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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 This space feels very elegant and regal to me, not stodgy or outdated.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






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips

Tricia Guild – No Color Fear Here!

March 10, 2007

To spark your creativity today, browse the world of one of today’s leading color mavens, Tricia Guild. It’s a trip fantastic. These images are from her new Spring collection, Oriental Garden and Essentials. Delish! I’m not a fan of all the furnishings and flooring, but the textiles and wallpaper patterns are bold and fresh.

Tricia Guild - No Color Fear Here!Tricia Guild - No Color Fear Here!I think my favorite is the bottom image, far right. At least the wallpaper. That blue and white room pattern makes me feel energetic and happy. I’d have to add some warmth to the room though, either through hardwood floors or a wood credenza. I don’t like the black tulip chair. The white parsons table is nice, I’d keep that.
Tricia Guild - No Color Fear Here!
(images from designers guild)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)

March 6, 2007

Print + Pattern blogged about Villa Nova out of the UK and since I found some of their images to be a source of inspiration (along with a mega dose of color, refreshing), I thought I’d post a bit of beauty for you to enjoy. I found these rooms to be so typical English, do you? I love the bold, patterned drapes – those take courage, don’t they?!? And check out the pink spaces. Imagine having the guts to go all out like that and create a pink living room? I am in awe when I see interiors that have such a strong color palette. Sometimes I think I’m going over the edge incorporating teal or pear into my own space, but then I look at how the English, German, and Dutch use color and I sit back and think of how I may be a bit more fearful of color than I care to admit to. Maybe I’m a color wuss.

What about you? Are you a risk taker or do you play it safe?

Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)

(images from villa nova)






Color Inspiration

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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