Great Color Combos: Pink & Orange

February 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

TaylorSwift2One glance at Taylor Swift’s Grammy red carpet ensemble and I was inspired. What a great color combo! Reminiscent of gorgeous summer sunsets and gardens of spring tulips, hot pink and vibrant coral scream happiness and passion. No shyness there. That’s for sure.

You can bring those colors into your home. Here’s how:

Add plenty of white. Nothing brings out the true color of anything better than white. That’s why adding white flowers to a garden landscape makes the color in the garden “pop” (as we say).

Mix colors of the same Hue (color) Value (relative lightness or darkness). They will blend better together without one overtaking the other.

PBPillowpinkAdd plenty of neutral texture. Sisal rugs, nubby neutral chenille pillows, and natural (neutral) linen-like window panels will balance the powerful color statement in the room and cool the temperature down a bit.

Go part-way in. To make a major color statement without a huge commitment, stay completely neutral in the paint, furniture, rugs, and windows and add color with your accessories: art, pillows, lamp bases, and other accessories.

Look for other great color combos in fashion and nature. Find what you love!

 

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP./ Published: 02/16/2016 9:24:16. Pillow: Pottery Barn.

Fashion Colors and Your Home

October 16, 2015 § Leave a comment

What we wear affects everything: our mood, our self-confidence, our success, and even our home. It makes sense that the colors we enjoy wearing should follow us into the rooms we decorate. And they do. If you take a glance through the clothes racks in your closet, you may see a color trend that pops right out: neutrals like black, white, gray or beige? Brights like reds and purples? Nature colors like greens and blues? What you see in your closet may very well help you pick a color palette that not only looks good in your home but also coordinates with you. Vincesweater

Grays are popular in fashion everywhere now (photo http://www.vince.com). And in the home, gray is still the new Linen White. It provides a neutral backdrop for any accent color and gives young home owners something different from the creams and beiges they grew up with.

One of my favorite grays is Benjamin Moore’s Abalone 2108-60.  It has a subtle warmth that looks great with stainless in a kitchen, white trim in the living room, or dark woods in a master bedroom. A touch of silver metal adds the sparkle.

Next time you’re stuck wondering what to paint a room, think about what colors you like to wear. And go from there. AbalonePaint

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