Category Archives: Trends

Trend Alert: Pantone’s Dazzling Blue

A few weeks ago, Pantone came out with their Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report. While these colors are intended to primarily apply to the fashion industry, we decided to steal some of their amazing colors for home decor. Art imitating art, right?

Lately, I’ve been so attracted to all things BLUE. New purse? Blue. New dress? Blue. New throw pillows? Blue. So, of course, when looking at the various choices of spring colors, I was drawn to Dazzling Blue, and Pinterest did not let me down.

Pantone Dazzling Blue Home Decor

This blue pairs well with whites or with other colors. We are loving it with oranges, greens, and yellows! Paint the walls, use it on accessories, or create a focal point in your room by keeping the color isolated for a pop!

As always, check out our Pinterest board to see more inspirations and get information on the pictures we’ve shown here!

How do will you use Dazzling Blue in your home?


How To: Create a Focal Point in Your Room

A focal point is an object in the room that draws a guest’s eyes away from the mess and clutter, and instead starts conversation and adds interest. At least, in my household, there’s mess and clutter. Oops.

Focal points can be a variety of different objects in your home, and today at The Mix, we will outline a few different ways to incorporate a focal point into your already existing design.

Go Bold with Color

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Add a bold color is the easiest way to draw attention to an item. For example, if you are looking to add more seating to your living room, consider choosing a chair that has a bright pattern or color, like the one picture above. In an otherwise neutral room, these chairs would stand out and draw guests in.

Pick a Statement Piece

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This piece doesn’t have to be furniture or even functional (as evidenced by the picture above!). The only purpose of this piece is to make a statement about who you are and what your design aesthetic is.

Use the Walls

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Of course, painting an accent wall is old news. Add wallpaper, texture, or amazing artwork to draw the eye and make a statement in any room of the house. We are absolutely loving the look and color scheme of this shutter wall!

For more inspirations, check out our interior decor Pinterest board!

Trend Alert: Feathers

Here at The Mix, we love bringing you the latest trends, and the feather trend has been around for a while. However, we have seen a recent upsurge in the way people are using feathers, and we are completely digging the way traditional feathers (instead of peacock feathers) are being used!

We have pulled a few of our favorite ways that people are adopting this trendsetting style for you, and, as always, you can check out our Pinterest board for more inspirations and information on the pictures we’ve featured here!

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Adding Textures to the Wall

Long gone are the days when off-white walls are the norm. Today, adding rich color and textures can amplify a room and make them seem more rich and luxurious. The best part is that it is so easy to add texture to a wall that is already painted or to incorporate a different design in a room that you are putting a fresh coat of paint on.

Here at The Mix, we have pulled together a few of our favorite tips for you!

Use a Stencil

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Stencils provide a cheap and easy way to add design to your room, and they are so versatile! One option is to use paint on the stencil to create a pattern across the entire room. You can use metallic paints, matte paints, or a complimentary color to make your pattern really pop! Also, we are loving this blog’s idea for using spackle on top of a stencil to create a raised pattern that stands out on your walls.

Create Textured Paint

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There are so many ways to add texture to your painted walls. Some techniques involve painting your wall then going over it with a different color to create texture, while other techniques involve adding the texture to paint before it’s dry. These techniques have been around a while, and can be done in a million different ways! The hardest part is choosing which one you like the most.

Use a Textured Wallpaper

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We’ve talked a few times now about how wallpaper is making a big comeback in the home decor world. Instead of using wallpaper for the entire room, however, designers are using wallpaper in certain areas or on one wall to add spice to a room. We are especially loving textured wallpapers and the added dimension it gives a room! Many of them can even be painted over so the texture stays, but the color changes to suit your decor.

Build Up Your Walls

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If you are handy, or if you are up for a challenge, adding wood or tiles can really add pizazz to your wall. This article gives a great how-to of how to accomplish the wall pictured above, and makes it seem super easy! If you aren’t up to tackling a project like that, hanging wooden circles, squares, or other shapes that are painted in the same color of the wall can still amp up your wall without it being too complicated.

For more DIY tips, How-To instructions, and inspirations for your home, check out our Pinterest board!

Trend Alert: Florals!

