Sherwin Williams puts out a color forecast every year, diving into the trendiest colors of the upcoming New Year. This year is no different and I think it is safe to say that 2019 looks beautiful but pretty neutral, with the exception of one collection, the Enthusiast. The other five collections, the Shapeshifter, the Wanderer, the Aficionado, the Naturalist, and the Raconteur, are all filled with beautiful, deep, and grounded versions of colors I already loved. But, the Enthusiast collection is WOW!
And, it is this collection that I wanted to blog about for a couple of reasons. One, like I said, it is the boldest of the collections. It has deep, vivid colors that not everyone is going to fall in love with. So, you need to be really strategic in the placements. Two, it forces most people out of their comfort zone with color. If you are picking paint from this collection, you have to have some gumption. Three, it is so FUN. I mean, with color names like Majestic Purple and Positive Red, who wouldn’t have a great time painting?
So, how does this 2019 Enthusiast collection of paint tie into flooring? Well, I am consistently helping people with design choices for their floors. And, there are two things I try to instill in all my customers when it comes to picking new flooring and paint. One is that while floors come in a variety of hues, most of them are some form of brown or gray. Two is that floors are MUCH more permanent than paint. So with those two things in mind, you want to pick a floor color that speaks to your overall design, but that will work long-term. When picking wood floors, most people these days stay away from orange-y stains and stick with medium to dark browns. That floor will match about any paint choice. And, speaking of paints, you want to pick out paint AFTER the floor because paint comes in literally thousands of colors, and flooring, well, not so much. Plus, even if you don’t like the paint color down the road, it is relatively easy and cheap to change. Once again, flooring is a much more expensive and much bigger project to modify down the road.
Now, let me bring us back the 2019 Enthusiast palette. Try to incorporate these colors by popping them into less permanent but very visible places. Don’t limit yourself to using these colors in paint, either. Buy the medium brown floors and paint a wall Majestic Purple! Go for the gray carpet and accent it with an Oceanside area rug. Positive Red sofa on a an espresso hardwood floor? Yes, please!
Bottom line? Let the colors of 2019 help shape your new design and let the flooring keep your design balanced. Have fun with color!
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The biggest trend I have seen in the last 18 months is layering rugs. Designers and chic homeowners alike are implementing the stylish look of layered rugs in all rooms of the house. And, I’m not just talking about layering the rugs on top of each other. I am including in this trend description the laying of rugs on ** gasp** wall to wall carpet!
Now you might be thinking, “How do you layer rugs on carpet?” After all, carpet is supposed to BE the rug. But, my best response is to tell you that the most popular color of wall to wall carpet is beige (with gray as the runner up). The typical homeowner is buying the big-ticket items for their home (i.e. the wall to wall carpet) in a neutral tone that will last the test of time. But where does that leave them in the world of interior design? Where is the pop of color? Where is the visual interest? Well, if you are reading this blog, I am here to tell you that you can LAYER AN AREA ON TOP OF YOUR CARPET. Do it!
Below are a few notes to help you and our Houzz.com inspiration board to get your creative juices flowing…
One last note before I set you loose to fulfill your newest design dreams of layered area rugs… For the purposes of this blog, I am calling this a recent trend. But honestly, I have loved this look for years. Before wall to wall carpet was ever even an option, people were layering area rugs. Which means this look is really a classic visual with a trendy twist.
Good luck with your project!
I hear it all the time, “ I have a small bathroom, so I need a small tile.” But, I am here to tell you that small rooms don’t necessitate small tiles! In fact, larger format tiles can actaully help make your small space seem bigger.
By choosing a larger tile, we are eliminating extra grout lines. This simplification of the layout will give the illision of a larger floor space. Alternatively, smaller tiles will require more tiles, requiring more grout lines which busy the floor space. That creates the illisuion of a smaller space overall.
Check out these 5’ x 8’ bathrooms for a visual of just how the different sized tiles can change the overall look and feel of a room.
A. 6” x 6” tile, straight set installation
B. 12” x 12” tile, straight set installation
C. 18” x 18” tile, straight set installation
D. 18” x 18” tile, diagonal installation
Talk with your Champion Floor Company salesperson about the layout and tile size BEFORE you purchase your tile flooring. You may want to consider a larger format tile to help make those small spaces feel bigger.
A lifelong St. Louisan, Ralph has spent a majority of his career in the flooring industry. He and his wife started Champion Floor Company over 25 years ago and never looked back. Not only has he built one of the most respected hardwood flooring companies in St. Louis, but he has also been able to keep the business family-oriented and quality-driven. If you are looking for answers to your flooring questions, you have come to the right place.