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Whether horizontal or vertical, thick or thin, stripes are a timeless classic. Stripes can give any room that bold punch it needs to spruce up the design.  Dorothy Draper, the American interior decorator who inspired generations with her 1939 book Decorating is Fun! How to Be Your Own Decorator, declared “the wider the stripe . . . the smarter the effect.” Ms. Draper would know, too — she made the stripe one of her signature motifs.

When considering stripes, color is an important factor to consider based on the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Black and white creates an elegant and sophisticated finish, blue and white presents a more coastal interior and complementary colors like red and green add a sense of vitality into the space.

No matter which variation of the classical stripe you choose, they all create a refreshing alternative to revamping your room. Here are just a few inspirational images to get your mind racing with ideas.

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1. Ombre Stripes
Ombre stripes? Who knew? Designer Vern Yip created the look in HGTV Magazine by gradating five color variants to create an interesting alternative to the traditional horizontal stripe.  “Stripes ranging from light to dark give a space amazing energy,” Vern Yip says.

Credit: Allun Callender

2. As a Focal Point
Focal points help bring attention to a specific portion of a room. As Sue Timney demonstrates in her house in Kent, England, these narrow black-and-white stripes create a bold focal point. The thin stripe helps bring attention to other strong elements, like the pop art hanging over the mantel.

Credit: Sadie Jude

3. Curtains
Curtains, like these colorful window treatments, are a subtle way to incorporate stripes into your home without having to commit to an entire room or even an entire wall. Narrow vertical stripes fit well in rooms with low ceilings, while broader stripes make the ceiling seem lower. Adding long, striped curtains that touch the floor can also make the room appear taller.

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It’s no secret that I’m kind of obsessed with freezer paper stencils. So far, I’ve created a nautical, anchor-stenciled boat bag and some adorable onesies, but I’m not done yet. This week, I’m turning this cute cloud-and-raindrop stencil into a sweet summer dress.

Make Your Own Freezer Paper Stenciled Dress - HGTV Crafternoon on Design Happens

If you’re new to this adaptable technique, prepare to be smitten.  To get started, simply print or cut out the design of your choice, then affix it to fabric or clothing with an iron. Then, paint on fabric paint, let dry and peel away the stencil. The result? The look of a custom screen print in a fraction of the time. Watch this week’s video to learn more about the process:

Pretty cute, eh? I used a patterned cotton dress for this project, but it would look equally cute on a shirt, table runner or set of white cotton napkins. Download the stencil here to get started with your own design! If you’d like a longer pattern, pair the cloud and raindrop stencil with this extra set of raindrops.

Tell me, have you tried freezer paper stencils? Where would you use this cute cloud-and-raindrop design?

With Memorial Day behind us and summer vacations on the horizon, our color team was craving a bright, beachy color this June. So when Briana proposed this gorgeous Burnt Coral, we were all smitten. Can you believe the vote was nearly unanimous?

This color takes the classic peachy pink coral and turns up the color value a few notches — think something a little more cinnabar or vermillion. This darker, orange-red coral is au courant and looks great with other spring and summer colors.  Take a look:

Burnt Coral Nursery on HGTV.com - Design By Kendall Wilkinson

Design By Kendall Wilkinson

Guest editor and Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines is also a big fan. “Burnt coral is a nice accent color that is fresh and fun, yet still sophisticated,” she says. “I love to incorporate this color with pillows, vases and other small accents. I tend to blend white with burnt coral, because it offers a really nice contrast that is easy on the eye.”

Design by Tobi Fairley

Design by Tobi Fairley

Burnt coral also plays well with light, airy blues, soft grays and dusty lavender. It can be surprisingly soothing when paired with cooler hues, as seen in this retro dining room:

Contemporary Dining Nook by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

For just a little bit of burnt coral, add a chic throw pillow on the living room sofa or atop the bedspread. (Trendy nautical motifs optional.)

Burnt Coral Pillows - HGTV's Design Happens Blog

Burnt Coral Pillows, Clockwise From Top Left: Persimmon Dora Pillow, Rivulets Standard Shams, Coral Sand Cuttlefish Pillow, Coral Ombre Velvet Pillow

This color lends itself to both eclectic…

Burnt Coral Bathroom Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

…and more traditional spaces, from this bold boy’s bathroom to the classic beachy style featured at HGTV Smart Home 2013.

Burnt Coral Guest Bedroom From HGTV Smart Home 2013

Design by Linda Woodrum

Do you love this new take on classic coral as much as we do? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Whether it’s picking a paint color combination to create a certain mood or customized color matching, True Value has the solutions. To help you choose the perfect color scheme for your next interior or exterior painting project, visit TrueValuePaint.com.

As a child, I was obsessed with changing up my room’s design scheme and color palette. It started with a frilly pink bedspread and canopy, then gradually matured to sunshine-yellow walls with a cool denim comforter. By the time I was midway through high school, I was sporting tan walls and leopard print everything. My parents let me express myself through the years, and while cringe-worthy at times, it has been important to my personal design style today.

Look at your child’s room as a place to lay the foundation, a place where they can grow. First, decide what purpose the space will serve; is it just a room for rest, or does it double as a playroom, too? This will determine the palettes you choose. Hues like gray, turquoise, lime and creamsicle are soft enough for a child but can take them into the tween and teen years with ease.

