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How to Use the Color Grey in Your Home


One of the hottest trends right now is using grey as a neutral.  (In my mind that never changed, grey has always been a neutral, but when someone can explain the thought process behind trends they are going to make a lot of money.)

Most people who are considering using grey are worried that it’ll make a place feel too modern or cool.  Which, if that is what you are going for, it most definitely can.  However, it can also be used in very warm and traditional settings.

It can be used as the main color or as accent color.

You can even mix it with other neutrals (that’s the nice thing about them matching everything)!

There are warm greys (also called taupe), cool greys, light greys, and dark greys.

Try mixing it with a bright color for emphasis.

Accent it with white for crisp lines and a clean feeling that is softer and warmer than black and white.

Look for soft colors that are mixed with grey to get a ‘natural neutral’ like the green walls below or blue walls above.

No matter if you are looking for a soft color scheme…

Or one full of emphasis, grey is a great neutral to work with.

Remember, neutrals are just that: neutrals!  Mix and match, don’t worry, they go with everything!

Though you could also go monochromatic if that is more your style.

Does this help?  Have you used grey in your decorating before?  How did it turn out?  (I’d love to see pictures and hear all about the project!)  Was there anything I didn’t cover?

Have Fun,

Katlin Farrell
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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2013 Top Color Trends and How to Use Them


Pantone’s done it again.  The color trends they’re forecasting for 2013 are stunning!

Quite a few of those look like they’re pretty bright and bold, right?  Here are some ideas on how to combine them and work them into your home for a fresh yet classic look.


The richness of emerald can be a bit much to handle unless you like lots of color.  So try bringing in a few accessories to accent a neutral pallet like in the picture above of a stylish living room.

However, emerald is a naturally occurring color.  So if you are looking for a big change, why not find an accent wall that could use a good douse of brilliant emerald!

Dusk Blue

What a soothing tone.  This can easily be mixed with all sorts of other naturally occurring colors.  Combine it with other soft, gentle colors (sage green for example) for a relaxing bedroom or bathroom.  Or mix it with some bright oranges or yellows for an energetic design for a sunroom or craft room.

Tender Shoots

A very energetic color, tender shoots is an excellent accent color.  Mix it with white for a bright, modern look.  Or mix it with softer tones for a timeless design.

Greyed Jade

Now there is a sophisticated, fresh color.  Pop a nice, bright shade to create a focal point or use a softer tone to create an airy feel.

Lemon Zest

Soften the bright, bold, and cheerful lemon and brighten that forgotten corner or throw in pops of lemon to add a splash of fun to any area.


Now this should be an easy and fun color to bring into the home.  Classic, neutral, fresh, airy, and yet can be grounded depending on what you mix it with.

Monaco Blue

Here’s another classic neutral.  A brighter version of navy, don’t be afraid to use this color anywhere, esp. if you’re mixing it with white!

Poppy Red

If you’re looking to make a bold statement that can outdo all others, any red is a great option and poppy red is a slightly softer and friendlier shade.  Use it as an accent color in any room.


A bright and cherry color, nectarine is great to be used either full scale like in the dining room above.  Mix it with blues and teals as they are complementary colors!  You can also use it in a smaller scale to bring a splash of personality to any space.

What fun ideas do you have to incorporate these colors into your home?  

Best Wishes,
Katlin, Flooring Design Consultant
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Fall Fashion for the Home – 2012 Trends


Fall is my favorite season: warm fires, turtleneck sweaters, hot cocoa, boots, brightly colored leaves, brisk winds, crystal blue skies, and the list goes on.

But what does this have to do with home design and the current fashion trends?   Well, despite the outlandish things that designers put on the runway, they all seem to focus on particular colors, patterns, and textures which are easy to turn into home fashions.  And, thankfully, this season they stuck with the classics.


Black and Blue

Classic colors: often considered to be neutrals on their own, while blue can also act as a beautiful accent color.  Together they create a sophisticated, timeless palette.  Do you have any favorite black and blue scenes?

