Posts tagged ‘Color’

July 10th, 2014

Lovely Layered Living Rooms

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La Dolce Vita

Oh, hi! There seems to be a common colour thread unintentionally uniting these three photos. What drew me to this trio was the combination of so many pieces executed in a pretty, organized way. The unity in the colour scheme makes it cohesive and shows a few different ideas for layering. White with grey and a pop of pink and/or indigo. Lovely, lovely and more lovely.

The layered look evident in all three images creates a homey, cosy feel with colour, pattern and texture. Each room is inviting and has an overall sweetness to it. While not overtly masculine (yes that’s a little pink guys!) they aren’t exactly screaming girl space either.

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Little Green Notebook

The furniture placement is conducive to entertaining, notice how you see one sofa combined with groups of two chairs placed in a square around the coffee table. Lengthy conversations and late nights can be had in these beautiful settings.

Sometimes it’s ok to place individual chairs in a furniture grouping, but I really like pairs. If you choose too many singular elements the space can become choppy. Instead combine pairs, and more than one pair is quite alright. See how the matching stools look? Pretty right?

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Lauren Conrad

To create your own layered look, accentuate the furniture placement with textiles like pillows, an area rug and drapes. Add a little glitter or sparkle to polish the look. Tables with a metal sheen, a glass top or mirror top accomplish the glimmer and add function.

These lovely layered living rooms are stylized with accessories like books, lamps, vases and flowers, but I love adding house plants for a vivid pop of green, some texture and a little life.

May 29th, 2012

How to Use Pattern in an Entryway

Patterned Entryway

Not only is the entryway the gateway to your home, it also sets the tone for the decor. So, its kind of important to decorate with that in mind, without letting it intimidate you. Creating a proper mix of pattern in an entryway is all about working with colour, scale and shape.

 

What I like about the patterned entryway in the photo, is that the shape of the patterned mirrors repeats in the open lattice form of the pillows, and the lemon tone in the front pillow is repeated in the wallpaper. Mild repetition guides your eyes around the space and gives it a completed look. You know, the way a good book or film leaves you with that feel good feeling because they covered all the bases? Like all the little details add up. Which is what you want to aim for with any decorating project. There is a whole lot of pattern in this entryway, but it works because it is balanced with the solid white bench and unified with the black contours of the furniture and the mirrors.

 

To add pattern in an entryway in your own home, choose patterns that speak to you. Analyze the shape and colours within the patterns and use them as the starting point for decorating. Introduce the patterns against a backdrop of solid colours to ensure a welcoming space. You can also mix in hues from adjacent rooms to offer a little hint of what lays ahead. When it comes to scale, work with patterns in differing scales. For instance, if you choose a large scale floral pattern, try to introduce another floral in a smaller scale. Mix and match different types of pattern like stripes with florals or botanicals with trellis prints for variation and to add depth.

 

Play with pattern and create a cheery welcome for all your visitors. Remember you enter your house over and over again, let it greet you with patterns you love!

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March 30th, 2012

Modern Kitchen

Part One

Blue Accent Kitchen courtesy of www.thekitchendesigner.org

 

Perusing design magazines the other day, I dreamt up a recipe for creating the perfect modern kitchen. Whether you want to renovate your existing kitchen or design one from scratch, it is common to feel overwhelmed with the sheer array of possibilities. From cabinets and counter tops to flooring and textiles, building your dream kitchen can become a maelstrom of design elements. Step away from the chaos! Breathe. Once you purge the chaos, sit quietly and close your eyes. Try to imagine how you want your kitchen to feel and create your own recipe for a perfect modern kitchen!

 

The modern kitchen, like the one pictured above from thekitchendesigner.org, contains several elements which you will, at some point, need to address and consider. Ask yourself at each crossroad whether your choice will fulfill the style dream you have determined for you space.

 

Kitchen Architecture

 

Architecture can make or break a space depending on how the space is designed. Crown moldings will add a finishing detail especially if you consider the details of the cabinetry when choosing a style. The colour you choose to paint the crown moldings will alter the look as well. Other architectural elements to think about include built-ins, window casings, paneling and wainscoting. Ideas for built-ins include bench seating, a desk, and shelving. Unify the look of the kitchen and finish all your projects with the same trim and colour scheme. Wainscoting and paneling can be used throughout the kitchen or you can use this architectural feature to define an unused area.

 

Natural Elements in the Kitchen

 

Stone and wood offer warmth and distinction to any kitchen design. For a dark masculine look, choose medium to dark wooden cabinets with black or chocolate granite counter tops. Or lighten the look and choose white cabinets with granite or quartz counters in a soft colour like white or beige. Quartz counter tops come in a wide range of colours. Experiment with samples of lime green quartz, white quartz with mirror flecks and other vibrant colours. Choose the most beautiful counter top you can find and afford as it is a fixed element you will likely be living with for many years to come.

 

Modern Kitchen Colours

 

Modern kitchens often include a pop of bold, fresh colour. The good news is that any colour goes. Current colour choices include Kelly green, cerulean, oxblood red, lemon and tangerine. One idea is to paint a single wall in your chosen hue, even a wall with limited surface space, as the colour is sure to make a statement in any dose. Tie the colour into the room elsewhere with accessories, appliances, textiles, dishware and personal items like knick-knacks. Paint the rest of the room in a complementary neutral colour with bright white trim. Or, introduce some colour with a feature wall in a graphic wallpaper print.

 

Another idea is to flip the colour scheme inside out and paint only the trim, crown moldings and window casings in your colour of choice. Think cherry red in an all white color scheme, for instance. You can always add more of this juicy shade into the mix with a vase of red dahlias, some red and white damask chair cushions and a series of red drum pendants hanging above the island or table.

 

Glass Accents

 

Glass can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen to add sparkle. Used as an insert for kitchen cabinets, glass choices are numerous and a wonderful way to add delicate detail. Bubbled glass, crackled glass, reeded glass and many other designs are available. With properly positioned lighting, glass is a detail that will provide elegance. Imitate the glass in your choice of glassware. Another idea is to create a glass partition to divide one space from another.

 

Next week I will conclude with the final elements required to create a modern kitchen. Stay tuned!

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