Color Trends for Winter 2019

Whether you’re planning an annual holiday bash or gearing up for a cozy season by the fireplace, you may catch yourself wanting to give your home an extra touch of sophistication for this winter. Color trends change almost by the season, but this winter’s top trending colors for indoor decor are classics that will let the colors you love shine.

A Natural Touch

This year’s winter trends revolve around being mindful and aware of nature. Earthy green tones invoke a free, lively feeling and tend to reduce stress. If you’re looking to switch up a wall color or even find a new throw rug, try a variation of green, from deep olive green and dark teal to a classic hunter’s green or a bold lime shade. Blue accents also make a fresh statement this winter, creating a calm and serene environment, whether it be through a snowy light blue or a bright royal blue. Neutrals are also key when decorating, and this winter, light-colored wood is the way to go. Light wood floors and furniture add to the natural, untreated atmosphere in your home.

Classic Jewels

Jewel-toned colors are a trend from last year that has resurfaced as a beloved classic. Adding shades such as dark teal, rich indigo, and marsala red elevate your decor and bring in a touch of sophistication no matter the occasion. When adding a jewel tone to your decor, play with textures and shine by adding an indigo velvet couch cushion or a glossy red table lamp.

Keep it Balanced

2019’s home color trends are all about balance and highlighting what you love. Use 90 percent neutral or base shades as a foundation to truly make the 10 percent of unique color stand out. Try swapping out throw pillows, table runners, or wall art in your home to incorporate some of the best colors of this winter.

MARTINA PRESTON

Canterwood Kitchen Made Glamorous

Designing a functional and beautiful space in all-white is no easy task. Yet a pair of Puget Sound–based designers, Alinda Morris of Alinda Morris Interior Design and Martin Lyons, met this design challenge in a stunning fashion. The project was an outdated ’90s kitchen and dining area, which was “underwhelming and without any main focal point,” according to Morris. The dynamic duo transformed it into a chic space that is as lovely to look at as it is livable.

The kitchen was in great shape but the colors were dated and the client desired a light and bright glamorous kitchen that was an extension of her living and dining space. Morris retained the existing cabinet frames but had new maple cabinet doors made and painted. Oversized hardware from Restoration Hardware was added for visual weight.

The designers selected materials for their durability. Countertops are Taj Mahal quartzite, from Stone Source. White leather barstools are easy to wipe clean. The dining room table is topped with reclaimed wood that already boasts plenty of its own imperfections and thus personality. The silver cowhide rug beneath it is “surprisingly easy to maintain,” Morris says.

The job was not all about practicality, though. Lighting sets the tone for the space. Morris saved the biggest splurges for items that hang overhead. “I love the lighting in this project. The large pendants over the kitchen island and the crystal chandelier over the dining table really add shine.”

Morris’s design proves that a white-on-white color scheme can be interesting and layered. “I’m happy when I see the client using the space. I know this space will look even better over time.” Glamourous and durable were the goals achieved with this design.

LEAH GROUT

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Interior design furniture by Martin Lyons

Kitchen and lighting design by Alinda Morris Interior Design

Photos by Alex Hayden

Timeless Kitchen Design

Sixty-nine percent of homes for sale list the kitchen as a major selling point, compared with 49 percent for the bedroom and 21 percent for the living room. The kitchen is a communal space, where guests and family members meet first thing in the morning for breakfast and late into the night with a few drinks. By including a luxury kitchen in your home, you will sell your property an average 8 percent faster than other homes in the same zip code. If you have limited resources, then start by designing a timeless and beautiful kitchen.

Striking, Subtle and Sophisticated Lighting

A good kitchen allows for decent cooking; a great one encourages so much more. Increase the versatility of your space by installing different lighting options. The simplest solution is dimmer switches. They can be on full brightness to wake the kids up before school, and then lowered for a relaxing evening. Go for something bold and modern to give the kitchen a personality, but also have the option to illuminate just around key cabinets and appliances. Lights are often an afterthought, but thinking about them upfront can help you create a truly mesmerizing space.

Opening Up Your Space

The kitchen is a center for parties and events, so think about how you can open up the space to more people. In winter, large windows, glass doors and mirrors can give the illusion of a much wider environment. In summer, these windows and doors can be opened to extend the area outside. Bringing a few plants and fresh herbs into the kitchen can help create a seamless transition between indoors and out.

What About Tech?

