Hello there. With all things holiday and the last week of 2015 coming to a close, I thought I would check in with a year-end color review post. Color is an instant way to infuse a space with inspirational drama, serene appeal and the decorative oomph.
Light, bright, soft, dark, neutral, complementing, accent or focal- color takes the pulse of a space with the stroke of a brush and decorating genius. Let’s color review the top of the pops of color schemes, palettes and combinations that colored our world in 2015.
Last week I featured the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply White. Let’s keep the color palette conversation going, shall we? Many decorating moons ago, the color wheel of decorating fortune landed on the color palette jackpot. Jackpot of inspiration, that is.
The decorating jackpot was, in fact, a realization which forever changed my way of thinking and decorating. Combining classic elegance with modern chic in the places and spaces of the houses Dave the Builder and I were flipping met with the delight of the real estate buying public. That is one test, if passed, that will validate the design and decorating choices you are making.
Transitional or traditional with a modern twist offers the best of both decorating style worlds. I quickly discovered transitional colors play well with traditional styles and the traditional fall color palette. Don’t get me wrong, I am totally on design board with the classic warm tones and colors generally associated with the fall color palette, but at the same time I don’t strictly adhere to the if it isn’t broke don’t fix it rule of thumb.
Thumbing through fan decks, color chips and shelter magazines for color inspiration connected the dots between color as an accent and color as the focal point. I believe we can all agree color anchors, emphasizes, enlivens and transforms a space. For those times when a space calls for a powerhouse pop of color, may I present a collection of transitional colors or your decorating consideration.
Common, expected and (dare I say it) traditional choices can be a “safe” decorating choice, but at the same time a boring choice. I recently saw the image below and attached quote from Isaac Mizrahi on House Beautiful’s Facebook page. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Mizrahi if by tasteful he means boring.
“I’m all about exuberance. We only have one short life to live, and we shouldn’t waste it being tasteful.”
Try implementing an uncommon color choice into an otherwise common color situation. Take a chance, folks. Trying new things is what puts the fresh and fun in decorating.
Let’s look at a around our house favorite, decorating with antiques. When it comes to decorating with period antique pieces and the selection of complementing or even contrasting decorative accessories, my advice is to think outside of the crayon color box. Neutral, schmeutral- pop the color to it.
By no means is the crush we design and decorating faithful developed on the color gray and inspiring gray rooms over. There has been no break-up with this new neutral, no we are so over that color revelation. In fact, most of us asked gray to move in and stay awhile.
It’s a color your world love affair expanding to many a living room, bedroom and kitchen. The relationship between proven color base of space and go-to neutral is color palette perfection, one that beautifully creates flawless and inspiring gray rooms.
Neutral colors are no longer being thought of as dull, boring or unimaginative home decorating, accents, paint and furnishings options. As seen in the image above, gray is a strong neutral, a formidable color that refuses to simply fade away into the background of the wallpaper, chandelier patina, or the headboard. The tones subtlety take control, guiding the eye to the prevalent and pronounced color pops. I really do love how the colors and patterns play so well together on this stylish playground.
As the base or simply as the focal accent color, gray is color capable. It’s a color choice easy to work with, live with and and not grow bored with. If that is not reason enough to consider incorporating the color gray in your decor take a look at the gorgeous image below. Shades of gray, when paired with elegant accents in think outside the matchy-matchy box contrasting colors, give the space its personality and command a sublime reaction.
Whew! The holiday rush is in full swing here at Places In The Home. Raise your hand if you know exactly what I’m talking about. One strategically placed legal pad and collection of pens, pencils and clips is within quick reach of the keyboard. At this point in the holiday happening it’s either write it down or risk forgetting to do, get, write, post, cook, decorate or send it. Love these crazy and special times!
I’m not quite ready to step away from the keyboard in the name of all things holiday just yet. My posts from now until the end of 2014 will focus mainly on the most wonderful time of year, and today’s features holiday color on Christmas parade with the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala.
Reviews are mixed with no lack of something to talk both positive and negative about. Marsala is an excellent choice, but I am partial to this color family. I love the richness of the tone and the decorative possibilities the color offers. My immediate thought upon learning of Pantone’s selection was how beautiful Marsala would fit in with holiday decorating, a Victorian meets art deco meets historical elegance color of sorts. The decked to the halls holiday decorations at The Roosevelt New Orleans “exhibits” all of the above and more.
Today’s color, texture and sweet summer themed inspiration is brought to you by the fruit of green, red, pink, orange, yellow colors, distinctive pattern lines and delicious possibilities. It’s funny how the unofficial official fruit of summer inspires the theme of watermelon home decor accessories, stylish accents of the season, delectable recipes and color palette choices.
