Spring is almost here, which means beautiful California weather and outdoor parties! Now that you’ll be entertaining more, perhaps it’s time to finally update the kitchen.
Does your kitchen look dull and tired? Too many grease stains to even count?
Give your kitchen a fresh new look with these TOP Kitchen Paint Colors for 2018.
Greens: From Sage Green to Apple Green, it’s earthy, warm, and looks amazing next to wood accents. Give your kitchen an organic vibe this Spring with this lively color.
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Blues: Any shade of blue works well in a kitchen. Benjamin Moore’s, Come Sail Away blue is crisp and airy, as if a cool sea breeze has just washed over your kitchen. It pairs well with ivory accents, bringing in a beachy and calm atmosphere. If you’re going for a more modern look, try Royal blue. Often seen on kitchen cabinets and islands, it’s vibrant color that looks sophisticated next to stainless steel appliances and bright white accents.
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Greys: Grey brings a sense of shadow that softens the environment. In the dark, certain greys can appear almost black, but with lots of sunshine it can also bring life. Grey is a fun color because it changes a lot in different conditions. Grey pairs perfectly with black appliances and white marble countertops.
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Reds: If you want a completely new look for your kitchen, go for red. All different shades of red can really enhance the character of a kitchen. But be careful with this bold color, because it can appear overpowering if not used sparingly. If your kitchen is mostly cabinetry, try painting the walls Red Geranium. It will add a pop of excitement to your seemingly dull space. If you’re not quite ready to dive into this bold change, but love the color red, you can always turn to pale pink. Pale pink is more muted, unlike candy pink. Pale pink can be a refreshing start to your new kitchen.
Club Chair: Traditionally, they come in leather upholstery and nail head trim. They have deeper-than-normal seats and high arms, perfect for curling up with a book or taking a nap. Most like to place their club chair near the fireplace or in a reading nook.
Swivel Chair: An accent chair that literally turns heads! The swivel chair’s unique design disguises its’ rotating base. It’s a fun and comfortable chair that’s perfect for any seating arrangement.
Wingback Chair: One of the most stylish and formal accent chairs, known for its’ tall back and winged sides. They bring a classic style to any room. Can be placed at the head of a dining table, a reading nook, or even used as a desk chair if you’re looking for a more formal design. The wingback chair is also the perfect accent chair to pair next to a large sofa, to create a balance in scale.
Slipper Chair: If you live in a small space, but need to add extra seating with style, then the slipper chair is right for you. It’s an armless chair, notable for its’ sleek, streamlined design. The slipper chair is usually found sitting next to a coffee table or a couple are placed at the end of the bed to fancy up the bedroom.
Arm Chair: The most popular type of accent chair because of its comfort and support. Arm chairs are found in a wide variety of fabrics, materials and sizes.
Barrel Chair: Referred to as the barrel chair, for its obvious barrel shaped design. The back of the chair is rounded, like a barrel with a high back and high arms. This accent chair adds a natural and rustic feel to any room.
“Feng Shui is a Chinese metaphysical and quasi-philosophical system that seeks to harmonize individuals with their surrounding environment.”
We gathered a few Feng Shui principles pertaining to the living room sofa and broke them down to simple do’s and dont’s so your living room can feel inviting and the positive qi can flow freely throughout your space.
DO place your sofa against a solid wall. This gives support and security. If the sofa is not anchored against a solid wall and is floating in the middle of a space, you might feel vulnerable and uneasy because you do not have the support behind you. The belief is that when you sit against a wall it creates stability.
DON’T face your sofa away from the main entrance of the living room. While relaxing on your sofa, you should be able to see the living room entrance so you are aware of who is entering the space. If this isn’t possible, hang a mirror in such a way that you can see the entrance through the mirror’s reflection. The idea is to eliminate the “unknown” factor.
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DO place a large house plant behind the angle of an L-shaped sectional. L-shaped sectionals, inherently forms a large hard angle, also referred to as a “poison arrow”. Placing a plant at the angle serves as a buffer and the arrow shape is decreased.
DON’T have clutter in your living room. If you want clean and positive energy to flow freely throughout your place, you must eliminate the clutter so good feng shui energy can dominate the space.
