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Trending Colors for Fall 2015

Your home is your refuge, your delight, and another way to showcase your personality. Wall color is the foundation for all of the things that create a comfortable, cherished, and representative space. It can totally transform the mood of a space, and give a room exciting energy or relaxed bliss.

Color authority Pantone released their predictions for trending colors for fall 2015 a few months ago, and we’re excited about the mix of bold and rich tones that they forecasted. Elle Décor recently shared an infographic about Pantone’s 10 predicted ‘down to earth’ colors for fall 2015, which described the fall color palette as “[weaving] earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.”

Pantone Fall 2015

We are all about these beautiful hues, which bring back the fun, optimistic sentiments of the 1960s and ‘70s. The softer pastel colors of Cadmum Orange, Cashmere Rose, Desert Sage, and Oak Buff compliment the darker, duskier Dried Herb and Stormy Weather. Richer, vibrant hues such as Amethyst Orchid, Marsala, Biscay Bay, and Reflecting Pond round out the palette with some gusto.

These predictions are far from random – Pantone polls designers from many industries to learn the colors they plan to use in their products for upcoming seasons. Then, they update the rest of us with the results so that we can all get excited about color!

As we near the end of summer, it’s a great time to give your home décor a second look. Is it time for a little update (or a big one)? Now is the time to get started, so that everything is finished before the holiday craziness hits. Visit our store near the University Village to get some inspiration and some beautiful pieces, or contact us if you think you could use some professional consultation or assistance!

How To Protect Your Home’s Interior From Sun Damage

It’s hot out there! The sizzling summer sun can have lasting effects on your home’s interior as it beats down on furniture and décor throughout the day. Carpets, drapes, hardwood flooring, artwork, sofas, chairs and more that are exposed to direct sunlight are susceptible to sun damage such as fading, drying, and cracking. Fabrics and leather are strong, but UV rays are stronger, and can even shine through windows on cloudy or rainy days. As longer and hotter days approach, here are some tips for protecting your home’s interior from sun and heat damage:

Play musical chairs. Move things around so that any one item is not constantly soaking in direct sunlight. Switch similar furniture or art pieces between sunny and dark rooms a few times throughout the summer to reduce sun exposure.

Window tinting. No need to be completely in the dark—even the slightest shaded window film can significantly protect interior items from fading. Tinted windows still allow plenty of natural light in, while blocking harmful UV rays to significantly reduce heat and sun damage. Solar Control window films can also block up to 79% of incoming solar energy, reducing the amount of heat coming into your home and therefore saving you money on air conditioning bills.

Add protective layers. Just like we apply sunscreen to our skin, fabrics and upholsteries should be protected from the sun. Cover couches with blankets during the day, and coat outdoor furniture with protective sealants (check out what products are best for specific materials here).

Draw the shades. Before leaving the house, you should create as much shade as possible. Close blinds and drapes, which will sacrifice the sun’s heat to protect the rest of the interior space. Keep windows cracked to allow a breeze.

Communicate with your designer. When designing your interior space, we are here to help! Ask questions, create a flexible space that can be rotated during the peak of summer sunshine, and work together to organize furniture and décor with fading in mind.

Patio Design

Summer is here, and that means we’re spending our days, evenings, and nights outside as much as possible. What better way to enjoy the season than by making the most of your patio? Whether you’re grilling with your family, drinking sangria with friends, or relaxing alone with a book, a nice patio has the capacity to enrich your whole experience of summer.

Here at GG Home, interior design isn’t just for the inside! Here are a few style ideas for summer patio looks that will make the most of the season.

Contemporary European Cottage

The classic image of a family sitting together enjoying lunch in their picturesque country-style patio is an excellent influence to channel, and can bring elements of European heritage to a patio that might otherwise be quite modern. Sweet, subtle flowers like roses or baby’s breath, or sophisticated climbing plants like ivy, are key for this design inspiration. Wrought iron furniture, brickwork walls, and stone planters or statuary will help bring out nostalgia in your contemporary setting.

Bring Your Living Room Outside

Not literally, of course, but it makes sense to have a patio that’s cohesive in design with your indoor living space. Choose patio furniture similar to the lines of your other decor. If you’re drawing inspiration from mid-20th century modern design, maybe choose patio furniture with long, large seats and low backs, and a glass-top patio table. Steer away from the tropical and more toward the primary, but don’t be afraid of bold, strong colors. These can come across in flowers you plant around your patio in either movable pots or the soil itself, and you might want to add decorations like durable pieces of outdoor art. Intriguing vases or planters, abstract sculpture, or weather-resistant mirrors are great choices.

Add Zen Inspiration

You want your patio to inspire a sense of serenity and natural peacefulness in you and your guests. If you want your patio to act as a kind of refuge, incorporate some Japanese or Asian design principles. Low, wooden benches or levels surrounded by a sand or a rock garden is a lovely choice. Try installing a small Japanese maple within eyesight for a pop of natural color, and incorporate a water fixture that will add an element of relaxing auditory stimulation. Sliding paper doors leading from your home to the patio will complete the look, or perhaps a pergola as the roof, which is a structure or archway with a slatted framework that allows creeping plants to drape over the top and form a kind of canopy. The clean lines of this kind of design will compliment any interior.

Come into GG Home for more design ideas!

Color Theory for Interior Design

Color is powerful. It is emotional, representative, and evokes a mood. The use of color in interior design is one of the most important elements when configuring a space, setting the scene for the room’s function and feel. All GR Interior designs are carefully thought out when it comes to the color palate and how it will affect the purpose of the space.

GR Lifestyles Zebra Living Room

Zebra Living Room

Some color meanings are obvious: greens for earthy tones, reds for warmth, yellow for sunny rooms. The way we use colors to compliment or contrast each other can create a specific mood, drawing from the following basics of color theory:

• Red: passion, daring, intimate, comforting, stimulates appetite
• Orange: creative, warm, friendly, inviting
• Yellow: welcoming, sunny, thoughtful
• Green: tranquil, restful, balancing, healthy
• Blue: productivity, clarity, calm, meditative, tranquil
• Purple: royal, regal, mysterious, cooling, spiritual
• Pink: feminine, positive, fun, playful
• Brown: sophistication, masculine, complimentary, earthy

Black, white, and grey are used as complimentary or neutral colors in interior design. Their purpose is often to enhance the other colors in the room by providing a subtle background for bolder hues. Accents of bright green or blue can brighten darker color tones, and warm colors such as red or gold can be used to warm a bland background such as grey. Rooms with mostly white or a light color exude open and airy space, while rooms based around blacks or browns create a warm, intimate feel.

At GG Home, we aren’t shy when it comes to color! Playing with different palates and compositions allows us to bring a certain personality to a room through furniture, décor and paints. No matter what types of objects occupy a room, the first thing you notice is color. Our expert design team uses and executes color theory in each project, creating an appropriate mood for your living space and preferences.

Contact us to get started on your next interior design project!