Author: Veronica

Small print Graber roman shades in nursery

Small Prints, Big Impact |With Wallpaper, Furnishings and Flooring

(plus a creative way to use wallpaper in small doses)

One thing we love here at Wilmot’s is watching trends ebb and flow as the years pass. A trend we’re seeing again in 2020 is the use of small prints. While it’s already largely popular in Modern Farmhouse style, it’s popping up in many other spheres of interior design too. For example, you’ll see a whole lot of small cheetah print in modern design, thin ticking stripes in coastal interiors, and tiny geometric prints in the retro home. And they’re not limited to simply accents anymore. They’re taking over our floors, walls, and even ceilings. Let’s expand our design horizons with small prints.

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Woman trying green paint color swatches on wall

How to Select the Perfect Paint Color: An Interview with Our Designers

We asked our on-staff design consultants how they help their customers find the perfect paint color. Whether they’re in store or visiting the clients’ home, our designers can get your paint color right every time. We heard from Sue, our senior designer, and she told us all about her favorite Benjamin Moore colors. We also asked Vicki what she does when her customers just can’t make up their mind. And Veronica gave us some questions she asks her customers to get the ball rolling. Continue reading to learn even more from our fantastic design team!

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Mannington luxury vinyl flooring ADURA Apex Loft - Sunrise

Is Luxury Vinyl Flooring Right For You? (Hint: 100% yes)

You may think of the worn out, peeled seams kitchen floor at your grandmother’s house when you hear “vinyl flooring.” And sure, you’re not wrong, that IS vinyl flooring. But that’s not what we’re talking about today. Luxury vinyl flooring is the iPhone 11 of your grandma’s kitchen floor. Advancements in manufacturing, a keen eye for design, and top quality installation techniques turned this builders’ basic floor finish into one that is coveted by designers and DIYers alike. Luxury vinyl flooring is the universal floor covering for every home, office, restaurant, and more!

When we steer our customers (contractors, designers and homeowners) in the direction of this type of flooring, it’s for these three reasons:

  1. Easy installation
  2. Minimal maintenance
  3. Cutting-edge colors and design

So if you’re on the fence about luxury vinyl flooring, read on and uncover why it is the flooring for you.

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Modern Heritage by York Wallcoverings wallpaper collection

Did You Know Vintage Wallpaper Is Making a Comeback?

Modern heritage wallpaper quiz

This year, one of our long-time wallpaper vendors is celebrating its 125th anniversary! York Wallcoverings released a new collection of wallpaper that hints at the century-old design styles that arrived on the scene when the company began in 1895. From trellises to tropical birds, florals to fine stripes, Modern Heritage encompasses the designs of ages past in new and exciting ways.

The Beginning

The Victorian Era was waning as York Wallcoverings started out. But Modern Heritage takes us all the way back with the 1870’s Victorian-inspired Garden Plume and the bold Lady Slipper patterns. The both come in several beautiful color ways, so you’re bound to love these for your home.

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Modern Holiday Decor Round-up

This holiday season, preparing your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. These on-trend holiday decorations are beautiful, festive and, best of all, easy to attain. There’s nothing new under the sun, but who says you can’t combine elements of past holidays to create modern decor?

Modern holiday decor collage
2019 winter mood
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Benjamin Moore Color of the Year First Light, 2102-70

Color Trends 2020 Review| Our Thoughts on This Year’s Choices

In case you missed it, last week Benjamin Moore hosted a launch party to celebrate the Color Trends 2020. In a captivating reveal, guests at the event got an exclusive first look at the Color of the Year, First Light 2102-70. In a palette of 10 hues, this trend is described as “a fresh palette; a revitalized spirit.” And fresh, they are. Over the years, Benjamin Moore has curated these yearly color palettes to inspire and motivate us to try something new in the world of color. We’ve seen it all, from an eclectic rainbow of shades to deep, dramatic and daring collections.

Color Trends 2020, color of the year first light
First Light 2102-70 is “a soft, rosy hue blooming with potential…the backdrop for a bright new decade.”
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White? After Labor Day? Yes, Please!

It’s the ultimate neutral. It can be warm, cool, bright, soft, etc. And it’s never out of season. While they say you can’t wear white after Labor Day, you certainly can paint and decorate with it! We’ve put together a collection of inspiring white interiors to fall in love with and why it’s the right color for these spaces, plus our favorite white paint colors!

Classic White

Crisp, clean white is a go-to for new homes, old homes, and everything in between. Put it in any room for a fresh neutral look that pairs well with wood-tone trim, white trim, or even contrast trim (painting all of the moulding with a deeper color).

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Fall Forecast: Turning Over a New Leaf with Colors

If there is one word for design in 2019, it’s moody. I’m all about those rich, moving colors that feel deep and mysterious. But how about playfully moody tones? Ones that evoke excitement and energy. Let’s change the atmosphere. Autumn doesn’t have to be gloomy, dark and traditional. With the upcoming changing of the seasons, I want to turn over a new leaf with fall colors and the inspiration behind them.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso
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The American Dream (Homes)

We all have our own unique outlook on life, specifically in design and what we consider to be “the American Dream.” The definition of the American Dream has evolved over the years to mean a multitude of lifestyles and career paths. And without getting political, it really is amazing to see the diversity our country allows and encourages as we learn what our individual American Dream is. For some it means buying a modest home with all your favorite features; some, it’s a sprawling farmhouse on the ranch; and others it looks like non-committal apartment living. Design gets DIVERSE based on location, trends, and history. So let’s look at the classic elements of homes in each of the four corners of the U.S. — the colonial New England, the charming farming South, the modernist Pacific Northwest and the cultural Southwest. 

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Window Treatments 101 | Roman Shades & Draperies

Did you know curtains have been around since 3rd-century Egypt? Though they were primarily used to separate rooms, these first generation curtains inspired the use of soft window coverings. Becoming popular in 16th-century England, window coverings were commonly made from linen, flax and cotton… just like today’s roman shades and draperies!

Renaissance styled draperies
Renaissance draperies
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Roman shades are just as old and date back to- you guessed it- ancient Roman times. But they were originally designed to function horizontally, like an awning. This was to block the hot sun while spectators enjoyed the spectacles at the Colosseum. Now used vertically on our windows and doors, Roman shades still function as they did back then.

We won’t bore you with a full history lesson, but it’s fun to know where our modern fabric window treatments got their start. This month, we’re expanding our Window Treatments 101 series to the most timeless treatments you can put in your home— roman shades and draperies. 

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