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Purple Inspiration

May 15, 2007

When pulling together this post, I had to *really* search for purple rooms and accessories because it’s harder to find than say, yellow, green, or red. So for now, here are some fun purple finds and later, I’ll return with more to keep us going for the day into the night. I’m slowly seeing a pattern here within myself when it comes to this hue. I like it either in a soft pastel, such as lavender, and paired with white, or if I’m going jewel-toned bold, I like it alongside red and pink, or green and yellow against a pure white background. I’m not much into the dusty tones, like plum, but it does play well with silver and grey.

Purple Inspiration On a side note, don’t you love this lavender light bulb? Does anyone know where you can find bulbs like these? This image came from Living Etc, so I’m thinking perhaps these bulbs are finds from Europe and may not be here on our shores in the states. But they’re great, aren’t they?

Purple InspirationHere are some magical sleep spaces in purple from Living Etc. Now this is where I perk up and feel completely comfortable around this color.

Purple Inspiration This is the best example of how to gently mix in a color when you aren’t really a ‘color’ person. Purple looks so grown up alongside metallic silver and cool greys, doesn’t it?

Purple Inspiration Some great finds from Urban Outfitters for the home. These curtains are actually quite nice, but I wouldn’t pair them with that olive window, I’d prefer them left untied and the olive trim painted creamy white. Deep purple paired with olive feels a bit gloomy to me, but given that I love peacocks because they’re so exotic and rare where I live, it’s fun to see them as a motif so I can’t turn my nose to this throw rug. :)

Purple InspirationNow we’re talking… This yummy grape is fresh and vibrant alongside red, yellow, pink, and green with a bright white background. I love seeing it used in bold graphics. This chair and wallpaper is from Anthropologie, but most of you loyal blog readers already knew that, now didn’t you? :)

Purple Inspiration Design Public has some dusty purple finds. A wallhanging, some pillows, canvas art, and a rug (it’s on sale by Angela Adams in case you’re in the market for one.) I’m not sure how I feel about mauve though… I had mauve in my bedroom when I was around 16 and lived with my parents. Mauve, plum, grey, and the black lacquered furniture. Yeah, that was in back then. I still can’t believe I had black lacquered furniture in my room and mauve at age 16. And get this, I saved up all my after school earnings from my job to buy the set from Popular Club catalog – bedding, curtains, and pillows. I even found a wallpaper border that almost matched perfectly. I was so obsessed with my bedroom. But now when I think of mauve, I almost feel like I can’t ever ‘go there’ again. Can you relate?

Purple Inspiration Have you heard of The Voice of Color? It’s a color trend report on the Pittsburgh Paints website that takes four trends for the year and gives you the palette for each trend, a few images of the colors used in a room, and some products that work in the space. Although it’s a good start, I’d love to see them grow it out a bit because it’s a terrific idea and I’m sure they could really insert a lot more product and tips if they developed each trend more. This trend report is called Bloom, inspired by the garden in bloom, “Audacious purples, embraced by green, mauve, pink, and orange.”

More purple coming up!






Color Inspiration

Color of the Month: PURPLE

May 15, 2007

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

Color of the Month: PURPLE
I have to admit, it was hard for me to select purple because I’m not drawn to it and actually own nothing violet in my home or closet. I think that if there’s one thing design blogging has taught me, it’s to have an open mind and to experiment more with color. For me, this is my big step into the unknown, my way of experimenting with violet a little bit. I rarely show anything violet on this blog so I’m stepping up and embracing all things purple today. Now let’s see what Rachel has to teach us about this rich, regal hue. Take it away, Rachel!

Color of the Month: PURPLE
By: Rachel Perls, decor8 contributor

Ah, the ever-elusive purple, such a misunderstood color*. It makes sense; after-all, it?s composed of two completely opposing colors, red and blue. Dark purples express warmth and sophistication for the winter. In fact, its association with royalty stems back to ancient times when purple dye was very expensive, so only nobles, kings, and queens could afford it. Brighter purples and lilacs express a fresh playfulness for the spring and summer.

Uplifting, spiritual, and mystical, purple has positive associations for Americans. But be careful about how you use it in Europe, as certain shades are powerfully aligned with death for Catholics there. Case in point: the original Euro Disney signs were purple, and visitors perceived them as morbid. Definitely not the impression Disney intended to give.

Color of the Month: PURPLEWhen it has warm undertones, purple is more closely aligned with the dynamic energy of red. Those with cooler undertones are connected with contemplative, calming blue. Periwinkle is a very blue-based purple. Paired with crisp whites, this room feel very fresh and spring-like. No wonder people have such a hard time interpreting what purple stands for. This can work to purple?s advantage when blue or red just doesn?t fit the bill. (Images from GV Interiors and Gundrun Sjoden.)

