Category: Design Forward

White the Color of Inspiration

“The color white is transcendent powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over. White is not just a design trend; it’s a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry.” Ellen O’Neill on Benjamin Moore’s Simply White OC-117. That having been said the question becomes, why is it so difficult to find the perfect shade of white? Perhaps it’s because white is the most illusive of all colors. It’s been described as coddling, crisp, fresh, soothing, warm, cool and timeless, yet very much...

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Who Are You and Where Did You Come From?

Charlotte is one of the fasting growing cities in the country. Having moved to Charlotte in 1994, I feel like a native. But the reality is most of us are products of many moves. In an effort to embrace their new hometowns, people immediately begin to assimilate to that area’s décor styles. Fitting in is great but decorating should be a reflection of your history, style and passions. When it comes to staying true to their passions men are much better than women. If you don’t believe me ask a guy how tough it was to give up his...

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Tile Transformations

Pattern can be very tricky to incorporate into your décor. It is much safer but boring to stay with solid colors. Hardwoods and carpet are popular because they’re a save choice. But neither fit the bill when it comes to durability for kitchens, bathrooms and service areas. They are also so neutral that they lend very little excitement to a room’s décor. A great solution to shake up your spaces might be patterned porcelain tiles. During the past couple of years tile manufacturers have expanded tile options to include exciting geometric designs and floral patterns. Porcelain tile is durable,...

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Too Matchy – Matchy

I hope today’s column will put to rest the need to make everything in your house match. If you’ve got brass doorknobs and long for a new silver or rub bronze chandelier go for it. The most interesting homes are those that are a unified collection of styles. I want to focus on the kitchen because that’s the most used room in your house and probably the room both your family and your friends like to frequent.  It’s also the room where we have lots of different materials and surfaces coming together.  From appliances to hardware it can be...

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2016 Fall Trends

Living Room with New Neutrals from Home Depot Fall is the time of the year to reeve up your redecorating schedule. Before you know it the holidays will be here bringing lots of opportunities to entertain. Nothing motives me more than the pressure that comes with hosting parties and family visits. Before you start planning your decorating projects take time to discover what’s trending so your efforts and hard earned dollars will yield results that will stand the test of time. Sarah Fishburne is the Director of Trend and Design for The Home Depot. It’s her job to stay...

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Meet Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne is a nationally recognized designer, home improvement, gardening and decorating expert. Each week, for over 15 years, millions of viewers both nationally and internationally have tuned in to watch her popular television show, For Your Home. read more

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