Decorating with Analogous Color

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Today let’s continue with the color mixing series! I’ve featured examples of decorating with monochromatic color and decorating with complementary color recently, today the focus is on analogous color mixing. Analogous colors are those adjacent to each other on the color wheel and these examples below show this method of mixing color is another no fail way to combine hues in successful pairings by partnering your color of choice with its closest neighbor.

Using complementary colors often adds energy to a space because your mixing opposites on the color wheel, a cool color with a hot/warm one. Decorating with analogous colors can either create a soothing space when the hues are pale, muted, or cool tones, or the technique can be invigorating when the analogous combinations are bold, saturated, or hot colors.

A popular analogous color combination is blue and green, the colors reminiscent of the sea, sky, and the botanicals we are drawn to in the great outdoors.  

blue and green bedroom

jennifer flanders

blue and green dining room

better homes & gardens

blue and green sitting room

rachel reider

blue and green sitting room bhg

better homes & gardens

blue and green living room

bowley builders

Violet sits on the other side of blue as its neighbor so shades of purple or lavender always play well with blue hues.

lavender and blue bedroom

amanda nisbet


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Watercolor Animal Prints

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

I was shopping for prints for a kid’s room art wall I’m working on and was introduced to some wonderful watercolor animal prints on Etsy, one of my go to sources for artwork. The popularity of watercolors is still going strong, surging in the past year as a big trend, but the medium has been used in the art world for hundreds of years. 

Animal prints are the perfect accent in nurseries or children’s spaces but also placed around the house as well, anywhere you’d like to add some color and personality like a bathroom, family room, or kitchen. Retailers like Restoration Hardware charge so much for a single stylized animal print, but you can get the look with less expensive animal prints from artists in these shops I discovered on Etsy.

I purchased two prints from Ink Sprouts, I love the use of negative space and the coordinated palettes in these prints. (Instant downloads available too.)

ink sprout etsy


Find storybook appeal in the whimsical prints at Lighthearted Dreamer.


lighthearted dreamer watercolors


Choose from modern silhouettes in colorful washes at Lemon Illustrations.

lemon illustrations watercolors


Critters with big personality appear in the prints at Water In My Paint.

waterinmypaint etsy



Find sweet simple portraits of baby animals at James River Studios.

james river art etsy


More charming characters can be found at Eastwitching.

eastwitching etsy animals

Below are some examples of collected art walls in children’s spaces. As kids grow up and produce their own art, it’s always fun to include some of their best work alongside the professional prints too.

kid's room art gallery wall

honestly wtf

animal prints above crib

style me pretty

kids bedroom art wall

land of nod

nursery wall gallery

project nursery

Playroom 2 of Purdy Devis Residence


I’ll share the kid’s room art wall I created when it’s complete in a few weeks.