How To: Turn Your Inspiration Into Reality Through Color

Inspiration touches everyone. This blog is about ways to incorporate that inspiration through color in your own home.

You don’t have to be an artist to be inspired. Inspiration actually happens in real everyday life for everyone, if the time is taken to acknowledge it.

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Step 1: Discover your inspiration. 

Maybe your inspiration comes from something sentimental such as your grandmothers kitchen wallpaper that you spent hours looking at while helping her bake your favorite pie. Maybe it stems from nature such as the ocean or a flower that you watch bloom every spring. It could be something as simple as a bright red front door on a house that you pass everyday going to work. Whatever your inspiration is rooted from, there are ways to bring it to life in your own home.

Step 2: Choose where to display.

Inspiration can be displayed in all kinds of ways throughout a home. It can be as extreme as a wall color or cabinet color and as minor as a few small decorations. If you are really inspired, maybe give a room a motif to carry out your inspiration through several details. Craft rooms, offices, kitchens, and bathrooms are a few rooms that are perfect for inspiration. A wonderful example of inspiration put to use in a little girl’s bathroom is the shown below.

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Step 3: Choose a color.

When choosing a color, it is important to pick something that won’t get old fast. This may be easier said than done considering even the brightest of colors are exciting for the first few months. If you have any doubts about such dramatic change, start small. Pull the color into the design through small details. Sometimes an accent wall will do the trick. Sometimes it’s okay to go over the top with color. After choosing a location, decide the color and how much of it you want displayed. Below are a few ways that color can be minimal or maximal.  Basically, if you love it, go for it.

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Beach themed houses are characterized by the color you see when you walk in. This coastal kitchen piece shown below is sure to catch every eye.
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The beaded board back panel of this furniture piece displays a pale blue. This hint of color changes the feel of the entire piece.
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The beaded board back panel of this furniture piece displays a light yellow. This hint of color spruces up this rustic furniture piece.
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The beaded board back panel of the hutch in the center of the wall is painted a beautiful blue. When put together with the other two furniture pieces, you can really see how accents are a perfect way to display colors and inspiration.

Step 4: Do it and Enjoy it.

Make your inspiration happen! After making all of the decisions, it is time to get to work. After the process is complete, sit back and look at the masterpiece and story that you have created.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s ColorInspire Program allows you to choose from the color decks of Benjamin Moore, Valspar, and Sherwin Williams. With this program, the possibilities are endless! Click here to start turning your inspirations into a colorful reality by finding a Wellborn dealer near you!

Ashley Robinson, Public Relations and Social Media Specialist

arobinson@wellborn.com

Design Details that Matter

When you’re planning the perfect space we all want to make sure that every detail is perfect… Right? That when someone enters your home they get it… Right?  and they can see how all the pieces fit perfectly together… Right!

I am always in awe of Southern Living Custom Builder Homes and the Southern Living Idea Homes because when I view these homes or I’m lucky enough to attend and see the homes in person it all fits  (every detail) like a glove. Just Perfect!

So enjoy some of the design details that have been spotted in one of the Southern Living Custom Builder Homes from this summer.

Builder: Dillard-Jones Builders, LLC. 

Photographer: Fred Rollison

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What was your island designed to do?

As a designer there is no greater feeling than a homeowner using and loving their new kitchen that you helped create…  your collective vision came to life… but the worst feeling is a lovely kitchen that is not user-friendly and does not function to its fullest potential.

 

Islands can be used for so many functions in the kitchen… as stand alone activities or as the hub of the entire kitchen… Some of these activities are:

 

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prepping and clean up zones

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cooking zones

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storage… lots of storage

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eating – entertainment zones

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and other various zone combinations.

To plan your perfect island in your kitchen consider the following:

1. Space: Make sure you have enough space to properly use the island & function in your kitchen. Make sure your work zones and walkways are space sufficient.

2. Style: The island is a wonderful place to add that “pop of color”, add a different door style to create a furniture feel or that unique “design element” you have been wanting to incorporate into your home.

3. Budget: The wonderful thing about islands is that they can be very economical… a few cabinets and / or table legs and you have a wonderful work space  – eating space in one.

 

2. Make sure your designer adheres to NKBA’s Kitchen Planning Guidelines  to help you create a safe, effective and efficient space. These guidelines address space planning, appliance placement, seating and much more.

 

The Stack is Back

Over the past few years stacking cabinetry has been making a comeback…

The trend toward smaller spaces, utilizing wasted space and designing with the future in mind are some of the reasons for Cabinet Stacking.

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It’s a wonderful way to showcase your favorite items and store items you don’t utilize daily ….

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and bring much-needed accent lighting into your kitchen or other spaces….

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Seasonal items or annual decorations need no longer to go to “storage” with the assistance of organizational planning from your designer. Design your space for yearly use and not just for the season that you are in while the designing, building or remodeling is occurring.

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It’s also a perfect way to add personality to your space!

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Houzz Kitchen of the Week – Coast Design Kitchen and Bath

The Houzz Kitchen of the Week is from Coast Design Kitchen & Bath in Mobile Alabama, a timeless traditional kitchen that flows elegantly with the interior design of the entire home.

The cabinetry is from our Estate Collection – Cabinetry Name is Rose Hall Maple Beaded Inset with our Creme Mocha finish.
Personalized design details – from wall cabinet mouldings to legs – top to bottom this kitchen packs punch.
Lit wall stack cabinets create a wonderful warm glow that fills the whole room.
Flutes, legs and an open bookcase create an inviting island for cooks, diners and observers.
A mantel hood can be beautiful and work hard  – – – from the moulding detail, arch valance, to the side columns that contain storage area for spices and other cooking necessities – – – in love with it all!

Houzz Kitchen of the Week – Schell Brothers

Houzz Kitchen of the Week by Schell Brothers a traditional kitchen design that complements the transitional decor styling of the rest of the house – a wonderful mix of styles that truly creates the feel of a home.
Cabinetry – Madison Cherry, Medium Finish Countertop – Santa Cecilia Granite Backsplash – White Subway Tile
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Monday Morning Blues

Monday Morning Blues aren’t a bad thing but a design thing.

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Blue is a natural color to pull into your home and designs – from the sky to the sea  – it’s a perfect choice for your cabinetry.

Where could you use Blue?

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Bath Spaces – Bridgeport Maple with a Bleu Bronze Vintage Finish
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Laundry Spaces – Vienna Maple with our Bleu Finish
 Kitchen Spaces by Echelon Custom Homes

Make Room for More Media

Media Centers and Gathering Spaces are evolving with Technology – no longer do you have to gather around the television in a central location to watch your favorite show……you can access television shows, movies, videos, etc. anywhere in your home depending upon what you have equipped your home with from cable, satellite and wireless internet…… While these advancements are pretty phenomenal this is changing how we interact with our family and even socialize with guests.

When designing these spaces it’s important to take into consideration the old and new for a collective balance of technology for all to enjoy.

A central located television is still a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite shows or movies together on the weekend when you finally have time to sit down and take a break.

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Provide adequate seating for the media center but also provide seating & surfaces for other tasks on laptops, tablets, etc. So all can still be in a central location and you are able to still be close to each other.

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When Space is precious and every inch counts design spaces that can serve several functions for all in your home.

Entertaining, Working and Storage have all been covered with ease in this space.

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Embrace technology and the convenience that it can bring but remember what is truly important and that’s time with family and friends!