Color Stories: Trends + Moods

Home decor fashion is all about color this year! From tangerine tango to cabaret to margarita green, we highlight some of the hottest color trends in home decor & fashion. When designing home interiors, color can say a lot about who you are and set the overall mood for the space. What does your home decor color say about you?

Look out neutral interiors…here comes color!  For home decor fashion lovers, we’ve highlighted some cool moodboards reflecting the cool color trends of 2012. You’ll recognize some of your favorite colors from the fabulous Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012. So this season, don’t be afraid to add drama & color to your home interiors.

Go Bold or Go Home! From the fashion runway to the most avant-garde, home decor fashion lines, we will be seeing a lot more orange this year. Here we feature the Pantone 2012 Color of the YearTangerine Tango. Design Inspiration for this color, ”Modern art, such as Guyton Walker paintings, as well as world travel and primitive cultures,” says Adrienne Vittadini. What does orange say about you? You’re gregarious, fun-loving & high-energy! Moodboard above “Tangerine Tango” by justthebeesknees.

Lovin’ the New Year Yellow? According to the book “Colors for Every Mood” by Leatrice Eiseman, the mood of yellow reflects “Energy & Life.” It’s also a fabulous home decor accent color to give a boost to a variety of color schemes: neutrals, chocolates and black & white interiors. Moodboard above: “Moonlight Grey” by decorbymandi

Fashion forward designers know how to add fabulous pops of greens to their design mixes & color stories. One hot hue for 2012 is Margarita PANTONE 14-0116. How do you want your home decor to reflect a mood? Light shades of green reflect calm & cool personalities, teal-green is sophisticated & upscale and deep green is more serious & pensive. Moodboard above: “Emerging Emerald” by nyclq.


When it comes to making a high fashion statement, choose hot reds & hot pinks! This year, we’re seeing a more eclectic mix from this color story. One of our favs is “Cabaret” PANTONE 18-2140. Who else loves hot pink? The fabulous Betsey Johnson, who talks about her signature color, ”Day Glow Fuchsia because it has been my signature color since 1978 and the world and I love pink.” Red in home decor reflects high energy, which is fabulous for home entertaining. However, soft pink is the perfect choice when designing rooms for babies: it’s calm & soothing. Moodboard above: “Play on Red” by wilmanadine.

Moodboard Lifestyle ~ Vanity Fair Vintage

The Vanity Fair Vintage Lifestyle lets you express your romantic side and create soft vintage and calming rooms to celebrate the true beauty in home decor fashion. Perfect for hopeful romantics, bohemian fashion lovers and for those who love to design more feminine spaces for bedrooms, dining rooms and personal havens.

For this moodboard lifestyle, color stories are delicate, sweet mixes of calming hues in soft blues and greens, like azure blue, silver sage and the Benjamin Moore 2012 Color of the Year: wythe blue. For upholstery selections, choose flirtatious curved frames in washed wood finishes, old-world vintage tufting and use a mix of fabrics: soft velvets, rich silks and relaxed linens. A perfect fit: the Greenwich Sofa featuring a classic style by Home Decorators Collection.

In celebration of the New Year, it’s a fabulous time to create a beautiful haven for sleep and special relaxing spaces with cozy fabrics and calming colors. For beds, choose the comfort and luxury of upholstered headboards, like the understated glamour of the Sophia Upholstered Tufted Headboard: a celebration of the Victorian era from Layla Grace.

When creating gorgeous bedroom and dining rooms, select case pieces that evoke the beauty of the ages and make sure to find a few grand scale pieces to make a fabulous home decor fashion statement! One of our favs: the Brenton Armoire with hand-painted Versailles finish, crystal hardware and wire mesh doors by PoshTots. For more glamour, add metallic finished pieces and mirrored accents, like the Borghese Mirrored Hall Chest from the Home Decorators Collection and pictured above: Andrew Martin Steel Chest of Drawers by Occa-Home.

