Color of the Year: Off-White Is On Trend for 2016

“Don’t panic hearing WHITE is on trend,  there are so many variations that white is truly a color.”  GraceAnn Simoni.

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See why four paint brands have chosen a shade of white as their hot hue for the new year

October 20, 2015
It’s the time of year when many paint manufacturers and color forecasters release their picks for top shades for the coming year. And while these selections typically vary widely from company to company, one emerging trend for 2016 is what some would call a colorless color: white or, more specifically, shades of off-white. Here are four major paint brands’ achromatic color picks and how best to use them in your home.

It’s Back…Brass

See if we wait long enough it comes around again.


A home decorating trend that was hot this past year and is forecasted to stay strong for the new 2014 is the addition of brass accents. The use of brass in home decorating and design made a comeback in recent years but has really seen a steady climb in 2013 due to the the metal’s versatility and visual impact. The brass trend is a popular choice among designers and homeowners because the metal can be customized to accommodate any décor setting. Whether it’s a highly polished look to compliment a modern décor or a dulled antique finish to represent a warm, rustic, vintage feel, the brass trend looks like it is here to stay.

bronze fleur de lis

An additional benefit of incorporating brass is that it is one of the most durable and strong metals with a resistance to corrosion. These attributes make the metal even more desirable to be utilized in décor and architectural elements.


The beautiful earthly metal is ideal for kitchen & bathroom fixtures, fireplace surrounds, architectural accents and artistic sculptures. It is sure to add a timeless beauty to any space. So consider brass when doing your next renovation or decoration. Realm of design looks forward to creating the perfect brass accent to adorn your space.



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Have you heard “PURPLE”?

Have you heard???? Pantone color of the year is Radiant Orchid??  Before you disregard it; read on to find out how it can change you life and surroundings.

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– 8 Ways

 The Color Purple Can Help You Bring More Success, Love, and Wealth

© K Weber Communications LLC 2002-2009

Purple is a potent color. In every society, purple holds a special place, and a special meaning. It is said that Leonardo da Vinci believed meditating in a lavender or purple-colored light was improved by a factor of 10. Purple is associated with wealth, nobility, stature, religion, piety, magic, and sexuality.

Purple is mixture of soothing, calm blue with boisterous, energetic red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. Some 75 percent of small children choose purple over other colors.

It is said that purple was a favorite color of Cleopatra. It has continued to be a color associated with royalty, with high honor, such as the purple heart awarded American soldiers wounded or killed in war. Obviously, purple is a very special color. That is also true in feng shui. In feng shui, there is one color that is suitable in any direction. That color is purple.

Purple is the color associated with any of the directions as a beneficial color. You might even say that purple is the “feng shui beige.” Sometimes purple is not the easiest color to live with. So, if you have strong feelings about purple it’s better not to use it. Or, if your space would look strange with purple, then it’s better to use a color that goes with your decor.

Purple is also a color that generates good chi. So, wherever you would like to add extra energy, consider adding purple. However, because it is a stimulating color, it’s better not to put purple in bathrooms and kitchens, where it can enhance the negative energies of these rooms.

However, if you’ve ever wondered how purple can help your feng shui, then here eight ways purple can help you in your life.

1. Purple helps you gain MORE RECOGNITION.
Purple is an excellent color to add in the south sector of your house or living room or office. In particular, it is especially good if you are in a power position, such as principle or owner of a business. Purple is definitely a power color. Add it to a south wall for added prestige and to further your ambitions for fame.

2. Purple helps you gain CREATIVE, SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN.
Purple is an excellent enhancement to any child’s room. Painted on any wall or used in furnishings, purple is very enhancing to any child regardless of the child’s personal feng shui. Purple is also enhancing to the child’s imagination. It is also enhancing to any wall it is painted on regardless of direction.

Your child suffering from ill health? Purple is beneficial when painted on an east wall as it helps improve health. Want to inspire creativity in your child? Paint the west wall purple. Is your child a burgeoning artist or actor and craving recognition? Paint the south wall purple to boost their profile and chances of being noticed.

3. Purple helps you gain MORE MONEY.
Purple is the ultimate prosperity color. Paint the southeast wall, sector, or corner of your living room a royal purple color. This is the color of extremely deep water, which means wealth in feng shui.

Wearing purple clothing or ties is a great way for sales people, bankers, or anyone who deals with money to use purple in a personal and wealth-enhancing way. Or, use purple in the north, which is the direction of water. Purple here brings luck for wealth and prosperity associated with your job and business opportunities.

4. Purple helps you gain in BUSINESS.
Businesses that prosper with the color purple include advertising, art studios, television and film companies, psychologists offices, gift stores, or lighting businesses. Florists also benefit from purple. Invite some purple into your business — especially in the southeast sector.

5. Purple helps you gain PEACE, WISDOM, AND GROWTH.
Paint your meditation room purple or lavender for personal growth. The purple enhances meditation – especially if it is in the form of lavender-colored light. To accomplish this, purchase a lavender-colored crystal and hang the crystal in the sunlight so that it casts lavender rainbows on the walls. Or, hang a purple tinted stained-glass window in your windows to create more purple light.

6. Purple helps you gain more GOOD LUCK.
Purple and shades of purple are excellent for stimulating good luck. It is especially good when it is paired with white, gold, or silver. Use these color combinations in the west and northwest corners to enhance these corners and bring about greater luck.

7. Purple helps you gain NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR LIFE.
Try painting your front door purple. Purple invites opportunities to your home and activates the energy of the entry way – which is where chi enters your home. You can instantly improve the chi of your home simply by painting your front door.

