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The Impact of Color In Design

We live in a world of color! There are many different shades, values, and hues, but why? Why is color so important, and why is color important in our homes? The way we use color can leave people with different impressions of our style, it shows our unique personalities, and there is also a psychological aspect to color. We will go through some basic colors and principles of design to show you why color is so important when it comes to our homes.

 

How Do We Perceive Color?

First let’s discuss how we see all of the colors that we see today. What we see through our eyes is the electromagnetic radiation at specific wavelengths. Not everyone sees color the same; women actually perceive color better than men do, and then some people are color-blind. Not only does gender factor into how we see color, but our state of health and age do too. Younger people tender to gravitate towards more bright and vivid colors, while older people feel better surrounded by muted shades. Color is a big factor when it comes to setting a mood. It can stimulate our imagination to express a variety of emotions and senses. Finding the right choice of colors to use is an art form in itself because everyone perceives colors differently. Once you have a fundamental grasp on the perception of color it will help you create color palettes that will evoke the emotions you’re looking for when designing a room.

 

How To Choose the Best Color

There is no one best color for your home. The trick is to finding a series of colors that work together cohesively. There is no color scheme that is universal, because everyone is different. That’s what makes your home so unique. When using color in your home it’s best to remember how they will affect you, and how they might affect other people. You shouldn’t choose a color because it’s popular and part of a fad, you should choose a color based upon your likes and dislikes, and how it makes you feel. You don’t want to paint the walls and then hate it a month later. Remember these three things:

  1. How it will affect you mentally
  2. The physical effects
  3. Ideal rooms for your color choices

Now you don’t have to follow these rules exactly, but they are things to keep in mind when designing your home. The biggest thing to remember is what are your likes, and dislikes, and will it be lasting in your home.

 

Let’s Talk About Color

Let’s take some time to discuss some basic colors that you might use in a color palette:

 

Red – It is one of the more dynamic colors, it’s a color of passion, exciting, and can be a stimulating color. It’s a color of power, and should be used in moderation. Red is commonly used in family rooms, dining rooms, and home gyms.

 

Blue – Is a color of safety, sincerity, peacefulness, and kindness. It is commonly used in bedrooms and in living rooms.

 

Orange – Orange is a friendly, warm, and welcoming color. Orange is also associated with high energy and should also be used in moderation. This color is often used in kitchens or children’s playrooms.

 

Green – Green is often associated with nature; it’s a fresh color that’s associated with practicality and security. It’s a grounding color, and it causes the least amount of strain on the eyes. Green is often used in home offices, study areas, and bedrooms.

 

Yellow – Yellow is associated with the emotion of intuition. It’s a cheerful color, and optimistic. The problems with yellow that it is a very irritating color to the eye, and should be used in moderation. A good place to use yellow is in bathrooms and breakfast nooks.

 

Purple – If you want a color that helps stimulate imagination, or that sense of magic, or bring out some richness in your home choose purple! It helps stimulate creativity and is perfect for use in your hobby or creative space. Lighter purples are also perfect for use in nurseries.

 

Neutrals – Neutrals can be founds across the entire color spectrum, but they usually lean towards the grey spectrum of colors. Neutrals are commonly associated with harmony and formality.

 

Color and home design is an exciting thing; don’t let it become a daunting task. Using color in your home gives you an opportunity to express yourself and your uniqueness. Designing your home to how you want it can be an incredibly exciting time. You can make your house so that it is perfect for you. Even doing something like getting a company to sort out a residential window replacement can really make a difference to the exterior of your home. You don’t even need to make really big changes like changing the windows though, instead, you can just change the color of each room and this could be enough to make all the difference for how things look. There are many tips and tricks out there, and you can find more on our Pinterest Board. Do you have some color design stories? Let us know in the comments!

 

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How To Design a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have taken the home design world by storm! Gallery walls are sometimes hard or frustrating, and there are many pre-made formulas and layouts to create one, and sometimes those layouts don’t work. We’re here to provide some tips and tricks to help you create the perfect gallery wall that will stand out in your home.

Starting Your Gallery Wall 

Starting is the hardest part of the process. You can sit and plan it out on paper, but sometimes that may or may not work. A lot of the gallery wall process is trial, and error, but once you start and get your pieces together; everything starts to fall into place.

When you start a gallery wall around a large object like a sofa or a TV you need to start with your largest frame or object first. The key is to start with your large pieces and then fill in the gaps with the smaller pieces. An important thing to remember is to not put large pieces next to large pieces; that will make the wall feel very weighted and heavy. You want everything to be spaced out and balanced evenly. The goal of a gallery wall is to find that perfect flow and balance.

A good tip to remember is before you put nails in the wall is to measure! You can take all of your frames and measure them with shipping paper, then tape them up with painter’s tape on your wall to give you an idea of how everything will look measured and spaced out. It takes some extra effort but it will give you a rough idea on how the final product will look before you make holes in the wall. You can always take tape down, but removing holes and nails is a little harder when it comes to creating the perfect gallery wall.

