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Beachy Blues

February 23, 2007

By: Rachel Perls, decor8 guest contributor

What color makes you feel calm, peaceful, and serene? I?m betting for many of you, it is the color blue. Something embedded deep within our psyche is drawn to it. It represents what we cannot live without: air and water. Blue makes us think of the ocean and the sky, ever ebbing and flowing, limitless and ethereal.

Beachy BluesGarnet Hill, Benjamin Moore

Outside, your world might look cold, grey and uninviting, like this:

Beachy BluesYou can still get that feeling of ‘a perfect summer day at the shore’ inside your house by using a palette of blues, like this:

Beachy BluesDomino, Sunset.

The “Beachy Keen” blues are serene, tranquil, and dependable. Try a splash of powder blue on your walls (or ceiling!), a soft blue-grey striped rug, or a cobalt blown glass vase. Mix it up with blues carrying red undertones, like periwinkle, and green undertones, like aqua.

Beachy Blues Waverly, Thom Filicia, Pottery Barn.

A word of caution about the blues – too much of this hue can appear cold, sterile, or depressing. Avoid this by balancing your blue with a touch of warmth from the other side of the color spectrum. This can easily be accomplished by adding punch with orange art, colorful Mediterranean tiles, wicker or wood furniture.

Beachy BluesAero Studios, Pottery Barn.

Looking for inspiration to complete your ocean-feeling space? Remember Diane Keaton?s Hampton house in the movie “Something?s Gotta Give“? This is a classic example of elegant, beach styling. The design was so popular that people were having their interior designers use freeze frames from the movie to copy for their own homes.

Beachy Bluesvia SDSA. Set Decoration by Beth Rubino, SDSA.
Beachy Bluesvia SDSA. Set Decoration by Beth Rubino, SDSA.

So take cues from these inspirations and your favorite beach vision. Juxtapose blues against crisp whites, grays and neutrals, and you will have your perfect beach retreat, even if you are stranded far inland!

To delve further into the world of color, please visit Rachel?s blog Hue.






Color Inspiration

For the Love of Reds

February 14, 2007

Rachel Perls, a decor8 reader, an artist, and an IACC accredited color consultant, wrote in recently to tell me all about what she does and how color consultants help people chose just the right mix of hues for their home, office, product design or marketing. I thought it would be fun to have her write a bit about color and how it affects our mood, starting with Red, often known as the color of love and passion. Rachel, take it away…

For the Love of Reds
For the Love of Reds

By decor8 contributor: Rachel Perls

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re paying tribute to the color red. Ever notice how this color gets all the attention? Ah red, so passionate, so fiery. Like that crimson velvet sofa you can’t help but drool over. Reds make statements, whether a brilliant ruby, understated burgundy, or sexy fuchsia. A study in contradictions, they can represent love or hate, sex or innocence, power or passivity.

For the Love of Reds(images top left clockwise: Design Assistant, Domino, House + Home, Miles Redd.)

Why does red tug on your emotions? Scientific studies have shown that the color can actually induce physiologic changes. As a visual stimulant, red can accelerate a heart rate and cause an adrenaline rush. As such a dominant color, red works great as an accent: a rich scarlet Oriental rug, cheerful cranberry throw pillows, or cluster of persimmon-hued candles can really perk up a space. And for bigger spaces, by first understanding the different personalities of this stimulating hue, it can be used to its fullest potential. A heart-pounding fire red will evoke a dramatically different response than that of a cool, regal wine red or a soft, romantic pearl pink.

More than any other color, red has the ability to stir up emotions and set a mood. Because of its incredible power, take care in its application to avoid over-stimulating your audience.

For professional advice on effective use of color, please visit Rachel?s blog Hue.

For the Love of Reds(images top left clockwise: Ralph Lauren, Eastern Accents, CB2, Pottery Barn.)

Any questions for Rachel regarding Red? Ask her by commenting below.

[Update: Reader Vanessa pointed us over to a fabulous article on Red over on NPR. It examines how Red has been used throughout the ages, and for those who haven’t taken a color theory class, I think you’ll find it rather fascinating. Thanks, Vanessa]






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Inspiration Saturday

February 11, 2007

From bakeries to grocery store aisles, stationery boutiques to window displays, pink is everywhere, and so pretty! And if you’re feeling the love, don’t fight it – think pink and dress your table for that perfect romantic meal for two. Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you started…

Inspiration Saturday
Inspiration Saturday

(images from country living)






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