Benjamin Moore Metropolitan: 2019 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan Living Room

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan is a soothing backdrop for any decorating style. Image: Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690 has been chosen as their 2019 Color of the Year. In a year when bold and bright colors have earned the Color of the Year spot for many other paint brands, Benjamin Moore chose a soft and sophisticated gray for the honor. “Metropolitan AF-690 emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It’s neutral. It’s understated. It just is. This is color, off-duty,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Director of Strategic Design Intelligence.

A gray like Metropolitan is the perfect canvas for your favorite blue and green accents. Because this is a solidly cool color, it works best with other cool colors or soft neutrals of any color temperature. “Comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated, Metropolitan AF-690 exudes beauty and balance,” O’Neill explains. “It’s a
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8 Holiday Decorating Secrets You Need This Year

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Holiday decorating with colorful greenery adds curb appeal. Image: FrontGate

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Every year we tell ourselves that this will be the year we throw ourselves into holiday decorating by creating a Pinterest-worthy home for the holidays.  It can happen this year, with a plan and these easy tips for seasonal decorating.

Your idea of decorating for the season could be an every-room-decorated extravaganza or simply adding a few holiday accessories. Whether you go big or keep it simple, you can make decorating easier with a little bit of planning and organization. Here’s how:

1. Find Your Inspiration

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Setting the perfect holiday table starts with inspiration. Image: West Elm 

You can start your seasonal decorating any time during the year by scouting out decorating

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Interior Designer Inspiration for Styling Your Coffee Table

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Styling your coffee table sets the vibe for your entire living room. Image: Pottery Barn

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We love the look of a styled coffee table to give your living room a pulled-together feel. When you think of your coffee table as more than just a surface for setting drinks and a book or two, you can create a stylish addition to your decor. When styling your coffee table, you’ll want to keep functionality in mind. A beautiful display of books and accessories is wonderful, but be sure you leave room for the essentials (like coasters and space for snacks and drinks). Once you have assessed how you actually use your coffee table, get inspired by these clever styling ideas from top interior designers:

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15 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas for Your Friends

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The ultimate gift for your favorite foodie. KitchenAid’s Limited Edition stand mixer with ceramic hobnail bowl is a dream gift. Image: Williams Sonoma

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Finding the perfect foodie gift is a matter of taste. Though your foodie friends may share a love of all things food, their gift needs go way beyond picking up a tray of something at the grocery store on the way to their party. If you truly want to be the best gift-giver, then you’ll need a strategy to find just the right gift. Though foodies do love food, your gift list should also include a several non-food options. If you’re bringing a food gift to a party, your recipient may feel obligated to share it with you and the

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Cavern Clay: The Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year

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Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay, warms up an inviting dining room. Image: Sherwin-Williams 2019  Color of the Year

Cavern Clay is the Sherwin-Williams 2019 Color of the Year – and we are already falling in love with the possibilities. This unexpected, warm terracotta is a color chameleon with endless decorating opportunities. Cavern Clay looks like it fits with the heart of Southwestern decorating (which is making a comeback this year!). Paired with muted colors like blue, tan and even pink, the hues of the Painted Desert can be realized in your home’s decor.

Cavern Clay Living Room

Blue color accents balance the warmth of Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay. Image: Sherwin-Williams Cavern Clay

“American Southwestern isn’t the only inspiration for Cavern Clay,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “We believe 2019 will be a renaissance of the 1970s — with a twist. In the coming year, we will embrace our

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Thanksgiving Decorating Checklist

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Start your Thanksgiving decorating plans early to make the most of the season. Image: Improvements Catalog

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  We love the colors and flavors of Thanksgiving. The highlight of fall is decorating our homes with warm hues while anticipating welcoming guests for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether your holiday will be spent as a couple, with your immediate family or with a large group of friends and relatives, great decorating requires a plan. With so many details to keep track of this season, a guide is helpful. We have your Thanksgiving decorating checklist.