Looking for inspiration for your kiddo? Here some of my favorite youthful paint palettes:

Kids Bedroom

Bright Green Boy’s Room: Designer duo Robert and Cortney Novogratz took the bright green hue from the crystal chandelier and painted the ceiling a matching shade. The fifth wall is also a nice complement to the toile wallpapered accent wall.

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I could write a book about how much I adore Tina Fey and her sense of humor, which is why the teen comedy Mean Girls never ceases to make me LOL and feel painfully awkward at times (remember “grool”?). So, when I found out that today is the 10th anniversary of the Mean Girls release, I was shocked and overwhelmingly nostalgic for my teen years. Where did those 10 years go?! Now, I could sit here and transcribe the entire movie from beginning to end, but I won’t put you all through that. Instead, I’ll celebrate by sharing my favorite pink rooms, because “on Wednesdays we wear pink.” Duh.

Pink Bathroom

Photography by Max Kim-Bee for HGTV Magazine

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Pink Bathroom

Design by Drew and Jonathan Scott

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Pink Bedroom

Design by Liz Carroll

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Pink Bar

Photography by Max Kim-Bee for HGTV Magazine

Get a room-by-room look of this colorful home >>

Pink Nursery

Design by Elizabeth Krial for DC Design House

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Pink Bedroom

Design by Barry Dixon

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Think pink! Here’s more inspiration for the hue whether you prefer a bold shade or more subdued ballet pink tone.

Modern, graphic herringbone is everywhere right now. It’s like an updated version of overplayed chevron, dressing up everything from tables to bathrooms. I even put a herringbone accent wall in Hugo’s nursery! Today, as part of our ongoing National Craft Month coverage, I join forces with Kathy from Merriment Design to create beautiful customized trays and boxes using humble balsa wood tiles. We had so much fun! Watch the video below:

With a little paint and some simple wooden tiles, you can make a beautiful tray or box to keep, or give away (wouldn’t these make great Mother’s Day gifts?). What would you adorn with this classic-meets-trendy pattern?

Decorative Herringbone Boy and Tray

Catch up on all of our National Craft Month projects–these easy felt bowls and festive pom-pom banners. Check in next week for another great how-to!

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Spring’s official start isn’t for two more days, but I’m already plotting for the new season. Case in point: I’m ready to sit down…outside…at this fresh, whimsical table featured in Lonny (via Mix and Chic.) I love every detail: The painted mint table runner, the unexpected sod placemats and the mix of floral and citrus accents.

Green and Peach Table Setting Color Palette

Blushing pastels (like our February color of the month, Pink Grapefruit) look ever-so-fresh against nearly-neon florals, citrus and springy greens. Once you’ve tried this on your tabletop, it would make a lovely gender-neutral nursery palette.

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

When Pantone first unveiled Radiant Orchid, its 2014 Color of the Year, the hue got mixed reviews from the Design Happens staff. But now that spring is on the horizon, we have purple on the brain — our top two color pitches this month were Orchid and Lavender! But which purple to choose?

We turned to guest editor Nancy Fire to cast our tie-breaking vote. Fresh from international design shows like Paris’s Maison & Objet and Cologne, Germany’s IMM, she looked to the marketplace to help her decide. The answer came quickly: Orchid. “The world is orchid crazy right now, with Radiant Orchid showcased on products all over the universe, from fabrics, lamp shades, hand-painted chairs as well as other decorative accessories,” Nancy says. “So, my pick is orchid for obvious home decor reasons. ”

Even if you’re on the fence about orchid, it’s time to give this color a second look. We love how just a tiny bit of orchid adds necessary early spring vibrancy to a room. See how orchid accessories, like the amazing string art, chandelier and chair, reinvigorate this modern kids’ room?

Radiant Orchid and Mint Green - HGTV Color of the Month March 2014

Unless you’re purple-crazy, small doses are the way to go: Try pairing it with soft greens, like hemlock or mint, or soft grays for a more muted look.  For a modern take, try bright white and citron paired with pops of orchid. This tween room’s inviting bedding and fun striped ceiling makes me kind of want to move in.

Radiant Orchid Project Nursery Teen Bedroom

And as days (finally) start to warm up, don’t rule out orchid for your outdoors spaces. We love how (purple-obsessed) designer Brian Patrick Flynn incorporated the hue into this eclectic outdoor living room.

Radiant Orchid Back Porch - Design By Brian Patrick Flynn

What do you think of orchid? Will you use the hue in your home this spring? Tell me in the comments below.

We celebrate the third Monday of February each year, known as President’s Day, to honor George Washington, the first president of the United States. (February 22 is George’s actual birthday, though.) Across the country we use this day to celebrate and remember all of our nation’s presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday also falls in the month of February. Happy birthday, Abe and George!

(I’ll happily take all of the below to add to my vintage presidential collection.)

Mood Board Monday: President's DayGeorge Sculpture | Print | Terrarium | Office | Bookends | Figurines | Blocks | Pillow

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

To be completely honest with you, my inspiration for today’s Mood Board Monday comes from an egg, cheese and avocado bagel sandwich I had over the weekend. It was my idea of breakfast Heaven. Now, I can’t stop thinking of my next avocado adventure…

Mood Board Monday: AvocadoPrint | Kitchen | Ice Cream | Vintage Ad | Dining Room | Table Setting | Nursery | Fashion

Come back every Monday for an inspirational mood board. Miss a day? See all the posts here.

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