Color of the Month: PURPLEWhat comes to mind when you think of the color purple? For me, it?s my favorite 80?s music icon, Prince. Now there was a man who knew how to take a color, and make it all his own: creative, eccentric, passionate, complex. This kitchen in a house in Mexico can take the saturated hues because of the intense light these southern regions get. It?s important to look at what kind of light your space gets, and chose colors that can hold up in that specific context. (Images from Amazon and SaidAlice on Flickr)

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A truly trendy color this season, purple has made its grand entrance into the marketplace through fashion, interior accessories, textiles and beauty products. Purple has infused the market, appealing to women and their eternal quest for beauty. It is truly a hip color for the season in fashion. It’s one of those colors that will last throughout the year because it can change with and adapt to the seasons. (Images from Saks, Tory Burch, various ads online)

Color of the Month: PURPLEThis serene space (top left) doesn?t need any embellishments. The large areas of color on the walls keep the room clean and modern. I think this dining room set is so classy, pairing sleek modern lines with a rich textured purple fabric and intricately patterned back. Can you just imagine lounging in this luxurious lilac lavatory? (Images from Domino and Homes + Gardens)

Color of the Month: PURPLEOnce relegated to fragile old women, designers now embrace lavender as a calming, feminine, luxuriously soft tone. Purple can be understated and sophisticated when it takes on more of a dusty mauve tone. (Image from Homes and Gardens)

Color of the Month: PURPLEThe kitchen is a fun, surprising spot for purple. I have always loved these soft lilac cabinets. Doesn’t this look like a fun spot to prepare a meal? (Image from Sunset)

Color of the Month: PURPLEPurple can be brought into your d?cor through artwork, flowers, pillows, candles, so many accessories, so little time! (Image from Location Works)

Color of the Month: PURPLEPurple can be incorporated into outdoor living spaces, too, through natural elements like flowers. Isn?t this wisteria vine gorgeous? (Image from Domino)

Color of the Month: PURPLE..or even an over-the-top bathtub! Wow. Would you dare to go this bold in your bathroom? (Image from Bolig)

Purple is a malleable color, so put your own creative spin on it to suit your personal taste. Go forth, dare to explore the color purple in all its tints and tones. As you can see, the options are endless. Have fun! – Rachel Perls

*A footnote on terminology: purple is an imprecise term for both mixtures of red and blue and pure colors in the violet range of the spectrum. Read more here on purple versus violet: violet is spectral; purple is extraspectral.

Thanks, Rachel! For more color-inspired posts, please visit previous posts on Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green. In June, we’ll be learning about Orange, so stay tuned. (We usually do our color of the month posts here mid month.) I’ll be back with more purple inspiration of my own later on today…

(top images from Living At Home and Living Etc.)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Follow The Yellow Brick Road…

April 14, 2007

More yellow to love, refreshing, energetic bursts of joy! From shoes to fashion, brides to stationery, there’s so much out there in sassy, classy yellow. Be inspired!

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Brides magazine

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Weego Home

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Alicia Bock on Etsy

Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Simply Photo on Etsy
Follow The Yellow Brick Road...Living Etc magazine







Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Yellow Interior Inspiration

April 13, 2007

You can always count on Domino magazine to deliver some of the best spaces. Here are a just a few of my favorites… Pay attention to the fabulous use of yellow in these rooms. Some with just a touch, others that really pile it on. From sunny yellow, to lovely jewel tones, this color cheers, warms, welcomes, and ushers in a positive feel-good mood.

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QUICK BITE: If you don’t have a touch of yellow in your space and you’d like to change that ASAP, visit the grocery store. All you need at home is a bowl or glass vase. Pick up a bag of beautiful lemons and some tulips. The lemons can go in the kitchen, dining room, or living area in a vase or bowl. If you have an entry, you can place a clear vase with them inside on your entry table. Tulips look good anywhere. And don’t forget to cut a few lemons and let them infuse your home with zesty goodness. You need not invest in a gallon of paint or a new duvet to bring this color into your home – lemons and some tulips will do just fine for now. :)

(images from domino)






Color Inspiration

Color of the Month: YELLOW

April 13, 2007

Fellow blogger and Color Consultant Rachel Perls, is back today (she checks in mid-month) to talk about the color of the month: YELLOW! Take it away, Rachel…

Yay, spring is here! I always know spring has arrived when yellow flowers begin to bloom. Yellow is one of the first colors to arrive after nature?s hibernation through winter. The daffodils are popping up all over, and the forsythia bushes are blossoming, so let’s talk about yellow…

Color of the Month: YELLOW
Universally, yellow is associated with the sun. What child doesn?t color in their sun with a yellow crayon?

Color of the Month: YELLOW Cheery yellow cabinets above a red lacquered wall offer an enthusiastic welcome in this entry hall. (image via: sunset)

Yellow represents communication and creativity. It?s also joyous, expansive, and optimistic, an uplifting hue.
Color of the Month: YELLOW Just try to remain gloomy in these cleansing spaces. I dare you. (images via: Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz)

Color of the Month: YELLOW Bring in splashes of yellow through art. (Image via: Living Etc)

Yellow runs the gamut from pale, delicate cream to deep gold. It can lean more towards orange, like amber, or more towards green, like citron.