1. Choose Your Theme

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Use the dramatic colors of late autumn for your Thanksgiving decorating. Image: Grandin Road

To create your Thanksgiving style, you can decorate elaborately or just add harvest-inspired accents around

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Decorating Ideas for Behr Blueprint: 2019 Color of the Year

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Behr Blueprint, their 2019 Color of the Year, brings fresh color to a kitchen. Image: Behr

Behr recently announced Blueprint as their 2019 Color of the Year – and we are in love with this versatile blue. Behr Blueprint is a true blue. There is no hint of green or aqua, which has been the trend for several years. Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at Behr, explained why Blueprint was their choice for 2019. “Much like the sketches builders rely on to bring an architectural design to life, Blueprint S470-5 lays a foundation for consumers to make their unique vision a reality. This universally appealing hue provides a steady stream of positivity and is poised to be an instant classic for years to come.”

Blueprint is a rich and relaxing color that is suitable for any room in your home. The simplicity of this paint

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Top Designer Tips to Style Your Nightstand

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Style your nightstand with pastel colors and mid-century modern inspiration. Image: Williams Sonoma Home

Nightstands have a way of attracting clutter with everyday use. Is there really a way to organize the items we keep close at hand every night? We spoke with top interior designers to find out their favorite ways of maximizing this small surface while making it a stylish focal point in the bedroom. Instead of using your nightstand as a catch-all, you can style it to be functional and attractive with these simple ideas:

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Use nightstands to express your unique creativity and taste. Image: Lisa Gilmore

Get creative with personal touches

Interior designer Lisa Gilmore, known for her colorful and glamorous design, shares her out-of-the-box tips to style your nightstand in unique ways:

Get Your Home Ready to Sell with These Easy Updates

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A beautiful color scheme makes any home a buyer’s favorite. Image: Wayfair

When getting your home ready to sell on a busy market, it may not make sense to take on big home improvement projects. Once you’re confident that your home does not need any major repairs that will stop a buyer’s home inspection, you can focus on easy updates to make your home more appealing. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom might be out of your budget or time frame, but there are still plenty of small updates you can make in key areas to get your home ready to sell.

Five ways to wow potential buyers

To impress potential buyers, there are five specific areas of your home to focus your decorating efforts. Don’t worry — these quick updates are not expensive. If you already hired a real estate professional, they can help determine your probable buyer

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More Is More: 9 Ways to Rock the Maximalism Trend

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There’s more to love in a maximalism-style living room. Image: Caseys Furniture

We love maximalism design for its lush colors and the “you can’t mess this up” style it delivers. Decorating trends kept minimalism strong for many years, until the idea of Hygge and the comfort lifestyle swept in. Decorating for comfort meant filling our homes with things we love. Maximalism means enveloping our homes with even more of those things. This style isn’t messy or random — you can’t achieve the look simply by filling your space with decor. You don’t have to commit 100 percent to maximalism, but you can borrow the best of the trend to transform your space. 

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Gorgeous Ideas for Fall Porch Decorating

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Autumn is the perfect season for fall porch decorating. Image: Pottery Barn

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We absolutely love fall decorating. This is the season of pumpkin-everything, with rich and warm colors that welcome our friends and family into our homes. Decorating your porch for autumn starts with colors. Before you begin your fall porch decorating, you’ll need to create a color scheme. You’re definitely not limited to using only the typical fall colors, like orange and brown. You can expand your fall color scheme to include colors that look best with your home’s exterior. Here are some inspiring ideas for your fall decorating color scheme:

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10 Creative Ideas for Dining Room Walls

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Black dining room walls create a dramatic color palette. Image: Ramsey Interiors

Our dining room walls are the one space in our home that gives us creative license to do something totally unexpected. Even the tiniest of dining rooms can handle patterned wallpaper and dark wall colors. Yes, your dining room is shared with family and guests, but most often it sits empty. The good news is that because your dining room isn’t used 24/7, you can be more creative with color and decor. We love the idea of making our dining rooms a place where we want to spend more time. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for creating your dream dining room with creative wall inspirations:

Wood accent wall

A reclaimed wood accent wall warms up a light and open dining room. Image: Amek Custom Builders

1. Warm up your dining room with reclaimed wood

It’s a challenge to warm up

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12 Living Room Rug Ideas That Will Change Everything

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A modern pattern with accents of black and gold jazz up a neutral living room rug. Image: Rejuvenation

We’re always interested in easy ways to rev up living room decor. If you can only add one item to make a big impact in your space, an area rug is an excellent choice. The right living room rug can pull all of your accent colors together, add pattern to a neutral color palette or soften hard edges in a contemporary room.