Gathering Your Pieces

Do you have an old piece that you’re dying to have the star of your wall, are you going for a theme, or do you have a key piece, or pieces that you’re wanting to highlight? Gathering your pieces is a fun part of the process, and  may come along a lot faster than assembling the wall itself. Often times everyone has that one piece that they want to be the star of your wall. You need to make sure that you have at least one large piece to be your anchor or centerpiece. Having a proper balance, and variety of shapes and sizes can help bring everything together. Having too many large pieces will make the gallery wall seem heavy. Having some smaller and medium sized pieces will bring the balance and flow that you’re looking for when creating a gallery wall.

Sometimes you may not have all of the pieces that you want to use on your wall; if you don’t, that’s okay! Sometimes when creating your gallery wall you’ll have a few pieces, and then you notice that you need some more to help complete the scene. Once you see those open spaces you can start to find the things that you need to fill them in. Gathering your gallery wall pieces can be a fun and exciting part of the process. The key is to have fun, and choose pieces that work together, and that speak to you.

Using Patterns and Templates

If you’re not one to eyeball things yourself, use a pattern or template! One of the patterns that you can use is called: Contained Space. Measure a set space on your wall, and then frame your gallery in that contained space. Another pattern to use is called: Midline. Using a midline is where you create a horizontal or vertical line and use it as a divider to frame your gallery wall. There’s no set pattern or template that is correct to use when creating a gallery wall, sometimes it all comes down to how it looks to you!

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Whether you find a template or pattern that you like, or if you decide to eyeball it; a gallery wall is a great way to bring some life, and style to the walls in your home. Gallery walls have become more, and more popular in home decorating, and help bring life to lifeless walls. For more examples, tips, and tricks for creating the perfect gallery wall please visit our Pinterest Board!


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The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

When you see it, you know.

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So, you’ve just bought a new property using a short term loan used to ‘bridge the gap’ and now you want to decorate it beautifully. Sometimes a well-designed living room will stop you in your tracks. It’s balanced, cohesive, not too loud, not too subdued… just right. But what makes it so great? A certain unattainable je ne sais quoi? Nope! Just some design know-how that we’re about to share with you.

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

Here’s an example of a living room that has lots of functionality and personality. Now, let’s turn this image into a design roadmap you can reference whenever you need some layout inspiration!

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living RoomA) SIDE TABLES can be used to “bookend” your sofa/sectional (as shown above) or to simply provide more storage surface for your family. They’re especially great when guests come over if they’re seated someplace that’s out of reach from the coffee table.

B) Coordinating THROW PILLOWS in various sizes and shapes will make your sofa look cozy and put-together. If you’re having trouble figuring out what patterns and colors work as a group, we found an extremely helpful guide. (Thanks for demystifying the process, Shannon!)

C) If you already have a lot of patterns and visual interest in your room, go simpler with your RUG (and vice versa). Check out sites like http://bazaarvelvet.com/rug-collections/ for more inspiration. Another way to add texture is to layer two rugs like the example above. Need help with rug sizing and placement? Fixer Upper‘s Joanna Gaines created this handy guide.

D) A COFFEE TABLE or large ottoman will help anchor the space and be a perfect spot for decor, food and drink, or to put your feet up after a long day. Try a more unexpected piece like the leather-topped coffee table above, or a vintage trunk with hidden storage.

E) A great way to keep your living room as versatile as possible is to go for a neutral color on bigger purchases like your SOFA or SECTIONAL. Then you can switch out decor and accessories as the seasons change without worrying about the larger pieces clashing.

F) ACCENT CHAIRS provide additional seating and can tie in with colors you’ve used elsewhere in your room. We love the simple plaid pattern in the example above.

G) MIRRORS have a knack for making a room look larger. They also look beautiful and reflect light throughout the space. What’s not to love?

H) Flowy CURTAINS that provide privacy but still let in natural light will make your living room look magazine-worthy.

I) The sun can’t do all the work, so make sure to include some pretty LAMPS and overhead lighting to pick up the slack.

J) A good ACCENT WALL can tie a whole room together. We love the distressed, rustic look above, but there are lots of other directions to go: Shiplap, brick, stone, paint, patterned wallpaper, etc.

K) PLANTS, real or faux, add a sense of life to a space. In rooms with subdued color palettes, that pop of greenery makes a world of difference.

L) All those walls can seem bare without some ARTWORK to adorn them! Whether you opt for black and white like the above example or choose vibrant color, experiment with placement until you find an arrangement you love. You could also go to some acrylic prints experts to get some personalized photo prints to add some heart to the room.

M) Your WALL COLOR sets the tone for the rest of the room’s design. Lighter colors tend to make a room look bigger and more open, and darker colors make it feel more cozy. In our example, the dark main wall color and light accent wall give us the best of both worlds!

