Color Inspiration

Crisp Citrus

June 26, 2007

Looking to add a little orange to your life? Why not browse some of your favorite stores for orange inspiration. As you can see here, orange is paired a lot with soft blues, pale greys, bright yellow or red-orange.

Crisp Citrus Crisp Citrus If you love modern, clean design, why not shop for Orange over at Design Public? I really like these whimsical rugs from Twinkle Living, both the Deer Silhouette and the Poker rug. The notNeutral Letters pillow adds a little red and orange, and the Vitra Nelson Ball Clock is such a classic, I couldn’t resist mixing it in. And what do you think about this table? It’s slowly making it’s way around the blogs, so I’m not sure how big of a hit it is with bloggers just yet, but I think the Thomas Wold Mushroom Forest coffee table adds a whimsical touch that is irresistibly cute. But the question is, would I own it? Nah. But if I had children, maybe I’d use it in a playroom. Do you feel like you can never get organized? Blu Dot D2 utility shelving is a great, affordable unit for getting your act together. And although we’ve seen it before, I’ll always have a place in my heart for the Lights Up! Weegee table lamp with the orange and red mums shade on that tripod base. I can’t help it, cute gets me everytime.

Crisp Citrus If you’re a romantic at heart, Anthropologie may be a great destination for you. I imagine a white painted cabinet embellished with orange knobs, or a bed adorned with some of their gorgeous pillows in ethnic prints. Wearing orange is always fun, too!

(images from design public and anthropologie)






Arts + Crafts, Color Inspiration, Etsy Faves

Zesty on Etsy

June 26, 2007

Looking for Orange on Etsy? It’s easy! Search by color on their site, or view some of my favorite items in this zesty hue below.

Zesty on Etsy DrikaB and absoluut.

Zesty on Etsy Lottie Frank and Pepperina Press.

Zesty on Etsy Studio 12-12 and Skullknockers.

Zesty on Etsy Carla Sonheim and Joom.

All images via sellers mentioned above. :)






Color Inspiration

Color of the Month: ORANGE

June 26, 2007

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

Orange Crush
By: Rachel Perls, Hue Consulting

I am so excited about this month?s color, as it happens to be my favorite hue. But I think most people have to grow to love it. This color does tend to illicit strong reactions- you?re either in the orange fan club, or most definitely not. But lately, juicy orange has made inroads into our style sensibilities, showing up more and more frequently in mainstream design, and accepted by more people as they grow to understand it.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Personally, I think that Christo?s Gates installation in Central Park in New York City acted as a catalyst for popularizing orange. (That?s yours truly, Rachel Perls, in the picture. It was amazing to see!) Image: Rachel Perls.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Any time you need to interject some warmth into a space, orange is a fantastic option. This color just radiates heat. Aren?t these Venetian plaster walls gorgeous? Image: Shoot Factory.

Color of the Month: ORANGE In the tradition of ?go big, or go home?, embracing orange in all its glory. Sunny, cheerful, sweet orange; how it makes us smile. As a secondary color, it has the drama of red, slightly toned down by the light-heartedness of yellow. Image: Sixx Design.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Or take a slightly more restrained approach, with a few star pieces stealing the show. Images: Homes and Gardens, Shoot Factory, Amy Kim on HGTV.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Orange casts a healthy glow on your skin, so using it in drapery is an excellent option. Image: Designers Guild.

Color of the Month: ORANGE The wonderful thing about orange is how versatile it is. Decorating with this hue does not mean you only have the option of bright, vivid saturated color. Think of all the other varieties that this hue comes in: terra cotta, peach, coral, rust? (based on info at Dewey Color System.)