For the Vanity Fair Vintage Lifestyle, add layers of beauty & drama to every room with various sizes of area rugs. Choose a soft mix of classic patterns with touches of modern and feminine curves. Like the Modern Classics hand-tufted rug designed by Candice Olson of Divine Design from Layla Grace and the baroque Chandelier Rug by cb2.

Accessorize. Accessorize. Accessorize. Home accent like you mean it! Every Vanity Fair Vintage room needs splashes of decor accessories: mirrors in metallic finishes and ultra glam chandeliers to express the home fashionista inside of you. One of our glamour favs, the Starburst Mirror inspired by a mid-Century antique from Crate&Barrel.

Featured above: a fabulous Vanity Fair Vintage Lifestyle room via Interior Designer Stacy Naquin and showcasing the Benjamin Moore 2012 Color of the Year. Make sure to visit Stacy Naquin Interiors Blog for more design inspiration and to view her complete designer portfolio. You can also see her fabulous moodboards here.



A taste of India

A few weeks ago one of our olioboard members suggested we hold a design challenge called Inspiration India. The following boards are a selection of some of the amazing work created by the Olioboard community. These boards in particular were so well done I just had to share them. Big thanks to member vasudilip for suggesting the challenge that created these great olioboards.

This stunning design was created by one of our long time members, marialuisalim. She has a knack for using background images and flipping them in a way to create a full space. One of her strongest talents is her ability to layout the overall design. She creates beautiful symmetry and I just love the how she uses the items that break out the sides of the rectangular frame to create a more pleasing vignette. If anyone is struggling to develop more in depth and detailed moodboards, I highly recommend looking through marialuisalim’s full collection of olioboards to get great ideas and tips.

Panache is another member of the Olioboard community that just keeps turning out gold with each olioboard she creates. As expected, she nailed it with this design too. The wide low slung sofa with no back except for the causally thrown collection of patterned pillows is perfect for the India theme. I also love how the rich spice colour scheme creates a warm and welcome feeling.

Does this not look like the most perfect escape? I want to cozy up onto that window seat and enjoy the view with a good book and a warm drink. The bright, bold colours, elaborately decorated window shutters and gorgeous pendant light work beautifully together in this design. The carefully selected items just go to show Joci37′s great taste and eye for design.

I used one of this lady’s olioboards to showcase the Christmas Tree Decorating Challenge and I’m going to use one of her boards again here. Designasauris is one of our most active members and I’ve enjoyed following along as she designs up a storm on Olioboard. The yards and yards of draped fabric add to the India inspired theme and create a softness for this bedroom, while the mountain of pillows and the colourful quilted bed spread create the ultimate focal point.

Last but not least, I would like to share this great design by Adrianad. Again, anyone who would like to learn more about creating more in depth Olioboards that showcase an overall space rather than a collection of items, should follow these members. Adrianad manages to manipulate images and products in a way that literally transforms them into something else completely. Her ability to source out fantastic items that fit well with the design as well as with the perspective of the space is what highlights her as one of our most talented members. Love the stone rug and colourful wall panels.

If you would like to see more designs from the India Inspired Challenge just click here. If you would like more details on any of the above Olioboard’s, simply click on the design you like and you will be taken to the board detail page on Olioboard where you can view a list of items used to create the board.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

The Christmas tree decorating challenge is on

The challenge is on. We want to see which of you can create the most amazing Christmas tree design to celebrate the holidays with. You have decked the halls, now lets see you tackle the tree. :) There are already some amazing designs entered into this challenge. Click the image above to browse the entries or create an entry of your own.

If you are in need of some inspiration, check out the great collection of ornaments in the Christmas tree challenge sample set.

Can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Good Luck!

