Closet spaces reinvented…

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!)

Photo: Apartment Therapy

This closet efficiently stores a home office, which can be hidden quickly.

Photo: Martha Stewart

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.

Photo: Real Simple

Get the toys off your playroom floor with this colorful organized space—who says closets need to be white?

Photo: Container Store

You can even make a private hangout—this fanciful child’s closet is much more fun as a reading nook and playspace.

Photo: Ohdeedoh

Have fun!

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Balancing yellow & pink…

June 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yellow and pink make a great combination—and even better when accented with a rich magenta, like in this photo below.  The colors are so perfect in this picture…

Photo: House Beautiful

I didn’t think it could get any better until I came across this image—I love how the pink and yellow are layered in front of the dark background. This moody gray brings a quiet sophistication to these two cheerful colors.

Photo: Tony Bennett Photography, as seen on Desire to Inspire

The golden framed artwork is the perfect accent for this gorgeous pink and white schemed room.

Photo: Amanda Nisbet

I love what they did with the walls in this photo…the yellow stenciled walls really make the room.

Photo: Serena and Lily

Balancing two colors like yellow and pink is essential for a successfully designed room.  This can be done in a number of ways:  1. Try varying the intensity of the colors.  To balance a bright yellow, select a soft pink, instead of a deeper hue.  2. Balance can also be achieved by varying the amounts of color used within the room.  For example, a bold color can be softened by using it smaller amounts, or intensified by using more of it.  3. When using these two colors at equal intensity, you can balance them by adding a neutral to to the color scheme, so the two colors will read as accents —or use more of one color than the other, so one color is dominant.

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.

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.

Photo: Decorpad

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

Photo: This Old House

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

Photo: Flicker

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.

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!

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

Going Green…

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I went to Weston Nurseries today, to replace some bushes that did not make it through our New England winter.  Seeing all the beautiful flowers got me thinking about designs for the outdoors.  So the color inspiration for today’s post?  Green!  Green is peaceful & relaxing, and perfect for outdoor settings.  When decorating outdoors, most of your color is coming from nature, so I recommend going neutral with your outdoor furniture, with the exception of a few key accessories.  Bring in some color with something simple like yellow or green print pillows and cut flowers.  Add drama with lighting by using lanterns or pendants.  The results will be understated and peaceful.  Need a bit more color?  Use light green or pale yellow for your furniture with a darker shades of green and yellow for your accents.

by Brown Jordan

        

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Photo: Restoration Hardware

Photo: Pottery Barn

Photo: Pottery Barn

Knox Lantern, Crate and Barrel

Sunflower Embroidered Pillow, Williams Sonoma

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