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Color of the Month: ORANGE

June 26, 2007

Rachel Perls, our visiting color expert from Hue Consulting, is back to talk about the decor8 color of the month: Orange!

Orange Crush
By: Rachel Perls, Hue Consulting

I am so excited about this month?s color, as it happens to be my favorite hue. But I think most people have to grow to love it. This color does tend to illicit strong reactions- you?re either in the orange fan club, or most definitely not. But lately, juicy orange has made inroads into our style sensibilities, showing up more and more frequently in mainstream design, and accepted by more people as they grow to understand it.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Personally, I think that Christo?s Gates installation in Central Park in New York City acted as a catalyst for popularizing orange. (That?s yours truly, Rachel Perls, in the picture. It was amazing to see!) Image: Rachel Perls.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Any time you need to interject some warmth into a space, orange is a fantastic option. This color just radiates heat. Aren?t these Venetian plaster walls gorgeous? Image: Shoot Factory.

Color of the Month: ORANGE In the tradition of ?go big, or go home?, embracing orange in all its glory. Sunny, cheerful, sweet orange; how it makes us smile. As a secondary color, it has the drama of red, slightly toned down by the light-heartedness of yellow. Image: Sixx Design.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Or take a slightly more restrained approach, with a few star pieces stealing the show. Images: Homes and Gardens, Shoot Factory, Amy Kim on HGTV.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Orange casts a healthy glow on your skin, so using it in drapery is an excellent option. Image: Designers Guild.

Color of the Month: ORANGE The wonderful thing about orange is how versatile it is. Decorating with this hue does not mean you only have the option of bright, vivid saturated color. Think of all the other varieties that this hue comes in: terra cotta, peach, coral, rust? (based on info at Dewey Color System.)

Color of the Month: ORANGE Terra cotta is a more subdued, elegant form of orange, strong and enduring. Think autumn harvest, falling leaves, and pumpkins. Image: Sunset magazine.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Sugar & Spice! Orangy paprika is an excellent choice for a kitchen, an inviting gathering space. Fun and energizing, it?s known as an appetite stimulant. Image: GV Interiors.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Or how about softer, peachy tones? Apricot, melon, all those yummy orange colors, can be both delicious and dramatic, while still subtle. Image: William Waldron.

Color of the Month: ORANGE To test the waters of orange, bring in accent pieces to add a pop of color without too much commitment. Image: Greg Natale.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Color of the Month: ORANGE You can also use natural elements, like flowers, or ceramic pots, to achieve some orange pizzazz outside. Think about how orange is showcased in nature-splashes of color against bright green foliage, often paired with brilliant violet flowers or set off against blue sky. This pairing of warm and cool colors works every time. Images: Nasturtium by Skipthebudgie, Poppies by Mary Mactavish, Patio image via Real Estate.

Color of the Month: ORANGE So, you?re not hot for orange? Or so you think. Do you have wood floors or furniture? Wood has distinct color undertones that can range from deep burgundy to orange or gold to blonde. Surprised? People often neglect this point when selecting wood pieces. Something to think about the next time you try to mix a mahogany dresser with an ash headboard and oak end tables, right? Image: Jeff Andrews Design.

So, if you haven?t before, give orange a second look. Think of all the varieties it comes in, and see how you can incorporate this warmth and energy into your spaces. It?s sure to put a smile on your face.

Thank you Rachel for stopping in with your Orange color report! Today is all about Orange here on decor8, so I’ll be back with a few posts of my own to show you some of my favorite rooms and products in case you’re looking for a little orange inspiration today. See you soon!

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Apartment Therapy and Lydia’s Lavender Ceilings

May 17, 2007

I’m closely following Apartment Therapy’s Smallest Coolest contest (who isn’t?) and when I spotted Lydia’s space in San Francisco today, I had to show you because this super cool lady lives in a two room studio that has such a great layout (it feels huge) and my favorite part, a lavender ceiling! I don’t know Lydia, but with a space like that, I imagine she is a pretty neat lady with a big personality and loads of style. Love it!

Apartment Therapy and Lydia's Lavender Ceilings
This inspired me because I’ve been in a purple haze the past few days looking at this hue in so many stylized settings from magazines that I needed a reality check: to see it in a REAL home. So here’s a glimpse of Lydia’s lavender ceilings. While you’re at it, view a slideshow of her space or watch a video of it (for more ceiling footage) over on the amazing Apartment Therapy.

(images from apartment therapy and lydia)

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Lavender Love from The Washington Post

May 17, 2007

Leah Hennen, a fellow freelance writer (she has all the big guns like Real Simple, The New York Times,, Health magazine, and now, her own blog, More Ways to Waste Time on her resume), shared The Washington Post series on lavender today. Quite exciting — more design inspiration if you’re looking to add a little lavender love into your life. Seems others are turning their attention towards this color so the timing on this is perfect. The four articles are linked below from The Washington Post. Enjoy!

