Category Archives: What’s Trending Wednesday

Blog post about a trend or trends spotted in home decor

:: Perfectly Pastel ::

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Coastal living room decorated with pastel colorsIt’s time to start thinking about spring colors! There are plenty of options in the yellow and blue realm of hues, but why not expand into something different this spring? Try decorating with pastel colors to mix it up!

Pastels are a classic spring look! Plus they look like, well, spring time! Pastel colors are a great way to step away from the bright or bold colors of spring and give you a chance to take it easy on the eyes. The muted pastel colors are easy to mix into your existing decor too. Most of them will just replace anything bright or simply be added to the existing decor.

For example, if you’re lucky enough to have a neutral color palette, you can add a few pastel colored accessories and you’ve got your spring decorating started. What’s that? You don’t have the ridiculously convenient and easy to style example we just mentioned to further our blog post agenda in your home? Well that’s okay! Because we do have these images of pastel decorated and designed spaces for you to look at. We love what these designers have done and hopefully you do too! Get inspired for spring! Pastel colors in the kitchen Muted, pastel colors in a cottage style living room pastel blue painted coastal front door Pastel colors in a coastal living room

:: Coastal Simplicity ::

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Coastal living room with simple design There’s something refreshing about simple, elegant coastal design. It creates an open feeling in the space that is inviting and mind settling. It takes you to a place that doesn’t need to be filled with extra furniture or clutter and useless junk. Sometimes people can get a little too carried away with their accessories and next thing you know they’re a hoarder, just kidding, but they do have too much going on.

There is an art to keeping it simple. You want to add enough elements to tell your story and show your design style in the space, but also keep it to a minimum. You can do this by finding the ‘tipping point’ and stop yourself before you add too many pieces or things in a space. Adding more to a space doesn’t always make it better.

If you have ever wanted to know the secret to creating a simple look here it is: start subtracting stuff.

It’s a simple concept that is much easier than it looks. Start by taking out what is not needed in the space and see how the simplicity starts to shine through. Then start removing more and eventually you will get to a point where you’ve taken too much out and the room is just too bare. That is the tipping point. Once you have the bare minimum you can add a few pieces back, but keep it to a minimum. Let the pieces in the room help tie together the home’s color palette or create statements in their design.

In case you can’t imagine what simple coastal decor looks like, we’ve got a few photos for you. Check out these photos and use them for some simple inspiration.
Simple coastal kitchen with light colors Coastal living room with simple coastal decor Coastal details with a simple touch Coastal indoor/outdoor space with a mellow feel Coastal bathroom decorated with simple coastal decor

:: Garden Stools ::

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Coastal living room decorated with a garden stool Garden stools are a great way to mix up the design in your home. They work inside, outside, in the bedroom, in the living room and in the bathroom! Basically, you can use a garden stool anywhere and it works.

They’re the perfect piece for any space and come in every size, color and shape imaginable. Garden stools give you a chance to switch things up. You can substitute a garden stool for an end table, use it as a layering piece or even use them to add pops of color to any room. With their small size they can come in handy in the coziest of spaces. Extra bonus, they’re easy to add or remove from any space. Not feeling it anymore? Take it out.

We’ve gathered a few pictures of garden stools for you guys to enjoy! Check out how these designers have used garden stool sin various areas of the home. Get inspired and try using a garden stool, or two, in your home!
Garden stool in a coastal bathroom Modern coastal home decorated with a garden stool Coastal cottage living room with garden stool side tableYellow garden stool in a beach house Coastal bedroom with a garden stool at the base of the bed

:: Spring Into Color ::

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Blue coastal cottage patio creating the perfect outdoor spaceWelcome spring to your home with a little color. Use color to take your home away from the dull winter season and move it into a warmer direction. It’s time to use yellows, blues and other fun spring time colors to pump up those coastal vibes!

If you struggle with picking out what colors to design and decorate with, turn to the flowers. Think of all the beautiful flowers that come to life during spring and your color inspiration will be overwhelming. If for reason that doesn’t get your color juices flowing, think blue hues. Honestly, in a coastal home you can never go wrong with blue. Sure, it’s been done a million times, but why do you think people keep doing it?

Check out how these designers used colors to decorate these homes. Get inspired to get you and your home ready for spring, warmer days and beautiful colors!
Coastal home with light blue painted ceilings Coastal living room with pops of color Light blue door welcoming you to a coastal home Rustic beach house decorated with yellow acccents

:: Big, Inviting Bathtubs ::

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Large bathtub in a bright, naturally lit bathroomWe love baths. We like really, really, really love baths. Then again, who doesn’t? Think about how amazing it is to come home after a long day and soak in a nice, hot tub. It sounds heavenly. And what would make this experience even better? A big, inviting bathtub. It’t just you, a glass of wine and nothing but peace and quiet.

We believe that every person, man and woman, deserves a nice relaxing bath.

That’s why today we found some of our favorite bathtubs and posted them just for you guys. We aren’t trying to create bathtub lust or envy, but it may happen. Sorry about that! Enjoy these tubs and hopefully you can enjoy yours today or later tonight!
Cottage bathroom with rustic charm Coastal inspired bathroom decorated in green Coastal bathroom with a portrait of a man Simple bathroom with an inviting tub

:: Because Sometimes You Just Need Color ::

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Bright and colorful coastal living roomColor is a fun and easy way to bring personal style to any space. Unlike creating a mood with tones, color allows you to break up a space to make bright and bold statements. You can decorate with a pre-designed color palette, choose colors based on your favorite pattern, use color to accent or even just use color for the sake of using color. Basically, you can do anything and everything design-wise with color.

