June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
Reclaim your closet space and give it a new purpose. Get inspired for a quick weekend project with these great ideas for utilizing closet space. This office nook below is the perfect solution for a combination guest room/home office. (Although ideally there would be more space between the desk and the bed!)
This closet efficiently stores a home office, which can be hidden quickly.
I love the creative use of this closet—converted into a cozy library. The deep hue on the shelves and the addition of the ladder adds warmth and character to the space.
Get the toys off your playroom floor with this colorful organized space—who says closets need to be white?
You can even make a private hangout—this fanciful child’s closet is much more fun as a reading nook and playspace.
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June 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
Lavender is a soft feminine color, but it’s use has been reinvented. This color—traditionally used in bedrooms or children’s rooms—has become a popular choice for more public spaces. To do this successfully, the color you select is very important. This shade of lavender reads as almost gray. This modern color gives a fresh look to this traditional home…
Using a color like lavender in a public space can be a challenge. Adding deeper hues to a lavender scheme can make it more universal, like in this room by PIERCE -ALLEN. I love this color combination…
The way lavender is perceived can be influenced by the colors it is used with. This room by Anne Coyle is brilliant example of transforming lavender through the use of color. The use of black gives a more masculine feel to this feminine color.
Why not try using a deeper shade instead? Who needs lavender in a room like this…
Color palette swatches by Benjamin Moore: Scheme 1 – Lavender Mist, Mystical Blue, Athenian Blue, Bryant Gold. Scheme 2 – Plum Royale, Beach Plum, Yellow Iris, Racing Orange. Scheme 3 – Beach Plum, Black Tar, Bryant Gold, Stuart Gold.
June 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
Trellis is everywhere. This fanciful pattern can be used in many ways. Here are my favorite uses for this bold pattern.
When designing with trellis, keep your room simple and let the pattern be the star. There are so many great colors available in this pattern. Consider the impact you are going for when selecting your color. Light greens and aquas will be softer than bright pink or orange.
Love this pattern and still need more? Bring a piece of this great pattern home with these items from Etsy…
Images left to right… Imperial Trellis Pillow by Lily on Blue ‘s Store on Etsy, $86. Imperial Trellis iphone Cover by Plum Street Print on Etsy, $55. Trellis Clutch by Kimberly Jones Designs on Etsy, $40.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.