By Melissa Tracey on September 12, 2016 Originally posted on http://styledstagedsold.blogs.realtor.org/2016/09/12/sneak-peek-the-it-paint-color-for-2017/ Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors. Taupe marks a departure from the company’s mostly cool-toned neutrals it has tended to favor recently. A 2016 industry survey suggests a transition from gray to taupe. Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents said they would like to use warmer neutrals – such as warm grays, taupes, or beiges – in their home’s colors. What’s more, about two in five respondents said taupe was the neutral they would most choose. For a perfect pairing, Sherwin-Williams designers recommend combining Poised Taupe with pastels, brights, and jewel tones (such as a faded indigo hue for a French countryside look or combine it with a teal or sunny yellow for a more bold impact). “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.” Take a look. Photos courtesy:...

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By Kerrie Kelly on 31 Dec 2015 Originally posted on http://www.zillow.com/blog/decorating-big-blank-wall-190134/ Faced with a large expanse of featureless wall, many people draw a blank. It’s a common home decor challenge: that massive featureless wall that just begs to be decorated. Do you go the gallery wall route? How about decals? Or one great big piece of art? Plenty of options exist for filling a large blank space. Here are a few favorites. The gallery wall Gallery walls combine pictures and paintings of different sizes and colors, framed and unframed artwork, and even textiles, wall decals and murals. This choice is popular for a reason: you can fill as much space as you want. Go neutral, bold, sophisticated, or creative with different colors, shapes, and sizes. Courtesy of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. Wall coverings Turn your big blank wall into a big accent wall. Select a wall covering that adds a burst of bold color or a fun pattern. Wallpaper with texture and intricate details will inject extra style into your space. A thin vertical stripe looks stunning in a femininely styled living room. Or opt for a punchy red or bold navy printed wall covering to add sophistication. Courtesy of Evelyn Benatar. Statement art Another effective strategy for filling a big blank wall is installing a striking piece of statement art. Hanging one or two large, eye-catching pieces creates interest and adds beautiful visual elements to the room. Use pieces that have different textures, bold colors, or unique framing. Courtesy of Zillow Digs. Build a bookshelf If you’re uncomfortable with that much blank space, construct a simple bookshelf to take up real estate. Create a library scene with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a cozy sitting area, and a statement light fixture to bring the look full-circle. If you don’t have enough books to fill your shelves, get creative with art work, framed photos, knickknacks, and candles. Courtesy of Michelle Workman. Don’t be afraid to take calculated design risks when decorating a large blank area, and remember to personalize it along the way.        ...

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