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How to Incorporate 2017’s Top 4 Color Trends Into Your Home

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Home trends change from year to year, and so does the color palette. Inspired by innovative designs, vintage styles and popular culture, the year’s color trends come from a variety of sources and manifest themselves in many ways, depending on the home.

From the daring Pantone color of the year to modern neutrals, these are the top four color trends for 2017 and the best ways to incorporate them into your living space this season.

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Create An Airy Summer Oasis In Your Bedroom

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

At the end of a long summer day, nothing beats kicking off your sandals and crashing in a cool, inviting bed. Even if you aren’t out of town on vacation, a bedroom that incorporates summer style will immediately transport you to a relaxed state of mind.

From lightweight linens to a soft color palette, how will you craft the summer oasis of your dreams?

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The first step to creating a summer bedroom is swapping out your bed linens. Pull any heavy down comforters, quilts or rich fabrics out of the mix in favor of all things lightweight and breathable. If you tend to get hot easily, go with 100 percent cotton sheets, and choose percale over sateen. Percale has a simple matte weave and a cool, crisp feel. Over the sheets, choose a lightweight down comforter or thin quilt.


Natural lighting is an essential component of summer style. Block out harsh rays but maintain the room’s brightness with light, gauzy curtains. They won’t completely block out light, but they’ll put a nice filter on your bedroom and keep your space somewhat cool.

Speaking of light, a well-lit room is a great environment for plants to thrive. Consider adding a potted plant that’s happy indoors, or place a pretty floral arrangement on your bedside table.


Summer is a time to lighten up! For your summer bedroom, choose a color palette ruled by shades of white and add pastel touches such as baby blue, mint green and peach pink. A neutral palette like this lends itself to change, so you can easily transition out of it when fall rolls around. Don’t forget that the nautical theme is always in style! Experiment with incorporating touches of navy and white stripes into your bedroom.


To create an airy room that undeniably feels like summer, it’s important to make space by eliminating any clunky or unused furniture and clearing off surfaces. Is your bedside table cluttered? Rearrange! Has the arm chair in the corner gone unused for months? Relocate!

One of my favorite summer decor to-dos is to leave hardwood floors bare. Roll up your rugs, take them to the cleaners and let your floors breathe. Now is the time to go minimal and prioritize air, light and space.


Summer textures can be found in furniture as well as textiles. Dark woods, heavy metals and furry textures carry the warm, cozy connotations of fall and winter. Wherever possible, swap these rich, opulent textures for tropical, natural fibers such as rattan, wicker and bamboo. While it may not be possible to spring for large-scale piece of furniture in one of these materials, keep in mind that even the smallest addition, like a wicker side table, can make the biggest difference.

If you’re unsure whether your current furniture creates a summer or winter vibe, ask yourself whether or not you’d see that texture incorporated into the decor of your favorite beach locale.

From seashells to nautical stripes and weather-beaten bottles filled with sand, what home accessories put you in a summery state of mind?


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How to use accent furniture to transform a room

how to use accent furniture to transform a room

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

Is your home feeling a little dull after taking down all that holiday decor? Spruce it up with some evergreen accent furniture! Accent furniture should fit your existing style but offer an interesting shape or complementary color. You can transform any room in your house with just one great piece, whether you’re buying something new or reviving a piece you already have. The challenge with accent furniture is striking the delicate balance between fitting in and standing out. Below are the five components I refer to when seeking out accent furniture for my rooms.


If you’re just beginning to play around with the idea of acquiring a bold, eye-catching piece, start with something small, such as bedside tables or a petite end table for the living room. A common misconception is that accent furniture has to be prominent in size to make a visual impact. On the contrary, even the smallest addition can bring new life to an otherwise stale room. If you are ready to make a big change, by all means, go big! Let your accent be the dining room table, the living room couch or even the master bedroom headboard.


The best way to go bold with an accent is to choose a piece that’s completely different from your existing style. If your home is modern or minimalist, go with something intricate and baroque. Is your home’s aesthetic inspired by the French countryside? Try mixing in an item that has a sleek, urban feel. Traditionalist? A Persian rug or Moroccan side table will add a bohemian twist you didn’t know you needed. By intermingling two disparate styles, you’ll personalize your space and further define your aesthetic.


Even if you aren’t ready to purchase a new piece of furniture to enliven your home, you can transform an existing piece of furniture into an accent with a fresh color. Whether you’re painting the furniture or reupholstering it, you’ll be surprised at what a huge difference color makes. For rooms with a safe, neutral palette, go bold! Choose a color you’ve always wanted to try (on the walls perhaps), but have always hesitated. Daring decor colors I love for spring and beyond include Schiaparelli pink, Kelly green and French blue. Go a step further than a pop of color and incorporate a fun pattern instead. Hint: 2016 is supposed to be the year of large-scale florals.