It’s a beautiful day here in the south, and we are celebrating Easter this Sunday with spring decor all week! Today, we are checking out our favorite ways to add florals to home decor!

Wall Decor

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When you want to change decor, the easiest way is to switch out your wall decor. It will instantly change the feel of your room and bring it up to day in a noticeable way! Think outside the box for this one. We are loving those antique china plates with floral patterns or the tray with the floral decor on it!


Floral Wallpaper

…Or better yet, turn a whole wall floral! Wallpaper is making a big comeback because it makes such a statement in a room. These floral wallpapers are not the cliched wallpaper in your grandma’s house, but rather adds a focal point to a room! Choose one wall to cover completely, use wainscoting to create an interesting dynamic, or do the whole room! Just make sure that the pattern is not too distracting, and keep the rest of your furniture and decor simple.

Throw Pillows

Floral Throw Pillows

Like wall decor, throw pillows are a great way to add seasonal decor to the room without making long-lasting changes. As the seasons come and go, you can change out the pillows. Plus, they are a great way to add color and pizazz to your room! We love the variety of colors that these pillows provide. (Those blue and white pillows at the top are marvelous!)

Fresh Flowers

Fresh Floral Design

Is there anything better than walking into a room and smelling fresh flowers? Grocery stores and local wholesalers provide cheap ways to pick up fresh flowers to spruce up any room in your home, and rustic vases like the ones above really add character!

Spring is in full bloom, and we are obsessing over everything floral! Check out our Pinterest board for links to all of the pictures below, plus more Spring inspirations!

Trend Alert: Pantone Color Palette – Tinted Medley

It’s our week of all things Spring! A few weeks ago, we showed you Pantone’s Style Setting Palette. Today, I’m bringing to you another one of my favorite color palettes from Pantone. Tinted Medley is full of warm rosy colors that are perfectly feminine without being too girly.

Here’s what Pantone has to say about their color palette:

Tinted Medley is truly a harmonious composition of closely related, deliciously warm tones with peach and pink striking the main chord. Bellini, apricot wash, peach amber and macadamia are compatible blends, while powdered roses and yellows underscore and support the perfect pitch of an ethereal rosy-taupe.

Here at The Mix, we have rounded up a few ideas to help you get inspired by this warm and rosy color palette!

Pantone Tinted Medley

What do you think? These warm pinks with a bit of champagne, yellow, or gray mixed in makes the perfect match for any room in need of a touch of spring! Use pillows or go for a sweeping change and paint the walls. With a great palette like this, you won’t regret it!

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DIY Spring Decorations

I know it’s been spring for a month, but only in the last couple of weeks has it really felt like spring. With Easter coming up on Sunday, I feel like I can finally get into the spring spirit and dust off those beautiful springtime decorations. Spring is my favorite time of year. It brings great colors and adorable decorations that can be holiday themed (or not!)

This week, we are bringing all things SPRING to you! We are going to do a great feature on adding florals to your home on Friday and highlighting Pantone’s spring color palette on Wednesday, so be on the lookout. For today, a bit of springtime decorations with a DIY twist.

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I love the burlap and white for spring!



Rainboots Spring Decor
What a creative idea!
Stamped Easter Pottery
How great are these little pots?








Purple and Mint Spring Colors
The purple and mint are perfect for spring!






Purple Spring Decor
Flowers and eggs in different shades of purple!



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Old book pages! Adorable!







Teacups Decor

Something beautiful about old teacups!


Aren’t all these ideas so festive and beautiful? Keep an eye on our blog this week for more fun spring ideas, and click the link on each picture to get more information about our inspirations!

Light vs. Dark: The Great Paint Debate

My fiancee and I are in the process of looking for houses to rent or buy, so, of course, decor is a hot topic in our household right now. My style lends itself to more light colors, more whites and creams, with blues and grays. His style, on the other hand, is more rich with darker, deeper colors like maroon and navy. We have gotten to the point that we have decided to stop arguing and just pretend that the other person agrees with us. That always works, right?

With the help of The Internet and all of its glory, I have found some pictures that will put this debate into perspective (and I’ll try not to be biased!)


