Friday, April 30, 2010

Designer in Color - Amy Lau's Yellow

Designer Amy Lau used vibrant daffodil yellow along with turquoise in this contemporary space.

The focal wall is painted in abstract color blocks mixed with textured creamy white.  The curved sectional is upholstered in natural, golden tan tones; and its shape reinforces the asymmetrical curvilinear design on the wall and in the textiles.

She cleverly contrasted darker stainted wood tables against the sofa and I love the organic shape of the large end table.  Small pops of yellow and turquoise are throughout the room - notice the pillows and draperies.

It's a bold room that's perfectly balanced using asymmetrical elements. Well done!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Daffy Over Daffadil Yellow

Daffodil Yellow Color Box

I'm daffy over Daffodils because these vibrant yellow buds are some of the first to awaken in spring.  They signal that more color will burst into our lives before we know it.

Daffodil yellow is cheerful and has the power to give any room a refreshing boost. A little yellow can make a big impact so don't over do it with too much yellow.  

Color forecasting for 2010 suggest mixing yellow with neutral tans, fresh from the farm.  For inspiration think about hay, burlap or a ball of twine.  

I think milky white textures are a great combination with daffodil yellow.  Consider giving your place a fresh makeover by slip covering chairs in creamy white linen or cotton.  Add yellow accents with patterned pillows, art or accessories to complete the look.

For more information about this week's Color Box, click here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Perfectly Balancing Blue

Check out how designer Celerie Kemble used just a little robin's egg blue to create two beautiful spaces.  Each room has the perfect balance of blue.

The first is an inviting, energetic living area with upholstered chairs in a blue and yellow-orange stripe.  I love the addition of even more yellow-orange in the space with the art and the pillows.  This room has real pizzazz!

I'd love to stay in this dreamy Palm Beach home.  What a great place to relax, read a book or take a nap!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Fly with this Color Box - Robin's Egg Blue

Robin's Egg Blue Color Box

Robin's egg blue mixed with tweed brown, creamy white and lighter blue create a natural, soothing color palette.  It's a color box that's harmonious and brings balance into anyone's life.  I also like the intensity that the more saturated robin's egg blue gives to this mix of calming colors.

I suggest using this color scheme in a bedroom or any place that you're wanting to reflect about life and the world in which we live.

For more information about this week's Color Box, click here.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Melon Abstraction

Designer Kelly Wearstler used melon painted in an abstract design at Hillcrest Estate to create a real sense of drama.

The graphic pattern is pleasing to the eye because the melon color is semi-transparent over the soft white walls.

The black iron banister coupled with the black and white linear patterned runner on the stairs make this a show-stopping space.

And for the perfect focal point, the sculpture does the trick.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fresh Melon Straight from the Color Box

Melon Color Box

I've pulled melon from my Color Box this week.  It's a bright and cheerful color that can liven up any room.

Consider using it with green to create an organic feeling for your space.  For a soothing look, try it with subtle green mixed with pale pink.  If drama is what you desire, punch up the color scheme with a dark tinted olive green.

If melon is all you desire, contrast it with just black and white.  This will make a bold statement!

For more information about this week's Color Box, click here.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Designer In Color -- Spring Green

I love how event planner Keith Robinson used spring green in his Atlanta home that's featured in April's Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.  One of his signature colors is green.  And he gets his best inspiration from nature.

This space shows how nature can influence design just like I mentioned in this week's Spring Green Color Box.  The color combination is lively!  He successfully used red and orange to add interest to the soothing green walls.  White and black give contrast to the mix.  The lamps on the credenza add a touch of deep, red-violet.  

Photos courtesy of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Erica George Dines