Thursday, July 23, 2015

THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY!

Summer fun is in full swing and the days are swooshing by much too quickly!  But there is still time to fit in some quick d├ęcor freshening tips to perk up any room that perhaps is looking a bit tired.

PAINT

A simple fresh coat of paint is transforming!  Choosing a neutral is always safe and makes a classic backdrop for many, many accent colors.  Try the newest neutral…..grey!  Unsure of what shade?  MariaKillam.com and her Color Me Happy blog is a great color expert to consult!

gray paint from bhg

Warm Gray Paint Colors::from top to bottom::Winter Gates AC-30(BM)/Coastal Pleasure 5048(ace)/Promotion 10D3(truevalue)/Seal Grey GLN46(glidden)/Silver Drop 790C-2(behr)

WINDOWS

Clear away dark and dingy with fresh and light neutrals at the windows! The light shining through your window openings should illuminate your room and help create charm and atmosphere.

silhouette_ultraglide_livingroom_6

Neutrals are always a safe choice and blending backdrop, but don’t be afraid to venture into color as the effect can be dramatic!  Check out the variety of possibilities at Hunter Douglas.com!

designerscreen_powerrisetwoone_livingroom

A TOUCH OF GREEN LIFE

A designer friend recently reminded me of the importance of a living presence in a room.  If you have a green thumb, certainly add a potted plant for texture as well as its natural air filtering qualities! A few branches in a glass vase are a quick and simple statement of design and easily changeable and low maintenance for those of us with no green thumb!

architella_closed_5

PILLOWS

This is an extremely fun and easy accessory to use for seasonal accents!  Pillows, even in the most neutral rooms, can add color, texture, focal point, and impact!

pillows

 Summer is not yet over and is the perfect opportunity to throw open the doors and windows and let creativity flow in.  Be inspired! Venture out and have fun!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding your window treatment dilemmas!out and have fun!

 

Friday, March 27, 2015

TICKLED PINK IT’S SPRING!

I am generally not a pink person!  But with the arrival of Spring,  I find the color pink catches my eye more than usual in interior design.  Perhaps because I am emerging from winter’s grey & white landscape that pink appeals so inviting and enticing…like a giant cupcake after dieting!

pink flowers

Spring issues of home decorating magazines and web sites explode with the fresh, fluffy shade and rightly so!  It has been a long winter and our eyes need refreshment!

pink window seat 2

Pink is often paired with white for that sweet, fresh look!

Pink Balloon Shade

Soft and soothing!

Pink Drapery

But when paired with brown or beige, it becomes very sophisticated!

pink drapery in mirror

More intense shades are so inviting and glamorous when accompanied with gold accents!

pink drapery 2

Pink evokes smiles and a sense of serenity!

pink and coral

Look at this touch of coral with pink! Stately touches of glass and gold! Oh my!

pink shutters

So even if you are not a “pink” person, let the freshness of this color invade your life for a season.  Spring is such a short time after all!

Enjoy!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding your window treatment dilemmas!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NO “WINTER BLUES” HERE!

Voted people’s all time favorite, blue is a color you really can’t go wrong with when used in design.  “Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones….it will always stay blue.”

Raoul Dufy, French Fauvist Painter, 1877-1953

fce966c40764d3aa32eaa1749cedb88b65931900e41d9099d65df7c693de9cdc

“Blue is strong and provides a nice clean statement,” says New York designer Matthew Patrick Smyth.

577e4d265e74660cce5aace9069ad754

“Blue is one of the easiest colors to live with and is most people's favorite hue,” says New York designer      Bunny Williams. “There are so many beautiful shades of blue—some cool, some warm, and they mix well together. If you use several blues in a room, they do not have to match; they just need to blend.”

92c791bf96eeaf3286bdc98628dd2a6e

“Blue ignites yet calms me; it is a mood-altering color of pure alchemy,” says New York designer Eric Cohler.          

“Blue is often thought of as a cool hue, but it belies this myth, providing warmth and comfort. Think of the sky and the sea: Blue is elemental.”

db2e0d8c34a52b940f0343fdc60f4bec

“Blue is one of my favorite colors,” says Jesse Carrier, who runs the New York design firm Carrier and Company with his wife, Mara Miller. “I find it both soothing and invigorating at the same time. It’s peaceful yet bold.”

ad52634f413d2d8da290616ce4c87bd9

“Whether a space is large or small, blue always says to me ‘I’m happy and relaxed,’” says New York designer Victoria Hagan.

42a1516af6e1125d56d5e4a2aaeb80d3

(Below): Teal Blue Paint Colors (from top: Moroccan Blue by True Value, New World by Dutch Boy, Teal Zeal by Olympic, Tidewater by Sherwin-Williams, and Gypsy Teal by Valspar)

320a1bc0eaa53c39c5e9f91a112f5c9d

Embrace color courage and select a blue

that speaks to you!

Enjoy!!!

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding your window treatment dilemmas.

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...