The Unlikely Pair: Black & Blue

The Unlikely Pair: Black & Blue

People may be hesitant to pair black and blue together for an interior color scheme. I think the main drawback is that black and blue together may give the same vibe as black and brown together; some people like to mix them and others strongly don’t want them together. Personally, I like to mix them. In interiors, textiles, or fashion, black and blue together can be really rich and bold! Use these two together to make a classy but chic statement.  Since black and blue can come across as neutrals, add a bold 3rd color for a fun accent! It could be a small accent or a larger presence of the new color.   What I love most about black and blue together is its design style versatility. It suits a traditional setting just as easily as it does for a contemporary design. However, it’s sure to guarantee a mature, elegant, and timeless look.  If you don’t want to make as bold of a statement using black and blue in your main upholstery, rugs, or walls, you can use the pair together in other ways. Incorporate them into accessories, accent pillows, a small accent wall, or side chair. By using them in smaller doses, you can a very rich feel but make a more subtle statement.   Real Estate...

Fall Inspiration

By Cara McBroom I don’t know about everyone else, but I am starting to get that warm fuzzy feeling of excitement for fall!  I am ready for cooler weather, boots, warm lattes and a cool new shade of lipstick that makes me feel all festive and girly (even though I don’t even wear that much lipstick)! I am not one to browse all the style blogs and read all the magazines that tell me what colors I should be using, but this year there is one color scheme, in particular, that won’t stop speaking to me! It jumps out at me in the jewelry section at Target, and screams my name as I’m browsing art for a client. I’m talking about dried wild flowers and pumpkins! A purple and coral sunset: Lavendar, Coral, Salmon, Blush, and soft Orange. I, apparently, am feeling very romantic, flirty and sweet! I ran across a line of giclees by a company called CHC Art, a company I use often in my design work.  I couldn’t stop staring at the art– I absolutely adore this color combination! And here’s what I imagine this painting would look like, if you turned it into a room: Now, what would happen if you kicked the color saturation up a notch?  Do you love color as much as I do?  Try these schemes: Who wants to go shopping with me?!?  I’m...

Go Bold, Go Navy!

By Brooke Williams Within the past few months, the use of navy is emerging as a popular trend in Interior Design. There’s no question in my mind as to why. If you think about it, navy can be a great neutral. It’s the perfect alternative for when people don’t like to mix black and brown. Navy is a great “safe” bold color. It’s a very rich color that complements many interiors and provides wonderful contrast to a home. You can add a high sheen or lacquer and this color takes on a sexy new approach- of which I happen to LOVE. How can you bring navy into your home? Furniture and accent pillows easily mix into most all design styles. Navy decor and/or a statement lamp can serve as a solid anchor and collective focal point.  Art is a wonderful way to provide interest and depth on your walls. So as you can see, navy gives that “warm, cozy” vibe and can be modern or traditional, sleek or...

Classic Black and White

By Lindsay Miller There’s just something so classically and timelessly beautiful about a stark black and white interior. Add a little gold, and you’ve upped the ante. So, you’re scared of black lacquer walls or a black velvet couch? Start small with a graphic pillow or a glitzy lamp. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the outcome! Take a look at some of these inspiring images that make use this never-going-out-of-style color grouping. Just...
A Colorful Spring for 2014

A Colorful Spring for 2014

By Bunny Hall I am so excited with bright colors returning, everything from Radiant Orchid (the color of the year) and pretty in pink, to true fresh green.   The blue crush is coming on strong, with many shades in a soothing palette of blue & white. The comeback of this blue & white combination appears in several different ways: ginger jars, woven fabrics, and fine china. The color wheel this spring is your own: brights from hot teals, to royal purples, to majestic reds and sunshine yellows. So turn your wheel to your favorite color and add some drama to your home or one special...
Color Counts

Color Counts

By Helene Forester & Chelsea Musselman Changing the colors of your space is one of the easiest ways to transform your space. Back in September, Country Living magazine had an issue dedicated to “Amazing Makeovers” and “How to change any room – fast!” They took one room setting and changed out a few key elements in different colors to create four pictures that look as if they could be in four completely different homes. In every setting the magazine changed the color of the chairs, the wall color, throw pillows, and the accessories on the table. The first is the Coastal look with turquoise and green as the accent colors.  This setting has a very rustic and beachy vibe with the light turquoise and green accents. Also, by leaving the walls white, it allows for the room to be light, bright and open. The second is a much more romantic setting. By using various shades of grey and pink, this room automatically feels warm and more intimate. The dark grey on the walls is another way to make the space feel cozy.  The next room is bright and sunny. Yellow is known to make people feel warm and happy. Well this room is a perfect example of that. Keeping everything else in the room white and grey lets that sunshine yellow take the forefront. It is a great way to get the warm sunny feel on even the dreariest of days.  Last is an example of a complementary color scheme. Complementary colors mean that the colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel. This room setting uses...