Blue, Brown and Aqua Color Palette

The color spotlight for this week shines on the palette perfection brought forth by the calm, serene and often understated elegance of a blue, brown and aqua color palette.

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A tried and true color palette choice, a blue, brown, and aqua color palette is not your average lock you down to basic run-of-the-mill color palette option.  Selections of varying shades work together to serenely frame a space regardless of decorative style.

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From the subtle shades of coastal blues and tranquil aquas to a bold turquoise paired with a warm Moroccan, the blue, brown, and aqua color palette strikes a perfected balance of blended shade and tone culminating in flawless color palette execution.

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Working with classic color palette combinations as the decorating foundation and building from there allows for a fresh perspective in the grand color palette scheme of things.

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Aqua, turquoise, Tiffany or Wedgwood- the many tones, colors and shades available in the current paint, fabric, upholstery and wallcovering marketplace reflects the popularity of this palette and how it fits in with the design and decorating styles and tastes of today’s decoristas.

Bold Statement

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High Impact

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Reserved Elegance

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Resources:

Benjamin Moore HC-69  Whitall Brown ||  Benjamin Moore  2107-10  Chocolate Candy Brown  ||  Aqua Ocean by Valspar  ||  House Fabric  ||Online Fabric Store  ||Inside Wallpaper  ||  Total Wallcovering

DIY Project Inspiration

About the time I think it’s time for a blog vacation, I see something so gorgeous, so share worthy, my blog writing, sourcing and general gabfest battery is recharged and DIY project inspiration is born.  Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens.  The summer months can be as hectic as they are relaxing, and with that in mind I am tailoring my blog posts to suit the on-the-go set.  Pretty is as pretty inspires.

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Leopard prints are spot on style. This timeless look falls into the category of classic in the interior design and decor fabric hall of fame.  Don’t share the leopard love?  Here’s a suggestion.  Introduce leopard print in a small but statement making way like the upholstered chair bottom in the above image.  It will either make a bigger impression on you than you think, or it will only be a small bump in the decorative road to change. Vintage chairs can be found for cheap or free at second-hand shops, thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and curbside boutiques (one man’s trash is another man’s DIY project).

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Pick a fabulous designer color in your favorite brand of paint or spray paint and chalk it up, distress it down or go glam.  Fabric remnants are a do it yourself upholsterers best friend and find.  Upholstering a chair bottom is about as easy as a DIY project comes.   Link love: how to reupholster a chair seat.

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Low cost DIY projects keep beginners anxiety and buyers remorse at bay and spells  D-I- Why not?

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Check It Out: Check Patterned Fabric

Check patterned fabric is visually synonymous with the flair and finery of French decor.  Synonymous, but not exclusive to it and it alone.

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Bring on the gingham style, houndstooth, buffalo and tiny squares of horizontal and vertical line beauty.

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Checks and valances~

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One of my very favorite interior design, decorating, entertaining, garden- all things house that make a home magazines is Traditional Home. Elegant examples of traditional as well as new traditional style inspire the eye each and every issue.

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These dining chairs in Tim Gunn’s New York apartment are upholstered in small check toffee fabric from Ballard Designs.

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Window treatments, textiles and upholstered pieces prove to be favored choices for showcasing check patterns.

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Size, stripe, line and color set the check pattern apart from its designer fabric first cousin, plaid.  Neutrals and whites tend to dominate color preference.

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Pattern blocks of uniform squares, wavy lines, and at least two contrasting color choices designate the main difference between the multiple strong, bold colors and criss-crossed lines characteristic of plaid.

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A true home decor fabric chameleon, this pattern is as stunning in a formal dining room as it is charming in a country French kitchen.

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Check patterns mix, match, and master the art of versatility. The check pattern stands up and stands out as the little or big square that can and does impress.

Footstool Redo Status: Completed!

The soon to be footstool redo referenced in the post Decor Mistake Or Furniture Placement Brilliance? In An Unexpected Place is painted, upholstered, hot glued, messed up, re- hot glued, embellished, and sitting pretty in an unexpected place.

Quick backstory~ this footstool belonged to my maternal grandmother and I always had an affinity for it. Sentimental value put the brakes on it becoming antique shop inventory, so keeping it in the family it is. The pseudo early American look simply does not do justice to the little footstool that can and its decorative potential. In a crystal clear moment of creative clarity I remembered the boatload of Sherwin-Williams Illusions Translucent Metallic Finish left over from a remodel. The Illusion line is no longer in production. The new line is Faux Impressions Metallic and comes in gold or pearl.

Sherwin-Williams Illusions Translucent Metallic Finish has a manufacturing formula that allows it to coat easier and capture the pigment of metal. I used two coats on each leg to achieve the depth of coverage I wanted. I tested a glaze application on one of the legs.  The glaze  muted the sheen too much for the intended effect.  After the legs dried overnight I removed them with a screwdriver, set them to the side, and prepared to get my upholstering on.

On our most recent antiques buying trip I made a quick dash into Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon in hand.  The fabric below caught my eye only out of the “I’m here and I’m getting something” principal.  Standing and studying the fabric, two words rose to the top of my thoughts.

Bargain bin.

There in the back of the bargain bin was a bolt of fabric with the texture, color, and price point perfect for this project.  My upholstering formula is not rocket science.  Square up the fabric cut and center the footstool top.

Gently pull the fabric up over sides to desired tightness.  Staple fabric in place.  I staple all the way around continuing to pull up sections of fabric as I go. Working in small sections makes the fabric easier to work with.  I do a neat fold every few staple applications to make a neater tuck.

Trim off  the excess fabric with scissors.

Screw the footstool legs back into place while the glue gun is heating up. Sharp scissors are a must when working with trim.  Raveling is expected, but sharp scissors will guarantee a sharper, cleaner cut.  Use caution with all these tools of the upholstering and DIY trade.

Time for a change~

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This home decor DIY project saved an outdated keepsake from becoming just another tucked away item. It perfectly suits the intended purpose, price point, and finished look.

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