Color of the Month: YELLOW The marigold shower curtain and decorative mirror take this bathroom from ordinary to fabulous. (image via: Casa Howard)

Many societies consider yellow a sacred color, closest to heaven and enlightenment. Throughout history, numerous rulers have chosen yellow as their royal color, from the gold encrusted Ashanti of West Africa to the five legendary emperors of ancient China. In Greek mythology, yellow was the color of Apollo, god of the sun, wisdom and nobility.

For contemplation and self-reflection, encompass a space in inviting tones.

Color of the Month: YELLOW This combination of buttery yellow and cooling silvery green beckons you to come in and relax. (image via: Coastal Living Magazine)

These days, yellow and black color schemes are quite popular with designers.

Color of the Month: YELLOW An elegant entry foyer, this design by Thad Hayes takes advantage of high impact black, white and pale yellow.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Sometimes, all you need is a little punch of color to liven a space. (images via: Domino, Fox-Nahem Design, and Thad Hayes)

Color of the Month: YELLOW Dramatic and chic, the sharp contrast between light and dark colors makes furniture and accent pieces pop. (image via: Style Court)

In nature, similar colors help creatures stand out. The combination of yellow and black sends a powerful signal of warning: snakes, frogs and stinging insects use these colors to communicate that they are dangerous or poisonous. This knowledge has been deeply imprinted on us over time, and our attention to this color scheme is inescapable.

Yellow can be quite chameleon-like, depending upon the shade you chose: neutral as beige, like buttercup, or vibrant and tart, like citron.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Look at this fabulous, wild combination of fuchsia and citrusy lemon from Designer’s Guild.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Yellow can be elegant, too, in hues like saffron and yellow ochre. (image via: Cooking Light)

Color of the Month: YELLOW Here?s a more sophisticated, muted take on the color from Elitis, with deep mustard walls to set off the blue green sofa.

Wrapping you in a warm hug, yellow can be brought into a space through various materials. Paint, textiles, glass, or fresh flowers are just a few options. Wood is an often-overlooked option for incorporating color into your decor. Look for varieties with creamy yellow or honey undertones.

Color of the Month: YELLOW Light and clean, this breakfast nook from Cottage Living magazine is a cozy retreat encompassed in blonde wood.

Color of the Month: YELLOW This color combination of blue and yellow feels very Scandinavian to me. Notice the yellow undertones in the light wood, too. (image via: The Rug Company)

Don?t be afraid to mix and match your yellow tones: gold, custard, or canary. Just take a look at Stephen Shubel?s designs; he just loves his yellows, piling them one on top of another for a sunny, inviting space.

Color of the Month: YELLOW This would be considered an analogous color scheme, pairing three or four colors adjacent to one another on the color wheel.(image via: Stephen Shubel Design)

Color of the Month: YELLOW A few more examples of Stephen?s glorious ode to yellow. For a more unconventional scheme, consider something like this:

Color of the Month: YELLOW Here is a split complement, with a dominant red-violet and the two colors on either side of its complement, yellow and green. With all the warm hues, the cool green gives this palette balance. (Image via: Benjamin Moore)

So, play around with how you can incorporate yellow into your life. Use it as an accent, or envelope an entire space in it. However you use it, yellow won?t let you down!

– Rachel Perls

Thanks, Rachel! For more color-inspired posts by Ms. Perls, please visit her previous posts on Red, Blue, and Green. In May, we’ll be learning about Purple, so stay tuned. We usually do our color posts here mid month, so see you then. I’ll be back with more yellow inspiration of my own…






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Zara Home Inspiration in White

April 4, 2007

I wrote about Zara Home this time last year, and despite how it pains me that their home stores aren’t in the states (yet), I’m thrilled to at least catch a glimpse of their catalog online because the images are gorgeous and packed with styling ideas. Plus, there’s a lot of things I see that resemble pieces that I can find here in the states from stores and flea markets, so it’s just a matter of pulling everything together to create the relaxed, soft look that is Zara Home. It’s a little bit of the Beachy Keen and the Nurturing Naturalist combined, don’t you think? And Miss Victoria from SFGirlbyBay was right, white is too a color!

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteLots of antlers, texture, shells, bird cages, painted wood floors (white-washed), white furnishings, hints of blue, white in many shades keeping the look warm vs. cool, ceramics, driftwood, flea market finds, it’s all gorgeous, isn’t it? Click on any of these images to enlarge…

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteZara Home Inspiration in WhiteThis is my favorite room (below), I love everything about it. It actually reminds me of this living room in Linda Gregoriou’s home from Australian Vogue magazine. I love how they filled the fireplace with books, and this gorgeous cut out rug…

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteThis kitchen feels so Scandinavian to me, it looks so clean and warm, which is sometimes hard to accomplish with an all white palette because too often it can read as sterile and cold.

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteWhat a gorgeous entry, it almost looks like the railing is an ornate wrought iron. Don’t we all dream of a balcony or patio like this?

Zara Home Inspiration in White(images from zara home)






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