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9 Ideas for Bringing Blue Accents into Your Home

A few weekends ago, we teamed up with Lowe’s to chat with all sorts of Bay Area folks about interior design. We helped dozens of people create their own unique DIY Coat Racks (peep photos below!) and answered lots of questions about home decor. And, since we figure a lot of you might have the same questions, we’re here to share a few key interior design rules as well as a collection of stylish decor pieces we found at Lowe’s.

First, the rules!

1. Choose a Color Palette: When it comes to your home, it’s good to choose a general color palette that echoes throughout your space. If you’re feeling really bold, you can also create a color palette for each room. This will ensure that your home feels cohesive, even if you have an eclectic collection of objects and furniture. It will also help you curate better, so you don’t end up with a crazy collection of lamps, artwork and what not that don’t fit together.

2. Layer Your Lighting: Create more dimension in your space by layering your lights. Go for one big overhead light, along with table lamps and standing lamps throughout the room. This will create a warm vibe instead of a stark one, as often happens when people employ only overhead lighting.

3. Coordinate Your Textiles: You don’t want your pillows, curtain and rug to all be the exact same pattern, but you do want them to coordinate. Go for a variety of patterns but within the same color palette. And remember to include a few solids to counter all the patterns and textures in your room.

4. Add in Focal Points: Now that you’ve got all the little pieces in place, it’s time to design in a focal point or two. You can use a large statement mirror to create a focal point (with the added bonus of making the room feel bigger!) or you can create a salon wall with a mix of photographs and art work. If you’re feeling really motivated, you can even create a statement wall by painting a mural right onto your wall!

Want more tips on how to style your home for less? Check out the video above!

Now, back to the blues! If you’re looking to add some color to your home, look no further. We’ve picked out 9 chic yet affordable accessories items from Lowe’s that will turn around your style blues.

1. allen + roth Abstract Canvas ($15): Create a salon wall including this abstract art which makes us think of the ocean, the sky and a general sense of calm.

2. Light Blue Ceramic Decorative Lantern ($17): How cool is this lantern? We’re digging the vintage vibe.

3. allen + roth Rectangular Blue Geometric Area Rug ($238): Yes — you can totally score a stylish rug for less than you thought.

4. allen + roth Oberlin Geometric Curtain ($27): Remember, don’t go too matchy matchy. Choose a pattern for your curtains that coordinates with your pillows and rug, without looking too cookie cutter.

5. allen + roth Linen Decorative Pillow ($20): Instead of a pillow with a pattern printed onto it, go for this textured embroidered option.

6. Woodland Imports Owl Vase ($42): Hark, HOOOOO goes there? ;)

7. allen + roth Aqua Glass Vase ($20): We love the ombre look of this classy vase. Now, if only we had some fresh flowers to put in it…!

8. Garden Treasures Ceramic Candle ($4): Never underestimate the power of a candle! It brings light and life to the room with a simple flip of the switch, or match if we’re being literal about it.

9. Garden Treasures Outdoor Decorative Pillow ($14): One more pillow, for good measure.

What recent hardware store projects have you made? Tell us about them in the comments below.

This post is a collaboration with Lowe’s.

Anjelika Temple
As Chief Creative Officer and Founding Partner at Brit + Co, Anjelika Temple brings her voracious consumption of all things creative and colorful to DIY projects, geeky gadgetry finds and more. When she's not DIY-ing her heart out, you'll find her throwing dinner parties with friends or adventuring with her husband David, their daughter Anokhi, and their silly dog Turkey.

Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)