Burgundy/Wine Red

Also a classic color and can play the role as accent color or neutral.  Burgundy adds a richness to any color palette.  While it can be used (and often is) in traditional settings, take a look at this contemporary kitchen!


Tested and true, gold comes in many forms from soft antiqued gold to bright royal gold.  It can act as a tiny detail as well as pull off the big wow factor some designs ask for.  Take a look at the vanity below.  They could have just had the sink and fixtures gold, but decided to amp up the pizzazz by splashing it along the wall also.


Another tried and true, white is a wonderful neutral backdrop.  It can also be used as an accent to brighten a design.   For some a pure white room is airy, soothing, and clean.  Personally, I prefer color like the warming orange in the picture below.  What is your preference?

Patterns and Textures:

Over sized sweaters

Probably one of my top favorite things about the fall is that I can pull out my big comfy sweaters.  They portray comfort, warmth, and just a bit of indulgence.  Think overstuffed arm chairs where you can curl up with a cup of cocoa and something new by your favorite author like in the picture below.  Throws and welcoming pillows are a great way to bring out this feeling.  Woolly rugs can take this feeling to the next step (rugs can be switched out with the seasons or stay neutral to be used year round).   

Animal print

No matter what, animal prints in all of their forms will not go out of style.  Think of ways you can add feathers, scales, and furs to your design through artwork and other accent pieces.  For example, you can throw some peacock feathers into a vase on their own or with a few other details for a beautiful arrangement (that doesn’t die on you or need watering!)  Or, you can add a huge statement item like the below stair runner for that conversation piece.


I’m glad that the lattice pattern is getting the recognition it deserves.  It’s a classic and has such a light feeling, making it very easy to transform to the season, the design, and/or the purpose.  Take a look at this entryway lattice work for example: if they wanted to make it ready for fall they could attach pine cones or twigs to it with some fall foliage and for the spring time they can hang dried flowers wrapped with bright ribbon from it.


Another main stay.  Leather isn’t going anywhere.  It can be dressed up or down, male or female, and screams wealth with a work ethic.  No matter if you use it on a small scale or in large piece, leather makes a subtle statement that adds to any space.


Hm, the trend I’m seeing this season is luxury.  The two textures that are the most luxurious are silk and velvet – the latter being a great way to add a sense of luxurious warmth to any design.


Now this is interesting.  Seems like the artwork, patterns, and textures of the Renaissance are coming back to the front of designers’ minds.  They bring a sense of elegance  history, and stories to a space.  Think about hanging a tapestry on a wall or upholstering a foot stool with a brocade.   You could also dress up a space with a wall paper or stenciling such as in the room below.

So, what are your thoughts?  How are you thinking of incorporating these timeless details to your design?   If you like, send me pictures and a bit about the project and I can brag a bit about your design here!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Contest] Pin-2-Win!


Enter our PIN2WIN Contest.

Both Carpet One International and Benjamin Moor have combined forces to offer you a fun, easy contest and some great prizes!  Here’s what you need to do…

1: Create a Board on Pinterest and name it My Simply Irresistible Home.

2: Pin pictures of home design scenes/details that you find simply irresistible. There needs to be a minimum of 5 pictures.  1 of the pictures needs to be from Benjamin Moor’s website.  And 1 picture needs to be from Carpet One’s website.

Simple enough, right?  Also, please share your Simply Irresistible Board in the comments below so we can enjoy and share ideas!  Here is my  Pinterest profile!  

Don’t wait to long as this is a short running contest:

Key Dates

Dates of Entry: Oct. 8 – Nov. 25, 2012
Judging: Nov. 26 – Dec. 3, 2012
Winner Announcement: Dec. 5, 2012

PLUS, if you text CARPET to 44144 to get your free Benjamin Moor color sample!  I’d love to know which of colors you’re looking to try out – please share them in the comment section below!  I personally am a fan of Tranquility.  The picture below doesn’t do it justice.  It’s one of those colors that changes color depending on lighting and what it’s next to.  It can be a soothing green, or a subtle blue, or even that light, airy, taupe-grey color that goes with everything. 