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DO let in as much natural light and fresh air as possible. Natural light opens up the living room and fresh air helps the energy move throughout the room. Open the windows as much as possible because stale air makes the living room feel congested and traps any negative energy. If you don’t have enough natural light coming through the windows, try layering indoor lighting. Besides a ceiling fixture, add floor lamps and a couple of table lamps.
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Rockridge Furniture & Design’s Sofa Sale is happening NOW through the end of March. Come visit our showroom to find great deals on custom sofas!
Rockridge Furniture & Design’s SOFA SALE is just around the corner!
Here are the 5 most important things you need to know before purchasing the best sofa for you:
1. What is your budget? Be advised that a good quality sofa is an investment!
2. What are the dimensions of your space? Have the dimensions handy when shopping around for your sofa. Don’t forget to consider proportions of the room and the other furniture in the space.
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3. What kind of daily functions will it serve? Will it be in the TV room, family room or formal living room? A formal sofa with rolled arms and firm cushions or a casual sofa with deep seats? Will you be mostly sitting on the sofa or do you plan to lay down and take naps too? If so, you might want to consider a sofa with an add-a-chaise. Do you have pets and/or kids? Knowing all of this beforehand will help you decide which style of sofa bests suits you and your lifestyle.
4. How many guests would you like to accommodate? Along with the dimensions of your space, knowing how many people you want to comfortably fit on your sofa will help determine the size and shape. Do you entertain often? Maybe an L-shaped sofa sectional.
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5. Have photos of the space handy. Take pictures of the space where you intend to put the sofa. It’s good to have at least 4 pictures that give a sense of the room. This helps the designer better assist you in choosing the right color and style of your sofa. Is there a rug in the space? If so take a detailed picture of the rug so you can decide which color fabric or leather will compliment your space.
ROCKRIDGE FURNITURE & DESIGN’S SOFA SALE BEGINS MARCH 1ST!
Valentine’s Day is only a few days away and whether you celebrate it or not, it’s always a good reminder to not only express love to your friends and family, but most importantly to love yourself. What better way to love yourself than to pamper the place where you rest your head every single night… your bedroom. We gathered a few simple ideas on how to turn your bedroom into a serene and romantic oasis.
TEXTURE: Layering a variety of textures is visually stimulating and it’s warm and comforting! Try layering your bed with knit blankets, soft linen and velvet throw pillows. Waking up with your first step on a beautiful thick furry rug is also a pleasing thing to feel when climbing out of bed.
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SOFT LIGHTING: Low lighting is homey and romantic all year round. You can install a dimmer or purchase a lamp shade that will cast a softer glow. If you need a bright light for reading, try an overhead light that connects to your bed post or nightstand so the bright light is focused on your book and not the rest of your bedroom.
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WINDOW TREATMENT: Often windows in the bedroom get overlooked, especially when they already have blinds, but adding drapes really brings a room together. Do dark or light drapes, depending on how much light you want through once the sun rises.
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BOOKS, ART OR PLANTS OR ALL OF THE ABOVE: Some prefer to not display a bookshelf in their room because it either takes up too much space or they don’t want to be distracted while they sleep. But there’s nothing like a pile of books on the nightstand that cozies up a bedroom.
Add a piece of art that you love, whether it is a painting or a sculpture, incorporating art that makes you happy is always a beautiful thing to fall asleep to and wake up to.
Bringing in a low maintenance plant or a vase of flowers into your bedroom adds life into your space. Certain houseplants also help clean the air, like the Spider Plant, Chlorophytum Comosum removes pollutants, formaldehyde and xylene.
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The 5 decorating essentials every home needs are rugs, curtains, art, lights and colors. We’ve listed several simple design tips you need to know when adding these necessities into your home:
RUGS: Make sure you purchase the right size. For your living room, rugs should anchor the entire room, not just the coffee table. Dining room statement rugs need to extend further than just the chairs. Bedroom rugs are not just for the foot of your bed, they should also cover the sides of the bed, anchoring down your nightstands.
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CURTAINS: Always use a curtain rod that is longer than your window (including window frame) so when pushed to the sides, your curtains don’t stack in front of the window. Many windows don’t go all the way to the ground, but this doesn’t mean your curtains shouldn’t. Longer curtains make your space feel bigger, especially if you have low ceilings.