N) Matching METALLIC ELEMENTS throughout the room can make your design extra luxe. In the example, you can spot several gold accents.

O) OPEN SHELVING will provide additional storage and give you more space to display your treasures. Here’s a wonderful guide on how to style open shelves and vignettes throughout your home. (Thanks for all the helpful tips, Lauren!)

The Anatomy of a Knockout Living Room

Ready to tackle your own space? You’ve got this!

If you want even more inspiration, check out the Living Rooms board on our Pinterest page. We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.



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Color Series: Decorating with Sharkskin Gray

Did you know that the PANTONE® Color Institute released an entire color palette for Fall/Winter 2016? While many of the shades are punchy jewel tones, there are a few more neutral exceptions: Warm Taupe, Dusty Cedar, and the star of today’s blog, Sharkskin.

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“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism has inspired the Fall 2016 color palette,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of PANTONE. “[Sharkskin] is pair-able with almost any fall color – bright or muted – and showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens.”

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In today’s blog, we’re sharing some inspiration photos to help you incorporate this beautiful gray into your decor. It does look great with nearly any color, and that’s one of the reasons why this shade works so well in the home. The options are endless! It would even look great on the outside of your home, just look at getting M&M Home Exteriors to install some siding and paint it grey .. sorted! There are so many items in your home you can choose to pair this color with too, from the sofa to any of the kitchen utensils. Anywhere in the home it would look great! Whatever you decide, its best to ensure that all of your household items get covered in the process too – so in case anything were to happen to the items in your home that you’ve worked so hard on to match this particular shade of grey, at least you know you’re covered and you can easily replace them. This way your home won’t lose its style! Knowing which things that are covered under different insurance policies can help you find the right cover you need. With that out of the way, here are some of the many ways you can take advantage of this Sharkskin Gray color in your home –

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1) You can choose to keep Sharkskin the main focus by pairing it with white, cream, or beige. In the example above, this comfy neutral space comes alive with a textured herringbone-inspired accent wall and greenery for a pop of color. Sharkskin also appears in the accent pillows, tabletop and rug.

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2) In this gorgeous room, the walls and sofa are decked out in gray. To maintain a light and airy quality, bright white was added in the artwork, pillows, rug, lamps and curtains. (The gold accents are another luxurious touch.)

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3) To recreate the serene bedroom design above, try a Sharkskin-colored nightstand and lampshade. The patterned bedspread and muted purple accents make for a peaceful end-of-day haven.

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4) Above is another example of a neutral space with textured walls. Shiplap (or panel) accent walls are a great way to add more visual interest.

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5) For bright color lovers who don’t want a long-term commitment, start with neutral “bones” and use easily changeable accessories to introduce your vivid shade of the moment. In the example above, the rich red throw blanket and pillows are the first things you notice when looking at the room as a whole. They make a dramatic statement! However, if you aren’t feeling the red a couple months from now, you have the freedom to switch it out on the cheap.

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6) Sharkskin doesn’t only look good with traditional “fall and winter” colors! Here, it’s been paired with a fun teal that makes this stately gray sectional look more easygoing.

Inspired yet? We definitely are! Check out our favorite Sharkskin pieces for a winter home makeover you’ll love:

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  1. Corinthian 97B Fairly Stone Ottoman
  2. JGW Accent Chair
  3. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines French Inspired Short Pie Crust Table
  4. Corinthian Loxley Charcoal Sectional
  5. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Modern Upholstered Bed w/ Wingback Headboard
  6. Vaughan Bassett French Market Traditional Poster Bed
  7. La-Z-Boy Rowan Granite Recliner with Arc Handle
  8. Surya Shimmer Rug
  9. Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Tailored Tuxedo-Style Sofa w/ Velvet Fabric
  10. Rachael Ray Home Modern Metal Cocktail Ottoman

For even MORE inspiration, be sure to follow our coordinating Pinterest board. We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.



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What’s Your Dining Room Style?

In the mood to give your dining room a new look for the holidays? Take our handy quiz to help you identify your main furniture preferences!

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Rachael Ray Home: The Upstate Collection

There’s a new furniture line at GAHS, and we can’t wait to tell you a little more about it!

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So many of us have loved watching Rachael Ray over the years on Food Network shows like 30 Minute Meals, $40 a Day, Tasty Travels, Inside Dish, and more. She has her own daytime talk show, cookware line, pet food company, cookbooks… the list goes on. But now, Rachael can add “furniture designer” to her lengthy resume.

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There’s a feeling that happens when family and friends gather around a table to share a meal and conversation, and Rachael Ray Home brings this warmth and joy to every room.

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Her line is divided into 3 collections: Highline, Soho, and Upstate – the subject of today’s post. (Upholstered pieces will be featured separately.)

