2019 Home Decor Trend Alert: Blooms + Floral

Hey, hey, hey, everybody! Today's post is the last of this month's theme of 2019 home decor trends. I am talking about blooms + floral and an accompanying color palette I created using Benjamin Moore paint colors.

Featured in ELLE Decor | Design work by the one and only Celerie Kemble

Featured in ELLE Decor | Design work by the one and only Celerie Kemble

As with any trend, ask yourself if you really like the trend before you incorporate it. If you want to incorporate it, then the next matter to consider is how MUCH of the trend you want in your home. Lastly, consider how small or large scale you want that trend or print to appear in your home.

Floral bedding as featured on www.anthropologie.com

Floral bedding as featured on www.anthropologie.com

A very logical and practical way to incorporate florals is by way of bedding. Do I have to really write that? It seems obvious to me. Whether florals are 'in trend' or not, they still lend a classic feel to any room. 

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I found this wallpaper on www.etsy.com and fell in love with it. You know, everyone complains about how awful wallpaper is to apply and especially to remove, but there are some very easy-to-remove options available nowadays. Here's an idea: Why don't you buy the wallpaper, cut it into several pieces, then frame them as a collage on the wall? To me, that would work in a children's nursery, powder room, foyer or even home office. Do I love it for a men's study? N to the O. 

Side note: I am noticing large scale florals offered on wallpaper, and to me that translates as more modern than the smaller florals I see on bedding and throw pillows. 

Floral bench via Ballard Designs www.ballarddesigns.com

Floral bench via Ballard Designs www.ballarddesigns.com

Now HERE's how I would personally work in the floral trend for my home. I envision a small piece of furniture combined with plants and artwork here and there. As a matter of fact, I would bring in stripes, too. I am NOT AN INTERIOR DESIGNER. Again, I am not an interior designer, but these two trends go hand in hand in my humble opinion. As a color specialist, I do ask that you make sure the stripes and florals share similar color schemes.

The good folks at Blue Pacific Fabrics created this floral print!

The good folks at Blue Pacific Fabrics created this floral print!

So, if you want everyone to know you are fully embracing florals next season, then this is the way to go. This is a bolder color palette and will definitely be noticed, even if you do incorporate it sparingly. To me, this falls under the "Go big or go home" design category. :) 

I imagine the floral enthusiasts taking this fabric and slip covering a couch, or perhaps doing curtains. Either way, this print is fun, lively and very much on trend for 2019.

 

I selected Benjamin Moore colors based on the florals I am seeing for 2019. Left to right:       

   Mascarpone AF-20 | Phoenix Sand 017 | Moroccan Spice AF-285 | Juniper Green 601

You will note that the green I chose in paint is not the same green as what you see in the last floral image. That is intentional. I based this color selection on a multitude of images and my observations.

Until next week, friends and fellow color lovers,

Lauren

2019 Home Decor Trend Alert: Geometry

Friends, color lovers and fashionistas alike!

I hope that this finds you well. If you are new to the blog, welcome! If you are not new, then you know I have been actually blogging on an almost weekly basis. (Virtually patting myself on the back over here at Studio LFB Color...LOL!)

This month my focus is on home decor trends emerging from Milan Design Week. If the Italians say it is going to be in style, then I am running with it, y'all. Today's focus is on geometrically inspired decor. This trend has a minimalistic feel for sure. 

Think Noir wallpaper

Think Noir wallpaper

I love the clean, uncomplicated lines in geometry. Metallics are often incorporated in this trend, as well, and we are seeing a lot of geometric accents such as lamps and tables. 

Source: www.refinery29.com as seen on Pinterest

Source: www.refinery29.com as seen on Pinterest

I have always been a huge fan of throw pillows and feel that they are great ways to bring in a touch of a trend without changing the entire aesthetic.

Source: www.copycatchic.com

Source: www.copycatchic.com

Let's not forget the DIYers in the mix. I love the idea of transforming a piece of furniture with stenciling or paint to create modernized look. Speaking of DIY, later this month I will be announcing some faux finish workshops featuring my friend (and world renowned faux finisher Jenny Weaver www.fauxonline.com). STAY TUNED! We will be holding workshops at my client SRH Paint Co's location in Spring, Texas. 

