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Color Me Monday: Grassy Green

Fresh, energetic, natural, productive, green! Green has long been associated with many positives. It can mean brand new or renewed. Maybe you have a green thumb meaning that you’re good with plants. Green is also another word for cash so when you have a little extra green in your wallet that’s a positive. Going green is equally good, it means you’ve decided to live in a way that benefits the environment. And think back on some of our favorite childhood characters. Who didn’t like Mr. Green Jeans and Kermit? Still not sold on the color green? Watch this video. :)

Marimekko fabrics for Spring ’08.

From a cultural perspective, green is the color of Ireland and the traditional color of Islam because it’s a sacred color there. On the flipside, it also calls to mind a few negatives, poison for one. Remember Mr. Yuk stickers? It can also point to a lack of experience, jealousy or being green with envy. When I think of grassy green, I think of Ireland and Kate Spade. What about you? I’ve been thinking a lot about this color over the past few days and I’ve decided that it will forever be a positive color in my eyes and when it comes to the best rooms for it, I prefer seeing it in the bedroom, office, or bathroom. Here are a few of my favorite finds that may whet your appetite for this fresh Springtime hue!

Some of my favorite green finds for the home: Mariette pillow and the Inanda pillow both via Anthropologie, sowa salt + pepper shakers, STAACH Cain collection slatted bench, perry street frame from Kate Spade, and trellis green wallpaper fom Ballard Designs.

Other fun finds: Stella lamp, Lucy frame and alarm clock all from Pottery Barn. A lamp like this would look great on a lacquered white desk or console. I love the idea of green in an office because it gives me feelings of energy, calm, and balance. It’s particularly nice mixed with white and violet or turquoise.

And when it comes to paint, isn’t this Benjamin Moore stem green 2029-40 just beautiful on the walls?

Great dining room via Western Interiors magazine. Would you like to see more inspiring rooms in this color? Click here.

(images linked above)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on February 04, 2008

Pantone Color Forecast {Spring + Fall ’08}

Many know about Pantone, the mega color standards company who unveils color forecasts for each season — today their Fall ’08 forecast was released to the public on their website. I always download mine and print it out in color so it’s handy. It’s important for all designers to preview the next it colors – from interiors to fashion, product, and beyond.

Spring ’08 Palette.
“Refreshing splashes of invigorating brights punctuate classic, versatile neutrals as designers offer a playful spring palette for endless exploration and creative combinations. Variations on popular colors such as energizing red, cool, waterborne blue and eco-friendly greens also play a key role this season.” – Pantone

Pantone scours advertising, magazines, movies, websites, and other facets of pop culture to unearth color cues, even surveys of socio-economic trends, art exhibits, and considering even the state of the global economy. After intense research and analysis, they sell colors to clients a few years in advance and then poll them to discern popular choices so they can then produce color planning guides that influence the multitudes. I walked around for years thinking these trends just happened for no reason at all. But oh no, everything is calculated. That’s why it’s critical for you to know what the color forecast is for each season because then you can use it as a guide in your design in order to stay current.

Fall ’08 Palette.
“Best described as a season of change, fall ?08 is defined by rich, elegant hues that offer a vibrant selection. New York’s fashion designers emphasize cooler blues, greens and purples in the top five tones used in their collections, followed by variations of warm red, orange and yellow.” – Pantone

Here are the Fall ’08 color trends in fashion. These trends are mirrored in home design, too. Here’s the Spring forecast in case you missed it. Now when you browse current magazines and catalogs you can look for these colors.
(images from pantone)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips on February 01, 2008

The Unsinkable Color Brown

By Rachel Perls of Hue Consulting, decor8 guest writer.

Ah, good ol? brown. Woodsy, earthy, dependable. It?s not actually a spectral hue, but a dark version of orange. All the same, rustic, wholesome brown is a staple in interior design and deserves its moment of glory.

via: LivingEtc.

What words come to mind when you think of brown? Snuggly, rich, comfy, natural, soothing, luxurious and warm may be a few. It?s also a safe choice, if red shouts, then brown is a soft hum. Brown’s pale sibling, beige, is a very popular wall color here in the states. No wonder IKEA targeted us with their popular “Be Brave, Not Beige” campaign including a fun website dedicated to encouraging the infusion of saturated color into the home, especially the ‘typical’ American one. While I believe strongly in the use of color in a space, I?m not entirely against beige and its milky cohorts. From buff to burgundy, rust to wheat, brown can give you a huge range of looks and whether understated or bold, it’s often a terrific canvas to work from.