Upstate is a collection of curated, Americana-styled furnishings that reflect Rachael’s relaxed and casual home in Upstate, NY. The warm, rustic conciare cherry finish with distressing evokes a comfortable vibe with a hint of tradition. Custom pewter-finished hardware and accents complete each piece, and select items are available in a bianco white painted finish and nero black finish (both with slight distressing).

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Rachael Ray Home is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you!)

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We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in these lines, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!

Click below to get a FREE copy of our Rachael Ray Home e-catalog! It features 206 pages of gorgeous room shots and furniture photos – plus, the items are clickable for shopping info.
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ENTERTAINMENT CONSOLE

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ENTERTAINMENT CONSOLE (OPEN VIEW)

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DISPLAY CABINET (BIANCO WHITE FINISH)

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PANEL BED

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Let us know in the comments which pieces you’re most interested in! We love how most everything has dual purposes.

Once each post is published, the rest of the series will be linked below:

Rachael Ray Home Preview Series:

Upstate Collection (you are here)
Highline Collection
Soho Collection
Upholstered Pieces

You can also check out our Rachael Ray Pinterest board to browse some of the room shots:


 

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Magnolia Home Elements & Accessories: Part Two

Welcome to Part Two of the Elements & Accessories in Joanna’s new furniture line, Magnolia Home.

Click here if you missed Part One!

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It’s the little things that make a big difference, and Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Accessories make it easy to create Jo’s signature eclectic look in your home. Versatile and functional, this vintage inspired line offers everything from metal trays and wire wall baskets to bookends and wooden storage boxes. These simple finishing touches add charm and character so that you’ll love the space you’re in. Likewise, the Elements collection is made up of essential pieces that may be the eye-catching focal point in a room or the perfect subtle accent. They’re versatile items designed to go wherever your home needs them.

We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in these lines, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!

Click below to get a FREE copy of our exclusive Magnolia Home e-catalog! It features 101 pages of gorgeous room shots, and each item is clickable for shopping info.

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UPDATE 7/26/16: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Everything we’re carrying at our stores is also available to be purchased ONLINE and can be delivered within a 200-mile radius of us. If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! We just weren’t able to carry everything in stock because this line is so large.)

Apple Buckets with Rope Handles

These corrugated Apple Buckets with Rope Handles are great rustic accents to decorate with in your home or garden.

Bunching Cabinet

Display and store your finest collections in Joanna’s two-toned Bunching Cabinet Base paired with the Bunching Cabinet Hutch. It has a clean, streamline frame with glass doors on the hutch, open space on the butcher-block base top, and even more storage underneath. (Comes in a Chimney black and Salvage wood finish.)

Circulaire Pediment Wall Decor

The Circulaire Pediment Wall Décor will make your space pop with its lovely double arch cutouts separated by a pendulum figure on top. (Comes in a Chimney black finish.)

Courthouse Clock

Joanna’s Courthouse Clock is a large, eye-catching piece with an Antique Black plank face and ivory numerals.

Cutlery Tray

This primitive-style Cutlery Tray comes in a Chimney black finish and has two storage sections with a wooden handle. Use it to set out your cutlery which might be similar to sheffield stainless cutlery for parties or add cut flowers for a centerpiece. If you are looking for stylish new cutlery for your kitchen, why not check out Nella Cutlery for a wide range of products.

Danish Hall Bench

The Danish Hall Bench has beautiful turned legs with square feet and a plank seat with rounded edges. It looks perfect in entryways, bedrooms, or used as dining seating. (Available in a Wheat stain finish.)

Eased Arched Double Door Window Casing

This Eased Arch Double Door Window Casing is a beautiful focal point piece designed by Joanna. With an arched center top and panel doors on each side, it looks splendid placed over sideboards, buffets, or beds. (Available in Wheat stain finish.)

Factory Tote with Wooden Handle

This antique-inspired Factory Tool Tote has a single compartment and turned wood handle. Use it as a bin for storage or a great accent in your garden.

Filigree Dessert Pedestal

Emanate charm as you display and serve cakes, pies, and pastries on Joanna’s Filigree Dessert Pedestal. It’s a vintage design with elegant open-filigree trim and round turned base. (Comes in small and large sizes.)

Florist Bucket

Show off your favorite blossoms in this lovely aged zinc Florist Bucket. Looks great as a centerpiece or accent to any space.

Gardener's Flower Tray

Our Gardener’s Flower Tray is metal with an aged zinc finish. Joanna loves using these to decorate throughout the home, especially on coffee tables. Fill it with flowers, candles, stacks of books… or use it to serve guests!

Harvest Crates

Add an element of character to your home with this vintage style Harvest Crate set. They are reminiscent of days past with rustic stained wood.

Infinity Clock Frame

This striking Industrial Infinity Clock Frame is a bold decor element that’s sure to impress.

Lancet Window Wall Decor

Influenced by exquisite cathedral windows, this tall arched design will add lots of elegance to your home and be a true conversation piece! It comes in Salvage, Jo’s White and Chimney finishes.

