Sprucing up the front porch

To kick off the Summer season with color I thought it would be fun to spruce up the front porch.  Color blocking is everywhere so why not incorporate it into your design.  My inspiration was sparked by the image below-loving the navy, teal, and chartreuse combo……it got my creative juices going!

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Tired of our traditional looking wicker furniture I spray painted it navy.  You’ll need two cans per chair, if you have a settee I would recommend at least three if not four.

  

Next, you’ll need cushions…..while at Target I pick these fun teal cushions.

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While accessory shopping at Crate & Barrel, I fell in love with the Marimekko Planet Kivet Blue 20″ x 13″ Outdoor Pillow.   Bonus-currently on SALE!

  I couldn’t resist these colorful side tables at C&B-also on SALE!

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In the end it was so much fun mix and matching!  Here’s a glimpse of the final product-what do you think?

Have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend!

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

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Rules on selecting a color

When looking for a color you’ll find a variety of shades and tints it offers.  With endless variations of a hue it’s important to keep some basic rules in mind when selecting.  Here’s my list:

1-Have a selection of samples to look at.  It’s important to understand and visualize how the color will work.

2-Relationships-yes even with color.  How will it work in the room?  What other colors enhance and develop the look you’re going for?

3-Look at the bigger picture, how does it relate to the rest of the home?  Does it offer a cohesive flow?

A quick look at how one color can vary.

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Experimenting with Wythe Blue

To celebrate Benjamin Moore’s color for 2012 Wythe Blue,  I selected it for my bookcase.  The color is a lovely combination of blue and green.  Let’s see how it pairs with the following spectrum of colors.

1-Warm colors: Red-orange, Orange, Yellow

2-Cool colors: Violet, Blue, and Green.

3-An analogous combo: Orange, Yellow, and Green.

4-Vibrant combo: Pink, Turqoise, and Neutral.  Notice how the shade of blue in the paint pops out more against this combo.

Which color combo pulls you in: 1, 2, 3, or 4?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!

Monday night’s Moon

Captivated by the Moon I saw this past Monday night, I thought I would interpret it on paper.  I have always been in awe by it’s beauty, size, and color, but that night was magical as it beamed with a radiant glow.  Using three basic colors from  Winsor & Newton Designer’s Gouache I went to work.

My color palette of Blue, White, & Yellow

First Layer of Blue

Incorporating Yellow and White.  Continuously adding layers of colors!

My masterpiece!

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Selecting colors

Swinging into a new week, I’m looking to make a couple of changes around the house. This evening I reached for my Benjamin Moore fan deck to select colors for my husband’s studio.  His music studio is a basic rectangular frame box currently in shades of beige and brown, uh!  Eight year’s since it was last painted, he’s overdue for a new look.

Diving into the plethora of colors B.M. has to offer can be overwhelming to say the least.  So to start I browse the internet, magazines, and things around me for inspiration.  These three components never fail me!

Where do you find your color inspiration?

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Experimenting with Green!

Looking for a pop of color I selected Benjamin Moore Blooming Grove #413 for our dining room.  This sexy green isn’t your traditional hue….it’s a little slice of Haas Avacado-delish!  The room’s character is soothing and calm plus the added bonus is that it can be easily paired with other colors.

Let’s take a look at how well it works:

1-Violet, Red-Orange, and Orange

2-Green, Blue, Violet (Notice how the wall leans yellow when paired with these colors)

3-Orange, Yellow, Green

This was a fun experiment……which color combination do you favor 1, 2, or 3?

Enjoy and thanks for viewing!