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The Best Blues For Your Home

I received a nice email today from Lauren McGrath who recently launched a style blog with her mother, Good Bones Great Pieces. She works for a fashion magazine in New York and her mother Suzanne is an interior designer and former Martha Stewart Living TV producer and both admit to being huge decor8 fans, yay! After browsing their blog this morning I decided to make them the blog of the week to drive a little traffic love in their direction so I hope you will go visit Good Bones Great Pieces. Here’s a post that I found that I think will lure you over… it highlights the Best Blues to use on your wall.

The entryway in Suzanne’s home is in Donald Kaufman’s DKC-29.

1. Farrow and Ball Blue Ground (210) 2. Farrow and Ball Pale Powder (204) 3. Benjamin Moore Heavenly Blue (709) 4. Sherwin Williams Gulf Stream (SW6768) 5. Benjamin Moore Iceberg (2122-50) 6. Benjamin Moore Windmill Wings (2067-60).

Do you have a favorite blue and a photo to show the color in a room?

(images from good bones great pieces)

Posted in blogs, Color Inspiration on March 03, 2009

Color Cravings: Shades of Green

I’ve having a color craving, or two… You see it’s this palette and it has me going a bit ga-ga at the moment. Chartreuse, Mint, Clover, Silver and White. A delicious medley for Spring, which will be here before we know it. J.Crew and Anthropologie have color cravings too, seems we share many of the same… This palette offers a lot of versatility. Consider this: when you’re out in nature, green and blue are the two most dominate colors in most parts of the world. Sky and Earth. When you observe the colors alongside them, flora and fauna, everything coordinates. If your palette is like the one below, you can mix in some blue. Or add some black. Maybe a dash of cantaloupe (you will see an example of that in the chair upholstery shown below) or rose. That’s why it’s a versatile color mix, at least according to me.

Fashion and wedding attire from J.Crew. Home and garden from Anthropologie.

I would have taken the time to link to each product shown above but it’s all basically from the new Spring catalog so just click here and you’ll find most of what you’re looking for. If you get stuck, comment below and I’ll post the direct link.

Oh green! Imagine these hues living together in a room, say your office? I love green in an office or entryway. I find this palette refreshing, welcoming, and a bit preppy romantic which I love. When I think of the bathroom, I tend to lean towards blue, gray, black and white, pinks, neutrals, lavender but the more I look at the Anthropologie shower curtain {shown direct north} I’m thinking green tones definitely work in a bathroom too but I’m still not completely sold. And though they are nice in a bedroom, I tend to see these greens more in a guest bedroom for some reason that I can’t explain… but I’ll try. I don’t think this palette is cozy and that’s good for a guest bedroom. Why? I’d rather my guest room be polished, simple, clean and tied together – not necessarily cozy, warm, or overly relaxing. I love my guests, but I don’t want them to stay locked in their zen den or worse, never leave the house!

Where would you like to see this color palette in your home? Do you hate it? Do you like it and why?

Past posts on green: Color of the Month, Grassy Greens, Green in the home, Green furnishings, What Green Means.

(images from J.Crew and Anthropologie)

Posted in Color Inspiration on February 02, 2009

Color Notes

I just blogged a few notes on color over on Haus Maus and after writing it, I thought that some of you may enjoy stopping by to read it. If you’re interested, of course.

Here’s the link.

(mood board by holly becker)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips on May 27, 2008

Got a Passion for Purple?

PointClickHome just posted a slideshow with lots of purple finds, including some of their favorite paint colors by Benjamin Moore. They didn’t highlight Passion Plum 2073-30 but I have to add that to the list because it’s a deep hue that is so rich and delicious…

I really like this cane coat stand from Red Egg – the materials and design anyway. I can’t say I like it in this color because it’s a bit too Golden Girls for me — I’d paint it bright red, crisp white, tulip yellow, or black. I’d also love to reupholster that chair in perhaps that Duralee animal print and paint the frame white. Or reupholster it in some red and white geometric print and lacquer the frame in black. I know, I know, the whole point of this post is to highlight purple finds but I can’t help myself since I love to alter things, editing is in my blood. The Tokyo Dahlia wallpaper is lovely, it’s from the Oriental Garden collection over at Designers Guild.

To learn more about the color Purple and to view rooms in this sassy hue, here are a few decor8 links to inspire you:

Color of the Month: PURPLE
Lavender Love from The Washington Post
Poppin’ Purple

(images from pointclickhome)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips on March 31, 2008


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