Letterbox Stations

Stay organized effortlessly with Joanna’s wall-mount Letterbox Station. These aged zinc vertical slots work perfectly for family command centers and entryways. (Available in 3 or 4 slot options.)

Magnolia Farms Produce Crate

Joanna’s lovely Magnolia Farms Produce Crate is stained wood with aged zinc metal trim, engraved with the Magnolia Farms logo. These purposeful crates are great for storage, displaying decor, or crafting gift baskets.

Magnolia Mason Jar with Lid

Sit back and enjoy a cold drink in these adorable Magnolia Mason jars. Also great for crafting and gift-giving, they come in a case count of 24 jars. (Not recommended for hot beverages.)

Military Hamper

The Military Hamper was inspired by an old military crate, which gives this piece lots of character. We love it for storing throw blankets!

Open Slat Bench

This handsome, versatile Open Slat Bench was designed by Joanna to be used behind the sofa, in the entryway, hallway, bedroom, or any space you’d like to stop and rest. It has a V-shaped stretcher and is available in a distressed Chimney black finish.

Parson's Storage Bench

Joanna’s Parson’s Storage Bench has a charming scalloped plank backrest with three beveled drawers and bronze ring pulls. Designed for comfort and functionality, it fits easily with any décor style. (Available in Chimney black finish.)

Pew Bench

Joanna’s charming Pew Bench is lovely in an entryway, foyer, hallway, bedroom, or wherever you’s like. Its church pew styling with plank back and seat make it a timeless piece for generations. (Available in Jo’s White and Milk Crate.)

Railcar Mailbox

Joanna is always on the hunt for the perfect unique accessory to add just the right touch of character to a room, and she found it with this Railcar Mailbox. It looks charming hung up as a wall vase or magazine rack. It could also be placed on a tabletop, counter, or desk.

Schoolhouse Coat Rail

The Schoolhouse Coat Rail is a charming way to keep your hats, coats, and bags organized and in one place. It has a scalloped top with plus sign cutouts and eight coat hooks. (Choose from Jo’s Black or White.)

Shoeshiner's Caddy

This sturdy Shoeshiner’s Caddy has two compartments for storage and is finished in a distressed Chimney black.

Spool Storage Shelf

Joanna’s Spool Storage Shelf lets you incorporate your crafting supplies into your décor with its aged zinc finish, six shelves, and label holders. It’s a stylish way to organize!

Village Clock

This striking, oversized Village Clock has lots of charm is a handsome statement piece that makes you feel at home.

Dapper Chair and Ottoman in Coffee Leather

Let us know in the comments what’s on your wishlist! The Magnolia Home Elements & Accessories have so much charm.

Click here if you missed Part One!

If you missed any of the other posts in our preview series, you can find them all linked below:

Magnolia Home Preview Series:
Overall Sneak Peek
Upholstered Living Room
French-Inspired
Industrial
Farmhouse
Boho
Traditional
Primitive
Modern
Elements & Accessories: Part One
Elements & Accessories: Part Two

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18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing

Kids’ rooms can be tough to design! You want to create a space that reflects your child’s unique personality, but still looks pulled together and cohesive with the rest of your home. In this blog post, we’ll be sharing all our best tips for putting together a child’s room that will easily transition to their teen years. We’re covering everything from functionality to aesthetic. You might decide that after designing your kids room, that there are other parts of your house that you would like to update. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a bit of a change. You can do small changes to the rest of your house like just getting a new coat of paint, or you could go all out and get new windows from somewhere like Window World Hawaii – the decision is up to you though!

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Each tip is accompanied by an inspiration photo, which you can enlarge by clicking on it (or save as a Pinterest pin by hovering over the image and clicking the red logo). If you see a piece you’re interested in, just contact us about Bassett custom ordering.

1) Keep storage as low to the floor as possible for smaller kids

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Most kids don’t like having to keep their rooms clean, but if you make it as easy as possible for them to stay organized, there may be a fighting chance! Storage cubes, baskets, and shelves can be strategically placed within their reach for simple cleanup. In the example above, a storage station was placed at the foot of the bed to hold books that otherwise may have been scattered on the floor. If you find there is just too much stuff in the house to fit in, you could look into something like Singpaore storage space to keep larger items in storage until you need them or have more room for them.

2) Stick to two main colors

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

It’s easy to go crazy with lots of bright colors, but if you’re after a more cohesive look, try sticking to two main colors for all of the substantial elements in the room. Even if the two colors your child picks are loud, neutrals can be added in to soften the look. In the example above, the pink and green color palette is balanced with a creamy white.

3) Incorporate flowers and other plants (real or faux)

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Plants infuse so much life into a space. You can add a potted plant that your child will take responsibility for watering, or just display cut flowers from the yard. We also love realistic-looking faux options. They’re especially great for kids with allergies!

4) Use chalkboard paint

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

Wall art can change on a daily basis when you use chalkboard paint. It comes in every color under the sun, and the possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. Children love to draw pictures on it, and teens can use it to write quotes, doodle, and display notes from friends who come over.