Source: www.studio-mcgee.com

Source: www.studio-mcgee.com

Before I go, here is a crisp color palette I would select to accompany this geometric trend! You know I am not an interior designer, friends, so let's bring the focus back to color here in closing. :) This palette blends cool and warm colors, creating a visual homeostasis of sorts. From left to right, the Benjamin Moore color selection is: A La Mode 2109-70 | Buttercup 2154-30 | Utah Sky 2065-40 | Toucan Black 2118-20

Next week my focus will be on some faux finish trends for 2019. Stay tuned!

Lauren

My latest color certification: Maria Killam's Specify Colour With Confidence course

Hello, friends!

As always, I hope that this finds you well in your lives, and that you are fully embracing color. Life is boring without it and you know it!!

I want to talk today about my latest professional certification, Specifying Colour With Confidence, with Maria Killam www.mariakillam.com. Over the past 12 years, I have feverishly pursued color education, having been credentialed in about 5 different areas. Just as is the case with other professions such as medical and accounting, in the broad field of color there is a need for continuing education. LFB Color Consulting, my company, is all about remaining at the forefront of the color industry and staying on my/our A-game.

Disclaimer: No, Maria did not put me up to writing this post, and she is not expected here to endorse me in any way, but we DID take a picture together the last day of class. Hahaha! Now that we got that out of the way............

The training with Maria, aptly titled "Specifying Colour With Confidence," was held in Dallas, Texas, back in May at the Stoneleigh Hotel. Over the course of three days, we discussed color theory, detecting undertones presented in whites and neutrals such as beige, greige and taupe, and the business of color specifying and how to market yourself.

I deliberately waited until now to write about my training and the experience, so as to have a few months to determine if the course was "worth it." Being "worth it" can mean many things to many people, right? In my case, I determine if a course is worth both my time and financial investment based on FIVE criteria. All five criteria must be met before I recommend any course. 

The five criteria are: return on investment, the presenter's knowledge base, his or her clout in the industry, quality color tools to be used following the training, and post training support

 

Maria Killam herself (Check out her Colour Me Happy blog, too: http://www.mariakillam.com/blog/

Maria Killam herself (Check out her Colour Me Happy blog, too: http://www.mariakillam.com/blog/

RETURN ON INVESTMENT

The course is a three-day event involving tuition, hotel, and some meal and transportation costs. Have I recouped all of my investment? YES, and it has only been a couple of months. As a business owner, I look at things from a long-term perspective. A course is worth my time and money if I can recoup full investment over a span of about 12 months. I'm pretty much set to recoup all costs in the next couple of months, so we are ahead of plan. Yes, honey!

Having this certification distinguishes me in my field, as well, because it demonstrates that I took the time to gain an even deeper understanding of paint color and color in general. This gives me a competitive advantage and will result in more clients. I am already seeing that.

PRESENTER'S INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE + EXPERIENCE

I will shoot straight with you all. I only want to be associated with the best in my industry. Period. For years now I have sought certifications from those color trainers who have the most experience in their given field. I have been trained by some of the color world's best, including Kathryn Kalisz of Sci\ART and Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, as well as Darin Wright, creator of the personal color analysis system I now use in determining personal colors for makeup + wardrobing www.ebhues.com

Maria Killam is one of the most recognized faces in her field of paint and interiors, with of course exteriors in the mix. Color is a largely unregulated field, so I have to be discerning when considering my choices in training.

Maria is qualified to conduct training using her own system because, well, she has lived it and breathed it and made all of the mistakes (She claims this herself in the training, even showing us some of her past projects that she would do differently now and in hindsight) to come full circle and learn WHAT DOES WORK. She HAS put in the time and effort to notice which colors are specified over and over with success. She developed a logical, ordered system for understanding undertones. This system is recognized officially by professional interior design associations!  

PRESENTER'S CLOUT + PRESENCE IN THE INDUSTRY

With thousands and thousands of social media followers, Maria has definitely made a name for herself. I have personally witnessed this, as I began following her first on Twitter about 8 years ago. Steadily Maria has developed regular content, expanding and diversifying her service offerings in a very smart and entrepreneurial way. I dig that. She is well-known and at the forefront of her industry. 

COLOR TOOLS OFFERED FOLLOWING TRAINING

Here is just the best part. I invested in the full set of Maria's color boards to utilize in my color consultations, and they have been a lifesaver. I simply didn't have the time to paint up my own color boards, and Benjamin Moore has over 3,000 colors. Maria simplified my life by having the most commonly specified colors painted up in advance, and these tools allow me to work much more efficiently in my consultations

Between the color boards and my Benjamin Moore architectural fan decks, I am good to go. The in-home color consultations are running very smoothly for me, and the clients are impressed with the professional look of the boards. 

