• COLOR & PAINTING
  • February 6, 2014



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    My favorite subject…color combinations.

    Perhaps you’re doing some decorating this weekend.  Here’s another great color mix if you are feeling a little daring…

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    Great for a guest bedroom look.

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    Picture by Mehreen Qudosi

    Nature’s perfect mix right outside my door.

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    Hot Pink and Emerald Lucky Bedding.

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    Emerald walls hot pink headboard.

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    Image by Mehreen Qudosi.

    Perfect hues.

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    Green wood paneling & Hot Pink chairs.

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    Design by Kwid.

     

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    Kilim.

    Jill Sorensen

    Tone down both hues and it’s a soothing mix. (My old guest bedroom.)

    Hope you have a nice weekend!

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    P.S. Stay tuned for a GREAT bedding giveaway on House Of Turquoise blog Monday!

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  • November 18, 2013



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    What is the first design element you see when you enter a room?

    The first thing I notice is the mix of colors. Then I see the rest.  So of course when I design a room I always start our deciding on a color scheme. That becomes the backbone and inspiration to everything else.  So I’m excited to share more color mixes I love.  If you have two great colors to anchor your design plan you can go anywhere from there.

    Pale pink and chartreuse is a stunning building block that you can add pretty much any other color to and still make it work.

    Paint the walls pale pink, add a pink sofa and chartreuse carpet. Black and white accents with wood. Perfect.

    Pale pink walls, chartreuse sofa and floral chartreuse upholstery. Add dark green. Romantic.

    Pale pink walls, sofa with chartreuse carpet and pillows. Add lucite and white marble with distressed wood.

    Walls in the palest pale pink.gray hue, bold chartreuse chairs, then add hot pink, aqua and black and white.

    REGENCY VELVET PILLOWS on LiveLikeYou.

    Or the simplest way…add a pair or pink and chartreuse pillows to a white couch, paint the walls pale pink

    Definitely a color combo I’ll be using when we find a new home.

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  • October 21, 2013



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    What color should I paint the room? And what colors work together?

    Those are the two questions I probably get more than any other by my design clients, blog readers and friends.

    Picking two main colors that create the main theme for the room is the best way to start a design. That gives you a perfect base and you can then add and play with accent colors from there.  Finding unusual color combinations is one of my favorite things to do.  Often I start a design selecting two colors that at first seem to clash and then I try to solve it by adding a third.  I love that challenge.

    So I thought I share some of my favorite color mixes every month.

    On my mind today is:

    Cobalt blue has been a favorite of mine, since I did Luke’s room and I love seeing it softened with coral.

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    Designer Summer Thornton uses it with great success in a client’s office.

    Hutton Wilkinson did his dining room with true Tony Duquette flair.

    I had fun using coral and cobalt in a nursery board series for Fieldstone Hill.

    MONOGRAM carpet in Sapphire & Apple.

    Design by Summer Thornton/Image via Decorista.

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  • September 11, 2013



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    If you have followed this blog for a while you might be familiar with my line “Life is too Short for White walls”.  Well ironically, or perhaps to test myself (?) the bungalow rental we are in for the next few months has…yes…only WHITE walls. After living with a kaleidoscope of colors in our old house it felt at first refreshing with stark white walls. But walking through our Virginia house (soon no longer ours…) via Skype yesterday and seeing all the pretty colors – I suddenly felt deprived! Sorry but I really love color!

    That’s not t say you can’t create some some cheerful spaces with an all white backdrop. For all renters out there, or white-wall-lovers-but-want-a touch-of-color-people, here are some ways to add color to your space..

    Interior design by Emily Henderson.

    A great starting point add a– BOLD COLORED COUCH.

    Via Belle Maison.

    Add  CONTRASTING FURNITURE AND PATTERNS. This fun window seat and dining table certainly does not lack color. (Okay the walls are light gray but you get the point)

    Adding COLORFUL ART and PILLOWS and BOOKS is another way to bring color and life in to the space.

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    Hmm…there is something be said about white walls. You can really enjoy the pieces.

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    Let the FLOWERS and SMALL ACCESSORIES add the punch.

    Interior design by Amber Lewis.

    This cool dining room is framed  by white, but nothing a bright kilim can’t slam dunk.

    (Can’t wait for my vintage kilims to arrive next month.)

    And last GREEN PLANTS add a lot of warmth.

    Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY you still have a few days left!

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