St. Patrick’s Day inspires many a lad and lassie to give thought to decorating with green.
The seasonal influence of color awakenings through spring and space are upon us. Warm mid-afternoon breezes, hints of pastel petals, the yellow dusting of pollen (you want pretty flowers, don’t you?), the hum of lawn mowers and thoughts of strawberry pie. Spring offers wonderful inspiration for making color palette choices.
The colors of the season shake off the last of winter’s remnants. Granted it was not much of a winter here in Louisiana, but enough of one to make me appreciate the fact it is almost a memory.
Spring moves the clock forward, seems to think it is the perfect time for us to clean, and wakes up the color all around us. You know how I love my world to be colored!
An easy and affordable way to make a colorful impact on your surroundings is through exterior and interior paint, accents and accessories. Throw pillows are a guaranteed burst of new color energy with maximum results for minimal money. Who doesn’t like that?
Wallpaper has the power to quickly transform a space by infusing color, pattern and texture. Using wallpaper or fabric as the wallcovering on only one wall can automatically pack a space with immediate focal point potential. There will always be the question of wallpaper vs. paint. In certain situations, coupled with certain tastes, here’s where I stand on the matter…why not both? Decorative harmony is a beautiful and colorful thing!
A gorgeous wallpaper pattern in equally gorgeous spring colors~ Masquerade from the Gazebo collection by Thibaut.
“Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”
~ Johannes Itten
Subtle in nature and brilliant in execution, white does indeed make a strong and complementing canvas for the space to show its true colors.
The different shades and tones of gray in the distressed headboard, chandelier patina and wallpaper all come together as the foundation to build upon. Gray is no longer associated with lifeless, sterile and unimaginative interiors. I really am embracing it more and more as an accessory color. The more I study this image and the influence gray has on bringing out the pinks, the more I am fascinated by the result.
Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation. As shown above, furnishings and accessories are the means in which color is portrayed as the star of the space. Balance is perfectly achieved between the neutral walls, rug and curtains and the strategic points of color. Color breathes life into the space to freshen and renew the look.
How do you color your world?
The centenarian Oreo cookie and its trademark black and white color scheme are both unmistakably delicious!
Decorating with the decorative darling duo of black and white sets the color combination bar high for the sublime, statement worthy color combination standard. I acknowledge the color combination of black and white as the leader of the gorgeous color combination band.
I wouldn’t dare refer to Coco Chanel’s legendary black and white suit as devoid of color. Would you? The pairing of these two standards of color creates a stunning execution. This decorative darling color combination duo instantly introduces luxury, class and elegance to a space.
The color combination of black and white is easily recognizable as the closest to neutral most people will ever come. The pairing stands up well as a decorative chameleon.
From classic traditional to vintage retro kitsch, black and white interiors, accessories and accents garner dramatic results in presentation.
I discovered a new level of black and white cookie greatness over the Christmas holidays.
The easy and delicious Oreo Cookie Truffle takes three ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese and white chocolate to a wonderfully decadent new level. That’s the power of black and white!
Be it together on a wall, chair, frame or fixture or in complementing contrast to each other in the space, black and white accents and accessories command attention. Considered neutral alternatives to the pop of color movement, a black and white color scheme is far from basic, safe or boring.
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links
Look familiar? Yes, it is the second draft of parts 1 and 2 of the Olioboard moodboard I worked up for our dining room remodel. Change is a constant thing around Places In The Home, and anticipation is keeping me waiting for the right time to proceed with yet another dining room remodel. This will be the fourth remodel do-over of the dining room, but who’s counting?
I use the term do-over because that is exactly what it is- the chance to redo the previous idea of what floated my decorative boat at the time. This is strictly a preliminary guide in the general decorative direction I’m going in for the space. Olioboard is my virtual controlled source for design and decor storage. Come up with an idea, create a board, save it, and conveniently store it away for future use.
This dining room has come a long way since its humble beginning in 1965. See more of the reveal here. The wall color has seen two choices thus far. Fired Brick from Sherwin-Williams had a five year run being replaced by Crème Fraîche from Valspar.
I want to mix and switch the furniture from other rooms to create a flow with the my decor ideas du jour. The marble top sideboard pictured below will replace the existing one currently in place and be graced with…
a two door primitive cabinet with chicken wire doors similar to the top of this one from Matthews House and Garden sitting atop it. I think it will be a great choice for displaying my china, and the juxtaposition will work for the space.
Dave the Builder is a farm table builder extraordinaire, and I have put my order in. I will more than likely use Louisiana Cypress with antique table legs. Stay tuned for more on this project. The Chippendale dining chairs are keepers and will be updated with new upholstery. Although, a set of six dining chairs recently added to inventory might find their way to the house. Another advantage to this thing I love called antiques.
Okay, now it’s your turn. Are you contemplating a do-over, redo, or complete remodel in the decorative future?
Are you an early riser who springs right out of bed full of energy and ready to take on the world? Well, I’m not. Yes, the jig is up and the secret is out.
I am an early riser, but one not so full of energy or immediately ready to take on the world. My morning involves a strong cup or two (or three) of coffee, a Visine moment for my computer weary eyes, and five minutes of peaceful meditation and prayer. The enthusiastic voice of an exercise routine weighs in, so I pick up the coffee creamer container and use it for a quick strength training session. That’s about as good as it gets most mornings.
Morning routines are the pace car of our day. A peaceful environment is a plus, hopefully setting the tone for the rest of our day. Unfortunately, it appears fast, faster, fastest is the morning mantra of the masses(number one reason I drink instant coffee). Accept it, we go-getters are a hurried group. This is the reason I embrace the first few moments of my morning routine. As I sketched out the design for our kitchen and breakfast area, the main goal was to create a visually pleasing space.