People will say that there is a way to design with color and there is a way not to. They might say that you should use color vertically and start with darker colors and hues on the floor and slowly transition to lighter color and hues the closer you get to the ceiling. They might say start with the front door and entryway s0 that you can color your way through the house to keep the color palette cohesive and consistent. They might tell you to stay away from this color with that color or that color with this color.

Want to know the cold hard truth about designing with color? Do whatever you want.

Pick whatever color(s) you want and start designing. Make as much or as little visual noise as you want! Picture your home as a coloring book, just add the color and complete the picture. Seriously, it’s really not that hard and no color is wrong. The best part about using color is you can always take some of it away. Trying to pair bright orange pillows on a dark blue sofa? Maybe opt out for white or light yellows to compliment. It’s all about playing and experimenting to figure what you like and want.

You might not get it right the first time and that’s okay. It really is part of the fun. The mixing and matching is all part of the game we love to call design. It will help you grow and understand yourself as well as design. And if you absolutely can’t get it right that’s what we have the pros like the Tuvalu Home Design Team for. Give ’em a call if you want a beautifully designed space, we promise you want be disappointed!
Colorful coastal bedroom with bright decor Colorful coastal details Colorful coastal living room decorated in green Eclectic collection of bright coastal style and decor

:: Pops of Color in the Kitchen ::

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Bright, multicolored bar stools in the kitchenLet’s step up the color in the kitchen. Using color in the kitchen is a fun way to break up the normal neutral tones you normally see in the space. Usually there’s a good amount of white or some variation of stereotypical granite, so why not break it up?

Get a couple colors that pop out and say, “Hey! Look at me!” Bring that life and fun back to the space. Sometimes it’s as easy as throwing a quick coat of paint on the cabinets or grabbing a few eye-catching appliances. There’s no need to deck the entire kitchen out in color – unless you want to and we support you 100%! Check out some of these kitchens that are using color and get inspired!

Bright colors in a coastal kitchen Blue island in a nautical inspired kitchen Colorful backsplash in a minimal style coastal kitchen Blue painted cabinets in a coastal style kitchen

:: Pull Up A Stool, A Bar Stool ::

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Coastal kitchen with bistro style chair bar stoolsBecause a bar just isn’t complete without a bar stool. It’s like the classic PB&J. It doesn’t happen without the J. We can’t live in a world without complete and happy endings – it just isn’t right. Basically that’s why bar stools were invented. Okay, we can’t confirm that, but it’s the story we’re going with and we’re sticking to it.

Bar stools offer a lot to the look of a well designed kitchen and they actually serve a purpose. They give you place to plant your butt while you use that bar you had to have built into your kitchen island.

Another great advantage of the good ol’ bar stool is its ability to easily change the style or look of the kitchen. No remodeling or expensive projects involved, simply pick out your new stools and take out the old ones. Done and done.

Get inspired to bring new ideas into your kitchen with these lovely pictures featuring some beautifully designed and decorated kitchens complete with bar stools as well as plenty of envious design details.
Matching blue and white decor in a coastal kitchen Modern coastal kitchen with hints of cottage decor to break up the clean, cold feeling Pendant lights hanging in a coatsal kitchen White coastal kitchen space with stools, carrara marble counter tops and lots of natural light

:: Rustic Wooden Ladders ::

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Bright coastal living room with plenty of ocean inspired decorA wooden ladder is a great design piece and an easy way to add rustic decor to your home. They’re extremely versatile and bring a great deal of eye pleasing interest to any space. How does a wooden ladder do this? By taking advantage of the vertical space.

They fill the room and give your eye something to follow through the space. This is as easy as leaning the wooden ladder up against the wall. Now if you want to take it a step further, you can add another layer of decor to continue building dynamic design. Decorate the ladder with throws or even hang art from them, the options can be as creative as you are (or, realistically, what you find on Pinterest). If you’re handy enough you can even convert a wooden ladder into a makeshift shelf. Just be careful what you choose to display, we can’t imagine those will be the sturdiest of shelves!

Take a look at what these designers have done and how they have decorated these spaces with wooden ladders. Plus let’s not forget, they’re a great excuse to go antique hunting. Oops, did we just plant that seed into your mind? Happy hunting!
Coastal home with a natural and white decor style Rustic beach house with plenty of eclectic decor

:: Fall Table Decorations ::

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Coastal cottage fall table decorGet your dining table ready and decorated for the fall! Enlist the help of a couple fall style staples when decorating your table this year. Grab a few pumpkins or gourds and bring the festive feels onto the table. Round the fall feels up with cozy, cottage inspired centerpieces that use antique candle holders topped with candlestick candles that provide ambience for the table. Not looking to heat things up that much? Decorate the dining table with rustic, weathered wood accessories to really sell the cozy cottage look. Take a look at what these designers have done to style their tables with beautiful fall decor. Get inspired and get decorating this fall!
Fall inspired table decor Fall table centerpieces for the dinning room