POST TRAINING SUPPORT

Another cool perk post training is that I am a part of the closed Facebook group for all other True Colour Experts. We offer support and some level of referrals in this group. I love the camaraderie. 

Following the three-day training, we are also given many tools and links to access as reminders of what we learned during our time together.

Maria Killam image.jpg

In closing, I will share a few of the limitations I found, as this is an honest assessment of the training. Maria's classes are not small. There is such a demand for her courses, and class size is roughly 30 to 40 people. Know in advance that you won't have much one-on-one time with Maria herself. You will have designated time, though, to work in your small groups at each table. There is benefit in that for sure. I had the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals at my table and learned quite a bit from them. 

Day one of the training is all about color theory. I've been well-trained in color theory and didn't necessarily learn anything new on day one. I'd say that I learned the most on days two and three. 

Day three was an eye opener in the best way because Maria outlines how she grew her business, provides tips on ways to expand your consulting business, and even shares a cool pro photography tip to incorporate immediately in your social media imagery.

Maria herself will tell you that you might leave the class feeling a bit overwhelmed, dazed, foggy and confused. We did cover a lot during the three days, and it is impossible to absorb all of the knowledge presented. Even though we all received paper certificates declaring us to be new "True Colour Experts," it wasn't until I had a few color consultations under my belt that I began to really feel like a pro in this new paint color game.

If you have a deep knowledge of color theory, then this training might not be for you, UNLESS you are moving into the area of home interior/exterior color consulting for the first time. This was the case with me. I have a very strong knowledge of color theory and specifying in most other areas of color, but the paint and home surfaces industry was new to me. 

In closing, I will say that my training with Maria Killam was well worth the investment, I am making a ton of headway in my business, and clients are LOVING the color boards and my methodology applied in each color "situation."

If you are interested in learning more about Maria's training, please click this link: 

http://www.mariakillam.com/live-colour-workshops/

 

 

2019 Home Decor Trend Alert: Gen Z Yellow

Hello, friends!

I hope that this finds you all well. Last week I began discussing some of my favorite 2019 home decor trends emerging from Milan Design Week. This week my focus is Gen Z yellow.

Yellow is the most visible of colors in the spectrum, and it is essential to plan out how you'll use it in your homes. Even the most muted yellows can look quite strong in a large space such as a kitchen. I also feel quite strongly that such a bright and vibrant hue should be used in smaller doses, unless you go very muted OR are able to redecorate your home once the "yellow" phase passes.

While mustards and earthy yellows still have a place in home decor, the newest yellow is a bright vibrant hue called "Gen Z yellow." Some are saying that it is a replacement of Millennial Pink.

If I were to infuse Gen Z yellow into my home, here's how I would do it, friends. Try some artwork. It is a small way to incorporate color. 

Source: www.news.buzzbuzzhome.com Incorporate your dose of color with artwork!

Source: www.news.buzzbuzzhome.com Incorporate your dose of color with artwork!

Another way to add a dose of this yellow is painted on a door! This is a relatively inexpensive option, and the door can be repainted in a different color next season if need be. 

Source: www.homestolove.com.au Why NOT try a yellow door? It is fun, warm and inviting.

Source: www.homestolove.com.au Why NOT try a yellow door? It is fun, warm and inviting.

Raise your hand if your motto is "Go bold or go home." This section is for you. Why not paint an entire accent wall (or room) in Gen Z yellow and reinforce it with yellow chairs?! Notice that the other colors paired with the yellow are crisp and bold, in black and white. Now is not the time to add muted colors and neutrals. 

Source: www.apartmenttherapy.com 

Source: www.apartmenttherapy.com 

Above you'll note four colors I selected from Benjamin Moore's most vibrant color collection, aptly named COLOR PREVIEW COLLECTION. From left to right: Chantilly Lace OC-65 | Toucan Black 2118-20 | Yellow Highlighter 2021-40 | Clover Green 2034-10

To illustrate my point about this bright yellow pairing best with other clean, saturated, vivid colors, see the image below. The more muted wallpaper behind this bright yellow sofa is not working that well. I do like it. Do not get me wrong. I just prefer that muted tones be put with other muted tones, and that brights go with other brights. The bright yellow sofa only exaggerates the muted color palette in the wallpaper. 

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Do you want to tone your yellow down in a bit and not be so bold? Well, you have come to the right place. Here are four calmer yellows for you to consider this season.