5) Coordinate arrays of pillows

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

A coordinated array of throw pillows not only looks great, but adds comfort and texture to a bed. They can even provide extra seating for friends.

Above, we’ve shown some examples of how to pair up different sizes and colors. A good rule of thumb is to use larger neutral pillows (like Euro shams) in the back, then place smaller, more colorful pillows in the front. A variety of shapes will add interest, so don’t be afraid to mix squares, rectangles, bolster pillows, etc.

6) Display artwork

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Giving your child a spot to display their art can encourage creativity, and there are so many ways to do so with style. In the example above, coordinating artwork is hung up on the wall with colorful washi tape.

Want other ideas? Try hanging string wire wall-to-wall and use small clothes pins to display the art. You could also go the more traditional route and make an art board out of galvanized metal with magnets for hanging, or cork board with pushpins for hanging.

7) Build off of a theme that can grow with them

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

One one hand, you want your child to express their individuality, but on the other hand, it’s not always feasible to do a full room makeover every time their fleeting tastes change. (Adolescence was a confusing, wish-washy time – we all remember!)

The key is to lay out a foundation of good design choices in a fun, whimsical way. There are a lot more home design styles than you may think so you will have plenty of choices! Let your child express his or her individuality through things like accessories, wall art, decor knickknacks, and other items that are easier to switch out. That way, moving into teen years and beyond doesn’t require a major overhaul.

We’re absolutely in LOVE with the room design above. The aviation theme is carried out in such a tasteful way, it’ll be a seamless transition from “child’s room” to “teen’s room.”

8) Don’t feel confined to “matchy-matchy”

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You don’t need to purchase all of your child’s bedroom furniture from one set or collection for it to look cohesive. Try mixing and matching within your color scheme for a fun yet polished feel. Above, the beds have a dark wood stained finish, but the large nightstand in the middle is painted red (which ties into the throw blankets and pillows).

9) Make a feature wall for the more bold decor choices

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

If your child has their heart set on a bold wall color or mural that you’re not so comfortable with, a good compromise is to incorporate it on a feature wall. That way when your child grows out of the design choice or you reclaim the room once they move out, it’ll take less time and effort to paint over.

10) Put up garlands and paper lanterns for added whimsy

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This is such a fun, inexpensive way to brighten up your child’s space. We love the use of the flower garlands and paper lanterns above. They add visual interest and texture to the space while still coordinating beautifully with the color scheme.

11) Create a seating area

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If space allows, try adding a seating area to your child’s room. It can serve as a reading nook or place to watch TV and play games. We love how the “TV stand” above is doubling as additional storage for board games and puzzles.

12) Display jewelry and collections as decor

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If your child or teen collects something, try figuring out a creative, yet stylish way to display it. In the room above, jewelry is hung on the branches of a decorative white tree instead of being shut away in a box.

13) Create a homework zone

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Try creating a designated homework station where the kids can store laptops, books, and everything they need to succeed. In the example above, the desk also provides lots of additional storage space – definitely a win-win for function and small space utilization!

14) Use hidden storage

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For not-so-stylish items that you don’t want prominently displayed, try using clever hidden storage. We love a drawer nightstand or large ottoman at the foot of the bed – and definitely take advantage of under-bed and closet storage!

15) Use coordinating blankets and rugs for added warmth

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

Even if your child’s room is carpeted, adding an area rug gives the room a more cozy feel. It’s also an opportunity to tie in your main colors with the bedding.

16) Add a reading lamp

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A bedside lamp is perfect for reading and general ambiance. They’re also wonderful if your child needs to get up in the middle of the night without tripping!

17) Use bunk beds for space-saving

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS Blog

Bunk beds are fantastic if you have more than one child sharing a room, or if your kids like to host sleepovers often.

18) Go neutral, but add texture

18 Design Ideas to Make Kids’ Rooms Look Amazing | Design by GAHS BlogNeutral spaces can pack a punch too! All it takes is a variety of textures and patterns to add visual interest. Mix soft and fluffy blankets with a wooden nightstand and patterned ottoman – again, the sky’s the limit.

And there you have it! Eighteen ways to create a meaningful, harmonious space for your child that makes sense in your home. We hope you found these tips helpful. If you want even more inspiration, be sure to check out our Kids’ Rooms Pinterest board:



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Color Series

Color Series: Decorating With Buttercup

Did you know that the PANTONE® Color Institute released an entire color palette for Spring/Summer 2016? While many of the shades evoke a sense of calm, there are a few vibrant exceptions: Fiesta, Green Flash, and the star of today’s blog, Buttercup.

Decorating with Buttercup

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of PANTONE.

Decorating with Buttercup

We love this friendly shade of yellow because it works so well with other colors. (Our top picks to pair with Buttercup are white, gray, navy blue, and turquoise – but the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!) Even if your decor is neutral, adding small pops of yellow will make your home look revitalized and ready for summer.

