Posts Tagged ‘color series’

Decorating with… Green!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

The Color Series continues today with a peek at the verdant shade of green, one I always refer to as “seasonless” because this hue works well inside and out and all year round, in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The color is found in what we see when we look outside each day, from the leaves on every botanical to moss covered trees to rolling grass covered hills to deep green forests.

Green paint is available in countless shades as anyone knows from visiting the paint store. It’s a color that can communicate whatever a designer or homeowner wants depending on the lightness or darkness or saturation selected.

celedon green walls ikea

green painted backs to built in bookcases

livet hemma / tobi fairley

Pale shades like celedon or celery are light and airy, less saturated hues like sage are subtle and play the role of a neutral. Brighter lime or chartreuse greens always pack a punch while mint or seafoam greens brighten and cheer. Dramatic and deeper jade and olive introduce drama, while vivid emerald and Kelly add an dash of modern chic.

minty green walls katie rosenfeld

green walls house beautiful

jade green walls

katie rosenfeld / house beautiful / vtwonen mag /


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Decorating with… Purple!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

This time of year always gets me thinking about the color purple. With fall fashions and home decor often featuring various shades of this hue it can’t help but come to mind with the arrival of catalogs and campaigns. It’s an especially popular color in my area since harvest is on its way and we’re seeing the grapes turn this month. I also just finished a dining room space that includes several shades of this hue in the design, reveal coming next week.

Today I hopped across the color wheel in the continuing Color Series to focus on this dramatic color and its various alluring shades that include deeper aubergine and paler lilacs and lavender. First up, paint on the walls, when does it work? In formal spaces such as dining and living rooms, dark and moody shades of purple are a sophisticated choice.

plum paint on wall

Laura U Design

deep plum walls in dining room bhg

Better Homes & Gardens

Refined purple grounds white in a bedroom or living space, adding beautiful contrast.

plum and white bedroom lisa gutow

Lisa Gutow Design

purple paint on walls bhg

Better Homes & Gardens


Have you considered a shade for your bathroom or laundry room?

plum paint laundry room

Precision Cabinets

purple in bathroom bhg

Better Homes & Gardens


Purple is a popular choice for a young girl’s room (I went there too!) and in paler shades of lavender, the look is sweet and feminine when balanced with a lot of fresh whites, modern prints, and doses of playful colorful accents.

purple girls room

Rusk Renovations

lavender girls room


tobi fairley lavender girls room

Tobi Fairley Design


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