Adding color to your kitchen…

June 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Adding color in small ways can really make a difference in your space.  Start with something you love—a great color or a unique collection—  and finish the room with a few accents in a complimentary color.

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The spa blue dish collection above, is accented with golden tones.  Displaying a colorful dish set is a great way to personalize your space.

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Accenting some of your cabinetry with paint, like this island above, is an easy way to make your space more welcoming.

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Replacing your countertops with something more current will also make a big difference.  The countertops in the photo above were accented nicely by painting the interior of the glass cabinets.

Photo: Plain & Fancy Living (plainfancyliving.blogspot.com)

Don’t forget artwork — colorful art displayed prominently like this can really make your space.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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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…

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Photo: Rachel Ashwell

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