The holiday decor moodboard challenge wrap up

Big thanks to all the amazing bloggers who joined in on our Olioboard Holiday Blog Hop. I hope you all had as much fun as I did. For those that have been following along, I hope you picked up some great new tips for achieving a particular holiday style. If you missed any of the moodboard designs along the way, you can see them all below. Just click on any of the moodboards to be directed to the full blog post. Have a look and let us know what you think.

If you are a fan of the coastal style, look no further. Liz is the master. Her coastal holiday inspired moodboard is one of many great examples. The beachy colour scheme, star fish ornaments and sea inspired stockings all work well together to create a festive sea side holiday look. She sparkled up her room with some great items like the crowns on the wall behind the couch with garland, shiny ornaments and the starlette mirrored sconces above the fireplace. Beautiful design Liz!

Vanessa’s beautiful classic red and white design is sure to be a favourite amongst the traditional Christmas colour lovers. She also shares some great tips and tricks for decorating on a smaller budget like the Ikea fabric table runner, adding holiday throw pillows and simply decorating with fruit and candy to give that extra pop of colour.

Wednesday’s holiday moodboard design came from the lovely ladies over at Covet Garden. We’re loving the tiny mushroom ornaments. These mushroom ornaments are popping up everywhere this year. The succulent wreath is also a great piece and a nice alternative to the standard options. You could probably even take it apart after the holiday’s and replant each one for a beautiful succulent garden, just like these little beauties.

We love that Julie tossed aside the traditional colour schemes and create a fresh new take on decorating for the holidays. Her bold fuchsia, silver and black colour scheme gives off a modern and glam holiday look. Keeping a neutral backdrop with gray and silver allows the fuchsia to be the show stopper. We’re also loving her display of cut flowers in stemless wine glasses. Great idea and very pretty.

I love Adrienne’s use of bright colours and bold fun patterns. For all those that have no fireplace to hang stockings on, she has you covered. Check out the fun hip, red, metal coat rack in her moodboard. It’s a fun alternative and great solution for hanging stockings. The wood tones in Adrienne’s design help keep the overall look warm, comfortable and inviting. Great job!

As you can see, I opted to go for a crafty and homemade Christmas look. I’m completely in love with the felt and knit animal ornaments this year. While they are not homemade, they definitely give off that feel and were the inspiration for my moodboard design. I’m also on a kick right now with turning old sweaters into comfy accent pillows which probably also inspired this homemade holiday look. Hope you like it!

How will you be decorating your space this holiday season?

If you still have the decorating bug in you and you want to let some of that creativity out, head over to Olioboard and enter a design into the “Ultimate Christmas Tree Decorating Challenge.” There are some beautiful designs in the challenge already, but we would love to see what you can bring to the table.

Thanks for following along and happy olioboarding!
xoxo Sheilah

The holiday decor moodboard challenge


Meet the talented ladies behind this collaborative blog hop!

Liz from Shorely Chic
Liz is passionate about all things design and the peaceful and tranquil way of life by the beach. Her mission is to create a home environment that influences a refreshing and chic lifestyle through her inspirational blog, interior design services and product lines available on Etsy.

Vanessa from Decor Happy
Vanessa has a knack for mixing styles, textures and finishes which keep her designs personal, thoughtful and fresh. She would describe her style as refined simplicity – timeless, classic and understated with an appreciation for both traditional and contemporary elements.

Lynda, Jessica & Rhonda from Covet Garden
Combined there is nothing these ladies haven’t done. Let me see if I got this straight: Lifestyle editor, freelance writer, decorator, floral designer, award winning prop stylist, designer, art director and writer for publications such as Flare, In Style, Rouge, Images, and the Winnipeg Free Press. These ladies are amazing!

Julie from Belle Maison
Julie is an interior designer and founder of Modern Chic Home. The inspiration behind launching an online boutique comes from her passion for interior design, the love of sharing what she’s learned and experienced over the years, and the desire to bring incredible resources to the marketplace for all to enjoy.

