Posts from the ‘Rooms by Color’ Category

Red, White and Blue – Who Knew?

When I am getting ready to redecorate a room in my home, one of the things I tend to keep in mind is, “Will I be happy with this decision in the long-term?”  I really try to stay away from anything that is too trendy, unless it is something that I can easily and fairly inexpensively change.  I will usually keep the most expensive upholstered pieces fairly neutral, or at least in a palette that I know I will not tire of for the next few years, or one that I can change the look by switching out accessories or accent wall color.

So when we moved into our home, I knew immediately that I would be changing the color scheme of the rec room as soon as I could.  The previous homeowner had the room done in a red, white and blue scheme.  There were red buffalo check couches, with matching valances over the windows.  The most offending design elements in my mind were the solid red formica countertops on the bar.  (Actually, I should clarify by saying, the most offending design elements in that room.  In the kitchen, the entire base of the island was covered with a hand-painted mural of a moccasin being thrown at a cat, with flowers and tall grasses all around.  But that’s a story for another day. . . .)

Now I think there are some perfectly lovely red, white and blue rooms.  Here are a couple of photos to show you ones I think look wonderful:




But, as well done as these rooms are, they don’t fit in with my “think-long-term” decorating idea.  When I think red, white and blue, I think country home, summer home, or boys’ room.  As much as I like these rooms, I just wouldn’t normally consider this color scheme.

But now I’m thinking, maybe I was wrong!  I’ve stumbled across a number of rooms using these patriotic colors, and I’d really be happy to have any one of them in my home.  The following are some rooms that really gave me reason to re-think:

(Isn’t the door treatment awesome?)

The navy walls contrasted with all of the white molding is really quite special.  Great room!

Source:  Elle Décor
(So crisp.)

(I think this room looks simple but sophisticated.)

(Love this!  Looks like this includes both coral and red.)

(Love the chain-link rug!)

So I guess I’ve learned I need to keep an open mind.  What do “they” say?  Never say never!  I hope you all enjoy the upcoming 4th of July holiday and the rest of your summer.

– Karen


Rooms by Color- Tiffany Blue

As a designer, I try to keep my eyes open for inspiration everywhere that I go. I can be inspired by an outfit, by nature or a logo. Ideas are everywhere, if you look for them. Today, I’m inspired by one of the most well-known, coveted jewelry stores. Where else, but Tiffany’s? What woman doesn’t want one of those chic, blue boxes? Of course, they love the jewelry that comes in the box, but part of the allure is the box that it comes in. You know a company is doing something right, if people get excited about the packaging, in addition to the product.

The color of the box, I deem as “Tiffany Blue”. You say it and most people know the exact color that you’re referencing. There’s something so classic, rich and soothing about the color.

It can be paired with a variety of colors to create an insta-cool room.

Some of my favorites:

Black & White- This is a no-brainer. As classic as it comes.

Silver & White- Also a classic with a little additional “wow-factor”.

Dark Red- Probably my favorite. So rich, fun and beautiful. You don’t need a lot of red, just a few subtle touches.

Coral & Hot Pink- Makes it more casual, comfortable and playful.

Navy Blue- Make sure this blue is dark enough to contrast with the Tiffany Blue.

Tiffany Blue never looked so good.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


Tangerine Tango

Pantone is the authority in color for all things fashion and home. They have declared the Color of the Year as Tangerine Tango 17-1463. Tangerine is a powerful color. It evokes happiness, ambition, friendliness and confidence. Whether it’s the primary color or an accent in your room, it is sure to leave you feeling more energized. Another great thing about using tangerine in your place is that even though it’s bold, it looks great combined with a lot of other colors and it’s still sophisticated.

The inspiration:

Some of my favorite colors combos using tangerine:

– Turquoise- Global chic. 1-part earthy, 1-part smart and 1-part sophisticated

– Hot Pink- Fun and flirty. Might I suggest using these in moderation?

– Golden Yellow- Warm and inviting. Makes me wanna curl up in the morning with some tea.

– White, white and more white- So crisp and clean. I like it with a few silver accents and some botanicals.

– Gray- Gender-neutral with a load of personality.

Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.


Green with Envy

Not only is green currently one of the most popular colors to decorate with, it adds an overall feeling of calmness to any room. It often reminds people of nature and gives your room a crisp, refreshing look. Green is the easiest color on your eyes and it often implies wealth. I believe every room benefits from at least a small dose of green. Whether you want just a few accents or you want it as the primary color in your room, here’s some green rooms that I love.

I love that the back of these bookshelves is subtle, but adds so much wow-factor.

Not for the timid.

And…. Boom! Create a focal point with color.

Love the variations of greens in this room.

From boring to fun, with the green chairs.

Eggplant and green work here, because they kept almost everything else neutral.

This almost makes me want to cook….. almost. :)

Some of my favorite colors to mix with green:
-White: So clean!
– Hot pink: Be careful with this one. A little can go a looong way!
– Chocolate Brown: Very spa-like
– Gray- Think urban mod
– Gold Accents: Retro-chic
– Monochromatic: Mixing various shades of green. Make sure you mix your textures, too.
Have fun. Think BIG. Be nice to people.
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