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ART: Hang art at eye level. Don’t hang art way too high or too low, most art work looks best hung where the center of the art is between 57″-60″ (around eye level for most people).
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LIGHTS: Don’t limit yourself to just one bright light source, typically ceiling lights. Add a variety of light sources like floor lamps, sconce, table lamps at different locations throughout the room to add warmth and depth.
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COLOR: Many interior designers look to nature for inspiration. Not an expert with color combinations? Look out your window and see what nature is doing. Follow sunset hues or floral patterns or even a desert scene.
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From furniture shows to glossy interior design magazines, here at RF&D, we’re constantly on the hunt for emerging furniture trends. We keep these in mind when buying our furniture, always making sure that we can offer you both cutting edge options and simple contemporary classics.
If you need a little inspiration, here are the top furniture trends to look for in 2018.
Statement Storage : No longer are the days where you have to sacrifice style for storage. Statement storage brings in style, function and organization all in one!
Bold Seating : Designers are stepping away from safe neutral upholstery and going for more texture and dimension with colors and patterns. Seating shouldn’t have to blend in with the rest of your furniture, seating should help mold the atmosphere and and enhance the mood that you are trying to create.
Geometric Patterns : Bold patterns are on the top 2018 design trend, but geometric patterns are designers’ fave. The key is to showcase the patterns in the right places and not to have too many which can cause a visual strain.
What’s the interior design forecast for 2018? From plants, to tiles and velvet furnishings, we gathered a few of the top interior design trends that you will see everywhere this year!
PATTERNED PLANTS: Calathea Lancifolia also known as “prayer plants,” raise and lower their leaves from day to night. The Calathea Rattlesnake has rich purple accents, adding color and patterns to your houseplant displays. Make sure they only get indirect sunlight and water lightly. Allow the top 2-3″ to dry out before watering.
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BRIGHTER AND BOLDER TILES: Subway tiles go with almost anything, but they are too safe for 2018. Designers are looking for more color and fun shapes and we couldn’t agree more!
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GEOMETRIC PATTERNS: Simple shapes are shaking up the scene, but Pantone puts geometric patterns on the top of 2018 Home Trends. It’s easy to incorporate geometry into your decor, from wallpaper, to tea light candle holders to throw pillows, there’s many simple ways to add this trend into your home.
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VELVET FURNISHINGS: While 2018 is finally embracing the velvet material, some may think that purchasing an entire velvet couch is a bit too much. Try velvet throw pillows or blankets and you will achieve the same look, without the long commitment and big spending.
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WOOD: Bringing in natural elements into your home is very important, especially because of the strong presence of technology everywhere. It’s good to have a balance of both in your home.
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SAGE: Make way light grey because Sage is in the building! Grey was a popular go-to for neutral wall color but Sage is paving the way for 2018 and making big splashes on every wall, bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens!
2018’s color of the year is PANTONE 18-3838 ULTRA VIOLET! Though it might be a bit bold for some interior design styles, it is the symbolic meaning of limitless desire that brings forth a creative energy for the new year.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute could have not said it more perfectly, “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way what is yet to come.”
If Ultra Violet is a little too much for your taste, try a few of these 2018 color trends that are paving the way for interior design.
Think, Berries: If you’re not totally against Ultra Violet, but looking for something a little more tame, try berry inspired hues. They’re inviting and add a lot of personality. From bold reds to warm purples or plush pink, there’s a berry color for everyone.
Black is Back, It’s Here to Stay: Whether it’s an accent wall or your entire hallway, black is edgy and chic. Pair it with white trim or with natural wood for an equally cozy and sophisticated design. If you’re not quite ready for the bold rich color, try a dark purple tone for a softer impact.
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Keep it Earthy with Olive Brown: You can’t go wrong with dark earthy colors. It’s elegant and homey. The warm undertones can be matched with both traditional and contemporary styles.
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All You Need is Some Sunshine: Yellow inspires, brings energy and light into any space. It can be a gold-ish tint or mustard yellow, the sunshine-inspired hue is perfect for any home office, living room, or kitchen.
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Spread Peace & Tranquility with Blue-Green Vibes: What better way to end your day by going home to a quiet and calming space. The Blue-Green trend promotes simplicity and a relaxed, mellow nature. The color can be found mostly in bedrooms or living rooms with a coastal theme.