Adrienne from 2Modern Blog
A writer, blogger and interior designer by trade, Adrienne has worked at a trendy design store in downtown Austin, owned her own interior design consulting business, operated her own pet sitting business and now enjoys making a living writing for a number of editors.

Sheilah from Olioboard Blog – Co-founder of
I run a web design company called Keele UX Inc. with my partner Cole, creating large scale social sites and web and mobile apps for our clients. Olioboard was our first attempt at creating our very own app. They say you should start with something you love and I LOVE interior design. Olioboard was created to help others (like me) experiment with their interior design side. For everyone who enjoys spending hours browsing home decor stores, dreaming of new bathrooms and kitchens over cars and clothes… Olioboard was made for you. Enjoy! :)

Congrats to our Olioboard design challenge winners

Big congrats to all the winners of our latest design challenges. Be sure to take a moment to check out all the amazing entries below. If you haven’t entered into one of our design challenges yet, what are you waiting for? They are a great way to explore different styles, colour palettes and products without actually changing the interior of your own home. It’s great for letting your creative side out and just having fun with home decor.

There are four brand new challenges on Olioboard right now so if you haven’t tried it out yet, give it a go. You’ll be surprised at how easy and fun it can be. For those of you who regularly enter the challenges – we can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Happy Olioboarding!

Mad Men 60′s Style Cocktail Den Challenge

Fall Cabin Retreat Design Challenge

Child Fantasy Inspired Bedroom Challenge

Dance Studio Design Challenge

Enter the Lot 26 Studio Sports Fan Design Contest on Olioboard

Just a heads up that we have changed up the voting a little for all contests and challenges. From now on you can vote DAILY for your favourite boards. You can vote for as many boards as you like, but you can only vote once per day for each board, so don’t forget to come back frequently to keep your favourites in the top 25. At the end of this contest a judge from Lot 26 Studio will choose the winning 5 boards out of the top 25 boards voted up by the community.

Get your designs and votes in. We have three weeks to go and great prizes to be won. Good luck to everyone!

Toddler’s Play Room Olioboard Design


I found these toys in the 2Modern product line on Olioboard and they sparked this design for a toddler’s play room. I kind of wish one of my friends would have a baby so I would have a reason to buy these cute toys. Haha.

Let me know what you think of the overall look.

In this design, my major focuses we’re soft textures, (washable items are always a good bet), furniture fit for children and not overly pricey( lets face it, kids can be a bit destructive and messy), and loads of storage for toys and supplies.

Have you designed a play space for your child? What do you think are key tips to keep in mind when designing for children? If you have additional tips, we want to hear about them.

The Good Mood (board) Master Bedroom Edition

Hey everyone, I was recently contacted by Cassity over at Remodelaholic and she is running a similar promotion to our Collaborative Coastal Cottage, Blogger Challenge. Her and 11 other bloggers will be using Olioboard to create Master Bedroom designs for all styles and tastes. If you’re in the process of redesigning your master bedroom be sure to check out this great blogging collaboration. If you’re not designing a master bedroom right now, no worries, follow along anyway to see what these talented bloggers come up with. You are sure to walk away with great tips and tricks for future projects.

Here’s a list of all the blogs involved and the dates they will be posting on. Enjoy

September 19th
1. Cassity of Remodelaholic
2. Beth of Home Stories A to Z
3. Autumn of My Design Dump

September 20th
4. Amanda of Our Humble A{Bowe}d
5. Roeshel of The DIY Showoff
(Megan of Honey We’re Home had to bow out due to a surgery, go and say hi to her if you get the chance! )

September 21st
6. Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone
7. Beckie of Infarrantly Creative
8. Allison of House of Hepworths

September 22nd
9. Stephanie Lynn of Under the Table and Dreaming
10. Brooke of All Things Thrifty
11. Jennifer of Tatertots and Jello

On the 23rd, don’t forget to check back in at Remodelaholic for a complete follow up of all the amazing master bedroom designs.