Design Trend: Yellow and gray…

June 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yellow and gray do look great together, but when using this trend its easy to get carried away.  Some yellow and grey rooms are very bold and unrealistic for most homes.  I like the more subtle versions of this trend. Try some of these softer palettes for yellow & gray.

Photo: Martha Stewart

         

This image by Kathleen Walsh Interiors, uses only touches of gray in the carpet and artwork.  The warm yellow selected for the walls gives the room a golden glow.

Photo: Kathleen Walsh Interiors

          

This room by Kelly Wearstler is more typical of a yellow and gray scheme, but the colors are toned down, which softens the look.

Photo: Kelly Wearstler

          

This feature in Veranda uses only a few touches of yellow…perfect!

Photo: Turner Davis Interiors, featured in Veranda

        

This room by Aerin Lauder uses a predominantly gray room with touches of golden yellow.  The lavender-gray used on the tablecloth adds warmth to the room.

Photo: Aerin Lauder, featured in Elle Decor

          

Color palette swatches by Benjamin Moore:  Scheme 1 -Pale Avacado, Treasure Trove, Yellow Lillies, Rock Harbor Violet. Scheme 2 – Naples Yellow, Calla Lilly, Feather Gray.  Scheme 3 – Jasper Yellow, Blue Orchard, Dark Lilac. Scheme 4 – Jasper Yellow, Toucan Black.  Scheme  5 – Yellow Bisque, Tropical Dusk, Galaxy.

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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.

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.

Three great paint colors to try in your home…

May 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

I love the calm that blue and green bring to a room.  If you’ve been looking for a great shade of blue or green, try one of these Benjamin Moore paint colors in your home …

Photo: Martha Stewart

Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: House Beautiful

These three rooms are simple, yet dramatic.  Get this same feel by using yellow or golden accents with your favorite shade of blue or green.  Repeat the colors throughout the space.  To create drama, always make sure you have a strong focal point for the room.  Recommended paint colors are listed below.

          

For the first room, try Thousand Oceans #1645.  For the second room, try Jamestown Blue #HC-148.  For the third room, try Hancock Green #HC-117. All paint colors are by Benjamin Moore.

Simply Beautiful…

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

The dogwood tree in our yard is finally starting to bloom.  It is one of my favorites, the flowers are so unique and beautiful.  I never noticed how striking their colors were, until today.  The centers are a perfect light green.  If you look closely, the white petals have a pink or reddish hue on the edges.  What a great combination.

These rooms capture the same simple beauty…

          

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