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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…

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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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Inspired By Green in Salt Lake City

March 19, 2007

Yeah! decor8 reader Ellen is so inspired by the color green that she had to paint her living room in this fantastic shade… Here’s her note and photos.

“I recently bought a home in Salt Lake City and decided to paint my living room green! It’s an old home, built in 1928. The living room has a cove ceiling so in order to give the room more definition, I painted a border around the top in a green color that is 2 shades darker than the walls. I think it looks really nice next to the dark stain window framing. Just thought I’d share!” – Ellen C.

(please click on these images for a larger view)
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Ellen: The architecture of your home is stunning. I’m particularly pleased that the border was applied so amazingly straight, this is something I’m forever having problems with – even with a level! Did you use a standard level or a laser? What is the color/brand of green you used? Why did you select that color and shade? I’d love to know more about your decision to use green, it’s fun to hear how others decide on a color, it’s often such a hard choice to make while standing in the aisle of a paint store. Overwhelming to say the least. I think paint selection should be added to the most stressful life events list. 1) Divorce 2) Having children 3) Getting fired 4) Paint selection…

I have a few questions for you Ellen. Why didn’t you paint the walls up to the ceiling? What color do you plan to paint the adjacent room? What other colors do you plan to bring into the space?

(images from ellen c.)

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Green Glorious Green!

March 16, 2007

Here’s more green to inspire you today. From bold and confident, to charming and subtle, green is a color worth exploring! And don’t miss a little secret of mine below because it may encourage some of you color shy types to stop standing along the wall and participate in the happy world of hue!

Green Glorious Green!Accessories from Green Glorious Green! Even though this rug from Angela Adams isn’t shown in the room, it’s a fresh, modern translation of all of those fantastic greens and blues from that David Hicks space, don’t you agree?

Green Glorious Green! This room, designed by the great Green Glorious Green! Jonathan Adler knows how to have fun with color, doesn’t he? Even the ties he sports on Top Design could be made into a room. Love this bright yellow and green combo, I can’t imagine ever waking up in this room and feeling depressed. Design prozac indeed.

Green Glorious Green! Chlo? Sevigny’s entryway, pictured here from a recent issue of House + Garden, incorporated the Kelly Wearstler green imperial trellis wallpaper so well. I love wild and crazy patterns in an entryway for two reasons. You give guests a major welcome – first impressions are everything – so a hallway with the wow factor means so much. Next, because you can. A pattern like this is somewhat of an exclamation point print, it screams “Look at me! Over here! Look at meeee!”, something you may not want to use on 4 walls in a living room or bedroom, but can totally get away with in a hallway, small bathroom, pantry, etc. In an entryway, this bold pattern accomplishes it’s goal. Welcome! To! My! Home!

Green Glorious Green! This Wary Meyers dining room is fantastic, from the tulip table to the seat cushions, wallpaper, and that green painting… It all works. That is what I love about their portfolio, you see things working together in ways you’d never imagine putting together.

Green Glorious Green! When I think about the color green, I think of versatility. When you are out in nature, green and blue and the two most dominate colors in most places, whether it be the blue sky, green grass, turquoise ocean, or the way mountains almost look blue or green from a distance. Then, you observe the colors around you in the form of shells, flowers, animals, rock, sand… Everything coordinates. You never look at a bed of flowers and think, “Oh my god, nothing matches! Dreadful!”. Colors that occur in nature are so appealing. Images above, top: Vincente Wolf and bottom: Kemble Interiors.

Green Glorious Green!Look at the serene and sophisticated home of an Apartment Therapy reader. If anyone knows who this is or has the link to the original slide show, please comment with that below so I can give this lady due credit. I loved her space. Look at those velvet apple chairs. So inviting.

Now to share a little secret that may encourage those fearful of color. I was a neutrals-only girl for several years, stuck in a color rut just like some of you. How did I get out?

Let me clarify that things weren’t always this way. I didn’t grow in a color-free home, my mother loved color and even today, still uses it very well. I was actually quite the colorholic, I couldn’t get enough. At 21, I moved into an apartment and my first purchase was a pink vintage refrigerator, huge floral wallpaper for the kitchen, and hardwood flooring that I installed myself. That was the wildest kitchen ever. Scary but gorgeous. After that apartment, I slowly allowed neutrals to creep into my life for reasons unknown. Maybe it was an emotional thing. I don’t really know. But it was in my mid-20’s that I hit a major neutral phase. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. When I tried to introduce color, I fell flat, so I just didn’t use it at all. Everything was cream and khaki.

