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Move Over Gray, There’s a New Taupe in Town

We always enjoy following the predictions for color of the year and there are a few
authorities on the subject who start announcing their winners in the fall. For 2017,
Sherwin Williams has selected Poised Taupe as their trend setting shade, a marriage
between an earthy brown and a conservative gray. For years gray has been a staple
in interior decorating, and we still love it, but we are happy to see
something with a warmer tone to use for a rich, neutral backdrop.
Color experts take their cues from a variety of sources before making their choice
including fashion, the economic environment, and architecture. Poised Taupe is
quite a contrast from last year’s selection of Alabaster, a creamy white and Benjamin
Moore’s pick of Simply White, a crisp and clean white. It will remind you of a
beautiful weathered wood, which will create a perfect backdrop or compliment to
pastel, bright or jewel tones, making it an ideal neutral.
Here are a few photos that demonstrate Poised Taupe’s versatility in different
rooms and design aesthetics.
In this In this kitchen, Poised Taupe lends warmth to the modern dining table and chairs and white lacquered cabinetry.

If you need help choosing paint colors, call decor&You today for a color consultation at 203-405-2126 or go to to find a location near you

Posted 71 weeks ago

Wow Décor: The Art of Accessorizing

Accessories play an important role in your overall décor plan. They bring color into a space, insert texture where needed, add shape, depth or height, provide focal points, and last but not least, they reflect your personality and style.  Simply put, a room without accessories can feel generic and uninviting. That being said, there is an art to accessorizing well and it requires a bit of planning.  It’s one of our favorite parts of designing a space because it completes the room and gives it that finishing touch.  

Here are the key elements to artful accessorizing:

1.      Take cues from the existing color palette in the room.  The job of your accessories can either be to enhance the existing shades or to bring color to an otherwise neutral canvas.  

2.      Be aware of access points and make sure your accessories won’t hinder the traffic flow. With that in mind, an accessory can also be a guide in defining an area or directing traffic.

3.      Never overcrowd a tabletop or shelf with too many accessories. Make sure you are able to pick one up without disturbing anything else.

4.      Allow your personality to shine through and don’t be afraid to include personal items that have sentimental value.

5.      Pay attention to the height, weight and shape of your accessories and place them where they will enhance the surrounding décor.

6.      Display accessories in groups.  Odd numbers are more interesting to the eye.

7.      Vary the size and height of accessories in a grouping.

8.      Experiment by moving things around to find the best placement.

So where do you start? It’s good to know all of your options, so here’s a short list of what to consider when accessorizing your space:

·         Framed artwork or photographs

·         Sculptures, figurines or other art objects

·         Vases

·         Candleholders, candles

·         Lanterns

·         Pillows or Cushions

·         Throws

·         Bowls

·         Baskets

·         Floral arrangements

·         Urns

·         Books

·         Clocks

·         Trays

·         Mirrors

Still stumped? Simply call us today to schedule a consultation 203-405-2126. We would love to help you finish your space with accessories!  


Posted 75 weeks ago

Wow Décor: Incorporating Existing Furnishings & Art Into Your Decorating Plan

Most  homeowners have a few treasured family heirlooms they can’t bear to part with whether it’s a chair, piece of art, or an accessory. Would you be surprised to know that it is possible to incorporate them into a new decorating plan without compromising style?  It has to be done creatively and carefully, but it can be done and it can look absolutely fabulous.

Here are our tips on how to work your existing furnishings and art into your decorating plan.

1.      Balance the old with the new.  When you bring an antique or dated piece into your scheme make sure you balance it with at least one other item from the same period. When mixing in new items, keep your colors cohesive and patterns complimentary.

2.      Re-upholster or refinish it.  Doing this can breathe new life into an old treasured piece. You may love the shape of your grandmother’s old sofa, but the fabric is not your style, so change it!  Or, take an old antique table or dresser and paint it or put a completely different stain on it for a completely new look.

3.      Create a gallery wall.  When you have several pieces of existing artwork a great way to make visual impact is with a gallery wall.  The key is to group them together by similar types of art or photographs. One way to create harmony is to change all or some of the frames.

4.      Repurpose it.  Think beyond the item’s original purpose and how it might be better put to use in your current environment.  Some great examples include repurposing and old table or dresser as a bathroom vanity, a bookcase as a bar, or a chest or trunk as a coffee table.

5.      Accessorize.  Select your favorite books, trinkets and other art pieces and create a display on a table or bookshelf.

6.      Hire someone to help. A professional decorator can provide you with ideas you may never have considered. They can also offer unbiased advice since they don’t have any emotional attachment to the furnishings.

Are you experiencing a decorating dilemma?  We are here to help! Please contact us today  at 203-405-2126 to find a Decor&You near you and set up a design consultation and let’s create a space together that you will love.


Posted 80 weeks ago

WOW Décor: Layered Light Plans

Creating a beautiful layered light plan is really an art form.  When done correctly, lighting will evoke a certain mood in a space. Think of your favorite local restaurant or spa and how you feel when you visit.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create spaces like that in your own home?  It can be done with a layered lighting plan.

