gamut of colors. There are warm whites, cool whites, and true bright whites. There are no hard and fast rules on what is a right white; it truly boils down to what looks best in your space.

No matter what line you go with you are bound to find some great options to fit your budget. I’m a Benjamin Moore fan, but you can find some great options at Sherwin Williams, Farrow & Ball, Lowes, Home Depot, etc. (I’m still in mourning over the loss of Martha Stewart’s paint line at Home Depot (RIP!) and I used her Heavy Cream color a lot. It worked so beautifully in pretty much any interior.) I highly recommend grabbing a fan deck of whichever line you prefer to keep on hand. I have a few different fan decks of Benjamin Moore’s; it’s easy to pop it open and survey all the different color options. Most of the time I like to choose one that has a little ivory to it, but it always depends on how much natural light the room gets.

A FEW TIPS:

  • ALWAYS paint a few swatches on each and every wall in the room you’re going to paint. You can never go by just a paper swatch as the paint will react differently to the surface it’s being painted on in addition to the light the room receives throughout the day.
  • Choose at least 3 samples to test out, but ideally closer to 5. One will almost always be immediately ruled out.
  • Look at your paint samples in different lights: morning, afternoon, evening, and with your overhead lights on.

Ok, on to my favorites!

Favorite cool white: Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White. A cool white can be a little bit sterile unless you get a ton of natural sunlight which will warm it up. We used this in our entire lake house and because of all our windows and high ceilings, it feels airy and loftlike. Great for kitchen cabinetry, bathrooms, trim, etc.

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Favorite warm white: Benjamin Moore China White. This one is almost always a win-win. It’s creamy but can skew pretty bright in a well-lit room. We used it in our master bedroom and a few other corners of our house.

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Blue and aqua pop beautifully against it and warm metallics are also a great match.pencil shavings studio bedroom minted-6

Favorite grey white: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. I LOVE the undertones to this white. It is oh-so chic.

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via a Cup of Jo (Jessie Randall’s home – a gorgeous home tour! Photos by Alpha Smoot)

Favorite mix-well-with-other-colors white: Benjamin Moore Steam. We used this on our kitchen cabinetry and family room. It’s part of the Affinity collection which means that you can pick any color from the 144 options and know that they’ll coordinate together.

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I’m not the only one w/ strong opinions on favorite whites:

A Beautiful Mess

The Decorologist

Amber Interiors

One Kings Lane

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Some people fantasize about beautiful master bathrooms or glamorous dining rooms. And while I love all of those, I probably fantasize most about a fabulous laundry room. Our 1960s-era laundry room is what I refer to as a glorified hallway, almost an after-thought between the garage and the kitchen. I talk to my husband all the time about how I would redesign it to maximize efficiency, add personality, and generally not be the giant hot mess it currently is.

What makes a fabulous laundry room? In my opinion, it’s the magic mix of form and function: ample space to fold and sort, storage space for cleaning gear, and because I’m nuts for color and pattern I’d also want some personality in the form of paint and wallpaper to keep those chores from feeling too, well, chore-ish.

So today, let’s imagine ourselves with a perfectly clean laundry room, everything already folded and put away.

First up, this beautiful aqua laundry room from the Sunny Side Up blog features a built-in nook for the actual front loader washer and dryer units. It’s definitely not short on storage space. It seems like aqua is one of the favorite colors for most designers when it comes to laundry rooms, which makes sense given the calming and cleansing element of the color blue.

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Navy blue front-loaders pop against ocean blue cabinetry and dainty patterned wallpaper (below, via BHG). Striped floors add a large-scale pattern to balance out the small scale paisley paper. This looks like such a fun space that anyone would be happy to fold unmentionables in! Or in my case, tons of school uniforms and unmatched socks.

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Another brightly colored corner with painted clothespins that create a mod pattern. Creative and eclectic.

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A modern interpretation of sliding barn doors is even more functional thanks to the chalkboard panels leading into the melon-hued laundry room in this photo from BHG.

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I’m in love with this black floral wallpaper. So dramatic and romantic. Much like a powder bathroom, the laundry room is a great place to experiment with scale, pattern, color, and wallpaper, especially because it’s not as big of a commitment in money or aesthetic as other more public spaces in your home might be. Check out how the wood countertops bring in an element of warmth to what could have been a cold room.

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Pale and pretty, this laundry room features an accent wall with floral wallpaper that echoes the same aqua shade of the back door.

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Personality PLUS in this laundry room designed by Carla Lane Interiors. Anna Spiro wallpaper in a cobalt blue is the perfect match for a yellow pendant and matching pocket door. Obsessed. Yes.

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Another vote for blue wallpaper with this hexagon-happy laundry room by Laura Casey Interiors. The hanging rack is perfect for those items that need to air dry. The flooring laid on the diagonal also makes the room feel more spacious – a subtle but significant design decision.

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There is absolutely no way you could be unhappy in this laundry room makeover by Paige Minear. A colorful floral wallpaper paired with tropical hued textiles and gold accents – it’s like a Palm Beach explosion of happiness.

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And finally, a super-chic chinoiserie laundry room with dual stacked washers and dryers for the ultimate in laundry efficiency. The chrome x-bench adds just an extra touch of polish to an already fab space.

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What are your must-haves when it comes to your laundry room?


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