Monthly Archives: October 2016

Get Your Color Scheme Right

A color scheme is the foundation of all of your home decorating projects. Creating the right color scheme gives you a roadmap to choosing the right decor and furnishings. It’s so much easier to choose the right surfaces and accessories if you already have a color palette to work with.


Color Scheme vs. Color Palette

You might see the terms colors scheme and color palette used interchangeably, which is fine.

Technically, there is a little difference between a scheme and a palette, and knowing this can make decorating much easier. Your color scheme is the very basic plan for how you’ll be putting colors together for your home. Using color theory, you could easily create a monochromatic color scheme using neutral colors, or maybe another simple scheme, but the precise colors won’t be defined just yet.

Knowing which type of color scheme you’ll be putting together is your starting point to creating a color palette. Your home’s color palette will have the specific colors you plan to use in your home. By fine-tuning your color palette you can choose paint, fabric, and decor, with confidence.  So, when you think of your color scheme as just a reference for all of your future decorating projects, it’s a much easier task to create one. The real fun comes when you are able to refine your color choices into paint samples and swatches for your home makeover.

 How to Get Your Color Scheme Right This Time

If you feel as though your attempts at creating a new color scheme have fallen short, here are the ways that you may have gone wrong in the past, (and how to fix them!)


Maybe You Just Don’t Know Where to Start

If you’re starting with an envelope filled with paint samples and fabric swatches and absolutely no plan, your color scheme is going to go off-track pretty quickly.

 The best color schemes for your home aren’t created by inspiration alone. Because your color scheme is the basis for so many future decorating decisions, you’ll want to take the time to choose the right type. You don’t have to memorize complicated rules, but if you learn the basics of the color wheel it can open up so many color scheme options.

Identify the type of color scheme that appeals to you, then you can personalize it with the colors you love. Once you know the basic colors you’ll want in your home, you can turn to inspiration to create a color palette with those colors. Taking the time to start with a defined color scheme actually frees you up to be more creative and allows you to get the colors right.


Are You Afraid of Change?

Change can be hard! One of the most common color scheme errors is trying to add new colors to an outdated palette. The taupe paint color you chose fifteen years ago may be a “safe neutral”, but color trends have come and gone since you painted your home with that pinkish-taupe.

While your favorite color trend may be poised for a comeback, it may not be this year.  Adding new accessories and pops of color will not make a color with an outdated or wrong undertone look right. It may be time to change every color in your color scheme and start fresh.

If you have been putting off major color changes because you are afraid you’ll choose the wrong colors, then start with the most basic one in the room. Look at recent color trends to see what colors are popular right now. If you’re risk-adverse with color, start with a simple neutral color scheme with colorful accents.


So Many Colors, so Little Space

Decorating without a color scheme in place can leave you with a house filled with colors that have no relation to each other. It all starts so innocently when you shop without a plan and bring mismatched accessories home. Mismatched paint colors are also a sign of a color scheme gone wrong. Without a color blueprint, every room looks different which can make your home look chaotic and small.

Even if you love lots of color in your home and varying paint color from room to room, you can still work with a color scheme to help the entire house feel more spacious and coordinated. With a color scheme figured out, you can decorate throughout the house with your colors but in different ways. A living room with beige walls can have blue and white accents, while your master bedroom can have blue walls with added pops of color in white and beige. You still get the color individuality you love, but by working with a color scheme first your home will look more pulled-together.

The most interesting homes ideas

The most interesting homes are those that are designed with innovation in mind. Those where out-of-the-box style reigns. That’s the kind of design that you see in the work of Loczi Design Group. The San Francisco-based firm is known for creating one-of-a-kind spaces. And this modern San Francisco home in SOMA is no different. Formerly two separate units that were merged together to create one home, Loczi Design Group had one mission for this interior – to design a space where there client could entertain and throw large or small gatherings with ease. 

The interior design project was the perfect complement to the home’s unique architecture. A twelve-foot skylight and a striking steel staircase meet you at the center of the home. Flanked by the client’s collection of mid-century Russian art, the interior design took direction from all of the architectural elements in this eclectic interior.

