Adding light to dark colored rooms

May 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Using dark colors on your walls always runs the risk of creating a room that is too dark. Occasionally, it is the designer’s intent is to create a dark and mysterious mood in a room, but in most cases, the goal is to create a sense of light even though some of the elements in the space are dark.  The key to adding light to the space is all about balance.

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This space uses light colored flooring to reflect light into the room.  In addition, all the elements in the room are light colored except for the richly colored dark walls.

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This office is a great example of balancing dark colors in a room.  The bookshelves and windows break up the dark gray walls.  The white cabinetry increases the perception of light in the room, while the orange accents add interest.

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Lighting is key…This kitchen has an amazing amount of light considering just about every element in the room is dark.  Why does it work?  A large amount of natural light from the window fills the room and is reflected by the raised white ceiling.  Additional light fixtures have been added to the space as well. The size and openness of the room also helps to promote a light and airy feel.

Some other ways to add light to the room is through the use of wainscoting, mirrors or reflective surfaces, and artwork.  Pick your room wisely, one that gets a lot of natural light and open space. Ready to take on a project like this? Here are some of my favorite moody hues…

         

Colors from left to right…1623 Britannia Blue, 1456 Mountain Ridge, 1609 Temptation, and 1637 Blue Spruce.  All colors are by Benjamin Moore.

Decorating with Green…

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Green is one of my favorite colors.   I love this shade of green, it is mysterious and stylish.  Painting a room in such a deep hue can be tricky. If it is not done properly, it can really darken the room.  Instead, try adding it to the room in small ways — the impact can be big.

Photo: House Beautiful

Even with this gorgeous runner on the table, the green still gets your attention…

…and in this beautiful architectural setting, these chairs become the star of the room.

The green trellis pattern in this room commands your attention, yet gives a cheerful garden feel to the space.

Citrine Dreams Bedding Collection by Serena ans Lily

Deep shades of green can be energizing, while lighter shades of green are more peaceful.  Select the shade according to the mood you want to set for the room.  The lighter shades of green used in this room crate a quiet and peaceful setting, perfect for the bedroom.

New: Products by Color & Style

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve been taking a small break from posting to develop some new features on HUE.  Check out my new Products by Color and Products by Style section.  These include some great product collages grouped by color or style. Instead of just filling a collage with things that are blue, I have carefully selected items that can all work together in a room.  It’s like a ‘room starter.’  Need inspiration?  Working with an empty space?  This is the perfect thing for you!  All products and prices are noted, with links to where you can buy them.  Here  are some collage examples, to check out the full post click on Products by Color or Style in the menu…

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Hope you find them useful.  I will be adding to them as I go along, and get back to a regular posting schedule soon.  Subscribe so you don’t miss a post!

Creating a Restful Bedroom

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Your bedroom should be comfortable, peaceful, and relaxing. The best way to give this look and feel to a room is to use a quiet color scheme — think accented neutrals and light colors.  If used sparingly, dark colors are ok, but you will want to stay away from bright colors.  Instead of using a traditional blue, a rich blue/grey will be more peaceful. Instead of purple, use a soft plum.  Try using one of these hues as your accent color.

          

Photo: Restoration Hardware

This bedroom is a great example of a stylish, relaxing retreat.  You could add more color to this room by replacing the gray pillows and quilt with a similar set, in one of the accent colors above.

Here are some tips for creating a restful bedroom:

Photo: Restoration Hardware

1. Layer your bedding…Bedding should include a great sheet set, a plush duvet, and a textured coverlet or throw.  Mix up your colors and patterns using these elements.  Try one in a solid, one in a print and one in a deep colored, textured solid.

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2. Soften the room with fabrics…Layered drapery will add softness to the room.  Try using a roman shade framed with floor length curtains.  In addition, you can add soft furnishings to the room — like  an upholstered bench at the end of the bed or a lounge chair in the corner.

Piccadilly Chair by Serena & Lily

3. Finish the room with style…Add a great pendant and some beautiful artwork to give the room character….and enjoy.

Images from left to right.  Torso Line Drawing I by Richard Karwoski. Victorian Hotel Pendant and Peacock Mirror by Restoration Hardware.  Accent colors used above are Benjamin Moore Silvery Blue, Cabernet and Polaris Blue.

Great colors for your kitchen…

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Renovating your kitchen can be a daunting task.  There are so many choices out there.  I think part of the reason the white kitchen has become so popular, is that it reduced many of these choices…white cabinetry, carrerra marble countertop (or quartz look alike), stainless steel appliances, dark wood floors…done!   Now, kitchen cabinets are becoming more and more popular in colored finishes; particularly gray, robin’s egg blue, light green, and dark gray.  I still love the classic white kitchen, but these colors are quite tempting…

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Adding color with wallcovering…

May 11, 2011 § 2 Comments

Wallcovering can really transform a space with the use of color and pattern.  The pattern you select can set the mood of the room and inspire your room’s style or design.  Using a large scale pattern, while keeping the rest of the room simple, will have the most impact.  Here are a few of my favorite wallcoverings from Thibaut.  They have some great colors!  Thibaut’s patterns are available in fabric too, if wallcovering is not your thing.

Damask Resource Vol II, Manhattan Damask in Aqua, by Thibaut

Cypress Collection, Orissa in Aqua, by Thibaut

Natural Resource Collection, Parkland in Yellow, by Thibaut

Want to add color to a neutral room?

May 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Neutral color schemes are very popular, but adding a bit of color to a neutral color scheme can really enhance the beauty of the room. Try painting the ceiling in a great color to add drama.  These three rooms are great examples of how adding color, in an unexpected way, can really change the look and feel of a room.

by Turner Davis Interiors

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Some tips for pulling off this great look… 1. Use a great color.  2. Only use darker colors if you have high ceilings.  3. Keep the rest of the room neutral except for a few accessories (match them to the ceiling color or use one shade lighter).

Another great trick…try using a pale color on the walls and a darker version of that color on the ceiling.

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