5 Colors You’re Probably Not Using in Your Home—But Should

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52’s Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances wit…

Follow the Pattern is a brand new column from furniture maker and upholstery expert (and Home52's Resident Design Wiz) Nicole Crowder. Nicole is here to show us how to breathe new life into old furniture, reuse and repurpose materials, take chances with color and pattern—and develop a signature aesthetic. Today, she shares her tips for transforming a balcony.


Whether you prefer a neutral color palette or want to throw a rainbow over your home, the colors you pick for your space have a big impact on decor—but also mood and energy. The good news? There are absolutely no rules when it comes to which colors you pick (we’re team helpful guidance over here, not team prescriptive direction).

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Why Brown Is the Bold Neutral Your Walls Need

When it came time to convince my family that I wanted to paint the dining room brown, I decided the word “chocolate” would be my secret weapon. In fact, I had the specifics in mind: I would add that it was the paint equivalent of my favorite Valrhona G…

When it came time to convince my family that I wanted to paint the dining room brown, I decided the word “chocolate” would be my secret weapon. In fact, I had the specifics in mind: I would add that it was the paint equivalent of my favorite Valrhona Guanaja 70 percent, melted with a bit of French butter. Not too dark, not too milky.

What I didn’t tell them was that I’d already found the paint, and that it was arriving via FedEx from Dorset, England, the very next day.

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The 15 Shades of White Paint Top Designers Swear By

Deciding to paint a room white is easy. Picking out the right shade, however, can seem downright impossible thanks to the sheer volume of highly-nuanced options available. We have you covered, though. Today, 15 of our favorite designers are sharing the…

Deciding to paint a room white is easy. Picking out the right shade, however, can seem downright impossible thanks to the sheer volume of highly-nuanced options available. We have you covered, though. Today, 15 of our favorite designers are sharing the tried-and-true hues they keep at the ready. From warm to cool, their go-tos are sure to work in any room, no matter the amount of light it gets or its underpinning style.

Jessica Blue, Jessica Blue Interiors

“I love Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White because it has the depth of whitewashed villas you see in Grecian architecture. It is equally cool as it is warm, and is a beautiful neutral backdrop for any space.”

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4 Interior Designer-Vetted Tips for Picking Bedroom Paint Colors

Even if you don’t necessarily spend a lot of time in your bedroom—and are asleep for most of the time you do spend in there—it’s still worthwhile to make the room beautiful. A well-decorated bedroom will not only bring you joy, but also help you relax …

Even if you don’t necessarily spend a lot of time in your bedroom—and are asleep for most of the time you do spend in there—it’s still worthwhile to make the room beautiful. A well-decorated bedroom will not only bring you joy, but also help you relax and unwind at the end of the day—and wake up on the right side of the bed each morning.

If you’re planning to give your bedroom a lil’ facelift, one of the key decisions you’ll need to make is what color to paint the walls. That’s easier said than done, though, as there are quite literally thousands of hues to choose from—so many, in fact, that you might not know where to start.

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Wait, There’s Such a Thing as Anti-Bacterial Paint?

I spend a great deal of time thinking about interior paint—flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, high-gloss—and have amassed quite a collection of half-used cans myself. I also grew up in a house of cabinet-makers and DIYers, and have learned a heck of a lot of …

I spend a great deal of time thinking about interior paint—flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, high-gloss—and have amassed quite a collection of half-used cans myself. I also grew up in a house of cabinet-makers and DIYers, and have learned a heck of a lot of home finishing info along the way. So when a new paint invention comes along—or I’ve just heard of it—you best believe I’m listening up.

Below are some of the paint trends we’ve been hearing all about lately, from sanitizing to highly textured—and you’re going to want to add them to your arsenal.

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The Artistry of Jacques Pépin

This story appeared in Serendipity Magazine’s October/November 2020 issue, and we’re excited to share it with our readers.”

Jacques Pépin has a confession: “I am not a morning person,” he says. “I get up at the crack of 9 a.m. When you’re a restaurant…

This story appeared in Serendipity Magazine's October/November 2020 issue, and we're excited to share it with our readers."

Jacques Pépin has a confession: “I am not a morning person,” he says. “I get up at the crack of 9 a.m. When you’re a restaurant person you never go to bed before 12 o’clock.” Still, it’s hard to believe the French master chef, who will be 85 this December, allows himself any downtime, even for sleep. How else would he have accomplished such a monumental amount in his life to date?

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The Color Trends for 2021 Are Here—& They’re Bringing the Reset We Need

In a year that’s been marred by its share of gloom, one of the things I found myself looking forward to (even more than usual) were the Color of the Year announcements from the design world. That’s not to say that I rush to stock up on every paint sele…

In a year that’s been marred by its share of gloom, one of the things I found myself looking forward to (even more than usual) were the Color of the Year announcements from the design world. That’s not to say that I rush to stock up on every paint select each year—in fact, sometimes they can be a bit baffling (we all remember Pantone’s Ultra Violet from 2018, right?). But there’s much to love about them: the fresh perspective they bring, the anticipatory excitement they drum up for the new year, and the reboot they herald.

The need to make our lives at home as rich as possible is more evident than ever, and the 2021 Colors of the Year do their bit for our relaxing, happy, energizing, cluttered, chaotic, calming, well-loved spaces. Based off of these shades alone, I predict a brighter and happier 2021. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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How to Transform Any (Yes, Any!) Entryway Using Just Paint

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we’re showing you how to transform any entryway into…

With help from our sponsor Behr—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we're showing you how to transform any entryway into a beautiful-meets-functional space using BEHR ULTRA® SCUFF DEFENSE™ Interior Extra Durable Flat Paint.


I once heard that if you intend to stay in your home for longer than a year, you should paint it to suit your taste. As someone who’s done nearly everything within the realm of rental possibility (removable wallpaper, peel & stick floor tiles, countless things nailed and drilled), I’ve learned that painting walls is actually the easiest project among them—and has the biggest impact, as well.

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A DIY Patio Upgrade That’s Perfect for Cooler Weather

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or smal…

A monthly DIY column by Stacie Abdallah—design blogger, avid DIYer, and busy mom of three. Armed with her trusty pliers and paint, Stacie shares her favorite home projects for creating spaces that work for you (and look incredible!)—whether big or small, rented or owned.


As a mom of three young boys, I basically live outdoors. When they’re not digging holes in search of worms, they’re playing their version of soccer, or climbing everything in sight—they’d sleep in the backyard if we let them. As a result, we spend the majority of our days in the summer, fall, and spring outside.

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A Perfectly Patterned Wall—No Wallpaper Necessary

With help from our sponsor BEHR® Paint—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we’re sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you’re a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we’re showing you how to turn any blank wall …

With help from our sponsor BEHR® Paint—makers of high-quality paints in every shade—we're sharing color-filled paint projects anyone can pull off, whether you're a first-time DIY-er or a seasoned pro. Here, we're showing you how to turn any blank wall into a stenciled wonder.


I’m always looking for ways to liven up the lackluster white walls in my apartment, so I’ve tried a little bit of everything when it comes to covering them—some have been more successful than others.

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