Day 2: Decorative Hardware

Today, on this 2nd day in November, we are thankful for:

We believe the difference is in the details. After all, a knob or hinge is more than just a knob or hinge – it’s jewelry for your home – the perfect accent to your home’s design aesthetic.

Adding or changing out decorative hardware can be one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to re-vamp a dull kitchen or add interest to an old piece of furniture. There are thousands of shape, finish, and style options offered by hundreds of hardware manufacturers. Wether you are looking to add a simple stainless steel lever or some “bling” with crystal knobs, the new trends and innovations in decorative hardware will certainly inspire you.

These dazzling Susan Goldstick decorative pulls are the perfect mix of art-deco and glamour. The bright colors fall perfectly into our Rock Candy color collection for 2013, check it out here.

Does your home have a specific design focus or theme?

The hardware shown on the left would be perfect for a beach house or coastal property where the hardware on the right would be a wonderful addition to any mid-centruy design style. The overall goal is to accentuate the architectural details of your home in order to create a consistency in style and design throughout.

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We can not forget that decorative hardware starts at the front door and sets the tone for the rest of the finishes in the home. As our first encounter of any interior is the result of our entrance into it, a movement from outside to inside.

Long before the doorbell, homeowners hung door knockers on their entrance doors. Door knockers have a long history — they have probably existed as long as houses have had doors — but it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that door knockers became a fanciful house accessory.

The Renaissance awakened an interest in art and design, and door knockers grew more ornate. Once constructed of pounded iron, knockers were cast in delicate shapes and figures in iron and brass for the doors of the wealthier members of society.

 The door knockers in general use today are the Georgian urn or vase, the thumb latch, and the eagle. Such designs as Medusa’s head, and the head of Daphne with its wreath of laurel leaves are also sometimes found. Below are some innovative door knockers that are post worthy!

These hand and ball knockers are a funky twist on an old-age concept.

Here is a door knocker with a modern twist, literally!!

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Decorative hardware has given the world of design a lot to be thankful for and we have only scratched the surface. It’s history is an unwritten book and it’s future holds endless possibilities!

What are you thankful for today??

Life’s Too Short To Live In A Beige Room!

We have all been living through times of constant change that have created a multitude of life experiences. We have discovered these experiences and our belongings only define us if we let them and that experiencing life is not so much about what happens to us but much more about how we react to it. The designers here at A.Clore Interiors have explored this idea reflecting on how this interprets into four strong global trend messages we see emerging for the year ahead.

Bohemian Charm, Rock Candy, Earthen Wonder and Voltaic Clash

Inspired by emerging trends in art, fashion and interior design from around the world, with the help of our color experts at Sherwin-Williams and Pantone, we have created these exciting new color palettes to help you find the perfect colors for your home or office.

The Bohemian Charm collection features the retro glamour of pearls, florals and classic feminine silhouettes. They are tempered by fun and funky accents and attitude. The pastels are a bit bolder, including semi-precious gem tones like citrine, peridot and amethyst, set off by crisp neutrals. The look is still ladylike — but much more free-spirited.

The signature colors for Bohemian Charm are:

Awesome Violet, Radiant Lilac, Obi Lilac, Darkroom, Gauzy White, Rosedust, Independent Gold, Rosy Outlook, Bathe Blue, and Aloe from Sherwin Williams.

Everyone has a dark side, and we’re irresistibly drawn to exploring its murky depths and shadows. The colors are moody, the vibe is masculine and the aesthetic is both Victorian and futuristic. Visible mechanicals intrigue us, while theatrical effects, eerie collections and menswear-inspired fabrics like tweed and houndstooth evoke Sherlock Holmes and the Prohibition era of secret doors and speakeasies.

The signature colors for the Rock Candy collection are:

Roycroft Bottle Green, Olde World Gold, Plum Brown, Rockwood Dark Red, Rustic Red, Mink, Chamois, Loyal Blue, Outerspace and Rare Gray from Sherwin Williams

Time and nature work hand in hand to create a softened beauty that is restful and soothing. We experience it in the layered hues of mineral deposits, sea-buffed stones and the weathered shutters of a rustic farmhouse. The colors are chalky and earthy, the materials raw and organic, the finishes matte. It’s a homespun aesthetic inspired by our renewed appreciation for artisan craft, handmade quality and homemaking as a valued skill rather than a chore.

The signature colors for the Earthen Wonder collection are:

Silver Strand, Roycroft Suede, Spiced Cider, Safari, Smokey Topaz, Mountain Stream, Wickerwork, Herbal Wash, Unusual Gray and Poolhouse from Sherwin Williams

Electronics, alternative rock and digital technology — plug those influences into one socket and you get a blast of high-voltage look-at-me colors. We’re not shying away from them; we’re splashing them across everything from cars to appliances to upholstery. It’s consumerism as self-expression, giving the bold and the not-so-bold equal permission to be non conformists. All those bold hues need a palette purifier, bringing black, white, gray and clear acrylics into the picture.

The signature colors for the Voltaic Clash collection are:

Electric Lime, Dovetail, Frank Blue, Calypso, Extra White, Gladiola, Black Magic, Eye Catching, Exuberant Pink, and Feverish Pink from Sherwin Williams

Get inspired and say “Buh-Bye” to your beige room!!!