Going Green…

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I went to Weston Nurseries today, to replace some bushes that did not make it through our New England winter.  Seeing all the beautiful flowers got me thinking about designs for the outdoors.  So the color inspiration for today’s post?  Green!  Green is peaceful & relaxing, and perfect for outdoor settings.  When decorating outdoors, most of your color is coming from nature, so I recommend going neutral with your outdoor furniture, with the exception of a few key accessories.  Bring in some color with something simple like yellow or green print pillows and cut flowers.  Add drama with lighting by using lanterns or pendants.  The results will be understated and peaceful.  Need a bit more color?  Use light green or pale yellow for your furniture with a darker shades of green and yellow for your accents.

by Brown Jordan

        

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Photo: Pottery Barn

Photo: Pottery Barn

Knox Lantern, Crate and Barrel

Sunflower Embroidered Pillow, Williams Sonoma

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Decorating with Orange…

April 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

I came across a great rug today, I wish I had a place to use it. It’s such a nice shade of orange, not too bright, and not too pink. Orange can be a tough color to use in decorating, because it can be so overpowering. The most important thing to remember, if you are using a bright shade of orange, is to balance that brightness by using it with whites or neutrals. Since this shade of orange is a bit lighter, I decided to pair it with a deep blue/gray, using light orange and neutral accents.

by Home Decorators

by West Elm

by Home Decorators

by Home Decorators

by West Elm

by Home Decorators

by Room & Board

by Ballard Designs

by Ballard Designs

Feeling blue?…..go gray!

April 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

When selecting blue or green paint colors for the home it’s easy to go wrong.  The colors in the ‘blue’ and ‘green’ section are very saturated.  My secret is to go to the ‘gray’ section and find one that leans blue or green.  Then I bring in deeper shades of the color through fabrics, patterns, and art.  On my last project, my husband asked jokingly, “What did you select… another Gray Gem?”  He knows me too well, of course he was right!  Using color in this way can give your home a more sophisticated look. Here are some great examples of blue and green color schemes that use gray…

Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: Martha Stewart

Photo: Calico Corners

White?

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Today’s post is dedicated to my 4 year old daughter, who reported happily that her favorite color is white…..White?  Isn’t that the absence of color?  This, from the daughter of an interior designer?  Sigh.  Well, I have to admit, as much as I love color, I do love the white look when it comes to interiors.  I don’t see it happening in my home anytime soon though (white upholstery is not the best design solution for a house with kids) but until then I can dream…

Photo: Country Living

Photo: Rachel Ashwell

Photo: Rachel Ashwell

Photo: UKTV Home

Get inspired with colors from Spring…

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Although here in New England we are still waiting for it to warm up for good, many of you are already enjoying the arrival of Spring.  It’s definitely one of my favorite times of the year.  I love seeing the flowers bloom after a long winter.  Hmm, spring…new beginnings…great time to start a new design project, right?  What better way to get started than using colors from nature.  Take a picture that you love and pull out some of the colors to create your palette.  Keep in mind, some of the colors of spring can be quite bold.  I would recommend pairing one bold color with two lighter tones, or perhaps two midtones with one lighter tone.

Tea Time Bedding, Land of Nod

        

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2011 – Vintage Wine #2116-20

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Benjamin Moore has unveiled their color of the year, Vintage Wine #2116-20.  This deep hue is best used as an accent.  Shown above, this nook is given a cozy feel by just painting one wall with this rich color.  (A nice departure from the usual “white mudroom” look.)  This color is warm and welcoming.  Not up for painting?…Here are some other ways to bring this sophisticated color into your own home.

Flori Thistle 20″ Pillow, Crate and Barrel

Undersea Area Rug

Undersea Area Rug, Home Decorators Collection

5 bottle bud vase, CB2

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