Below, the throw blanket, wall art, and pillows take center stage since the eye is immediately drawn to the brightness.

Decorating with Buttercup

For lovers of bold color, here’s a sample of Buttercup on an accent wall to add energy and playfulness to the space:

Decorating with Buttercup

Here’s a great example of injecting color without going overboard. Notice how the wall color, artwork, built-in shelf, and window treatments are contrasting neutrals (dark gray and crisp white), while Buttercup is incorporated through a rug, floral arrangement, throw pillows, and accent chairs.

Decorating with Buttercup

Inspired yet? We definitely were! Check out our favorite Buttercup pieces for a summer home makeover you’ll love:

Decorating with Buttercup

  1. Best Home Furnishings Kaylee Swivel Barrel Chair
  2. Fusion Maxwell Gray Sofa
  3. La-Z-Boy Lee Ottoman
  4. Bassett CU.2 L-Shaped Sectional
  5. Bassett Custom Dining Table
  6. Bassett Goa Rug
  7. Surya Teori Pillow
  8. Washington Jitterbug Gray Loveseat
  9. Bassett Barcelona Twin Beds

For even MORE inspiration, be sure to follow our coordinating Pinterest board. We’re always on the hunt for great home decor ideas so we can share them with you.



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Magnolia Home Preview: Traditional Collection

Welcome to the sixth post in our Magnolia Home Preview series! Today we’ll be focusing on the Traditional Collection in Joanna’s line.

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Traditional style is today’s interpretation of yesterday’s timelessness. It blends clean lines with unexpected flare. This collection’s details are familiar, but simplified and freshened with easygoing finishes.

We’ve listed the pieces we know for sure will be in the line, but more colors and styles may be introduced later. We’ll keep you posted!

Click below to get a FREE copy of our exclusive Magnolia Home e-catalog! It features 101 pages of gorgeous room shots, and each item is clickable for shopping info.

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UPDATE 7/26/16: Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines is now on the showroom floor at both our Memphis and Southaven locations! Everything we’re carrying at our stores is also available to be purchased ONLINE and can be delivered within a 200-mile radius of us. If the piece you’re interested in doesn’t have an “Add to Cart” button, that means it’s not currently available to be purchased online, BUT you can visit one of our Home Stores to order it. (And that goes for anything in the entire catalog. If you want it, we can order it for you! We just weren’t able to carry everything in stock because this line is so large.)

Traditional Belgian Window Mirror

Old houses have great windows, and our Belgian Window Mirror has the classic look of a salvaged window frame. Its mullioned panes and Shop Floor stained wood finish complete the look. (This mirror also comes in Jo’s White paint finish.) These can be installed on old windows providing the dimensions cater for it, you may also want to look into Window Treatments to turn your old windows seemingly brand new before the installation of these old-looking window frames.

Traditional Belongings Cabinet

Styled after an antique linen press, our Traditional Belongings Cabinet base can be used alone or paired with its hutch top. It’s a great piece to add storage to any room of the house, and it’s a sure fit with its vintage Jo’s White paint finish.

Traditional Double Pedestal Hall Table

Architectural elements from grand old buildings are made new again in our Double Pedestal Hall Table – The inspiration pieces were massive corbel brackets from an antique store. We kept their weathered character with our Shop Floor stain finish and added a worn-in zinc metal top.

Traditional Double Pedestal Table

Architectural elements from grand old buildings are made new again in our Double Pedestal Table – The inspiration pieces were massive corbel brackets from an antique store. We kept their weathered character with our Shop Floor stain finish.

Traditional Iron Trestle Coffee Table

Traditional style is a timeless blend of familiar details combined with unexpected elements, and this Iron Trestle Coffee Table fits the bill. We love its curved metal base paired with the V-match planked top in our rugged Shop Floor finish. A coordinating End Table is also available.

Traditional Iron Trestle End Table

Traditional style is a timeless blend of familiar details combined with unexpected elements, and this Iron Trestle End Table fits the bill. We love its curved metal base paired with the V-match planked top in our rugged Shop Floor finish. A coordinating Coffee Table is also available.

Traditional Iron Trestle Table

Traditional style is a timeless blend of familiar details combined with unexpected elements, and this Iron Trestle Table fits the bill. We love its curved metal base paired with the V-match planked top in our rugged Shop Floor finish.

Traditional Manor Iron Canopy Bed

Inspired by a British Campaign-style antique, this Queen Manor Iron Canopy Bed from the Traditional collection will be the focal point of your bedroom. Choose from curved cathedral-style or classic corners on the head and foot panels. This bed is also available in King Size.

Traditional Nook Console Table

This Traditional Nook Console Table has charming cottage details with its cutout corner brackets and turned spindle stretchers. It also features three drawers to hide items away and a rustic Shop Floor finish.