Layered light plans include multiple sources and types of lighting to maximize functionality and enhance ambiance. It simply isn’t possible to achieve both of these with one light source in a room. There are four main types of lighting that must be considered to build your plan: natural, ambient, task, and accent.

Natural light

All lighting plans begin by looking at the natural light in a space.  This creates your canvas, so to speak.  You want to understand how the natural light affects the room during the day so you can direct it appropriately and compliment it with other light sources during the day.  

Ambient light

Ambient light has the important job of setting the mood by providing the main source of overall lighting. Its main function is to deliver enough light to safely maneuver in the room.  The color and intensity of this light is important as it sets the tone and creates the base from which the rest of the lighting plan will be built. Ceiling mounted lights such as chandeliers, recessed lights, wall sconces and table or floor lamps are common sources of ambient light.

Task Lighting

Just as it sounds, task lighting serves the specific purpose of providing light do perform specific tasks. This could include reading, food preparation or shaving for example. Pendant lights, vanity lighting and under cabinet lighting are all great sources of task lighting as they offer very targeted illumination.

Accent lighting

Last, but certainly not least is accent lighting. The purpose of this layer is to highlight specific objects or features within a room to create focal points or provide direction. Track lighting, interior cabinet lighting, or wall-mounted fixtures are good sources for accent lighting.

One of the services We provide for homeowners is lighting plans.  Our lighting plans incorporate beauty and function and create the appropriate mood or feeling for a space.  Please call 203-405-2126  for more information or to find a Decor&You near you.


Posted 82 weeks ago

Trends in Lighting Your Space

Trends in Lighting Your Space

July 13, 2016


Karen Powell

Trends in lighting change. When you assess a space to update it, changing the lighting fixtures can have a huge impact but is often overlooked.

In today’s kitchens for example, we’ve gotten away from the old fluorescent rectangles and are trending toward pendants that hang down over an island or work area. Under-the-counter lighting is another option.

Another lighting trend is to put a chandelier in a bathroom, particularly in a master bath. This adds a touch of elegance and whimsy and makes the bathroom a little more intriguing.

Occasionally there’s use for colored lighting but mainly for ambience. Use an uplight behind a plant, change the color according to the seasons, or bring attention to a particular color. You can also add room color with candles.

In most cases, individuals use a combination of two or three types of lighting. This creates the most flexibility for the use of the space, and dimmer switches allow the level of light to be easily adjusted.

Design tip: The type of bulbs you use matter and have an impact. The trend is toward bulbs that have longer life and also provide a truer, whiter light. Even in fluorescents, there are bulbs that replicate daylight. They are a little more expensive, but use them wherever possible because they give a more natural light, which is more invigorating, causes less stress on the eyes, and makes people look better.

Stay tuned in our next post where we discuss lightening from four different perspectives.

To learn more about the critical design elements, pick up a copy of “The Styleprint Design System” available for purchase here. Also, be sure to explore our site, for additional free resources.

Posted 83 weeks ago

Sizing Up Your Space

Let’s say you’ve decided on a direction for a décor project. What now? It’s time to get to the hands-on part. Measure, take photographs, lay out your furnishings on graph paper on a scale of one-quarter inch for every foot, use an app such as Google Sketchup, or go to the Better Homes and Gardens website:

Keep functionality as your number-one focus here. Do three of these layouts, and evaluate the success of each:

  • Is anything missing?
  • Does it all fit?
  • How about the color scheme?
  • Is that coming together so that you can visualize it and feel good about it?

Be open to putting something in your plan that you may not have originally thought of. As you work this through, new ideas and thoughts will pop into your mind. Write them down for later consideration. Don’t dismiss them immediately.

Having choices is important, as it helps to ensure that your final selections are what you want. Even if you do not think an arrangement is something you will like, that’s okay. Think it through anyway so that you can look at it and say, “No, I really don’t like that.”

Sometimes, in completing this exercise, you will find that a layout you were considering doesn’t work. There may not be enough room to fit all the furnishings with enough clearance to easily walk around.

Humans are very much creatures of comfort, ease, and convenience. We tend to slide over things or not do some things if they seem inconvenient. So make your space as comfortable and convenient as possible!

Be sure to explore our site as well for additional resources that can help you with this exercise and learn more about our comprehensive design book, “The Styleprint Design System.”

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Posted 84 weeks ago

Where Do I Even Start? Start With the End in Mind

If decorating is a struggle for you, you’re not alone. Many people get overwhelmed and feel unsure of themselves – but, it all becomes easier and more manageable when you follow a system.

Before you can have a home filled with rooms that wow you, you must focus on what you want. How is each piece of the puzzle going to fit into the whole? Once you understand your goals for your home and each room, it’s easier to address the challenges in front of you.

As Steven Covey writes in “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” the way to begin is to start with the end in mind, habit number two. Think about what you want the outcome to be, as opposed to purchasing odd items of decor such as a piece of furniture, an accessory, or a rug, and seeing what happens from there.