Light Colors

Light rooms doesn’t have to mean boring rooms. With a lighter wall color, you can do more in terms of decorations, adding accent colors. It’s also easier to change the overall look of your room, rather than completely repainting! Plus, it’s so relaxing and calming… I did say I’d try to be non-biased, right?

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The blues and greens on this light backdrop!









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The patterns really brighten up this neutral room!









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That bookshelf space divider! What a light, bright room!







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Check out those floors!
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Those textured walls! Plus the mirror makes it even brighter!

Dark Colors

Dark colors doesn’t mean a dark room. It’s important to utilize natural lighting when you are painting a dark color or outfitting a room with dark accessories. Dark rooms like the ones below really make a space feel warm, inviting, and comforting, like the perfect cocoon to relax into after a long day on the job.

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The quirkiness of this room with the mismatched furniture!






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Dark cabinets add drama to your kitchen!


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The red of the walls and furniture perfectly compliment the floor!
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The light rug and trim brightens this dark room!













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The dark floors and walls add dramatic flair to this room!











I think I could hand all of these rooms in my home, light or dark. (I am especially impressed with how many painted ceilings there are!) So, what do you think? Do you like the richness of the dark rooms, or are the light and breezy rooms more your style?

Trend Alert: Pantone Color Palette — Style Setting

Pantone is known in the art industries as the go-to guide for all things color. Each year, they hold a secret meeting and decide the Pantone Color of the Year. They also release color palettes for the upcoming year. They predict these on-trend color palettes, and people in art, fashion, and even merchandising use these to create their lines for the next big thing!

Here at The Mix, we are all about design aesthetics and keeping  you up to date with the next new thing in home design. This week, we are loving their Style Setting color palette!

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Here’s what Pantone has to say about this color palette:

Using Fashion as inspiration for color, materials and in the home, this taste-making palette is about polish, poise and finesse.The purple color family plays off against mahogany, off-white, gray and taupe, and picks up some shimmer with frosted almond and champagne beige.

The subtleties of the neutral colors with the added deep rich hues of the purple really make a room stand out. Here are a few pictures we found to spark your imagination and give you an idea about how to make these colors work.


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There’s a variety of different ways to incorporate these wonderful purple hues into your room, whether it’s a small pop of color, or a whole wall of paint.

What do you think about this color palette?

– The Mix Team

Trend Alert: Painting the Ceiling

Until recent years, white was considered the best color to paint a ceiling. It was thought to draw as little attention to the ceiling as possible. But what’s the fun in that?

A recent trend that we are seeing in the home decor industry is painted ceilings. Here at The Mix, we have a few tips and tricks for those of you considering painting your ceilings.

1. Check your height.

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The height of your ceiling makes a difference when you are choosing a paint color for your ceiling. If your ceilings are higher than 9 feet, a darker color will bring the ceiling down a bit and make the room feel warmer and more cozy. Consider going one or two shades darker than the wall color to keep the theme similar, like in the picture above. If your ceilings are below 9 feet, use a paint one or two shades lighter than the paint on the walls. This light color will open up the room and bring warmth to the environment.

2. Bring the color up.

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As an alternative, bringing the color from the walls onto the ceiling makes the ceilings seem higher and the room more spacious. This is a great trick for rooms that are a bit small. This robin egg blue in the picture above pulls the eyes up from walls and brightens up the small area.

3. Go metallic.

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If you search “Paint Ceilings” on Pinterest, you will find a variety of ways to take the texture OFF of your ceiling. (Those popcorn ceilings? Bleh!) A new trend is emerging for your ceilings though. Benjamin Moore, along with other paint suppliers, are offering ceiling paints in a variety of colors, including metallic paints like the one pictured above. These metallic paints, coupled with a simple pattern, add a unique design and luxuriousness to your ceilings that open up the room.

4. Use molding.

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If you are looking to make the ceilings and light fixtures a focal point in your room, check out this beautiful way to add molding and color to your ceilings. This tactic of layering molding and color creates a beautiful way to open up your ceiling and make the room feel more elegant and exciting.

When choosing a paint color for your ceiling, it is important to consider lighting, size of the room, and room decor. All in all, we are thinking this hot trend will be sticking around for a while!

– The Mix Team