Color Counts

Lovelace Interiors

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 Blue and Coral, a pinkish shade of orange. The reason for using this kind of color scheme is that when these colors are placed next to each other they create a wonderful contrast against each other in a space.

As you can see with these images, color is one of the quickest and easiest ways you can change the look and mood of a room. Just changing the paint on the walls can have a strong impact.  Think about what a room would look about if you painted white walls dark grey…big change. What once was bright and airy is now dark and intimate. Another way you can change the look of your home fast is by keeping your large, main pieces of furniture neutral, so that you can easily change your colors with pillows, accessories, and accent furniture.

To learn even more about color, watch our video blog by Lindsay Miller: 


Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year

Lovelace Interiors

by Chelsea Musselman

Every year Pantone announces a color of the year that predicts the color trends for fashion, interiors, graphics and many other aspects throughout the consumer market. At the end of 2012, they announced the color for 2013: Emerald Green.  In response, this year we have seen a huge boom in the color Emerald, everything from clothing, furniture, jewelry and even house wares. Do you recall seeing this color?

Now the color for 2014 has just been announced: Radiant Orchid.  This is how Pantone describes this color:

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivation harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and heath.”

What is your take on this year’s color? Tell us your opinion on our Facebook page: It is the perfect color for the adventurous person that likes that fun dose of color in their life. Could you see using this color in pops of color in your home?

How about in your wardrobe?

So who is Pantone? They are a “world-renowned authority on color.” Pantone has been inspiring the design industry for 50 years. They have provided the leading technology for color exploration. By creating the Pantone Matching System that offers standardized colors that design professionals can reference and the color will always match. Pantone has and will continue to be at the height of color inspiration of the consumer market.

Be on the look out for Radiant Orchid as it begins its take over in trends this year!

Designing Without “COLOR” …The Best of White on White

Lovelace Interiors

By Lindsay Miller

It’s long been determined from a design sense, that white has 2 distinct directions of style. Beach cottages along seaside towns have drawn inspiration from the “shabby chic” look of natural oyster linens and white seashells. From a completely different angle, white can also represent a clean and sterile contemporary environment found in urban lofts and big city high rises.

White is timeless, and can be used in ANY color scheme. To avoid changing the entire look and feel of your home, add white pieces here and there. Try a white coverlet, linen window treatment panels, or a cool sleek white Barcelona chair. Paint walls a classic white such as Benjamin Moore’s White Dove or Decorator’s White.

Most importantly, don’t be scared to take the plunge and go all white!

Making Metallics More Masculine

Lovelace Interiors

By Karen Sinclair Kerns

One of the most common challenges we see from our clients is the request for wanting to create an environment that is appealing to both men and women. The goal is to harmonize the warm feminine feel while not straying from a strong masculine taste. Metallic’s and wall coverings are usually not the first thing a man would think of when asking him his design requests but you would be amazed by what the right type of metallic’s combined with the perfect amount of deeply saturated colors can accomplish.

Take for instance this first example of how this masculine color scheme can take on an inviting feminine appeal when different elements are applied in the correct proportions and applications. The masculine pewter color with a metallic sheen and tufted treatment creates a harmonious gender natural feel. By also incorporating some bling on the pillows in addition to charcoal and navy accents a room has been created that is appealing to both a man and a woman.


In this dining room we see again how a masculine color scheme can be warmed with the use of metallics on the window treatments, black crystal chandelier and a monochromatic wall covering.  The luxurious feel associated with metallic’s can also be accomplished when using mirrored surfaces, crystal, and chrome nail heads.

This butler’s pantry / wine room takes on a masculine feel with the dark cabinetry but by adding the metallic finish to the ceiling coordinated with the chrome, crystal and white finishes in the light fixture,  creating  a very gender neutral room has been created.

Bathrooms and accent walls are great places to bring in metallic to add pop and sophistication to a space. When darker metallic colors are used it is very important to bring in the contrast of whites, crome finishes and mirrors.  By creating a balanced design like shown in these pictures a persons eye does not rest on one elelement but moves smoothly throughout the space leaving no feature unseen or shadowed.






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