Tag Archives: Color

Yellow Fever….

Ahh.. Monday! It’s time to start all over again! Did you enjoy your weekend?
I got a good amount of work done, NOT enough cleaning done (I somehow always find other things to do..) but I finally put my suitcase away (insert major sigh of relief), went to a David Gray concert, and helped a friend decorate her nursery… All in all I would consider it a productive weekend!

We are in full force with Pollen season in Atlanta.. everything has a THICK layer of bright yellow pollen.   Although I hate it, I am excited about what it will bring!  It also inspired me to find some beautiful images featuring a more positive yellow experience!  I think Yellow has a refreshing quality to it… It can be energizing and calming all at the same time.  For some reason I don’t seem to use yellow that often, whether its a main wall color, and accent, or even in clothing… but I think I might need to start! I have used it on front doors and adore that.. I think it’s the new “red”

Going for a Full Splash on the Walls?

I think this bedroom has a classic feel with the use of the bolder tone.

(desire to inspire)

I love the antiqued, stucco yellow walls in this work room… the texture is amazing! And what a great idea for bookcases on the wall…
(recycled home)

This living room looks so cozy.  It think you could be trapped reading a book here for hours.  The soft creamy yellow walls make the space feel so warm and inviting…
(Vincent Wolf)

I love the mix of built-in modern elements paired with simple accessories such as glass bottles, artwork, and the sconce style that you may find in a cottage or farmhouse…

(Barry Dixon)

….or Maybe Accents through furniture and accessories is what you prefer?…

I love the playfulness and utter sophistication of this room.  The contrast of the dark black wood and vibrant yellow has a crispness to it that I love.

(coco cozy)

I love the old typist chair in this bright and sunny child’s workspace…I know I would love to do homework there!
(flea market style)

The white tone on tone paint palette is the perfect contrast with the soft lemony yellow.  The elements of the table cloth and color palette create such a whimsical romantic setting.

(dwellings and decor)

What a great modern spin using the rosettes as art in contrasting yellows…Love!

I adore the strong contrast of the vibrant yellow with the white and natural wood tones…

(Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles)

…You  Could try Painted Cabinets?…

A great painted island becomes a wonderful focal point in an unexpected situation…

(Country Living)

These are some beautiful and bright kitchens from homes in Ibiza as seen in The Way We live book I featured as a Friday Fave

I love the worn island with it’s years of use shining through…

(recycled home)

I love the whimsy this antique mail cabinet has… I hope to run into one of these someday!(Country Living)

…What about on an Interior Door for a Punch of Color ?….

What a great twist of modern on the classic barn door.  It creates such a wonderful focal point and the palette of white, gray and yellow is so pleasing to the eye.

(Casa Sugar)

…Or Outside for Some Welcoming Cheer?…

I think a yellow front door is so welcoming… this gray, black and yellow palette is so chic.
(Say la vie)

I love the Sunny yellow with the white painted brick… It has a timeless and modern feel.
(mandarin studio)

This door compliments it’s natural surroundings with ease…
(apologies, source unknown)

I feel so refreshed just looking at all these images! Do you have a favorite spot to use yellow?

Enjoy your week!

Turquoise year…

So its a new year, out with the old and in with the new! Time for resolutions to be made (and of course broken!) and many new trends to emerge! Pantone, Inc who are leading color experts and have been in the color business for 45 years, announced the 2010 color of the year as 15-5519 Turquoise!  With 2009 being a bit stressful for many, it is exciting to have a strong color that evokes calmness and reminds many of us of the coast!

Here are some great thoughts from their press release:

“…Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.

“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.” Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens. Read more...”

When you really start looking there are some great products available in Turquoise! Here are some wonderful examples in lighting.  I especially love the idea of incorporating recycled elements like the old transformers and mason jars.  If you are feeling creative, you can simply make these pendants for a DIY project and add an instant conversation piece to the room!

(clockwise: chandelier and lamp from arteriors, ceramic table lamps from emissary, glass table lamp from arteriors, pendant light from Velocity)

(top: Antique Insulator pendant lights from Railroadware, Bottom: Blue Mason jar pendants from Reclaimed Lighting)

Splashes of color through accent pillows and bedding are an easy way to freshen up any space, both quickly and cost effectively.  Throw any of these vibrant pillows on a simple cream, tan, or gray sofa you have instantly changed the overall mood of the space.  Using splashes of color throughout a room this way, makes your palette very flexible.

(clockwise: habitat pillows from KoKo Company, Nautical Signal Flag accent pillow from Wisteria, Cirrus bedding from Anthropologie, accent pillow from Henry Road)

As we are still in January, it is a bit cold for outdoor planting, but here are some great ceramic glazed pots that will add some warmth to any interior space.  I also love the ceramic hangers – A few, functional accent for any entry way or closet.

(clockwise, decorative pots from Emissary, Ceramic Hanging Maties by Delong Ceramics, Brooklyn Bridge decorative tile by Delong Ceramics, Glazed ceramic pots from Emissary.)

This tone on tone room historic room, with a soft grayed aqua wall is the perfect compliment to the modern white accent furniture, especially with the vibrant turquoise elements.  I also love the white washed parqueted oak floor.
(from Think Color by Tricia Guild)

(Coastal Living)

Not only is using a decorative screen door for a pantry entry a wonderful idea, painting it a fun color adds a great accent to an all white space.
(Source Unknown)

(Old & New by Katherine Sorrell)

Turquoise is not only for interiors! I love using this color on shutters and even front doors.  It creates a sense of whimsy even on the most sophisticated home.
(Coastal Style by Sally Hayden &Alice Whately)

If you have any questions regarding any of the products shown, feel free to contact me for further information.