Design Trend: Lavender…

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…

Photo: Canadian House and 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.

Photo: Anne Coyle


Why not try using a deeper shade instead?  Who needs lavender in a room like this…

Photo: House Beautiful

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.


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.

Photo: Pottery Barn

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.

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…



Photo: House Beautiful


Photo: House Beautiful

Photo: House Beautiful

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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