Decorating

Decorating with…Red!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

I’m on my way home today, having spent a few days in Las Vegas with my folks and hopping over for a day to Salt Lake City to see my sister. We did some thrifting and house hunting together and we think we found a house to buy with a lot of potential, I’ll keep y’all posted if it ends up being the one!

We spent hours talking about design ideas and color palettes which put me in the mood to take a deeper look at color over the next few weeks, and it makes sense to start with red and work around the color wheel. Red is one of my favorite colors in fashion, but frankly my least favorite color to decorate with in the home, except in small doses or on a piece of furniture as a focal point.

True red is a dramatic and dominant hue that stimulates in large doses and adds a fantastic spark when used as an accent. With dark wood or antique pieces, red leans traditional, but when given a glossy sheen and paired with lacquered pieces, red is modern and fabulous. Barn and brick reds lend a cottage feel whereas berry or coral reds inject vibrancy and femininity. 

Red paint packs a punch when used on a wall – choose deep garnet and mix with global textiles for an exotic feel, or a brighter shade balanced with white for pleasant contrast.  

brick red painted walls

pottery barn red wall

 

If you want a piece of furniture to take the spotlight, you can’t go wrong with red – a glossy candy apple finish adds a contemporary vibe and a distressed finish has cottage appeal.

red painted dressers

natty by design / mustard seed interiors

Red on the front door is thought to bring good luck – this bold hue will make any entry happier to those who visit.

red front door

bh&g / house beautiful

    

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The Power of Pink

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

I’ve been increasingly drawn to deep pinks and pale blush shades in recent months. I love a vivid raspberry paired with classic navy, so much so I use the combination in my home office. Equally as appealing to me are shades of blush and pale rose partnered with gold, the two together are a chic and sophisticated match made in heaven.

So I was delighted when contributing writer Courtney Lake decided to tackle the topic this month in his most recent article. Please welcome back Courtney and his reflections on this often ignored color that deserves a second look.

Diana Vreeland Pink Quote

“There is something delicious and whimsical about the color of pink yet frequently the hue is aligned with Barbie’s Dream House or romantic sunsets. There is a dichotomy to this color that can’t be ignored – it is what I think represents the best of design duality. Pink certainly has the ability to skew towards juvenile delight but also to uptown sophistication. It’s because of this dueling personality that I find it to be one of the most interesting, under-utilized, and least appreciated colors in a designer’s arsenal.

country living pink walls

Country Living

pink walls elle decor

Elle Decor

Pink is technically a tint of red – a red base that is then augmented with white, which gives unbelievable control to a designer to create the perfect intensity of color. So when a client states that he or she doesn’t like pink, I always ask them to point out what their concept of "pink" on my color wheel and without fail it either veers towards Bubble Gum or Hot Pink – both of which lean toward a younger audience. 

It is only when I inform them that pink encompasses all the hues from pale pink to purple leaning magenta that they start to fully comprehend that pink can be a sense of depth, visual interest and calmness to a room that few colors can match. Keep in mind that pink plays well with other hues from blue to yellow to green, and gets along superbly with dramatic black.

pink and yellow living room mwells

Michael Wells Photography

 pink and black sitting room tobi fairley

Tobi Fairley

 

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