color Tag Archives

Moody Blues

My eye has noticed a shift to blue. Mostly that dark rich version that some refer to as navy or indigo. I am seeing it in interiors, clothing, jewelry, cars, and as well as home exteriors. On a recent trip to Chicago, I noticed store windows with loads of product in this rich hue paired with whites and an occasional pop of orange. It was the …

Two for One

Pantone is know for its “color of the year” that forecasts the trends in fashion, floral, interiors and a whole plethora of products.  This is the first year they have chosen to select two colors.  When I first read about the two colors, I was hesitant, not only because of the color choice, but the idea of a two-for-one designation they call a “blend”.  This year, …

Color Full

Trend Alert!  Coloring books.  Yes, for adults!  Studies have shown that coloring helps lower the blood pressure and reduce stress.  Check out this article from USA Today. We all have those crazy busy days when we can’t think of working in one more task.  So, what do you do to unwind at the end of your day?  I encourage you to consider finding your inner artist and start picking up …

Burgundy Rebound

It’s back!  That color I never loved as a kid in the eighties that was casting on everything everywhere in the interiors world, burgundy!  I remember how every dining room, every library, every office seemed to have burgundy walls and of course, accented with hunter or teal green! Well, this time it is not just called burgundy, but bordeaux or marsala (pantone.com) or oxblood, and it’s …

Iris Inspiring

What inspires you?  Is it a person, a place, a thing?  Is it nature or architecture?  Is it a color, or a shade, or a shadow? This past week end, I watched the documentary film on Iris Apfel.  Iris was an interior designer, a textile business woman (Old World Weavers), and today, an international fashion icon.  Oh, her jewelry! I know for a fact that …

Oh Ombre

I think an ombré effect is one of the most beautiful and interesting uses of color. Ombré describes the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark. The technique is commonly seen as a surface treatment in fashion and art. I am particularly fond of using this technique in textiles as seen in the images below, in which the color graduates through a more blended approach.  However, the ombré technique …

Treading

The number one reason I recommend a runner on stairs is safety!  The traction gained from a carpet runner on stairs saves pets, kids, and adults from slipping.  I usually prefer a stair runner that has texture.  Patterns and colors are a bonus, but the texture not only gives more traction, but shows less wear.  All in all, most textures and patterns are a bit …

Freeze Frame

I have clients ask me all the time about framing their family photos that they want to hang together all in one space.  Many times I will accompany a client with their millions of photos to the frame shop, but if they want to tackle this project on their own, I offer up this one rule of thumb.  Color consistency.  Freeze any and all other …

BASIC BLACK

Black is anything but just basic.  I love black.  I love to see it used in interiors and every time I do I am entranced.  From wall coverings, to flooring coverings, to artwork and textiles, I always gravitate towards black.  A small dose of black can make other colors appear more crisp while a large dose can create drama yet remain classic. Sometimes I will …

CREATING THE FLOW

When I am working on a project, I always consider the “flow” from space to space.  I consider the entire house and how each space relates to one another. I try to find the one or two elements that create a commonality so that each room relates to the next in some way.  One of the easiest and most obvious ways to accomplish this is …