Use Spearmint for Spring

Winter in Atlanta has been extremely mild this year, and we’ve already had spring-like weather. If you’re thinking about making some seasonal tweaks to your home design, look to spearmint as a great spring hue. Sensational Color reported that this minty green will be popular in fashion this spring and summer, and I think it’s a safe bet it’ll be big in interior design too. The shade works well in modern and traditional spaces. Here I’ve compiled some great examples…

This chic bedroom I saw on Pinterest has a fresh spearmint, metallic and white palette.

Spearmint shines on the walls of this unique, eclectic bedroom design on Houzz.

Spearmint and orange work together in this living space, also from Houzz.

So now I’m wondering: Do you like spearmint, and will you be decorating with it this spring? Leave a comment to share!

Images: 1 laurenconrad.com via Pinterest; 2 via Houzz; 3 via Houzz

Benefits of Using Color in Interior Design

The name of my blog is “64 in the Box,” so it may not come as a surprise that I enjoy bringing color into interior design. In fact, I’ve found there are a number of benefits of using color in design, including:

  • Color helps set a mood. Color theory shows that we react to colors. For example, yellow invokes joy, and blue is said to be soothing. Plus, including your favorite color is a good way to make you smile.
  • Color adds visual interest. Have you ever read in a magazine or a blog that splashes of color pop in a space? Different hues can demand attention.
  • Color can tie spaces together. One big trend in home design lately is that people want more open spaces. A great palette helps tie different areas of an open space together, making it harmonious and beautiful.

Why do you like using color in interior design?

Image: aopsan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Add Interest to Home Design with Stripes

I recently came across a great Houzz article about using stripes in design to add color and interest. As someone who loves decorating with color, I enjoyed looking through the Houzz ideabook at the pictures and suggestions, as stripes on the wall do help make a design stand out. And this article got me thinking about the other ways I’ve used stripes in my designs.

The stripes that run all around this backsplash are a fun touch for tile in the kitchen.

The subtle coral stripe in these chairs helps tie together this room’s color palette.

The striped pillow in this outdoor space marries the natural stone color with the punch of peacock blue in the solid pillow next to it.

Do you have a striped wall or striped furnishings in your home? Share your own stripe ideas and photos with me on the Susan Currie Design Facebook page!

Images: Design by Susan Currie Design

Raspberry a Hot Hue in Interior Design

Many color trends have been predicted for 2012, including the beautiful fuchsia-like shade raspberry. Ethan Allen Insider pointed to this purplish pink as a hue that’s in right now in design, and I think it’s perfect for February! These three spaces exemplify how fresh and gorgeous raspberry looks in interior design. Take a look…

Raspberry accents are sprinkled all throughout this chic pink-and-white bedroom.

Raspberry looks beautiful on these dining chairs, which pop in this mostly neutral living area.

Visitors would surely enjoy staying in this raspberry guest room. I like how the color is painted on the ceiling.

So, what do you think of raspberry as a hot hue in interior design? Leave a comment to share. And if you’re interested in more of my updates on using color in design, room re-dos, furniture, lighting and more, be sure to follow the blog!

Image credits: 1 Duamex.com via Pinterest; 2 via Houzz; 3 via Houzz

Dragons as Home Decor

Since we recently entered the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar, dragon home decor seems to be popping up everywhere. Design blog Apartment Therapy did a post on dragon-themed artwork, and Kelly Market compiled an array of chic dragon accessories. Even Traditional Home Magazine tossed their dragon picks in the mix, and I especially love three of the ones they included in their February/March issue:

Meissen’s Ming Dragon Tableware is perfect for the Year of the Dragon.

This dragon sculpture by Lladro can be perched on a tabletop or shelf for visual interest.

This pink, green and yellow pattern from Scalamandre would add a burst of color to a room.

And this is a dragon accessory from my personal collection:

If you’re interested in incorporating dragon decor in your home, consider the feng shui. This article suggests putting a dragon piece out in an area that’s open and to have it face away from a wall, among other tips.

How are you decorating with dragons this year?

Images: 1 via meissen.com; 2 via lladro.com; 3 via passementeries.com; 4 Susan Currie

3 Romantic Bedroom Designs I Love

With Valentine’s Day coming up next week, I set out to find some stylish romantic bedrooms to share. Though there are pictures of these all around the web, I especially love Casa Sugar’s mix of classic bedrooms and modern spaces with clean lines in her post on “15 Romantic and Feminine Bedrooms.” In fact, here are a few of my very favorite from her assortment:

February 14 isn’t all about pink. I love this bedroom, which is decked out in a deep orange shade.

Hot pink adds a nice punch of color to this chic bedroom design.

Here’s one of the more traditional spaces, which includes romantic furniture and accessories.

Visit Casa Sugar to check out more romantic bedroom designs—maybe they’ll give you ideas and inspiration for your own space. Are you dreaming of enjoying a more romantic room? Leave a comment to let me know!

Photos via Casa Sugar

Spotlight On: Milo Baughman Furniture

Pieces by Milo Baughman may not be cutting edge now, but I still love his great mid-century furniture designs and think they fit well in both transitional and modern spaces. As Elle Decor so aptly describes:

“From his very first clean-lined collections in iron and walnut, which helped shape the post war California look, to his minimalist chrome-and-burl-wood pieces in the 1970s, Baughman (pronounced Boffman) purposefully defined modern design as elegant yet accessible.”

Two of my very favorite Milo Baughman pieces include pairs of lounge chairs and etageres available on 1st Dibs. Take a look…

This set of lemon upholstered lounge chairs is to die for! The chairs would look great with a gray color scheme—remember my post on adding cheerful yellow to your home décor?

These Milo Baughman etageres, made of chrome and glass and circa the 1970s, are chic and timeless.

In fact, I don’t think Baughman’s pieces will ever go out of style. What’s your take on his furniture designs?

Images via 1st Dibs