Traditional Revival Arm Chair

Inspired by an antique find, this Revival Arm Chair from the Traditional Dining collection has vintage Edwardian style and weathered character. Choose from Jo’s White or Shop Floor stain finish. A coordinating Revival Side Chair is also available.

Traditional Revival Side Chair

Inspired by an antique find, this Revival Side Chair from the Traditional Dining collection has vintage Edwardian style and weathered character. Choose from Jo’s White or Shop Floor stain finish. A coordinating Revival Arm Chair is also available.

Traditional Shiplap Bed

Our Queen Shiplap Bed has a charming, repurposed look with its shiplap panels and curvy crown shape. Choose from a vintage Dove Grey or Jo’s White finish to blend beautifully with any wood stained or painted pieces in your room. Also available in King size.Showcase Buffet and Hutch

The Traditional Showcase Buffet has classic details that have withstood the test of time. Featuring ogee-shaped drawers and a bracket foot base, it offers lots of shelf storage behind framed doors. Use it alone or pair it up with our Traditional Showcase Hutch to show off china or collectibles. (It’s available in Chimney black or Shop Floor stain finish.)

Spool Leg Coffee Table

Spool turnings enjoyed wide popularity during the Victorian era. This Spool Leg Coffee Table from our Traditional collection has those same “Jenny Lind” spool turnings and our rustic Shop Floor stain or Chimney black finish. A coordinating End Table is also available.

Traditional Spool Leg Desk

Our table-sized Traditional Spool Leg Desk is a great piece for work or play. With its “Jenny Lind” spool turned legs, it has a nostalgic cottage feel and comes in our soft Dove Grey paint finish to mix seamlessly with other pieces in your home.

Traditional Spool Leg Dining Table

Spool turnings enjoyed wide popularity during the Victorian era. This 6′ Spool Leg Table from the Traditional collection has those same “Jenny Lind” spool turnings and our vintage Jo’s White finish. This table is also available in 7′ length.

Traditional Spool Leg Sideboard

Not just for dining rooms, sideboards work in foyers, hallways, behind the sofa… the possibilities are endless! Our Spool Leg Sideboard from the Traditional Dining collection has lovely spool leg turnings and a rugged Shop Floor finish.


Ellis Side Chair

Joanna’s Ellis Side Chair goes well with almost any dining table with its serpentine ladder back, round turned front legs, and square flared back legs. It comes in Jo’s White and Chimney black finish.

English Country Oval Dining Table

Joanna’s English Country Oval Table is inspired by an original piece with lots of history and character. Resplendent with classical ornament and details, it comes in a low-sheen Wheat finish.

Golden Ear Sideboard Chest

Styled after an antique piece from the early 1900s, this Sideboard Chest is charmingly romantic with its curvy shapes and scrolled ornaments. Finished in a soft Wheat color, it’s a showpiece wherever you use it.

Manor Iron Canopy Youth Bed

Inspired by a British Campaign-style antique, this Twin Manor Iron Canopy Youth Bed from our Traditional collection has a clean-lined, sturdy character. Curved corners on head and foot panels add an extra style detail. It comes in Jo’s White and Blackened Bronze.

Nook Console Table

This Traditional Nook Console Table has charming cottage details with its cutout corner brackets and turned spindle stretchers. Plus, it has three drawers to hide things away. We’ve given it a rustic character with our black Chimney or Shop Floor stain finish.

Sheraton Sideboard

The profile of this Traditional Sheraton Sideboard has withstood the test of time, with its stately legs and tailored styling. Its distressed green Patina finish gives this piece a casual timeworn look that’s a natural fit with Joanna’s eclectic style.

Spool Leg End Table

Spool turnings enjoyed wide popularity during the Victorian era. This Spool Leg End Table from our Traditional collection has those same “Jenny Lind” spool turnings and our rustic Shop Floor stain or Chimney black paint finish. A coordinating Coffee Table is also available.

Trellis Bed

This vintage inspired Trellis Bed is sophisticated and charming. Joanna loves a higher profile headboard, so she featured a solid metal panel topped with a mix of vertical and horizontal elements (accented with ball finials and dainty castings).

Trivet End Table

This dainty pedestal Trivet End Table would be an excellent accent piece anywhere in the home. It’s available in Chimney black finish.

Windsor Oval Dining Table with Drop Leaf

Versatile and space-conscious, Joanna’s Windsor Oval Drop Leaf Table works to fit your space. (Try it with both leaves down, one leaf up, or both up as needed.) It has a grooved shiplap top and comes in a hand distressed Jo’s White finish for a casual vintage look.

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Let us know in the comments what’s on your wishlist! This is such a lovely collection.

If you missed any of the other posts in our preview series, you can find them all linked below:

Magnolia Home Preview Series:
Overall Sneak Peek
Upholstered Living Room
French-Inspired
Industrial
Farmhouse
Boho
Traditional
Primitive
Modern
Elements & Accessories: Part One
Elements & Accessories: Part Two