You’ve been living with your HGTV-inspired, modern
farmhouse décor for a few years now and you like it just
fine, but suddenly you’re craving something extra. A pop
of color. Real color. Something that will set your home
apart from the other farmhouse fans in your circle of
friends and neighbors.
So now what? It’s all in the details, say
a pair of local home-design experts.
“Tone on tone is always beautiful, always
classic, and there’s always a place for it ...
especially now that [floor plans] are more open,” says
Emily Ebben, director of design and marketing at Warren
Barnett Interiors. “I don’t think that’s going anywhere.
It’s setting you up for longevity and being able to
switch out accessories and colors — inexpensive to do in
comparison to doing a whole room. By adding a really
cool area rug that has a pop of color or accent, throw
pillows, art work, well-placed accessories — things like
that can add minimal bright pops of color, in an
appropriate way.” Ebben calls the approach “the jewelry
of a room,” noting that she recently punched up a
longtime client’s black and white décor with a bright
orange sofa and lively ottomans. But before you head to
the store or gallery to add a punchy piece to your home,
snap some photos of the room, where in-store design
experts can help you get it right on the first try.
“We have thousands of [upholstery] fabric
options, but we actually have color on our floor, as
well,” says Randi K. of BILTRITE
Furniture-Leather-Mattresses, which offers
comprehensive, complementary in-store interior design
services. “We have the neutrals, but we also have color
— because we love color. And sometimes color will sell
better on a piece. People can’t imagine what a blue sofa
or a green sofa is going to look like.”
Whether you get your design advice
in-store or in-home, both women agree that two-way
communication is key to color you’ll truly love.
“It’s important for everyone to have
their own personal style,” says Randi K., who describes
her own design taste as funky and eclectic. “You have to
have what you like in your home, because your house is
your home. If [clients] like color, you can’t go by the
“It’s our job to ask the appropriate
questions, and really listen to our clients as far as
picking the right color scheme,” adds Ebben. “I always
ask ‘What’s your favorite color?’ and ‘What color do you
hate?’ Because you could hate green, and I might think
that a palette is really cool but there’s a touch of
green in the pattern or something else that would
completely turn you off and I would have no idea. Seeing
the space and getting in our client’s homes is of the
upmost importance — but really our job is to listen.
That’s what helps us guide our clients