Floors throughout the home are covered in Kerlite, which is a very thin porcelain. "This is a great product that comes in 48-inch by 48-inch by one-sixteenth-inch pieces. Though we didn't do it here, it can be laid atop existing flooring," says Donadel. "It's very durable, easy to maintain and it has a seamless look."
yellow MDF panels
coneflowers and black-eyed susans
Hot pinks. We can see tones of pink used as the main theme within this border, with touches of purple that increase the vigor of the color. The clever use of cooling blues and whites prevents the hot pink from overpowering the border.
Brian Patrick Flynn, the Decor Demon, painted four thrift-store finds in a rich high-gloss red and used stylized trellis-patterned Robert Allen fabric ($22 a yard) on the cushions for a cohesive mod-retro feel. He picked each one for its interesting back. I've seen lone dining chairs like these go for as little as $5 at flea markets, and he spent just $85 on all five chairs. If you want to populate a kitchen nook or dining table, don't pass up these kinds.
fence on wall
The shapes and color of leaves provide much interest. In fact, the shapes of leaves can almost be as varied as the shapes of flowers. While foliage is seldom bright (there are colorful exceptions, of course), it can create a satisfying and sustaining landscape.
Mass planting. I really love the use of these succulents. The shiny surface of the foliage brings yet another dimension to this evergreen planting. With just one species we can see the intricate differences in foliage color from deep cabbage green to the delicious pink-tinged edging.
If you're new to designing with color, choose a theme color or colors, such as pinks, blues or purples, much like you would for colors inside a house. The different shapes of the individual plants you choose will give you variety; the repetition of color will have a calming and harmonious effect. As you get bolder, add a pop of contrasting color — yellow nasturtiums mixed in with blue pansies and delphiniums, bright red lupine nestled among white Shasta daisies and pink echinacea or a bright orange black-eyed Susan scattered about in a sea of lavender.