Unconventional, funky, and with a love of geometrics, Loczi Design Group was able to put their stamp on the newly designed space. Just as their client asked, spaces were designed with entertaining in mind. In this lounge, low-seating was placed beneath a skylight. The perfect place for party-goers to enjoy a cocktail, and even a look up at the stars and moon when the sun sets. And just like in the home’s living room, the lounge is home to a fun mix of hues. Turquoise seating and a subtle shade of lilac on the wall form a striking color palette, a perfect reflection of the colorful art on the wall. 

Beyond the lounge area, this contemporary dining room can easily seat eight. The furniture is so sleek and sophisticated. Perfect for an evening of entertaining in the Bay Area.  Beyond the stone table, it’s the art that catches the eye in this dining room. Alcoves are the perfect fit for abstract pieces that add to the home’s rich color palette. Fuchsia, lilac, soft blues and the greens that are in each piece literally jump off the canvas and onto the furnishings in the living room that’s home to a hot pink sofa and purple side chairs. 

Artsy Loft In Brooklyn

Tze Chun is the founder of the online art gallery, Uprise Art. With the tagline for the next generation of collectors, Chun’s vision has been one of making art accessible for those who want to bring art home and into their workplace. It’s no wonder that this gallerist, who is changing the landscape of collecting by introducing works online, worked with another online platform to design her Brooklyn loft. Chun reached out to Casey DeBois of the New York startup, Homepolish, to design a space for her and her husband that was a perfect reflection of their aesthetic.

For Chun, she wanted a space that reflected her cultural roots and she and her husband Geoff’s love of throwback style. The design concept began with her familial roots – a desire for a mix of 1960s Hong Kong and Singapore style. In addition, the couple’s love of vintage served as inspiration for the furniture brought into the space.

With an open plan loft, the design had to also focus on the practical – making room for both public and private living areas. With no closets in the entire interior, storage became necessary for each and every space, from the office nook to the bedroom.

With all of the inspirational elements that were brought into the design, there was one more – the beautiful bones of the loft. Featuring original red brick and unique details, like paved over windows, the space feels quintessentially Brooklyn, with a cool industrial feel.

Home That You Can Get Rid of Right Now

One of the biggest reasons we hold onto clutter is because we’re not sure when we can get rid of stuff. Most items don’t come with an expiration date, and once we take something into our home, we tend to want to make use of it–even if we clearly have no need for it.


Decluttering should be easy. It’s simply sorting through your belongings and deciding which ones to keep, and which ones to let go of.


Decluttering means to remove unnecessary items.


Think about that definition. How hard can it possibly be to remove unnecessary items?


But it is. People get attached. They don’t want to toss something they bought or were gifted of something they thought they’d need but never used.

Here is our ultimate list of things you can get rid of right now. You have our permission to toss, recycle, donate, consign or even sell these items (not the ketchup packets, but maybe some old electronics). You’ll be surprised how much extra space you free up!

  1. Plastic silverware. Especially those packets with a plastic fork, knife and napkin. Unless you entertain regularly, or eat on the go, you don’t need theses packets taking up space when you already have proper silverware in your home. Take them into work and stash them in your desk for when you need extra silverware for your packed lunch. Or, just recycle them!
  2. Condiment packets. This is my number one Why-Are-You-Keeping-This? item. You’re not going to use these. Instead, buy a bottle at Trader Joe’s, or your local market and keep it in the pantry.
  3. Leftovers more than 5 days old. Duh.
  4. Utensils or appliances you never use. You were gifted a set of plastic food storage containers when you prefer glass. Or perhaps you somehow accumulated a number of unitaskers that you never remember to use. Or you dreamed of cooking with your waffle maker every weekend, but now you realize you prefer pancakes. If you don’t use it, don’t give up valuable storage space for it. Either recycle it, donate it, or consign it.
  5. Miss-matched or warped food storage containers. Why do we hold onto these for so long? Do we think the missing bottom or top is going to find its way home? It’s not. Recycle it.
  6. Expired pantry items. That container of Hungarian paprika you had to have for that one recipe you made four years ago? Yeah, it doesn’t taste the same anymore. Spices lose their flavor over time, and other pantry staples, like flour and sugar, don’t perform as well as fresh ingredients.