Posts Tagged ‘Color Schemes’

Source: yournestdesign.blogspot.com Gray Wisp

Source: yournestdesign.blogspot.com Gray Wisp

Wow its been a while!  I have just been so busy this month and have had no extra time to post!  Well here it is, I am making up for it now. 🙂

So one of things I have been work on a lot this month are paint consultations for my clients, online and in person.  I guess its the season for changing paint colors throughout the home!

Here are the colors I have been specifying the most (Benjamin Moore)…

  • Coventry Gray HC-169
  • Stonington Gray HC-170
  • Revere Pewter HC-172
  • Templeton Gray HC-161
  • Wedgewood Gray HC-146
  • Bleeker Beige HC-80
  • Manchester Tan HC-81
  • Baja Dunes 997
  • Plymouth Rock 1543
  • Nimbus 1465
  • Seattle Mist 1535
  • Gray Wisp 1570
  • Healing Aloe 1562
Source: Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray

Source: Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray

Source: Maria Killam Coventry Gray

Source: Maria Killam Coventry Gray

Source: thecreativityexchange.com Baja Dunes

Source: thecreativityexchange.com Baja Dunes

It really seems like gray, brown, and taupe neutrals are HOT right now!  Same with blue-gray and green-grays, I just love this cool palette, especially since it is so hot outside this summer!!

Source: Houzz Wedgewood Gray

Source: Houzz Wedgewood Gray

Hope my cheat sheet helped.

If you need help finding your our color palette, contact me!


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Who was Dorothy Draper??  Well, in 1923, she was the first person to actually establish an interior design company, thus making it a true profession!  How cool?

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As a true “Interior Designer”, she made huge strides in the field and broke through what was considered safe and common at the time.  She was known to pair uncommon colors and print together, her motto? “If it looks right, it is right”.  (dorothydraper.com)

Source: dorothydraper.com -Greenbrier

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I love her use of bold contrast in color and prints!

Just a few of her largest and most well know project include the restaurant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, nicknamed “The Dorotheum”, the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, and the Camellia House, Drake Hotel in Chicago.

Source: dorothydraper.com -Greenbrier

Benjamin Moore even came up with a Dorothy Draper color palette and several famous designers such as Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler have done design projects in ode to her as well.

Spurce: hayancafe.blogspot.com -Kelly Wearstler

Source: hayancafe.blogspot.com- Jonathan Adler

Source: hayancafe.blogspot.com

I wonder, what would the design world be like without Dorothy Draper?  Would we be living in boring little tone-on-tone boxes?

If you need help designing your own Dorothy Draper inspired room, contact me!

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There are thousands of tiles available in every color, size, shape, and material you can imagine for a kitchen backsplash.  Needless to say, in order to know what you are looking for, there are several things to consider first.

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One, what is the material of your countertop?  In my post here, I explain the pros and cons to granite as a countertop selection and what some other alternatives are.

If your kitchen countertop is indeed granite, stay far, far away from any patterned tile (unless of course your granite is solid black).  A beautiful quality of granite is that there is so much variation in color and vein texture but this is what also prevents any patterned tile backsplash from working with it.  Too much texture does not work together (this is not like mixing patterns with fabrics).  Keep it simple!

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The example above is exactly what I am talking about, this just does not look right…

If your countertop is another solid material, then you have much more flexibility with selecting a patterned tile as a backsplash.  This bright kitchen below is so fun!

Source: BHG

Another thing to consider when selecting a backsplash is what the color and material of the floor is.  If its a stone (i.e. slate, marble, travertine, etc.), then do what you did when selected the countertop and pull from the tones that are on the floor.  If the tones are the same, then the backsplash will work.  If the floor is wood, then use the countertop as a guide for tone.  Be careful if selecting a tile with a  “pop of color”, remeber this is pretty costlty to change in 10 years when lime green looks “dated” again (remember your grandmother’s kitchen?).