What ultimately changed my perception of color was randomly hearing someone say that the best way to bring color into the home is bring nature inside. If it works outdoors, it will work indoors. I never thought about that in my life, seemed so simple, but so true. It was then that I started small. I brought home fruit and flowers. Instead of mixing fruit in a bowl as I always had, I started to put oranges in a single bowl, lemons in a tall vase, limes arranged on a platter. I always loved to buy flowers for my office at work, but didn’t bring them home much. I changed that. I started bringing fresh flowers into my home once a week, but instead of buying a mixed bouquet, I stuck to a single color, like yellow tulips for instance. Placing fruit and flowers around my home helped me feel more comfortable about living with color again. The 21-year-old Holly with the pink refrigerator resurfaced. I was me again. Color was back!

Now I feel completely comfortable around color and I’m in a profession where I’m helping others to overcome their color fears. So start small and build, even if it’s just fruit and flowers. Look to nature. Start with green.

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Fresh Green Furnishings

March 16, 2007

Nothing says spruce up like the color green. From the preppiest greens to the softer shades of apple, going green never looked so good. And now that we understand it a little more thanks to this post, let’s look at some of the hottest home furnishings on the market – all in green, of course!

Fresh Green FurnishingsThe dark olive strut table from Blu Dot makes my heart skip a beat. I love it in this space, paired with red, hints of robin’s egg blue, and brushed nickel. Excellent color combination.

Fresh Green FurnishingsWant to go a little crazy? Here’s a few fun green patterns from Anthropologie. The ditte sofa in green and white, or in solid leaf. Although this sofa is very expensive, and I’d never purchase it in anything but a solid since I get tired of prints quickly, it is the most comfortable sofa I’ve ever sat on in my life. My husband even tested it out and loved it. The pepper green corrigan chair is another comfortable charmer in soft tufted leather, or go wild with this josef frank wingback.

Fresh Green FurnishingsIf you prefer a richer green, go with these forest green Egoa task chairs from Josep Mora. Doesn’t green look gorgeous with pure white?

Fresh Green FurnishingsOf course, who can forget some of the classics. The Eames shell rocker in lime and a wool chartreuse Arne Jacobsen egg chair from DWR are great green finds. Another nice seating option is this olive David Mocarski Libre two-seater sofa because it’s comfortable and doesn’t take up a lot of space. Notneutral has a new collection of Tetra cabinets with drawers and trays you can add in green (as well as a few other colors), and for all you mid-century lovers out there, the new collection from Sherwood Hamill for Angela Adams is my latest obsession. I love it all (amazing finds), but the pieces shown above in yellow-green have my attention.

Fresh Green FurnishingsOne of my favorite sofas out there right now is the Bantam from DWR, it’s available in both sage and olive green. The sage is my favorite because I prefer the textured fabric over the solid olive, it looks more like canvas and I’m not big on the look of canvas on sofas. Above, it is shown in sage. I love everything about it, the single cushion seat, the arms, the legs, well almost everything except that it’s sitting in a DWR showroom right now and not in my living room…

Fresh Green FurnishingsIf it’s pattern you crave, Urban Outfitters has a ton of new furniture in, one being this great little green pillow top settee in a lattice print. Lattice is huge right now, have you noticed?

Fresh Green FurnishingsFresh Green FurnishingsFor something a little more girly, try this fainting sofa in juicy green apple. Here are a few picks from Brocade that ooze with femininity and charm. All green and glorius… A tufted bucket chair in pear, or a hand-carved curve back chair in stem.

Fresh Green FurnishingsOr perhaps you want to add a moss green silk regency headboard to your bedroom. This would look lovely with crisp white bedding (the chocolate satin bedding urban’s shows it with is hid-e-ous, don’t click here whatever you do – it’s like a 60’s one-nighter hotel.) But the headboard works, I love the shape. If you prefer cleaner lines, but still want a touch of glam, try their velvet apple green headboard instead.

Fresh Green Furnishings
The chippendale chair in lime, from Jonathan Adler is perfection on 4 legs. If you’re a Chinese chippendale fan, Tonic Home has a great outdoor bench (not shown) in sage (free shipping!).Not sure if you shop Ballard Designs, I’m part of their designer’s program and I’ve placed several orders with them for clients. Almost all of their soft furnishings are available in a range of fabrics and patterns, several patterns have green as the dominate color. I really like the lines of this Chatfield chair.

Any green furnishings that you’d like to suggest?

