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.
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.
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.
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.