BLUE!! A most perfect soothing room! Blue is an incredibly beautiful color area. Use it to create an oasis of serenity in your home. This room works really well because of the combination of COOL [blue] & WARM [woodtones]. They balance each other to create a harmonious environment.
The subject matter of the paintings is interesting to me. They are landscapes which add to the calm.
My only caution is to not overuse this color... a little goes a long way.
White cabinetry, a white lamp base and natural sofa provide needed neutrals & texture to this space!
COLOR!! I will never be bored with Color! Many times in my career I have met people that were either fearful of adding color or not able to because they lived in an apartment and needed to live with beige. An excellent option is to create a massive painting in the color you love. Even if the canvas is painted with ONE solid color, it will work to bring that space to life!
The neutral walls, sofa and field of the carpet bring a lovely and quiet calm to this space.
The patterned accent pillows add that spice and character we all want in our homes.
Make sure to repeat your accent in a strong element, such as the chair in the foreground. Perfection!
Books!! I will never be bored with my precious books. This is a little section of my collection. When my husband & I first moved into our home, this area contained a built-in dining cabinet. At the first opportunity, we redesigned this space, painted the inset black and added shelves. [Note: dark colors make your books & accents stand out.]
There are two lights over the top glass shelves that let the light shine down to the third shelf.
I have poetry, travel, gardening, photography and unusual books in their sections.
The Art books are my most precious... I have them arranged in spectral order. I know them so well that it is easy for me to find exactly the book I am searching for at any given time. I love that it is organized color and they all live so peacefully together!
This most beautiful orange is warm, drawing us into this lovely home. Count on this color for a friendly embrace.
A crisp white ceiling, trim & wainscot add a needed light value balance to this color composition
The black banister railing and framing details offer contrast and make a dynamic statement
Natural elements of leaves & butterflies are showcased in artwork to provide soft additions to the overall concept
Great style is only one color away. This beautiful olive tone is used on all wall, trim, doors and shelving. It unifies this space with sophistication & style.
Artwork makes a Contemporary statement
Modern lighting will add a warm glow
Books offer needed spectral accents
The dark copper leather sofa is warm & comforting
Neutral chairs & carpet provide restful notes
A stimulating space for dining, conversation and creativity. This area offers multiple ideas for our homes:
The fresh gold feature wall offers a great focal point.
White & black artwork creates a neutral gallery.
Deep tones in the charcoal table and countertop, along with gray shelving bring beautiful contrast.
Provide a mix of chair styles for a twist on tradition.
Crisp white floors, cabinets & walls unify elements.
Another creative accent color for your home! A Great Green! My entire career revolved around color and how to incorporate it into homes, commercial & industrial areas. I was responsible for creative aspects of color & paint. If you want to do something unique in your home, consider the ease, flexibility and low cost of paint:
In this kitchen all expensive finishes & surfaces are treated with neutral colors.
Ceilings, walls, trim & island are all cool white.
Stainless steel & black granite make statements.
Shelving & stools are black for that industrial edge.
Floors add a wood finish for a touch of warmth.
The GREEN accent on cabinets is all paint. You can enjoy this approach and change the color to suit your change of decor very easily. [I know, easy for me to say... but I love paint & all the magic it can create.]
Have fun with your home! CLASSIC Design need not be stuffy or old fashioned. This image illustrates a fresh approach:
The background could be a wall or a screen with panels. Paint it with white, or a neutral, for the perfect note to your color scheme.
Featured on the left is a simple, metal industrial hall tree painted in white which allows it to highlight the form of this element.
The table is comprised of two stunning features, the marble top and dramatic, graphic legs finished with a cool gray for a lovely impact.
An oversized, CLASSIC white vase is simply stunning. The artful, fractal sculpting of the face creates a Contemporary fusion of old and new.
Accessories on the table are neutral and round, playing against the straight lines of the face.
The floor provides a warm, yellow graphic stripe. It adds fun and fresh color which brightens this home.
We are all working at home more and more these days. Imagine how easy it would be to concentrate in this space. Here are ideas to create this environment in your home office:
Begin with a truly neutral palette of white. A totally blank canvas to style your own way.
Wood Crates are rough in texture but are elevated to chic style with a coat of white paint. If you stack them a little taller, you may want to secure them to the wall for safety.
The desk is comprised of two, natural wood-toned support horses. They are super easy to find at your local building supply store. The top is a simple hollow core door that has also been painted white. Use a finish with a higher gloss for ease of cleaning.
Adding a hammock in white rope and almond wood tones creates the perfect place to dream about your next project or to take a sweet summer nap.
A woven sisal carpet on a light wood floor keeps the space airy and open. The weaving adds another textural element to this space.
Gently colored accessories in pastel tones, stark white, soft gold and a sprinkling of greenery all work together to deliver an office that you deserve.
This easy breezy porch has so many great ideas that we could all incorporate into our homes.
Let's begin at the ceiling. Adding a light fixture allows us to not only add light, but style and character too.
I love the use of white on the sofa and dining set. This allows you to make many different statements with colors that you can change from the beginning to the end of summer. Think pillows & accessories.
The mirror adds a bit of whimsy and reflectivity to this area. You could use a glue gun to add many natural elements and paint them white or with all your favorite summertime colors.
Look at the topiary! By placing it on top of a little table it elevates it off the floor giving it a nice height.
This porch has lovely windows; however, if you don't have this window style, consider shopping at your local vintage, salvage or antique store. You may uncover a window that you could paint and hang, creating your own architecture.
Candles on the floor add another level of light for those sweet moments after sunset.
The sisal area carpet frames out the space. It provides texture and the feeling you are bringing the indoors outside!
When I saw the English Teapot [above] years ago, I was smitten. It is so beautiful, the colors endlessly inspire me. I have decided to create a color scheme for my home around this china teapot. The color chips that surround the base will be incorporated in art and accessories. I am so excited! I bought the two little French jars for my kitchen last year. I leave them on the counter and whenever I see them I get excited about beginning this project! I love this kitchen [not mine]... it lives in my dreams. Black & White base design with a spectacular view of the green outdoors!!! I simply know I would be a great cook if I could work in this kitchen!!
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