Coastal NC

VOL14ISS1 2018

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35 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CAPE FEAR NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 BY LINDSEY GREY HOME DÉCOR Two styles have dominated home furnishing and décor for the past several years – transitional and contemporary. Design, fashion industries and related industries on the East and West coasts drive the trends according to The contemporary style of decorating is popular on the east coast driven by New York's influence. The style encompasses a range of different trends developed in the latter half of the 20th century, featuring rounded lines and a mix of bold and neutral shades. Millennials, the demographic that many brands are geared to, favor a contemporary approach to decoration or Mid-Century Modern that continues to be popular since "Mad Men" hit the airwaves. Transitional combines modern and traditional and is more often a style favored on the West Coast. Key ele- ments are classic, timeless design with modern conve- nience with simple lines Paint is the easiest and most cost efficient way to dress up any room in your house. The "blues" are hav- ing a big moment at paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Paint colors have names like Venezuelan Sea, Pacific Palisades and Nantucket Fog, to name a few (Benjamin Moore) that work perfectly for coastal living. These cool shades of blue - jewel tone blue, baby blue, Cerulean and others are Design Trends and Influences of Sand & Sea making the color blue the "it" color of 2018 for casual and outdoor living. Sherwin-Williams' is on the blues bandwagon with its 2018 Color of the Year called "Oceanside." The jewel tone blue is inspired by the ocean and travel, adding a touch of mystery and wanderlust to any room. Sea-glass green, gray hues and neutrals combined with tones of blue provide a soothing ambiance reminiscent of the ocean. Vivid paint colors are not only for walls. Color is finding its way onto flooring, bookshelves, furniture, lighting and accessories. Sea-glass green, gray hues and neutrals combined with tones of blue provide a soothing ambiance reminiscent of the ocean. White is the perfect partner to go with the flasher blue. After a day outside in the sun, white brings to mind cool, crisp sheets to slip under. For a different texture on walls, consider grasscloth. The subtle, elegant treatment adds a fun element to a sea-inspired space. Hooker Furniture's Sandcastle collection is perfect for a life near the water. The collection blends Coastal casual with cottage charm, a collection at home with its feet in the sand on the shore or in any room of the house from guest room, child's bedroom, living space or kitch- en. Sandcastle's classic traditional forms and American design elements such as spindle legs and floral motif hardware add a soft vintage appeal to the collection. Whitewashed furniture complement a beach themed décor along with white-washed oak beams, natural light and bronze-framed windows. Sheer curtains frame win- dows letting in plenty of natural light. When the sun goes down there is nothing like sitting outside in the evening and watching the waves roll in or a boat travel by. Porches and decks beckon to beach bunnies to relax on upholstery in natural earth tones. Slip covers in neutral or white, allow entertainers to play host without worrying about a spill on the sofa or love seat. Natural flooring like such as jute pairs perfectly with beach or nautical themed décor. Whether the choice is jute, sea grass, or sisal, incorporating woven materials into your décor connects the indoors with the outdoors, while keeping the casual vibe. Patterned rugs with blues and greens work well combining the feel of water and sky. Living at the beach is life at its best. The cherry on the cake is home décor that brings the "sea life" inside in every room. []

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