Love this watermelon themed decked out in vibrant watermelon colors earthenware bowl that just happens to be on seasonal sale at Pier 1 Imports.
I knew I wanted to do a post featuring the colors of a ripe, delicious watermelon when I saw the image below. Although not in watermelon pattern, these perfectly paired accent chair cushions immediately draw the eye in with the fresh, crisp and bright apple-green material and white rope trim. Credit the accent pillow in Romo’s “Tulipa Coral” fabric for taking this tiptoeing through the tulips palette to color perfection heights.
If the effects of fun in the summertime heat has not yet reached your part of the world hold on friend, it’s coming. The watermelon shines in the summer food and drink spotlight as a crowd pleasing source of refreshment.
We humans are a funny bunch. We adore spring colors, but balk at the pollen and rains that come with the territory. We can’t wait for the arrival of beach times, but curse the oppressive and unforgiving temps of summer. You can’t have one without the other. The cool crisp evenings of fall that we welcome with open arms and socked feet precede the blustery winters like this one. I believe I speak for most of us when I say we’ve had about all the winter we can stand, thank you very much. Okay, so we’re a fickle and forgiving group, but the point is we spread around a lot of love at the beginning of the seasons. Let’s shake the winter blues and go way back in the television time vault for a spring fling wing ding, shall we?
Do any of you remember this September 1965 episode of The Lucy Show? I do like it was yesterday! This catchy little number speaks to the I am so ready for some fun in the sun part of my brain. The cooler than normal days and nights here in Louisiana is a treat, but remember what I said earlier about we humans and our funny ways. Two days of late winter temperatures in an otherwise spring time month and you would think Louisiana was experiencing a Nor’easter. It is so nice to have the sun shining winter white bright throughout the house. I went with it today and turned off the kitchen lights to let Mr. Sunshine to his natural thing. Go spring, go green.
Natural light, bright colors, fresh flowers- hello, spring! If the weather won’t cooperate fast enough to reveal spring consider introducing it through color rich pieces in all their spring splendor.
Home decor accents remain my top suggestion for an instant seasonal update, a mood booster and a spring preview of colorful things to come. The main reason interior decorating choices begin and end with color is the power it has over the space. Color makes an unpretentious statement, and that is the beauty of its intent.
Reflecting back on 2013 and looking forward to things to come in 2014 takes center stage for a whole lot of people at this time of year. Once I weed through the resolution staples- lose weight, get organized, get healthy- I get down to the business of business that is decorating. With decorating comes hours of sourcing, viewing and discovering interiors. Commercial complexes, residential homes, restaurants, lounges, chain and luxury hotels- I’ve never met an interior I didn’t appreciate. The common denominator of design swoon and decorative admiration becomes more clear with each and every image. Fearless and fabulous color excites the eye, races the heart and commands attention. Isn’t that the idea?
Color is at the core of detail. Color excites, enhances and engages diners, travelers and celebrators. It is a measured ingredient, sometimes in appropriate hit you over the head excess, sometimes in take you by surprise I didn’t realize I like that color discovery.
My personal measure of fearless and fabulous color done right is when the balancing act of hue, tone and saturation come together to engage the eye in real time without sensory intrusion, but makes it’s biggest impact in memorable afterthought. That’s a color your world impression, and isn’t that the idea?
Wynn Las Vegas
Dave the Builder and I had the pleasure of staying at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas for our 25th anniversary. The celebration and importance of the milestone could not have been better framed for a more memorable experience than by the impressive design and decor attributes richly bathed in color.
There is absolutely nothing common about the design and decor details of the common areas. I do like and appreciate the tone down of color in the guest rooms. At home or on the holiday road, decompressing and relaxing is so much easier when a space is done in a tasteful, tranquil palette.
In the case of Wynn and Encore, the serene Californicated neutrality reserved for the guest rooms is a well thought out color application.
Switching gears and geographical locations to further the point is the fabulous guest rooms of the SLS Hotel South Beach.
Architect and designer Philippe Starck brilliantly succeeds in pairing quintessential South Beach elegance with French influences that fascinate the eye and relaxes the soul. Let me ask you this: How long did it take to draw your eye straight to the pink accent pillow? There are times when just a blush touch of color is all it takes. Stark (no pun intended) white with a fearless hint or fabulous from floor to ceiling saturation – fearless and fabulous color has the will and the power to influence, inspire and impress. Isn’t that the idea?