Enjoying coffee time, mealtime, or downtime in a kitchen designed and decorated with color, comfort, and convenience in mind is a plus in the slow it down column of life.
Some of us need all the help we can get to get our mornings started.
Colorful kitchen elements and accents add the pop o’ the morning to the space.
Cheerful colors evoke a feeling of warmth and coziness. Good morning, this is color calling with your wake up call.
images: Erdreich Architecture, P.C., Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Accents, HGTV, Hermitage Kitchen Design Gallery/Steven Long Photography, Sroka Design, Traditional Home, A CASA Design, J. Stephens Interiors
As I make my way through the blogosphere, I continue to be impressed with the collections of so many. Our treasured collections become color palette influences for many. Matching paint colors to our favorite collections and collectibles is one way to carry out a personal treasure theme.
When a client, friend or family member enlist my services in the color selection process, it often begins like a Kohler faucet commercial. I am shown an item and asked to design or decorate around the color(s) of the collection. Let the match game matching paint colors magic begin!
I’ve been introduced to new blogs this week via fall/autumn link parties. One fall mantel display immediately captured my attention. The author used pieces of blue and white French china from her personal collection. Another blog showed how a beautiful collection of leather books influenced the color scheme of a space. Decorating inspiration comes from many different influences. I realized I am among those who have been, and will continue to be, influenced by items they collect or hope to start collecting. I also thought it might be informative to play a round or two of Match Game: matching paint colors to items known to be collected for future decorative reference.
Probably one of the most recognizable colors in the world, the Tiffany Blue Box® was the referenced example used time and time again when selecting the paint color for our bedroom. Sweet Rhapsody by Behr is close, close, close.
Little Blue Box by Sherwin Williams is my second choice.
Gone With The Wind remains one of the most watched and loved Hollywood classics of all time. I fell in love with the movie poster when I was six years old, and forty two year later I still can’t get enough. If I didn’t know better, I would believe it is a requirement of my inner circle that you must own at least one piece of collectible GWTW memorabilia. I remain in good standing with my vintage hardcover copy of the book, 70th anniversary edition DVD, and a good idea of what paint best matches Miss Ellen’s portiers.
Blue & white porcelain and pottery collections are both popular and stylish. Traditional blue and white wares of Chinese, English and Italian origin merge well with modern patterns to create beautiful displays. The varied shades of blue play well off of each other and the result is a visual treat.
Blueberry Buckle – Rainbow Bright – Annapolis Blue – Stunning Sapphire
Prussian Blue – Blue Suede Shoes – Delphinium – Stratford Blue
Loyal Blue – Georgian Bay – Commodore
Staffordshire dogs are highly collectible ceramic items. Dating back to the 1700’s, Staffordshire figurines were made in pottery companies located in the County of Staffordshire, England. Authentic Staffordshire figurines are rare beauties with proper and notable markings.
Vintage Staffordshire dog figurines can be valued in the hundreds of dollars. Staffordshire inspired reproductions or in the style off knock-offs are less expensive copies, making ownership more affordable. I have come to love authentic Staffordshire spaniel figurines and some of the better quality reproduced Staffordshire dog figurines. White, red, and rust continue to be the most common colors.
Coins come in as one of the top ranked collectibles. Years ago when my parents were big time Vegas visitors, my mother would bring back silver fifty cent pieces as souvenirs. My fascination with the metallic paints began right then and there. The fifty cent pieces are long gone and spent, but I’m rich in my love of the colors silver and copper.
Modern Masters Metallic – Silver
Modern Masters Metallic – Copper
Behr – Maple Glaze
This iconic example speaks for itself.
It is no surprise that matching paint colors to collections resonates with the decorating choices made by collectors.
The colors of the season are proudly on parade, signaling it is time to begin decorating with fall colors. ‘Tis the season of rich browns, vibrant oranges, dark greens, deep reds, and metallic golds. Twenty-seven designers share with Traditional Home some of their favorite fall colors. I have selected eight of my favorites to share with you.
Matthew Patrick Smyth of Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design showcases rich browns and mossy greens in a traditional manner. His color choices easily transition from season to season.
Deep brown wood furnishings and neutral colors beautifully frame this bedroom by Chris Barrett Design. The pink in the rug and the lantern light fixture add the wow factor.
Kristen Panitch of Kristen Panitch Interiors selects fall colors in deep greens and persimmon for this outdoor space. The deeper tones bring a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and nights.
I call this space three B’s with a kicker – black, brown, beige, beautiful! Natural woods and reds round out the flawless vision for this space designed by Scott Laslie of Scott Laslie & Associates.
Benjamin Bradley of Bradley Thiergartner Interiors chooses Paprika as the primary color of the space. He “seasons” with accent colors of olive green (bay leaves), brown (cinnamon), and golden tones (curry).
Kevin Corn of Kevin Corn Design uses neutrals and warm tones to produce a soothing and calm effect. Vintage and modern furnishings co-exist in decor harmony. Accent lighting enhances the tones and shades of the space allowing the palette to take center stage without overpowering the overall intent of the decor.
Bill Murphy of Essary & Murphy Inc. must know how well the combination brown ticking fabric, brown toile draperies, and English transferware captures the feel of fall. I stumbled across this example when pulling the other photos and information. The design and decor accessories of the space result in the ideal traditional fall color scheme.
The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc. Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer. I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace. Man’s best friend looks too cozy for words!