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5 Ways to Use Neon in Your Home

By: Danielle Clockel

Neon — brighter than bright, boldest of all hues. How can you harness such a powerful color spectrum in your space? Behold:

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As dreamy, soft mood lighting. Go for pinks and cyans shrouded by gauzy panels.

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As a way to completely transform vintage furniture. A simple-yet-impactful paint job will do, but bonus points if you can use actual lighting!

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As standout grout. This frames your gorgeous tile choice and creates a vibrant modern grid pattern.

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As a surprise interior accent color. Paint your built-in shelving, your closets, the inside of your cabinets — whatever, go crazy!

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As a way to make the smallest, simplest elements suddenly very cool. Boring knobs? Better now.

Whether you incorporate just a little or whole lot, neon colors add life and cheer to a space. And who couldn’t use a little of that each day, right?

Before and After: A Grant Park Transformation

By: Shelby Adamson

A recent renovation project of ours in the historic Grant Park neighborhood has us beaming with pride. The owners brought us in to update their home’s basic “quick flip” builder look into something clean, modern, and perfect for displaying art as well as entertaining guests. To achieve this, we focused on the kitchen and living room.

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After!

We refreshed the walls and cabinets in Benjamin Moore White Dove, which allowed the backsplash tile to really steal the show (more on that in a bit). For the all important countertops, we chose a quartz with a cement look, which allows our clients to cook and entertain without the worry of staining. As an added bonus, we extended the peninsula to accommodate more seating.

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After!

Okay. About this tile. It’s definitely one of our favorite aspects of this project. We accentuated the geometric form with a navy grout to really make each piece pop off the wall. We’re obsessed! The deep sink with industrial stainless black faucet completes the modernization of the space, creating a beautiful kitchen that’s a thrill to cook in.

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While we loved the idea of a living room mantle for this home, the existing one was a bit ill-fitting and didn’t really add any warmth or wow-factor. Our client loved the look of walnut wood cladding, so we chose a similarly beautiful poplar wood and stained it walnut for cost efficiency (with no sacrifice on style). We worked with the asymmetry of the room by adding a cozy reading nook to the left of the fireplace, and storage to the right.

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After!

The rest of the living room is layered with geometric rugs, a rich, warm cognac leather sofa, latticed coffee table, and modern arc reading lamp. It’s updated, inviting, and super comfy — a welcoming sight when you walk through the front door.

Our clients now have a space that is perfect for their guests, whether they’re congregating in the kitchen to cook a delicious meal or lounging in the living room with a craft cocktail. And those clean, soft white walls are the perfect base to showcase their art collection.

Need We Say More: Stunning Wet Room Tile

By Melody Richardson

We have all been fawning over this gorgeous wet room, featured by Domino Magazine, from the moment we laid eyes on it. The way the designer pulled the tile from the floor onto the accent wall, and even brought it up to create a feature on the ceiling, is such an inspiration. We are so looking forward to trying out this technique in a powder room, laundry, or perhaps even a mud room!

The New Organics

By: The Balance Design Team

We celebrate pattern and texture, and love materials that invigorate the senses of sight, smell, and touch. Roughened jute, natural linens, rich wood grains, and soft wools create a natural palette that relaxes the mind and soul. Sometimes keeping things simple and limiting visual sensory overload allows you to fall into a design and feel the zen of the surrounding environment.

5 Uncommon and Unexpected Color Pairings

By: The Balance Design Team

Feeling uninspired by the color schemes you’ve seen over and over again? Us too. We stepped out of our comfort zones to create bold, fresh color palettes that challenged us and even changed our minds about a few hot-button colors.

Blush & Persimmon

If you think pink and orange is a juvenile combination, think again! Combining similar hues of blush and persimmon evokes feelings of old world spices and soft floral dyes, with the muted blush acting almost as a neutral. This palette feels like a soft yet energetic beginning of a new day.

Green & Black

We love the combination of deep green and black — it’s modern and current, yet grounded. Picture a gleaming grand piano with an emerald green bench. Choose a slick lacquer black to really set this pairing up for success!

Ochre & Plum

Deep purples and golden yellows create a luxurious but playful color palette, and the contrast of light and dark keeps this pairing rich, but not heavy. Utilize velvets and leathers for an ultra sumptuous experience.

Neon Yellow & Slate Blue

We know neon isn’t for everyone, and in fact there are some strong feelings about it amongst our team! But paired with a grounding, chalky navy blue, it gives the right amount of POP to an otherwise standard neutral. By embracing a difficult color, a beautiful palette was brought to our attention — and honestly, we quite like it!

Sea Green & Coral

This is the more saturated, modern version of the aqua and peach of the 80’s. When paired together with a warmer neutral, like a bronze or caramel, a once dated color scheme is revitalized. Plus, balancing brighter colors with neutral metals and textures is a great way to create harmony.

When you’re feeling burned out or uninspired by your “usuals” and “go-to’s,” try taking a second look at something you thought you didn’t like. Challenge yourself to look at it from a different point of view or in a different context — you might find a new favorite!