5 things to consider when choosing a new living room rug

  • Size: Make sure your rug is the right scale for your room.
  • Color: Your new rug looks best if it features at least two of your accent colors.
  • Comfort: Choose a rug you love, but it’s also important that it feels good underfoot.
  • Care: Check the cleaning and maintenance of any rug you are considering.
  • Style: The good news
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20 Awesome Dorm Room Bedding Ideas for Inspiration

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Pastel dorm room bedding is a relaxing choice. Image:  Overstock

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We know that when you’re living in a small dorm room, your bed is everything. Your bed is not just the focal point of your room, it’s your homework space, sleeping spot and where your friends flop down for a visit. You want your dorm room bedding to reflect who you are while also setting the style for your space, especially if you’re sharing with a roommate.

We found bedding ideas for the most popular dorm room styles. When you go strong with your bedding decor, it sets the tone for the rest of the room. Add hot trends like macramé, mixed metals and fluffy accessories to customize your room. Here are

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8 Swoon-Worthy Wallpaper Ideas

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Runge Chevron Temporary Wallpaper by Wrought Studio. Image: Wayfair

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Decorating with wallpaper is back in our creative toolbox. We’re loving the new patterns and colors. This is not the paper that we rush to cover or remove when we buy a home. The top wallpaper trends include graphic patterns, large-scale florals and metallic accents. In addition to the enticing new selection of colors and patterns, temporary wallpaper is now available from most major home retailers. This means there’s an option for every home or rental. Here are some of our favorite ways to use wallpaper:

Rose Gold Wallpaper

Create a stunning accent wall with a stylish pattern like Graham & Brown Rose Gold Reflections. Image: Graham & Brown 

1. Create an accent wall

When your space

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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

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A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it
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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

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A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it
Aqua front door
Lilac front door
Pastel green front door
Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
Cobalt Blue Front Door
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Orange front door
Gold front door
Peach front door
Pink front door
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12 Dreamy Velvet Sofas You’ll Love

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Velvet sofas have found their way back into our living rooms. Once thought of as formal, velvet sofas and chairs had a renaissance in the 1960s when global decor was hot and earth tones ruled. 

Your velvet sofa can be a statement piece that you decorate around, rather than a predictable staple in your living room. This is your chance to lose the beige couch and dated accent pillows.  The new velvet sofas are often rich with jewel tones like royal blue and emerald green, but pastel colors are popping up in our living rooms, too. Here are some of our favorite velvet sofas in luscious colors: 

Velvet Sofas in Jewel Tones

A velvet sofa in a jewel tone doesn’t have to be

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7 Easy Ways to Decorate With Lilac

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Rich lilac walls highlight pretty white accents. Image: PPG Voice of Color

Lilac has unseated Millennial Pink as the most exciting pastel for our homes, and we couldn’t be happier. While pastel pink can be a soothing addition to a contemporary color palette, lilac and lavender are more versatile and easy to use. Once thought of as nostalgic and sentimental, today’s lilac works wonderfully in contemporary spaces with clean lines and simple decor, and in rustic spaces with a simple color palette.  Painting is an easy and quick way to introduce a new color to your home when you’re ready to decorate with lilac. Here are six on-trend lilac paint colors we love:

Six paint colors you’ll want to try

Why Your Foyer Needs Color (And How to Choose It)

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The foyer color combination of aqua and white creates a tranquil space. Image: Alexandra Rae Interior Design

We love foyers that are filled with color and personalized accents. Your foyer is not just a welcoming transition into your home; with a little planning, you can give guests a preview of what’s inside. Even if your home doesn’t have a dedicated foyer, you can still create a designated space near your front door that is both beautiful and functional.

If you use your side or back door more often, your foyer becomes a mudroom. Despite the name, this can be every bit as attractive as a traditional foyer — in fact, borrowing from the most useful features of a mudroom makes any foyer an essential space in your home.

Basic must-haves for a stylish (and functional) foyer

No matter where you situate your foyer, there are a few necessary items to
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