Best of luck with the contest!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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How to Use the Trending Colors of Spring 2012 with Classic Style


Ah, the refreshing colors of spring time.  What a wonderful way to shake off the winter blues.  (If only the Maryland weather would stop weaving back and forth between winter and summer and give us a real spring already!)

Pantone’s Spring 2012 Top Colors

Whew!  There are some bright colors in that line up, right?  But before you start thinking how you could ever use such a bold color line up in your home without going crazy, here are some quick tips on how you can tastefully update the feel of your home.

In the picture above you can see a wall color in the same family as the trending Margarita, a throw blanket in the same family as the Tangerine Tango, and colors along the same line as Starfish mixed throughout.  There is even a pastel version of Solar Power in the pillows!  See, that isn’t so bad now is it?

Tip 1: Update the pieces of the design that are easy to change out when you get tired of them.

Throw pillows and blankets, vases, paint, flowers, and other accessories are easy to change out (and easy to find inexpensively in the trending colors).

If you want to play a bit with paint but don’t want to repaint your whole home every single time the trends change, just choose a small wall in the space.  Accent it with a bright paint color and some simple artwork to create a focal point (a especially great idea with rooms that don’t automatically lend you a focal point through architecture).

Tip 2: The pieces that aren’t easy to change out keep in classic, natural, neutral colors.

Floors, large pieces of furniture…the staples of the room are great to keep in your classic colors.  Colors you will never tire of.  Colors that act like a backdrop for the rest of the space’s design.

This does not, however, limit you to only using grey, brown, black, white, taupe, or…the most overused basic neutral of them all…beige for these staples!  Grab some colors that I call natural neutrals.  The colors you see constantly in nature.  When has Mother Nature ever been anything but stylish?

Tip 3: Trust your gut.

Too many times I see a stylish dressed woman who claims to have no sense of color choice or design.  Yet her home is beautiful and shows off her sense of style.

This is NOT you!

You know what you like.  You pull together stylish outfits on a daily (or almost daily) basis.  You can immediately point out what you do not like in any form of design.  You can tell when proportions are off, when colors don’t mesh, etc…  Trust yourself with pulling together the design of your home as well.

If you need an extra set of eyes for the more challenging areas or to back up your choices, go for it!  But don’t stress out if you’re choosing the right shade off white (trust me, out of the thousands of shades, a few hundred of them will work perfectly!)

Tip 4: Throw out the rule book and have fun!

There is no tried and true rule book of home design.  Find what you like and go for it.  If you’re concerned about over doing it, follow a guideline (NOT A RULE) that my mother gave me for pulling together an outfit: 1 or 2 fun things plus classic pieces.

Flats – classic
Blazer – classic
White top with gentle feminine cut – classic
Denim – classic
Diamonds – classic
Bright yellow purse – fun

And this outfit can take you anywhere from a family picnic to all but the fanciest of restaurants.

Neutral color palette – classic
Pops of orange – fun
Traditional shaped furniture – classic
Solid color drapes – classic
Barn door entertainment center – fun

And doesn’t this room look bright, refreshing, welcoming, and comfortable?  Better yet, does it look like someone could actually live in it?

Don’t be afraid to throw in little oddities (example in picture above) that speak to you, call your name and whisper to you ‘you know you want to!’  The best way to tell when a house has become a home is when you do a blind sight/sound/touch test.  Bring in a friend who has never seen your home.  Don’t tell them it’s your home.  See if they can tell you live there by the way you designed it.  A house only becomes a home when it has your personality stamped on it.

There, I hope that helps some!  What ideas do you have?  Any tips to share?  Do you have some great pictures of how you incorporated trending colors into your home design?  (Please share!)

As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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