This Laundry Room's Dog Shower Is the Pampering Your Pooch Needs. When designer Dina Bandman got the chance to create a laundry room at this year's San Francisco Decorator Showcase, she gave the typically overlooked space a dramatic upgrade: unexpected lighting, scenic wallpaper and a spot for sudsing pups were all integral. "The laundry room is the new powder room!" Bandman says. "It should feel special and be an extension of your home's design."
Rich Blue-Greens and Stone Surfaces Transform a Formerly "Cold and Sad" Kitchen. For California designer Caitlin Moran, color was key in renovating a 1920s Dallas kitchen for a childhood friend and her family. “I encourage clients to look beyond a white kitchen,” says Moran, who came up with a budget-friendly update that was more than a paint job but did not require a complete gut. The result: a richly hued space that only looks like an extreme makeover.
Interior Designers Pick Their Favorite Hues From Valspar's Colors of the Year. It's a lot of pressure to pick one color to represent an entire year's worth of interior design inspiration. That's why the color experts at Valspar announced their picks for colors of year — 12 to be exact. Moving away from one-shade-fits-all, this palette promises to fill your home with charm, passion, and energy, no matter which hue you choose. The colors range from bright yellow to bold blue to warm gray, which guarantees there's something for everyone in the lineup. We have our favorites (that Garnet Red is stunning in a formal dining room), but went to the interior design experts to find out which they're most excited about from the assortment. No surprise here that opinions vary across the board, but the best thing is that no one is wrong. For Abbe Fenimore, the designer behind Studio Ten 25, Deep Indigo stands out: "I love the comfortable and classic feeling that this rich indigo brings to a room, and how it's able to complement virtually any color palette or aesthetic. It's a great option for those looking for a color to ground a space, but want something a little less dominant that black."
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