These Benjamin Moore colors from left to right are: Creme Brulee 2022-70 | English Scone | Lemon Sorbet 2019-60 | Yellow Freeze 2020-70

Okay, friends, as always, please email me lauren@lfbcolor.com

My 3 favorite home decor trends from Milan Design Week

Friends, friends, friends! 

Today's blog post is an exciting one. I am reporting on my three favorite 2019 home decor trends. I first want to share a link to this amazing Italian trend spotter www.italianbark.com. Owner Elisabetta personally interviewed designers and influencers this year at Milan Design Week, then she compiled a beautiful report loaded with valuable 2019 trend info.

I bought the report myself here: https://www.italianbark.com/milan-design-week-2018-news-trends/

This is an 85-page report, I am not being paid to promote it, and I simply am delighted to have discovered Elisabetta. If you are in the design field in any way at all, then you will enjoy her thorough coverage of all that went on at Milan Design Week.

With that being said, here are my three favorite home decor trends from Elisabetta's report.

TOPOGRAPHY + ROCK FORMATION

Though many custom homes will incorporate onyx and other stones in large scale such as counter tops, flooring and tiles, a simple piece of art can do the trick to refresh your home in 2019. You can use throw pillows, onyx bookends, or even artwork.

Art by Noriko Ambe www.norikoambe.com

Art by Noriko Ambe www.norikoambe.com

Art by Ed Fairburn created with maps and such

Art by Ed Fairburn created with maps and such

Go big or go home with onyx bathroom walls www.pinterest.com

Go big or go home with onyx bathroom walls www.pinterest.com

www.moreroomstone.com

www.moreroomstone.com

STRIPES

Now here is a trend that I am seeing everywhere in both fashion and home decor. Will stripes ever go out of style, though? My answer to that is 'no' if you are looking to have a classic look and feel to your home. This is where I am actually recommending making some type of investment. Why not buy that striped chair in a lovely material (unless you have small children who destroy everything you ever owned in your life)? For a classic look, opt for stripes in neutral colors. For something fun and trendy, experiment with some accents in multi-colored stripes. I like to see colorful art on the walls in updated stripes, as you see in the Aboriginal art piece below by Sally Clark (Piece is sold through Coolabah Art on ebay | Catalog I.D. # 13571)

Aboriginal art by Sally Clark (Available for purchase via Coolabah Art on ebay | Catalog I.D. # 13571)

Aboriginal art by Sally Clark (Available for purchase via Coolabah Art on ebay | Catalog I.D. # 13571)

Design by Carla Aston www.carlaaston.com

Design by Carla Aston www.carlaaston.com

www.lizmarieblog.com How about an area rug if you aren't quite ready to invest in an expensive striped furniture piece?

www.lizmarieblog.com How about an area rug if you aren't quite ready to invest in an expensive striped furniture piece?

www.bhg.com Use wallpaper in small areas so that you can change it later if you are bored of it!

www.bhg.com Use wallpaper in small areas so that you can change it later if you are bored of it!

PATINA

This trend is one of my favorites because I recently met a faux finisher who teaches DIY workshops on recreating this patina effect on walls, furniture and virtually any other surface. The faux finisher is Jenny Weaver of www.fauxonline.com

Jenny is one of the world's top faux finishers who has been in the industry for decades. She and I are about to collaborate on some color + faux finish workshops, so stay tuned.

For now, though, let's look at the ways we are seeing patina incorporated into home decor. 

www.harpersbazaar.com I am seeing lots of patina wall clocks all over Pinterest and other decor sites.

www.harpersbazaar.com I am seeing lots of patina wall clocks all over Pinterest and other decor sites.

Can you believe that this is wallpaper? www.muralswallpaper.com

Can you believe that this is wallpaper? www.muralswallpaper.com

This DIY project was completed by The Wood Spa and featured on Modern Masters Pinterest page.

This DIY project was completed by The Wood Spa and featured on Modern Masters Pinterest page.

Wall art is always a way to add a bit of a trend. This piece is by artist Igor Turovskiy.

Wall art is always a way to add a bit of a trend. This piece is by artist Igor Turovskiy.

I always feel the need to put a disclaimer in my blog posts when discussing home decor. Please understand that I am not an interior designer at all. I am a color consultant who must understand home decor trends, though, and how to incorporate color into the overall decor scheme.

As always, reach out to me by email lauren@lfbcolor.com or phone 281-989-4086 if you need my assistance in specifying colors.

Do post some comments below. I am happy to answer questions here, as well.

Until next time,

your color strategist Lauren