Source: HGTV

Source: BHG

Another alternative is to totally nix the backsplash tile and commit to carrying the granite all the way up the wall and using it in place of the backsplash!  This is what I have done in my own house and I think that it creates a seamless and clean look (and is also very easy to clean!).  

Below are some pictures of my own kitchen…

My Kitchen

My Kitchen

If you are stil unsure about how to make sure all the finishes in the kitchen work togehter, keep it simple!  Or contact me!

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One large source of social controversy all around the world is graffiti.  Traveling from city to city you see it everywhere.  It is accepted as an urban artistic expression but viewed as property vandalism and is completely condemned.

Source: Elle Decor

But what happens when graffiti is taken off the streets and applied to interiors and thus, used in a totally different application?  Here are some highly creative ways graffiti can be applied in a more “accepted” way.

Source: artist Reyes

Source: artist Reyes

Source: Ethan Allen

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These artists truly are very talented.  I love the vibrant and modern feel the freeform art brings to a room!  And how cool is this furniture below?

Source: designers Burke and Hazelden

Source: Luis Alicandu

Source: Luis Alicandu

I wil add some fun pictures I took of a skate park in London this summer….

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Ahh I love fall time!  There is just something about the crisp morning air and the warm colors on the trees that just gets me, and I know I’m not alone here.  The leaves changing start to bring about the feeling of coziness that has been missing all summer.

Fall inspired color schemes are really starting to pop up everywhere!  Some colors with that “fall vibe” are coppery reds, pumpkins, burnt yellows, forest greens, and chocolaty browns.  If selecting a paint or accent color from these, be aware of the feeling you are trying to create…

Source: Design Seeds

Design Seeds

Red can be a strong color that evokes energy, but with such a wide range of tones (from cherry, to crimson, to wine) there are lots of options to incorporate the color into any space.   There are tones that you can even be comfortable with year-round.

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A burnt Orange can be warming but a more vibrant shade can be super modern and lively.

Source: BHG

Forest Green is a great way to create an outdoorsy feeling and if accented with other warm fall color will create a “homey” feel as well.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

If a more neutral color is desired for a main color, warm or rich brown will evoke a natural feel of wood or stone.

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A strong note I will make is, do not feel obligated to use all these wonderful fall colors in only one space; Doing this will actually feel very chaotic.  There is a 3 color max rule for interior design and yes, this includes your neutral!

Source: Country Living

A way to incorporate these colors is to use them throughout the whole house or floor , and to add hints of the color in accents to create a smooth transition between rooms.  Adding pillows on the sofa and candles on the fireplace mantle, and then artwork on the dining room wall, and a rug in another room is how to create flow in color.

Source: BHG

I hope this guide helps you to create the feeling of whichever aspect of fall you are trying to evoke in your home, whether it be the falling leaves, a forest stroll, or a harvest celebration.


So what is your favorite time of year?  Does it inspire your color palette?

If you need help defining the color scheme in your own home, contact me!

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Black is a color that just never seems to go out of style.  Just like that “little black dress” that has been in your closet forever and can be worn for any occasion, black in interiors can feel timeless, classic, or a little bit daring.

Source: Horchow

Source: HGTV

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Whether you add black as a dramatic paint color or infuse it in accents, you are sure to have an elegant and timeless product!

Source: Benjamin Moore

Source: Martha Stewart

What do you think?  Timeless or not?

Need help using black in your space?  Contact me!

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The Brant Chair made by Ethan Allen is one of the most versatile chairs I can find right now! The detailed carved repeating ball frame and fluted apron (taken from a 17th century design) can fall towards traditional or lean towards modern styling… it just depends on the fabric its upholstered in!

Here are some fun fabric-to-frames I came up with to help you visualize Brant’s potential!

By the way, Ethan Allen offers OVER 1000  fabrics AND 25 wood finishes for the frames- talk about custom!

Here is the link to Ethan Allen’s website where you can check out the chair for yourself.

If you need help creating this look or starting any other design project, feel free to contact me!

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