Lavender Love from The Washington Post“Lavender, Neutralized” discusses how lavender can be a “soft and embracing neutral”. Side point: Is the dog on the sofa not the most overly used, yet utterly charming, accent in home decor photos? It’s almost like dogs are cooler than kids, more hip. If someone flips open their wallet to show their grinning kids, the “friend” usually forces themselves to show interest and politely looks at them. They’re totally hiding the “whatever” look and famous eye roll, pretending that your smiling son is the cutest thing alive. Whip out photos of your new dog, and the whole office forms a line at your desk, requesting you bring in more photos, or better yet, the whole dog. Back to my point. Dogs in photos. Kids in photos completely bombs unless you are selling products for kids. Dogs in photos always work whether you are selling a sleek Italian sofa or an oil tanker. But I digress… Just a ‘trend’ I’m seeing with dogs in photos.

Lavender Love from The Washington Post“How They Make the Most of Lavender” (expert advice on using the color). Good article, check it out.

Lavender Love from The Washington Post“The Experts’ Specific Picks”: This article features fave paint hues from design experts. I’ll add my voice here, as I have my opinions on the subject, too. Ahem. My favorite purples from Mr. Ben Moore are Violet Mist (greyish), Whispering Wind (heavenly, soft purple), and Irises (if you are looking for a deep, dark purple that almost reads as a charcoal grey in certain light).

Lavender Love from The Washington Post And finally, a photo gallery over at The Post showcasing lovely lavender interiors. Like some of these photos I’ve included in this very post.

Lavender Love from The Washington Post I absolutely adore this image. Delish! A purple table for the entry. What a statement. Despite how perfectly stylized things are (shell artfully arranged on (or near as in this case) a book, Nate Berkus and Oprah would grin and the audience would clap at this one, especially Miss Beckster), I think the homeowner sincerely hopes you’ll see that they’re really a fun bunch behind all the OCD perfection. They’re secretly praying that when you enter their home, that purple table will show off their amazing taste, perky personality, and their ability to read books.

Lavender Love from The Washington PostAh. One can only look and admire the perfect placement of every single item. Thankfully, the white coverlet gave this room the grown up feel that it would not have had if the designer added a pattern on this bed. As is, the room is absolutely serene and very, what would that girl on Top Design say, Glamtastic? Or was it Glamalicious? Glammaramma ding dong? :)

Okay, so I think we can call it quits on Purple. I need a break. I think I’ll go back to the regularly scheduled program here on decor8. Hope you had fun with this because the goal here was to break the mold and for some (—->me<----), position purple in a more positive light. I'm cured, what about you?Thank you Leah for the GREAT tip!(all images from the washington post)

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Poppin’ Purple

May 17, 2007

More purple to love today, this time from iVillage and their Inspirations Gallery and Coastal Living magazine. I have to admit, I have never purchased a single issue of CL in my life, and I grew up in sunny Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. But I do browse their website quite often because I love all the features on it, especially the suggested towns to visit (random ones like Edmonds, Washington – a place you don’t hear about much) in their Travel section. And I know I’ve bragged about it before, but their Design Assistant is image packed and a lot of fun to cruise through. Here are a few purple rooms that I liked, although I cheated on a few because they’re more on the periwinkle (blue/violet) side, but I had to include them.

Poppin' Purple This grouping above is from iVillage. All images shown below are from the Coastal Living website.

Poppin' PurplePurple can even be used as a simple accent, such as a vase of flowers or a painting. Sometimes less is more. Except when it comes to handbags, shoes, and design magazines. Then more is more, more, MORE!

Poppin' Purple None of these rooms speak to me, but they are such great examples of purple used in design that I couldn’t pass them up. I do love certain elements though, like that pink rattan chair in the kids room and that gorgeous canopy bed – that looks so Southern to me.

Poppin' Purple Show of hands here… How many of you would have loved this bedroom as a teenager? This room makes me smile because I imagine having children someday and wonder how I will handle their “Please mommy, can I paint my room “Barney the dinosaur Grape”? I may just die on the spot. This room is fine though, but grape would absolutely freak me out.

Poppin' Purple The more I look at the top left image, the more I think I’m insane because that is blue not violet, right? Or maybe it’s periwinkle and if so, we’re cool. If not, my apologies. I think I’ve looked at so much purple in the past 24 hours that everything is starting to look the same. It’s almost like shopping for perfume and those ladies hand you the glass jar filled with coffee beans swearing that if you just stick your nose inside of it, the scent will clear your senses so you can start to smell perfume again. I wonder what I can look at that will have the same result? :)

Poppin' PurpleAren’t dormers so pretty? I like the periwinkle walls with the crisp white trim and ceiling. Looks very coastal and fresh, like a Martha’s Vineyard cottage.