Subdued colors shown here in Laura’s Bohn soothing
living room via the New York Social Diary.

Soft and cozy via: LivingEtc.

via: House to Home UK.

These neutral tones can work quite in supporting roles: to provide a backdrop to accent pieces, or maintain continuity between stronger tones. The warm mushroom chaise lounge works wonderfully here as a counter-balance to the soft grey wall.

Here, deep brown paint provides weight and a sense of depth in this sitting area. Chocolate also look lovely in smaller spaces, such as an entry, kitchen, or bathroom. via: Homes and Gardens UK.


Wood floors are a basic component of most homes. And wood furniture. Most people stop there, concluding that since wood is brown all wood furniture must match. Right? Have you ever considered that each variety, while still ?brown?, has a different undertone? Cedar, pine, oak, cherry wood tones range from red, to orange, blonde or even blush. via: Flooring Express.

Chocolate bread pudding cupcakes with toasted walnuts, homemade
toffee, and cream by Cheryl Porro, recipe here.

Think of the food craze for a moment, chocolate and coffee. Ranging from milky caf? au lait to triple shot espressos, cupcakes, and cookies. Not only does chocolate taste great, but it can create a genuine sense of warmth and security, while stirring up your appetite. No wonder that it’s called Comfort Food. (Now I?m hungry!)

Speaking of food, aren?t these walls below simply edible? Brown is an excellent choice when you want to set off a more saturated hue. Think about contrast – dark against light, muted against bright. Brown and orange, or turquoise, or pink…

Think Martha Stewart brown and the baby blue craze via Domino magazine.

via GV Interiors.

How?s this for a decadent feeling Kelly Wearstler-esque space?
via Domino magazine.

All grown-up in this variation with cerulean blue seating
and textured walls. via: LivingEtc.

Here?s a nod to the brown and pink fad. via: Zia Priven Lighting.

A passion for purple? This unexpected combination really
works in this space. Warm brown is rustic, while purple adds
a modern playful touch. Love it! via: The Rug Company.

You can also go light and airy with a touch of vintage.
This seems to be all the rage at the moment. via: LivingEtc.

via: LivingEtc.

Or you can try brown with a little navy and lilac, a bit more masculine
and sophisticated while still providing relaxation and comfort. via: LivingEtc.

via: West Elm.


via: Domino magazine.


Texture and pattern are important considerations when you?re mixing monochromatic (one color) elements. To dabble in brown, start with accent pieces: a throw pillow or piece of artwork. Amenity Home has a beautiful range of textile pieces to bring nature inside.

By combining lights and darks, and layering different textures together, basic brown spaces can become anything but boring. Do you like using it in your space? I bet you have more of it around than you realize!

[To read more of Rachel's posts on decor8 about color, click here. Thank you Rachel for stopping in today, with chocolate lining all the aisles of stores, your timing is great!]

(images all linked above to their source.)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, guest bloggers on January 28, 2008

Color Me Monday: Yellow + White

I really enjoy writing Take Five Tuesdays so I’ve decided to keep it going for the rest of 2008 and to add a fun column to run on Mondays called Color Me Monday. This one will be themed around a specific color or a palette that I’m currently inspired by showcasing things that I like from pretty rooms to flower arrangements, fashion, and anything else that I would own if my wallet were fatter and my home larger. Monday isn’t a day that we love to face so my goal is to cheer you up and get the week started off right with a dose of color. Oh, and please visit your etsy friends over in the left column on Monday because I’ll feature items in the chosen color/s for additional inspiration. Yay! Okay, nuff ‘splaining, time for getting down to business. :) Today I’m feeling bright splashes of yellow with a touch of crisp white because as I look out of my window, all I see is white snow yet all I can imagine are bright yellow daffodils popping up to replace the big freeze in just a few more months…

Top image: Tibi Silk jersey dress, Sundrop lamp from Anthropologie, Dwell Studios Jack Lemon embroidered boudoir pillow from Design Public, OFFI Dachshund My Pet lamp, Huomenta two-toned table, and my favorite for Spring — Tory Burch flats.

Middle: Mums and daisies from Real Simple, beads pillow in lemon and bamboo pillow from Weego Home.

Bottom: Pretty work area from Domino magazine, Slim eatin’ in this narrow but nice kitchen as seen in Living Etc magazine, the stunning cow parsley wallpaper featured in Real Simple magazine (my goal is to someday have this paper in my house, I can’t stop thinking about it), and yellow and white bookcases – such a great idea again from Domino.

Related posts: Color of the month: Yellow.

(images credited in links beneath collages.)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on January 14, 2008

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