Designed for a President

Since today is President's Day, I thought it might be interesting to see if there were rooms related to our presidents that were actually, if you can believe it, on trend. 

When I think about the White House or any other historic presidential home, I usually assume it's going to be a period looking house with nothing modern in it. However, I was surprised while researching that there were a number of trends that have either come back around (or maybe they never when out of fashion) and are in these historical places.

I picked out my five favorite ideas I came across that I think are on trend and able to be incorporated into your home too-- and no, your home won't look old by doing it. 

1. Ceilings can be interesting too

Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon 

Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon 

There is a lot to look at in this room (that aqua color is so pretty!), but I want to just look at the ceiling. If you don't have an overhead light, I would really recommend some sort of design detail on the ceiling. In most homes, there is overhead lighting in almost every room. However in small places, like a powder room or even a foyer, there isn't. It's in these places that either an architectural detail like this or wallpaper or paint color can really make a huge difference in the sophistication of the space. And if you want to have something like this with an overhead light? I'm not going to stop you! 

2. Don't be scared of bold colors

Photo courtesy of Monticello and The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Photo courtesy of Monticello and The Thomas Jefferson Foundation

The reason I think the room has so much life to it, is because of the color. It's a Ralph Lauren Paint color and I think that without it, the room wouldn't be nearly as cheerful. When you have a lot of antiques, I think the temptation is to only use neutrals or some shade of blue, red or green. I think this yellow is not only a perfect choice, but also makes the antiques look almost modern. For those of us without a ton of antiques, this color will make your space look more modern. If you want to make it less modern, I would recommend using it as an accent color on one wall or in a bookcase and not on all the walls. 

3. Wallpaper can be images, not just patterns

Photo courtesy of the White House Historical Association 

Photo courtesy of the White House Historical Association 

Wallpaper is really in right now. There are lots of options of patterns and textures (even ones that look like wood planking). I am all about adding texture to walls to create visual interest. This type of look works excellent in a bedroom or dining room--because both rooms usually don't shy away from being dramatic. This may not be your taste, and that's fine. But, murals are on the come back and there are a lot of great options like this one out there. The best part is that many of them are removable so you don't have to feel like you have to have it forever...just until you fall in love with something else :)

4. Painted inteior cabinets are classy

Photo courtesy of HGTV

Photo courtesy of HGTV

Adding color to the interior of your cabinets is always a beautiful unexpected detail. My favorite part about this room though, is how the red dress in the painting of First Lady Grace Coolidge completes the design. If you are trying to figure out an accent color in any room, I recommend pulling a color out of your art or your rug. Both set the tone of the room and will make everything feel pulled together. 

5. Pink is always a good idea

Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

Photo courtesy of Architectural Digest

I think that pink (or some form of it) will always be on trend. Whether it's in a pattern, a paint color or otherwise, I think that pink will never go out of style. It's perpetually in fashion and I think it will perpetually be in homes too. Not only is it a "happy" color, but it also makes the lighting in the room more pleasing. That sounds weird, but the color of light changes depending on what color it is reflecting off of. When light reflects off of pink, it colors the light a pretty warm shade. It's why the famous Mexican architect Luis Barragan thought that there should be pink in all rooms- because the lighting made everyone look attractive :)  Some people don't like pink and you are fine to not have it at all in your rooms. But, if you do want to play around with it and don't want to paint the walls, buying small doses of it (like pink flowers) is always a good idea. 

What is your favorite "Presidential" trend? Do you feel like you can incorporate any of these into your own home.