Posts Tagged ‘color series’

Decorating with Black

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s the great debate, is black truly a color? From a scientific perspective, to see and define color, you must have light. Artists and designers do consider black a color, however scientists do not because technically black is the absence of all color. When light shines on an object its true hue is revealed by the light bouncing off of it observed by the human eye.

Since color theory is based in human perception, it’s okay for us to refer to black as a “color” for purposes of interior design. Three adjectives come to mind with the discussion of decorating with black: glamorous, sophisticated, timeless. Think of the tuxedo, the grand piano, film noir, and black and white photography.

black and white space bhg

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I’ve been exploring the obvious colors on the wheel in this continuing Color Series, but it does make sense to include black, white, and gray as a major players because of their impact when making choices in how to decorate homes and spaces. 

When it comes to exteriors, what’s more classic than a glossy black front door and trim? I have a weak spot for black mullions, divided light windows, or French doors, and can’t wait to incorporate them into a future space design.

black gloss front door

black front entry door

black divided light windows

domaine home / traditional home / elle es

  

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Decorating with.. Orange!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

September is my favorite month – not only because we celebrate our wedding anniversary (and my birthday!) but because when it comes to the weather, only October and May can compete. Sunny skies and turning leaves make me appreciate each day as the season changes from summer to autumn, and I can’t help but spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Today I’m continuing the Color Series with a hue we see so often this time of year, the color orange. I absolutely love this color in all shades from vivid citrus to earthier amber, especially paired with its complement blue (my favorite hue) or calming gray.

orange leaves blue vases bhg

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One of my favorite spaces to spy orange is in kids’ rooms, it’s a gender neutral hue and makes a child’s space a happy one.

orange crib and changing table alice lane

 

orange nursery palette

blue and orange nursery

orange surfboard style headboards anne hepfer

orange and gray boys room lucy and co

orange and blue nursery

 alice lane / lilly bunn / finnian’s moon interiors / anne hepfer / lucy and co / new arrivals inc

  

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