2018 promises to be an exciting year not only for interior design trends, but also paint colors. Besides seeing fringes, geometric patterns, curvy organic shaped furniture, and metallics in home decor, we’ll see dark and bold colors with warm, earthy hues. There will be lots of purple, black, blue, rust, terracotta, and muted colors. Major paint brands such as Benjamin Moore, Behr, Sherwin Williams, and Glidden have released their 2018 color of the year and it’s a wide spectrum of colors ranging from subtle to vibrant. However, the biggest color we’ll see everywhere in the new year is purple. Pantone, a world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems has named Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple their 2018 color of the year. It’s a thoughtful shade of purple that communicates originality and individuality. Purple is a great color to work with because it has a wide range of hues and can be paired with almost any color. Natural, low-key, and carefree is the going trend for next year so check out a few paint colors below by major brands that will be big in 2018. I hope it will inspire you to give your home or office a colorful refresh in the new year!
There’s nothing quite like having Christmas dinner on an beautifully presented table that reflects your personality with centerpieces, dinnerware, accents, or lights. If you are busy preparing a menu or recipe of a delicious meal, desserts, and treats for Christmas and haven’t had time to think about how to decorate your Christmas table, not to worry. You can make it extravagant and formal with a large floral centerpiece, your best dinnerware and glassware laid out with beautiful place cards, or keep it simple and easy with small succulents and candles scattered with mini ornaments and lights for a sparkling effect. Decorating your table for Christmas can be as lavish or as basic as you choose. It’s all about layering your table with pieces you love. Here are some ideas to motivate you and inspire you.
Decorating a Christmas tree is a fun and creative activity to do with family and friends and even with your city college. I was asked by the chancellor’s office to help decorate their first ever Christmas Tree at City College of SF this year which was a major triumph, considering they never had a Christmas tree in the past 20 years! Now that’s a major accomplishment! It was so much joy to decorate a 14′ Douglas Fir tree with lights and ornaments that played Christmas music while flashing colors to lift people’s spirits. I absolutely love the smell of Christmas trees! Decorating a Christmas tree is a great way to unleash your creative genius within you. It’s also an enjoyable and therapeutic activity you can do with family and friends. If you want a theme inspired Christmas tree, you can decorate in a nautical style with seashell, seahorse, or seastar ornaments, in a modern style with a white Christmas tree, white tinsel and white ornaments, or in a floral style with origami paper flower ornaments. If you want a vibrant and colorful Christmas tree this year, go for a monochromatic design in all pink or all blue or create a rainbow tree full of colors. Love candy canes, feathers, or ribbons? Add them to your tree! There are lots of ways to be creative and come up with new and unique ways to decorate your tree that reflects your personality and style. You just have to allow your creativity to flow through with inspired action. If you still need tree decorating ideas, check out these amazing Christmas trees to inspire you.
It’s officially December and Christmas is just around the corner. When I take a walk or go for a short run, I see beautifully decorated Christmas trees shining brightly through the windows of neighbors’ homes. What I love most about Christmas is the scent of a freshly cut tree, a peppermint stick melting in a cup of hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies baking in the oven, and the warmth emanating from a wood-burning fireplace. Most of all, I enjoy Christmas decorations from the stockings hanging on a fireplace mantle, garlands covering stair banisters, lush wreaths on front doors, and colorful lighting installations. How will you decorate your home or office for the holiday season this year? Here are a few Christmas decoration ideas to inspire you to celebrate Xmas with festive love and gratefulness in your heart before the start of a new year.