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  • Color Crush: Royal Blue


    Modern Home Office

    One of my favorite colors to add to a space if I want it to have a little more fun and character is royal blue. I don’t know why, but to me it just seems like a bright and fun color. I love to wear it, so why not dress up your home in it?

    A little royal blue table lamp here, a royal blue patterned rug there. Can you kind of see what I mean about it being fun? And even though it can be a fun color to add to a room, I think it is one of those rare colors that can be fun and sophisticated at the same time.

    Especially if the royal blue is in a sophisticated fabric. Like on an arm chair for example. If you have a velvet like fabric covered royal blue arm chair, it adds both fun and sophistication to the room instantly. I love it! This royal blue office is amazing (image from House to Home). I love how the pop of color from the modern armless chair plays off of the royal blue on the walls.

    Generally I am a white walls kind of girl, but I think I could definitely live with a pretty royal blue office. Especially if it looks like this!

    Home Decor

    Casey Royal Blue Lightweight Resin Round Wall Mirror, Color Plus Ovo Envy with Satin Dark Blue Shade Table LampMarine Blue Square Set of 2 Outdoor Accent Pillows

    This mirror! My jaw literally dropped when I saw it. I think I need it! Just look at the detailing and the bright royal blue being all shiny and asking to come home with me.

    The lamp is a good mixture of colors. The bright green and the royal blue combined make for a lot of fun. All from one lamp!

    The pillows are the perfect little pop of royal blue to add to your sofa or bed. I love how simple they are. They would look awesome with some mix and matched patterned pillows.

    Image: House to Home

  • Wall Lamps For Trendy Bedroom Design


    Stylish Wall Lamps

    The traditional table lamp on the night stand will always look nice, but if you enjoy taking part in design trends then you'll want to add some wall lights around your bed. This bedroom style above from The Brick House is a perfect example.

    Plug in wall lights with designer style create a modern, industrial aesthetic for a trendy bedroom design.

    Task Lamp

    Keep it monotone with white walls and a metallic or white wall light for a really modern look like in this image from Nata Shatlova.

    Swing Arm Wall Light

    Refined modern sconces like in this image from Deerheads also look great in a modern bedroom. Contrast is a wonderful thing because it adds personality to any space. 

    Images: The Brick House, Nata ShatlovaDeerheads,

  • Stylish Open Shelving For Modern Kitchen Design


    Open Shelving

    A conversation that I have with clients on a regular basis is whether to have open shelving or not have open shelving in their modern kitchen design. Stylish open shelving is not for everyone and I constantly preach that. BUT it is a beautiful, light and airy detail that can make a kitchen feel more modern and updated.

    Yes, you do have to keep the shelves tidy and dust free and yes, you only will want to display your most favorite items. But if you are willing, adding open shelving will create a look that even your guests will gasp with delight! The open shelving can also help make room for creating a designer look with modern hanging light fixtures.

    Above we see rustic wood shelves displayed on subway tiles in this image from House & Home. The mixture of both give a modern industrial approach to this kitchen.

    White Kitchen

    To create a streamlined look, use stainless steel shelving like in this kitchen image above from Bolig. They are really easy to clean but make sure they stay smudge free. White accessories look fantastic on stainless!

    Open Shelving Design

    Another lovely option for open shelving is to use simple white shelves like this idea above from A Cut of Joe. Everything that you display against the white will pop. It also allows you to mix and match different colors, styles and materials.

    Custom Shelving

    These shelves in this image from Styles Decor look much more edited compared to the other three choices because they are custom and built to match the kitchen. This is the perfect option if you want to a more put together look in your kitchen space.

    What are your thoughts concerning open shelving? Yay or nay?

    Images: House & Home, BoligA Cup Of Joe, Styles Décor

October, 2013