Plus, you can improve your opportunities – and whatever aspect of your life that relates to the door direction that your front door faces – simply by painting your front door purple. Better career? Purple helps that. Better health? Purple helps that too. More friends and recognition? Purple wins again. There is only one exception with purple, and that is the northwest-facing front door. Better to paint this door gold, white, silver, or gray.

8. Purple helps you gain a BETTER LOVE LIFE.
Purple improves luck and chi and there is no better place for purple to work its magic than on romance. Use purple colors in the southwest sector of your home, your bedroom or your office wherever you want to boost the romance energy.

Place your wedding or honeymoon pictures in purple frames to keep the two of you cozy for a long time. Sleep on lavender sheets for more romantic energy. Place purple amethyst geodes in the SW corner to keep the heart fires burning. Want more attention in the bedroom or from admirers? Wear purple underwear. Spray lavender essence on your bedding for relaxing, romantic interludes.
As you can see purple is a wonder color. In fact, you might be wondering how you’ve lived without it!

© K Weber Communications LLC 2002-2009

Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information and to receive her FREE Ebook “Easy Money – 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui” visit and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant!

Never too late to decorate!!

bird on mantle

If you’re like me and discovered that you are behind in the Holiday decorating and are starting to think “why bother for only a couple of weeks?”

Think about Winter decorating  instead. This way you can leave the decorations up way past Christmas without looking like you were too busy to take them down.winter decor

Change up that traditional Xmas tree with the colored lights and ornaments to a Xmas tree or topiary with white lights and branches of artificial berries or sprigs of holly. Wood branches from the yard can be placed in the tree along with additional large pine cones hung from the branches instead of the ornaments. The tree then becomes decorative way past the traditional holiday season. 

Forget about the Santa and Reindeer motif. Work with snowmen and snowflakes instead. Those can stay until the first thaw. Silver and shining is the thing this year. Blue and icy works well, too.
Remember we want to cherish the holidays not dread the hassle. Decorating for the entire winter season can help eliminate those January/February winter blahs too! And because I am so late the only photo I can take credit for is the snowman!!

Peace and Blessing to you all. See you in the New Year to help you overcome the winter blahs with some color excitement.



Sherwin Williams Color of the Year 2014

You know Purple not Purrpple!

Painting in 2014? Here’s the hot color

The palette called Curiosity is “largely driven by science and geology.”

A sophisticated grayish violet dubbed Exclusive Plum is the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year for 2014. “This dusky, filtered violet is refined without being stuffy, elegant yet easy, and layered with romantic potential,” says Jackie Jordan, the company’s director of color marketing.

The 2014 forecast features 38 colors in four palettes: Reasoned, Diaphanous, Intrinsic and Curiosity. Curiosity is “largely driven by science and geology,” and is where Exclusive Plum fits in.

The company says the 2014 color is versatile and can be used in a variety of spaces: For a cozy, masculine den, Jordan recommends pairing it with accents of copper and worn leather. It can be layered with gold, gray and white for an “elegant, dreamy bedroom,” or highlighted against white subway tile and chrome in the master bath. Pops of magenta and chartreuse make for a more energetic space.

For more examples of how to use Elusive Plum SW 6263 Visit the link below.

Thursday Tip

Here is a  tip to try this weekend to get ready for your Thanksgiving Table from my Friend ,Eleida, Next Level Interiors

Anchor with Fabric

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Anchor with Fabric

Even the simplest of Tablescapes can be anchored with fabric. It is the first step to find a base or container so the grouping looks like one arrangement. Here we used a fabric placemat  and then assembled the rest of the items. The fabric not only provides color and texture but adds to the theme of the fall and Thanksgiving season.




From my friend and Fabric Guru, Eleida

Thankful also for….fabric!

From my friend and Fabric Guru, Eleida of Next Level Interiors

Thankful also for….fabric!


The great thing about Thanksgiving is that it reminds us to really be thankful. Family and friends are at the top of my list, and so many other things including my business and all the great people I meet through it.

When it comes to work, I  have to say that I am also thankful for fabric!  I love fabric and a few times a year when I see that big box of fabric books come to my door, it is like Christmas all over again.  To me that big box is full of creative ideas waiting to happen, hundreds of new combinations that can be put together to add unique finishing touches to any room. With fabric you can bring your personality into the room, whether you prefer a monochromatic  look rich in textures,  a lot of pattern and color, or somewhere in between.  What starts as fabric can be transformed into a variety of unique items designed just for you and your home, from window treatments to pillows, throws, runners, lampshades, upholstery projects, and more.  Choose a fabric you love, add others to complement it and be creative. Use them for bands, contrast cord, ties and so much more.


I may not be thinking about fabric on Thanksgiving day, but as soon as Monday comes around I will be thankful for it too. Let the creative process begin! :)


Thusday Tip. Dining room, By the numbers

pumpkin vase

The Table: pumpkin vase

  • Allow 36 inches from the edge of the dining table to the wall or another piece of furniture for easy access in and out of the chairs and to avoid damage to the buffet.
  • Make sure if an area rug is used that the chair legs remain on the rug even when pulled out.
  • Knees should be able to be 12 inches to 14 inches under the table.
  • Seat height for dining chairs should be at least 18 inches high. Although sometimes our thighs or knees touch the dining table base because it is not the correct distance from the seat.

Are you thinking of a new chandelier for the holiday?  Here are the numbers:

  • Diameter of the dining room chandelier should be about one half to two thirds the width of the table it will be hanging over.
  • The general rule for hanging dining room chandelier is that the bottom of the fixture should hang between 30″ and 36″ from the tabletop.

Enjoy your family time

GraceAnn Simoni,