Poppin' Purple Don’t laugh at me. There is ONE purple item in this picture. Can you see it? I just had to pull in this image because I really love suzanis and was trying to find a way to sneak it onto my blog today. I know Domino staffers were into them during Spring ’06, so I’m guessing suzanis are so pass? but I’m into them like crazy. I absolutely love the patterns and their Uzbekistan history, and I love finding items that are so intricately made, unique, and have a story to tell. Suzanis and Moroccan wedding quilts, my long running passions. If you are into suzanis, you’ll love the ones I found at Brimfield last week. I had this designer from Watch Hill, RI fighting me over them. I’ll tell you that story later. But I stood my ground and walked with my suzanis in hand. I would have made you proud. I’ll show them to you in a few days when they’re back from the dry cleaners. So, do you see the purple in this image yet? Hint: tiny bolster pillow on the bed. Yup, there. Ah-ha!

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Emery & Cie

May 16, 2007

I’ll be back with more purple, but I have to show you this site because Emery & Cie really nails it when it comes to showcasing their collection of paints.

Emery & CieThey show you the sample painted onto a chip (love!), but alongside the chip, how it looks in a room — A stylish, slicker than slick room that you’d actually consider living in. I have to thank decor8 reader Ele for turning me onto this website, Emery & Cie totally rocks. I’d heard of them only once before, but never investigated further. Thanks Ele for encouraging me to check it out.

Emery & Cie
Emery & Cie is based out of Brussels where they also have a store, but also there’s a store in Paris and Antwerp and they’re now represented here in America over in New York (yeah!).

Emery & Cie
Now back to Purple! :) Well, okay… After I watch American Idol. I know, silly me. But this is the only season of Idol that I actually watched and I’m totally rooting for Melinda D.!

(images from emery & cie)

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A Passion for Purple

May 16, 2007

I never thought I’d type those words, A Passion for Purple. But the more I think about purple, the more I’ve noticed it over the past few days. My perfume, Jette By Night from Joop is in a gorgeous purple glass bottle. Some of my Mac eyeshadow is in plum or lavender. A sweater purchased at Noa Noa last Fall is a deep plum. I do have purple in my life! Even as I sat in the local Starbucks last night, I caught glimpses of it scattered around me. The hoodie on a teenage girl. Boxes of expresso machines in lilac piled nearby. Mugs leftover from Easter. Even some of the designs on their products incorporated the very color I assumed I disliked. Over the past 24 hours, have you ‘noticed’ purple a little more? It’s actually quite fun to single out a hue and try to spot it around you, observe how it’s used — the various shades, how much/little, and the colors that it’s displayed with. Try this today and see what I mean. To get you started, here are some inspiring images for you…

A Passion for PurpleI love this mail order company in Germany, Impressionen. I stock up whenever I’m over there. They have great prices, too.

A Passion for Purple When I think of deep shades of purple, cups and plates from Aussie design studio Dinosaur Designs comes to mind. Don’t you love how the color looks with other saturated hues? It looks very crisp and modern.

A Passion for Purple Henry Road carries a few pillows in purple along with a table runner, and many Brides carry flowers in various shades, from orchids to violets.

A Passion for Purple Living Etc. has a great online gallery, if you haven’t checked it out before, hop on over there and see how many rooms with purple you can spot. I like how this bathroom used various shades of purple and red in the tile work, and then as a subtle accent, purple tulips on the sink and a purple towel. Nice!

A Passion for Purple Living At Home is a German magazine that I read, well try to read, as my German is still a work in progress. But whenever I think of this magazine, I see orange, blue, red, and purple. Seems Germans aren’t afraid of using primary colors in the home, like blue. When I lived in Germany while dating my husband, I couldn’t handle all of saturated color in homes there, it drove me absolutely insane because back then, I only saw crayola colors in a kids room. Over the years, I started to appreciate fully saturated colors in decor much more through travel, blogs, magazines, books… And I’m not put off by it in the least.

A Passion for Purple More beauty again from the online galleries of Living Etc. When I see spaces like this, I always think about the person that lives there, why they’ve styled things a certain why, and in this case, why purple was their color of choice. It’s fascinating to learn about the associations that others have when it comes to color.

A Passion for Purple Real Simple shows us how to arrange multiple hooks against a wall that looks somewhat purple, at least on my monitor. Purple can lean in so many directions, and depending on lighting, can look almost pink, blue, grey, or cobalt at times.

A Passion for Purple More treasure to look upon from Living Etc. Very sensual, especially seeing plum in silk and velvet mingled with dark, rich wood tones. This is very contemporary and peaceful, welcoming.

A Passion for Purple Country Home is another website to visit for color inspiration, since those who lean towards its laid back style tend to incorporate lots of lavender and lilac in their decor. Of course, always alongside other pastels, and always in florals and stripes, as this creates the charm that embodies this style.

A Passion for Purple Brides is a great website to cruise for color. Aren’t these arrangements stunning? I think every Bride wants to have a second wedding just to recreate the magic all over again.

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