So, I know that there are no “original color schemes”. All the good ones have been around the block at least once, but this color scheme is new to me so I am digging it. I dig anything involving pink! I have seen the pink with grey (still loving it), pink with blue, pink with white (of course), pink with just about every color. Maybe we should start considering pink a universal neutral. I’m down for that. I have noticed a new companion with pink recently, navy. I love these two colors together, and hope to see a lot more of it in the coming seasons. So what do you think? Are you digging it? Do you think “pink and navy” will be the new “pink and grey” in 2010?
images via “French Blue“, “House of Sienna Mack“, “Papillon Linens“, “CotedeTexas“, “Elements of Style“
It seems all the rooms/color schemes I am drawn to are monochromatic. I love the easy flow from color to color. It is soothing, even with the brightest of hues. I find it makes a room look bigger, more relaxing, and soft. Keep in mind, however, monochromatic doesn’t mean all the same, exact color. It means the mixing of different hues of the same color. The key is to mix light and dark tones in the same color family. DON”T GET MATCHY, MATCHY or your attempt at monochromatic will just look dull and lifeless. Another great tip - use plant life to add a tiny punch of color and air to the room. These pictures from http://www.phoebehoward.net/ are perfect examples of how to design a monochromatic room correctly.
Neutrals, like white, are the perfect enhancement to a monochromatic room. Every room should have several hues of neutral tones.
Tone-on-tone neutrals are a great option for the color challenged among us. For those of you who have a panic attack about blues, pinks, purples, etc… there is no shame in sticking with neutrals. Just remember, neutrals can actually be harder than colors, because you must find neutrals in the same warm or cool tones. You don’t want to use a pinky beige wall color, with gray beige upholstery, and gold beige window treatments. Can’t tell the difference? Seek advice from your local professional designer!
I love a brave soul, who has the guts to paint such a bold color, so later I can enjoy looking at it in House Beautiful. This house tour, from the July, 2009 issue of House Beautiful is absolutely fabulous. The hot pink paint is divine. It just goes to show, there is no such thing as a paint color that is to bright. It is all in how you break up the color throughout the room. A tip, never decide the color is too bright, or that you don’t like it, until you refill the room with your art, furniture, and accessories. That can make all the difference. I know it may seem like a dreadful task to unload the room again, if it does turnout that you don’t like the paint, but it may very well save you from repainting a perfectly good room. I personally would rather not repaint!
via Porterhouse Designs/via House Beautiful
Alexis Mabille’s Fall 2009 collection was, by far, my favorite! I loved the soft feminine details and I loved the fact that this is actually something I would wear (which is what fashion is actually about, in the long run). The dress above I loved because of the lace. It reminded me of french cameos, in a way.
It is so refreshing, to me, to see aqua blue with something other than brown! I am so sick of brown and aqua, it makes me sick to see it nowadays. I am ready for something new, which is why I love that Alexis put aqua with black! This dress looks so fresh and flowing. It is my favorite! Hooray for aqua and black!
Of course, pink is still my favorite color! This dress is so simple, yet so perfect. Cream and pink can have my heart forever!
What an amazing collection from Giorgio Armani, don’t you think? So, upon seeing this Fall 2009 collection, I had to ask myself, is “cobalt” the new “aqua”? I love this color, always have. It screams Hollywood Glam, but does it scream fabulous to the rest of us? Well, personally I love changing things up, and am always looking for the next best color scheme to add to my decor. I don’t see this color making a huge splash in the decor world, however. I love the use of cobalt blue in fashion, and think it is a total hit, but I find it to be less universal and not as “loving of other colors” as our beloved aqua. So for now, my prediction is aqua is here to stay a tiny bit longer, and I can live with that. Yet, don’t quote me on it, because I have learned to never say never!
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I just discovered the most lovely shop and blog, via Fanciful Designs, French Blue. The blog is fantastic and the online shoppe even better. I love all the white decor, dishes, and linens! Just to warn you before you visit, make sure you have plenty of time. You will get lost in this wonderful world of French design.
The softest blue, just simply goes with everything, in every room. I find that trends are headed away from deep palettes like “Blue and Brown” and headed towards a soft, relaxing, spa feel with pastel blues and soft creams. This trend co-insides with the feminine qualities that design trends are taking on today. To create this color scheme correctly, takes a keen eye that can see the beauty in the softest color. If you get the blue to bright, it won’t quite work. My suggestion, as usual, is to grab every design magazine you can get, or overload on your favorite design blog. This will help you memorize the color palette, so you can make smart decisions while out shopping for your room. You can start here. Take a gander at these beautiful rooms with the perfect blues, mixed with the softest creams. They are fabulous. Hope you enjoy!
Yellow and grey make such a great color combination! It is thought of, today, as a new trend in color combos, but it actually is quite a classic. I guess we didn’t reinvent the wheel this time. Oh well, we can still enjoy this lovely color scheme, in all its finest!
Grey is everywhere! Formal, casual, modern, traditional. I love it. Do you?