When you start without knowing where you want to go, things go downhill fast. What works time after time is to start with where you want to end up and work backward from there. The counterintuitive part here is that you may start with one piece of furniture or art or a color that you love and build around it. There is a difference between consciously selecting something that you love and using it as the inspiration for the rest of the room and aimlessly selecting something because it strikes you at the moment.

Looking at the process from the perspective of the desired result helps you to focus and think about the look, feel, and function of the room. You must be happy with all three of those criteria in order to declare the project a success in the end.

For assistance with this thought process, go to, download Worksheet #1 (“Focus Step”), and listen to the podcast that walks you through the thinking involved in filling the worksheet out.  Call our Connecticut Decor&You today for more info at 203-405-2123

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Posted 84 weeks ago

Wow DÉCOR - Artwork for Your Floor

When you’re decorating a room, an important element of the design is your artwork. Now, when you think of artwork you are most likely thinking of framed art, photographs, or sculptures that are displayed on your walls or on a table.  Would you be surprised if we told you that artwork can actually be displayed on your floor…in the form of a gorgeous area rug!

If you’ve shopped for a rug for your home recently or even flipped through a decorating magazine lately, you’ve probably noticed that area rugs can really become the focal point of a room. Many times, that is the function of art that is hung on the wall, but we believe you can also create that visual interest on your floor.

The true function of an area rug is to define a space, protect your floor, and create a finished look for a room.  Aesthetically, it can compliment your other furnishings or become the design point from which everything else takes its cue.  When selecting a rug for your home, consider the following tips.

1.      Select the right size and shape. When we work with homeowners to select area rugs we look at all the furnishings that will be in the room and let that serve as a guide.  A rug that is too large will look just as awkward as one that is too small.

2.      Invest in the best area rug you can afford. We always tell our clients that a quality rug can cost as much as a new sofa, and sometimes more. In fact, an area rug can outlast many of your other furnishings and become something you hold on to for decades.

3.      Consider patterns wisely.  Choose a pattern with a different scale than the others that exist in the room.  For example, a large scale patterned rug will compliment window treatments with a small pattern.

4.      Don’t be afraid of color! As mentioned earlier, you can create a focal point with your area rug.  Bold, beautiful colors will help you do that.

5.      You may need to order a custom size.  In most cases, the area rugs we order for  clients are made-to-order.

Need help selecting an area rug or other floor covering? Don’t hesitate to call us at 203-405-2126 to find a Decor&You location near you.  Together, we will find something that you will really love!


Posted 85 weeks ago

Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

We’ve all been there…standing in the paint store, staring at thousands of tiny little sample cards. How can anyone make a decision with all of these choices? If you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone.  Some homeowners end up leaving their walls white for years because they’re afraid of making the wrong choice. We are here to demystify paint color selection process.

1.      Look at your existing décor and finishes in your home. Consider what items will definitely be staying in the room and use those as a guide. Also, look at your flooring and cabinets and countertops for kitchens and bathrooms.  If you are starting from scratch, look for inspirational photos of rooms that appeal to you.

2.      What type of mood do you want to set? Soft and cool tones will create a sense of calm while bold and bright hues will bring energy or drama to a space.

3.      Test the color. Paint large poster boards and hang them on the wall. Be sure to pay attention to the finish you’ve selected. Live with them for a few days so you can see how the light changes the color during the day and night hours.

4.      Consider the colors in adjacent rooms.  This doesn’t mean that everything needs to be the same paint shade, but there should be a comfortable flow between the rooms in your home.

5.      Begin in a small space.  A bathroom is a good place to experiment with color choice; there’s less of a time and financial commitment.

Still find it overwhelming? We can help. Color consultations are one of our popular services we provide. We can help you with just one room or your entire home.  Call us today at 203-405-2126 to find a Decor&You location near you and to schedule a consult today.

Posted 85 weeks ago

Give Different Design Possibilities a Chance

It is necessary to take two concurrent paths to create and complete the room, home, or office that will make you want to say, “Wow! I love my space. It’s everything that I need and want!”

The first path is the logistics sequence. This is where you identify the result you want and consider the options for achieving it.

The second path is good design according to accepted industry standards – this is where you drill down into the design elements, guided by your personal preferences. In our book, “The Styleprint Design System” we guide you through the specifics of these design elements.

As a part of this process we recommend that individuals create three unique plans—three possibilities—for consideration. It’s always nice to say no to something because it validates the things you say yes to, resulting in less buyer’s remorse or thinking, “I should have…” For this to really work though, don’t just select the same old things that you always gravitate toward. Have at least one plan that is out of character for you.

This is a great exercise to stretch your thinking a bit, and sometimes you will find something that is more enticing than you expected when it is paired with other things you are more comfortable with. Remember you do not have to choose it. You’re just giving yourself options as this point.

To learn more about the critical design elements, pick up a copy of “The Styleprint Design System” available for purchase here. Also, be sure to explore our site for additional free resources or give us a call at our Connecticut Decor&You Group at 203-405-2123

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Posted 87 weeks ago