Color of the Month: ORANGE Terra cotta is a more subdued, elegant form of orange, strong and enduring. Think autumn harvest, falling leaves, and pumpkins. Image: Sunset magazine.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Sugar & Spice! Orangy paprika is an excellent choice for a kitchen, an inviting gathering space. Fun and energizing, it?s known as an appetite stimulant. Image: GV Interiors.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Or how about softer, peachy tones? Apricot, melon, all those yummy orange colors, can be both delicious and dramatic, while still subtle. Image: William Waldron.

Color of the Month: ORANGE To test the waters of orange, bring in accent pieces to add a pop of color without too much commitment. Image: Greg Natale.

Color of the Month: ORANGE Color of the Month: ORANGE You can also use natural elements, like flowers, or ceramic pots, to achieve some orange pizzazz outside. Think about how orange is showcased in nature-splashes of color against bright green foliage, often paired with brilliant violet flowers or set off against blue sky. This pairing of warm and cool colors works every time. Images: Nasturtium by Skipthebudgie, Poppies by Mary Mactavish, Patio image via Real Estate.

Color of the Month: ORANGE So, you?re not hot for orange? Or so you think. Do you have wood floors or furniture? Wood has distinct color undertones that can range from deep burgundy to orange or gold to blonde. Surprised? People often neglect this point when selecting wood pieces. Something to think about the next time you try to mix a mahogany dresser with an ash headboard and oak end tables, right? Image: Jeff Andrews Design.

So, if you haven?t before, give orange a second look. Think of all the varieties it comes in, and see how you can incorporate this warmth and energy into your spaces. It?s sure to put a smile on your face.

Thank you Rachel for stopping in with your Orange color report! Today is all about Orange here on decor8, so I’ll be back with a few posts of my own to show you some of my favorite rooms and products in case you’re looking for a little orange inspiration today. See you soon!






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Jenn Ski

June 25, 2007

Jenn wrote to me this morning and I was completely thrilled to learn that she’s brand new to the Boston art scene. Fantastic! Fresh blood! Her bright, modern paintings incorporate lots of organic shapes that I find completely captivating, and her color palette is gorgeous. I also like that her website shows the art living in a an actual space, and the extra deep canvas she works on. I love chunky paintings like this, and these organic shapes against bright backgrounds… Swoon!

Jenn Ski
Isn’t her work so completely vibrant and alive? I predict that this lady has a bright future ahead of her, her designs really appeal to lots of different people. You can purchase her original paintings over on her website (priced between $50-200), along with her giclee prints ($39), or you can visit her etsy store, it just launched last week and is fully stocked with prints that you’ll definitely enjoy browsing. P-2007-4, P-2007-17, P-2007-14, and P-2007-2 are a few of my faves.

Jenn Ski Jenn Ski
Congrats on breaking into the Boston art scene, Jenn and we all wish you the best in your career as an artist!

Psst: This girl is a blogger, too.

(images from jenn ski)






Stationery

ReadyMade Notecard Sets

June 25, 2007

Mike from ReadyMade magazine sent over a pack of their new notecard sets, made from recycled magazine issues, and I think they’re rather clever and deserved a post. With so many of you hooked on stationery *and* magazines, this is a good way to combine both loves and put your old magazines to good use. If you’ve already tossed your back issues, ReadyMade has plenty that they’ve already transformed into these sets for just $12.

ReadyMade Notecard Sets ReadyMade Notecard Sets

Thanks Mike for the tip!

(images from holly becker for decor8)






Bloggers

Print & Pattern Blog

June 25, 2007

Print & Pattern consistently blogs the best finds! I haven’t mentioned her lately, but if you’re new to decor8 and haven’t explored the Print & Pattern blog, then please do. The lady behind the blog lives in London and works in the design industry – textiles, I think. She recently featured Isa Form, a Swedish illustrator (real name: Isabelle Norman) that allows you to select the text, colors, and frame for any of the designs shown on her website. She’ll then transform it into a print just for you. I enjoy her illustrative style and think you will, too.

Print & Pattern Blog
Thanks Print & Pattern for blogging about so many beautiful things!

(images from isa form)






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