For those who already have a good amount of color and pattern in their decor mix, introduce a unique texture with your accent piece. Rooms dominated by upholstery and wood details will do well with a dose of metallic. As for rooms that are sleek with a lot of metal or leather, a faux fur stool or comfy upholstered chair will create some stylistic and sensory balance. While it sounds contradictory, you’ll find that incorporating an unexpected texture will highlight the furniture pieces you already know and love.


There’s a place for accent furniture in every room, but I’d suggest starting out with just one accent piece in a room so you don’t create a disjointed look. The easiest go-to accents include a coffee table in the formal living room, an armchair in the family room and a pair of bedside tables in the bedroom. These secondary items will allow you to be just adventurous enough and make an impact on your room without disrupting the existing harmony of your decor.


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How to mix and match your furniture with ease

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture. Are you currently facing a mix-and-match predicament in your home? This is a common conundrum, and one we’re well equipped to tackle.

Buying a matching set of furniture is like hitting a few proverbial birds with one stone. Not only can you purchase several pieces at once (check, check, check!), but you’ve saved yourself the effort required to coordinate. Right? Wrong. While all these pieces of furniture might match each other, your room won’t be as individualized as it could be.

On the other hand, you might be dealing with a mismatched array of furniture: a couch inherited from your grandmother, a side table from your first apartment—you get the gist. While décor trends are increasingly leaning toward an eclectic look, there’s a risk of appearing sloppy. This mixed style should convey a decorator’s sense of creativity and personal style.

Whether your goal is to bring some personality to your matching sets or to harmonize an existing smattering of mismatched furniture, try these simple tips for designing a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing living space.


Once you know what room you’re working with, get an idea about the kind of furniture you want by considering weight. If you have a matching set you’re going to use, a couch, a loveseat and a chair perhaps, round up other pieces that are of a similar proportion. For instance, a sturdy couch set should be paired with an equally robust armoire and side tables for a unified appearance.

You can use this same tip if you’re dealing with a mix of furniture. Sometimes it can be overwhelming thinking what you’re going to put together if nothing technically “matches.” Alleviate this issue by pairing things based on weight, again, heavy with heavy, delicate with delicate.


Not ready to commit to mixing furniture but like the look? Color is a great way to experiment with the mixed look when you’re dealing with a matching set of furniture. Try a single painted accent wall, a set of bright throw pillows, a bold pouf ottoman—start small to get comfortable with the idea. Try varying the tones of a chosen color such as pairing a navy blue wall with a royal blue lampshade and a few baby blue pillows. This will give you a cohesive yet varied look.

Once you’ve conquered the solid color idea, graduate to prints. Find one you like, but make sure the scale is on the larger side so it doesn’t look washed out from afar. The print should be distinct but not overwhelming. Choose a print with several colors in it to give yourself more options as you’re decorating the rest of the room. You can even combine two or three different prints if they have a complementary color scheme.

Using solid colors can also work to your advantage if you have mixed furniture already. Pull everything together by integrating the color scheme. Upholster mismatched couches in the same fabric and add some drapes in a complementary color to pull everything together.


After color, texture is another tried-and-true way to add some personality to your rooms. Texture not only gives a room some visual depth, but also encourages tactile interaction.

For those who aren’t ready to mix and match furniture or patterns yet, interplay solid colors—but colors with varying textures. Solid colors can help maintain the harmony in a room, while complementary textures highlight the predominant shade and act as visual relief.

If you’re stuck with either a matched or mismatched set of furniture, use a combination of color and texture to update the look. Give yourself something new (even if you’re on a budget) with upholstery in a fabric that has a modern texture and a neutral color.


Regardless of what you start out with (mixed or matched), once your main pieces of furniture come together choose accessories that add dynamism to your room. What you select is dependent on the weight, color and texture tips provided above.

If you have a room that is “heavy” with bulky furniture, use accessories as a way to lighten up the room. It might seem unnatural at first, but adding in delicate elements like porcelain, crystal or winding plants imbue a heavy room with a sense of visual balance. The same goes for a “delicate” room, or one with lighter, more feminine pieces. In this instance, add more masculine accessories such as solid wooden candlesticks, chunky frames and dark, oversized pillows.

As for color and texture, dip your toe into the concept by experimenting with the most interchangeable home accessories—pillows and throws. These small tweaks will give your room the dimension you didn’t know you needed. Other ways to play with color and texture through accessories is via art, rugs and fun lighting.

Even in following these tips, remember that a room usually never turns out exactly as planned. That’s okay! Allow each room to take on a unique personality of its own. Happy mixing!