Color Inspiration, Inspiration

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)

Color of the Month: PURPLEColor of the Month: PURPLE
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.)


Oras Modern Mobiles

May 14, 2007

Vilija from Oras Designs wrote in about the modern, geometric wall mobiles that she recently launched (Fall ’06) out of her design studio in San Rafael, California. Available in a myriad of colors, your choice of either squares or ovals, these mod mobiles are fresh and unique. Learn more about Vilija over on her website, Oras Designs. She’ll even commission a custom piece just for you!

Oras Modern MobilesOras Modern Mobiles
Thanks so much for writing in, Vilija!

(images from oras)


That Sky Blue Fine Letterpress

May 14, 2007

A few months back, a decor8 reader (I wish I could recall her name, sorry if you’re reading!!) wrote in to share That Sky Blue because they created her wedding invitations and she was so impressed, she wanted everyone to know about how great this fine letterpress studio is.

That Sky Blue Fine Letterpress
I checked out their website, but didn’t see any photos that I could use, so I requested a product catalog. To my surprise, Ana and Litsa from That Sky Blue sent over a sample pack of wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and greeting cards! So impressed by this gesture, I had to photograph them this morning so you can see these cards for yourself. I’m hooked. I love the weight of them, those deep impressions, the tactile quality we all love about letterpress, the thick cardstock, and the fonts and graphics that they use. Some are totally meant to be framed, like the image above with the little pink man on it. So cute!

That Sky Blue Fine Letterpress
Psst: If you’re attending the National Stationery Show in NYC this month, they’ll be at booth #2787. Thanks ladies for the fun sample pack – it was nice to see them in person!

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Rooms

Ambrosia Porcelain – Love!

May 14, 2007

Ambrosia Porcelain, the mother/daughter team of Miriam and Linda Aubry, really surprised me last week with a gorgeous plate that I had to share here on decor8. It’s a porcelain piece I asked them to customize since I wanted something with birds, faux bois, and that I could hang on the wall. Isn’t this perfect?

Ambrosia Porcelain - Love!
I really love it and can’t wait to find a spot in my home to display it. You have to check these ladies out, they are so talented and their pieces make for a great display piece either in your home or to gift a friend. They’re all one of a kind, so whatever you purchase from Ambrosia, you can be sure it’s their one and only. They’re also bloggers, if you enjoy reading about their business, click on over to their blog. If you are interested in seeing their porcelain and you’re a local, drop by Magpie in Somerville because they always have some of their wares on display. For everyone else, here’s a link to their other blog where you can purchase things. And don’t miss their soap dishes, they’re so cute…

Ambrosia Porcelain - Love!
Thank you Miriam and Linda, this plate is perfection and I really appreciate the time you spent creating this for me!

(top image snapped by holly becker for decor8, bottom image from ambrosia porcelain)

Arts + Crafts, Objects

Purl: *New* Liberty of London Fabrics

May 14, 2007

Purl has some glorious new prints from Tana Lawn for Liberty of London, a British textile artist renowned for making some of the best quality cotton, yet very lightweight, fabrics every — it’s almost translucent. Imagine transforming these patterns into breezy curtains for summer?

Purl: *New* Liberty of London Fabrics

(images from purl)

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