Springtime is the best time to freshen up your home. After a long hibernation, you want to get out and make your space feel bright and lively again. The best part about spring decorating? You can use all the fun colors of nature!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Add a fresh coat of paint
One simple way to create a major impact in your home is to paint a wall or two. Paint is an easy and affordable way to add personality and interest to your space, and you can update it whenever you want!
Plant a garden
Bring some greenery into your space! Planting a garden is a great way to get exercise, enjoy the sunshine, and even save money on groceries. If you have limited outdoor space or don’t want to spend money on plants, try planting herbs in pots that you can keep inside once they’re grown!
Have a picnic
When the weather is nice, it’s fun to eat outside with friends and family. If you have kids at home, this is also an easy way for them to play together without having screen time!
As we move into the New Year, we are looking toward more intentional design trends, from style to function these trends are steeped in celebrating personal style and comforts, stylishly. There were some trends and mindsets that we adapted into our design work in 2021 that we know will continue into the year, while others will fade to make room for new styles to shine. These are our favorite trends that we are loving for 2022!
Green with Envy
We know that it isn’t the color of the year, but we couldn’t be more happy to see that green is continuing to win the hearts of design clients and Mercantile customers alike. From deep rich greens to bright or muted hues we have loved incorporating this color that is universally associated with nature and growth.
With minimalistic style and the ever growing digital world, books seem to have fallen out of fashion in recent years. We agree with trendwatchers that there is a resurgence in attraction to cultivate beautiful and interesting books to adorn coffee tables, home libraries, and offer inspiration.
We are happy to see that, although white is still on trend for obvious reasons, a heavier exploration of colors integrated with this bright basic creating for more personality and warmth in homes. White is a classic neutral offering a light and brightness that is highly desirable, but can feel sterile if not balanced well. Woods in particular have been making a big come back in fresh hues for updated feels. As shown above in our #triplelfarmsproject kitchen a warm white creates a clean backdrop for a furniture style stained rustic alder island. We love this trend, there is a depth with a stained wood that you can’t get with a painted finish.
Want to see more of our Triple L Farms Project? We are thrilled to have this project featured in the 2022 Kitchen Issue of Design NJ, check out the article here!
From styling and color to entertaining and responsible design practices, we are inspired and excited to incorporate these trends into our work this year! If you are looking to start a renovation, new build, or interior design project this year, we would love to speak with you. Complete our contact form to get started.
Our First Avenue Project Spotlight is a design collaborative we completed with local interior design firm Salt Design Co. and we just love the way it turned out.
Salt brought us in to design the kitchen layout and provide the custom cabinetry for the open concept space. It was important that the finishes and design were highly functional yet beautifully subtle to balance the planned furnishings and overall house design vision. We worked closely with the clients and Salt to ensure that their vision for a relaxed, yet chic space would flow perfectly with the custom designed cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms.
We used Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry in the kitchen. The selection of a simple, yet architecturally interesting, door style was the natural choice for this open living and entertaining space on the main floor of the home. The surrounding wall cabinetry provides a clean white backdrop in the room. Finished in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, the color is a continuation from the walls throughout the home. The island and accent floating shelves are a custom stained walnut wood. This finish is the perfect tone of warm driftwood and pairs beautifully with the wood flooring throughout the house.
Tucked in an alcove of the kitchen is an ultra functional pantry space, featuring the microwave drawer, two appliance garages, and ample storage. Everything in this nook is tucked behind closed doors to keep it tidy looking at all times, but also making sure everything is close at hand when needed.
Floating Shelving with integrated lighting flank the vertical ship lap range hood and black framed windows. Unlacquered Brass hardware in a sleek yet substantial style pull was selected for the kitchen.
The Galley Workstation is one of our favorite products to incorporate in our kitchen projects. These sinks are multi-functional, made for everything from prep to entertaining through cleanup. We used the 4′ size with coordinating Tap collection in the center island facing the main living space. Also, not a bad view of the ocean outside!
Each bathroom vanity is a custom design, created specifically for this project. These one of a kind pieces boast special features including custom finishes, doors, and construction elements.
The 3rd floor master suite has ocean views. The master bathroom is ultra luxurious featuring a soaking tub, roomy shower, and his and hers dark painted cabinetry which frame the door to the sun deck.
This project is featured in the Oct./Nov. 2020 issue of Design NJ.
Click the cover image to read more about the full project.
Images for this project by Raquel Lang Worthy
Town & Country Kitchen and Bath designed and/or supplied all products specified in this article. Salt Design Co sourced/coordinated all design elements for this project that were not specified.