The global smart-home market is expected to exceed $50 billion by 2022, so incorporating Wi-Fi into your refrigerator could help future-proof your property. However, don’t act prematurely. Some house hunters will be put off by excessive tech and it can be difficult to take with you when you move out. Play it safe by sticking to classic kitchen tech such as dishwashers and modern fridges. For many home buyers, the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house. Get this right and you could add thousands of dollars to your property’s selling price. Consider versatility and timelessness, sticking to classic, but luxury designs.

KAROLINE GRIMES

Tastemakers Southern Charm

This beautiful manor home, located in the heart of the Puyallup Valley, shares the style and design of gracious living with all who enter. From the outside the home looks balanced with a symmetry reminiscent of a Southern mansion.

Northern Lights Interiors, based in Sumner, has worked with the homeowners for more than 10 years to create the tasteful design. They note that flood damage spurred on a massive remodel to the home. Over a period of time the remodel took on a life of its own, they say. During this time, the firm advised on adding architectural elements to the home, such as fireplace designs, woodwork details, paneling layouts, lighting design, window treatments and furniture.

As is customary in the South, this Southern-style home grows more beautiful with time.

Expansive outdoor living spaces draw people outside, too, where they can take in the sights and sounds of a bubbling fountain, an abundant orchard and a picturesque mountain creek. The heart of the home is warm and welcoming. The homeowners love to travel the world, but there’s no place like home when it’s built with the taste and sophistication of Southern design.

LEAH GROUT

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Making Your House A Home

Tips to transform a house into a home with decor and furniture from the heart ~Design tips provided by Tree Co. in Tacoma

  • Your entry is the initial introduction to your home and sets the stage for you and your guests. Place a cozy rug or floor mat inside the door to define the entry and give an immediate sense of personality. A reclaimed wood bench, umbrella stand or coat rack, and luscious candles complete the welcoming picture.
  • Be creative with your space. Move items at an angle, layer different rugs and add a wall of photos and memories. Use your imagination to make the space warm, inviting and as unique as you are.
  • Try to bring nature inside. Although the Northwest is overflowing with the beauty of nature, we all know that during our wet, gloomy weather we may stay inside for much of the time. Visit your local nursery to get tips on what kind of plants will work for your space, the amount of light available, and your lifestyle.
  • Incorporate different elements such as wood, metal, glass and greenery throughout each room to bring warmth and life to your spaces. Mirrors not only provide style and function but also lighten up a room and help create movement.

8 Tips For Choosing A Kitchen Designer

Very few homeowners have the knowledge to design, build and install a new kitchen. That’s why many of us employ an expert kitchen designer. But how do you know if you are choosing the right kitchen designer to work with? It comes down to a bit of research and gut feelings. Design mistakes are costly, so it’s worth connecting with more than one kitchen designer to get a feel for the designer who is right for you. Consider the following eight tips when choosing a kitchen designer:

  1. Design ability and creativity
    How do you know just how good a given designer’s ability is? Check how long they have been designing kitchens. Ask to see some examples of their work. Will they be able to show you 3-D visuals of designs they create for you before going ahead with any work? Conceptual design can look amazing, but you want a designer with an eye for the practical realities of kitchen life too.
  2. Technical knowledge
    Your kitchen designer should have architectural drafting and construction experience. He or she needs to have a good knowledge of buildings and industry trends to bring you a state-ofthe-art kitchen design.
  3. Product knowledge
    Providing the right products and appliances for your kitchen also requires knowledge and skill. Good kitchen designers will know trusted cabinet makers and appliance firms to work with.
  4. Experience
    Everyone has to start somewhere, but for making such a big financial investment in your home, you want to choose a designer with experience. Ask to see examples of your kitchen designer’s work.
  5. The ability to understand client needs
    Be clear about all the aspects of kitchen design you want. The best kitchen designers will offer advice and support and guide you to achieve a kitchen design you are completely happy with. They will want to listen to all of your ideas and concerns. Your designer should be asking questions about your living space, your lifestyle, your cooking style and your kitchen needs. Always remember that you are the client, so you can set the terms.
  6. Communication skills
    Kitchen designers will need to communicate clearly with building contractors, electricians, plumbers and other professionals to get your job done on time and on budget.
  7. Testimonials
    A recommendation by friends or family is a good place to start, but don’t let that be the only factor informing your decision. Ask your preferred kitchen designer if you can speak with one of their previous clients. Check whether your designer kept to deadlines and responded promptly to any concerns.
  8. Qualifications and credentials
    Make sure your kitchen designer has the qualifications and credentials claimed. You want to know that your designer not only has an eye for great design, but that they’ve studied and understand construction, plumbing and electrical technologies. They should adhere to a professional code of conduct as well.

LEAH GROUT