Color Inspiration

Color of the Month: GREEN

March 16, 2007

I’ve invited fellow blogger and Color Consultant Rachel Perls, to drop in and talk to us about color once a month. As a color pro, she’ll share both the visual and psychological effects of color, suggest a few color combinations (with images), and give us tips on how we can incorporate more of it into the home. If you’d like Rachel to explore color more in-depth, please be specific and leave a comment below so she can take your ideas into consideration for her next post.

We kicked things off last month with a post about blue, and now for March, we’re going with green for the obvious reasons, Spring! Spring! Spring! In fact, all day on the blog today, I’ll be posting plenty of Greenspiration. Stay tuned!

Take it away, Rachel…

Going Green By: Rachel Perls

For me, March is synonymous with the color green. Not only because of Saint Patrick?s Day, but also because March 21st is the first day of spring in 2007. Buds are forming on trees, leaves are just starting to grow on bushes and delicate shoots of grass are sprouting up through the dirt. The earth is coming out of hibernation, and the first color to re-emerge is green. It is a sign of freshness, new beginnings, and hope.

The human eye detects more variations of green than any other color in the rainbow. As a secondary color composed of blue and yellow, the combinations are practically limitless: from hunter and olive to jade and turquoise to spearmint and lime. There is a green to suit us all.

Color of the Month: GREENThe yellow-green walls are spunky and fresh against the clean lines of this kitchen. (Joe Nahem via Elle Decor.)

Color of the Month: GREENThis room has a light airy feel, with celery green walls and soft taupy-sage sofas. Cool, inviting, and friendly. (Picario Designer)

Color of the Month: GREENThese yellow and green walls really sing, don?t they? This space feels very elegant and regal to me, not stodgy or outdated. (Stephen Shubel Design, Inc.)

So, how can you use green in your home? What does it say about you and the feeling you want to evoke in a space? Green, like all colors, communicates meaning in many ways.

Color of the Month: GREEN Associations can come from cultural contexts. Green conveys good luck for Irish and Americans. It represents heaven for those of Muslim faith. And in Japan green is the color of eternal life. These bright blue drapes against a backdrop of teal striped wallpaper, feel lively and whimsical. The addition of pink and gold completes the palette creating a dramatic color scheme with lots of flair. (Designer’s Guild)

There are countless examples of how green is used to influence people?s feelings about a space. Actors relax backstage in the ?Green Room? before they go out to perform. In elementary school classrooms, a light soft green can aid in children?s concentration levels. Many hospital operating rooms are painted a light green to reduce glare and to keep a surgeon?s eyes acute to the red and pink of the operating field.

Color of the Month: GREEN This sage green room has always felt very calming and elegant to me. Nice spit complementary color scheme demonstrated by blue vases and rust-colored accent chairs. A split complement is formed by choosing one color and using the color on each side of its compliment on the color wheel. (Sheila Bridges)

Color of the Month: GREEN A deep sage or olive is warm, inviting, and grounded with brown undertones. The olive walls work well as a deep neutral in this room to set off the bright lime pillows and crisp black and white upholstery. (Taylor Howes)

Color of the Month: GREEN On the other side of the spectrum, emerald and jade are mysterious and powerful. Combining the strength of deep, rich jewel tones can really make an impact. Like this navy couch paired with an emerald green chair and turquoise patterned floor. (HGTV)

Color of the Month: GREENSea foam and aqua are clear and meditative. This scene, minty green walls with embroidered lanterns hanging in the stairwell, feels like an underwater scene. (House and Garden Magazine, July 06 issue)
Color of the Month: GREENAlso think about the companion colors you can use to compliment, accent, or set-off your greens: blues, reds, bright pinks? An amazing mix of chartreuse, red, and pink. Wow, doesn?t it pop? (Color of the Month: GREEN Or you can add a little turquoise to the mix. What do you think of this color combo? (Domino magazine)

Color of the Month: GREENA fun, retro look reminiscent of a diner, complete with checkered floor and chrome furniture. The cheery red chairs really punch against wasabi green walls. (Flickr user marydeluxe53)

Color of the Month: GREENYou can also tone down the strength of chartreuse with a warm, velvety chocolate brown. Interior Designer, Jay Jeffers, combined his signature chocolate brown with chartreuse in his entire home – so fresh!

Color of the Month: GREENDesigners love using green to decorate interiors because it is a perfect ?neutral? backdrop. Just look at nature and how every color looks amazing against greenery. In fact, looking outside for inspiration is an excellent way to get started. Why stop at decorating your interior in green? Outside living areas benefit from a jolt of lively green, too. This patio furniture compliments its surroundings by reflecting greens from nature. (Sunset, Crate + Barrel.)

It all depends upon the mood you want to set; but the possibilities are endless. How do you use green in your home?

-Rachel Perls

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