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Monday, June 6, 2011

Color Palette: Gray and Orange Bedrooms

Gray and Orange: Vibrant Intelligence
The color orange combines the passionate energy of red and the happiness of yellow. Orange embodies creativity, fun, adventure, and excitement and gray is the perfect pairing to cool down this vibrant hue. I collected some examples of these two colors working together in perfect harmony.

Uh-oh. You've probably guessed by now that I love upholstered headboards, especially ones with contrasting welting or nailhead trim. In the example blow the orange upholstered bed really pops against the steel gray walls. The space is further enhanced with fabrics in contrasting black & white. Notice the greek key and check patterned fabrics on the throw and bolter pillows and the zig zag pattern on the area rug. The window treatments and bedding are tied together with grossgrain ribbon trim.
In this bedroom, a lighter gray is used on the walls and bedding, while the use of orange is limited to the side chair and the coral print pillows. Note the desk painted in a cool aqua blue color which is complimentary to this shade of orange.

This modern bedroom with an asian flair brings orange into the space via the throw pillows and chaise lounge. A warm, taupy gray is added to the walls. Orange can also be seen in the coordinating fabric on the roman shades and bolster pillows. Black crown molding in the trey ceiling accentuates the architecture and also ties into the fabric used on the window treatments and bedding.

Here's a great example of a mix-use space. This nursery must also function as a guest bedroom, therefore the sophisticated palette of gray and orange is used to keep the room from looking to childish. A chocolaty brown is introduced through the arm chair, lamp shade, and upholstered headboard to bring more warmth into the space. The argyle wall treatment provides a preppy focal point.

  If you were to use gray and orange in your home, what room would you use it in? Would you play it safe and use gray as the primary color or go all out with orange?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Color Palette: Gray and Turquoise Bedrooms

Gray and Turquoise - Timeless Tranquility
Turquoise is the color of communication, self-awareness and initiative. Like the color of the waters surrounding the Caribbean islands, colors like cyan, aquamarine, and turquoise have the power to relax and refresh the body and mind. Paired with atmospheric quality of gray, turquoise invokes the spirit of a secluded and peaceful oceanside retreat. Below are some amazing examples of how well these two colors work together in bedrooms.

I like this bedroom because it is unapologetically girly. The focal wall features a gray wall with a silver metallic scroll pattern while the arm chair and the bed pillow in deep turquoise provides a jolt of energy. The room is grounded out with a black nightstand. Glam Alert!: Touches of bling can be found in the crystal beaded curtains and the chrome bedside table lamp.


Below is a similar room to the one above, but here's where this room stands out; visual interest is brought into the space with the gold metallic accents in the wallpaper, table lamps, and frames. The tufted headboard ulpholstered in a rich deep teal velvet provides the room with depth and an interesting focal point. The apple green pillow shams brings fresh energy to the space.

The words; light and breezy come to mind when I evaluate the space below. Rich, ornate crown and picture moldings give this room a stately and formal appearance. Painting the picture moldings the same colors as the walls provides texture without too much contrast. A contemporary four poster canopy bed and linens round out the space.
I like the masculine element that is brought into this space with the charcoal gray walls. The light aqua headboard, bedskirt, and chair provide an airy and tranquil quality balancing the dark cozyness of the walls. This room is a study in symmetry with the identical nightstands, lamps, and wall mirrors. Who says you can't take the beach with you! A pair of white-washed nightstands remind me of sandblasted, sun bleached trees lying along the shore.

Here's a room for you commitment-phobes! The room is kept in the gray zone through the fabric covered walls, draperies, bedding, and flooring, while pops of color are brought in with the shams on the bed and the upholstered ottomans under the desk. With a set up like this, the color scheme can be switched out with the seasons at a very minimal cost.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Color Palette: Gray and Purple bedrooms

Gray and Purple - Royal Elegance
It's no secret that my favorite color is purple. From my favorite jacket to my attention getting handbag to my choice in bedding, the color has become my personal style statement. Many people find purple hard to work with, let alone wear. Some people even actually take an extreme disliking to the hue (I guess I can forgive them). But just as with anything else in interior design, it's all about how the color is incorporated into a space that makes it more livable to the most adverse homeowners.

The color purple is both red and blue; stimulation and calm. It is most associated with spirituality, royalty and creativity and no surprise here - favored by creative types, eccentrics and young girls. Depending on the undertone, purple can uplift or have a calming effect on the mind and nerves. Pairing this daring color with gray makes it more sleek and refined. Here are some of my favorite examples of Gray and Purple in bedrooms.

Purple as the secondary color
Talk about opulence. I love this room because of it's luxurious choices in silver gray foil wallpaper and ornate bed with a purple velvet headboard. Mirrored night stands add even more glamour to this ultra feminine space.


Here a curvaceous silver-leafed bed, matching nightstand and dresser are the main focal points of this room. Floral print wallpaper in gray and white add dimension to the walls and keep it from looking dull. The room is rounded out with purple accent pillows and a very girlie crystal chandelier. This room is fit for a princess.


I like the room below because the designer took a relatively calm room and livened it up with punches of bold purple in the upholsted bed and area rug and with the lime green wingback chair. No doubt the splurge in the room is the velvety damask fabric in plum on this elegant bed.


Just when you were beginning to notice a trend in my post, here is a diversion; an ultra modern gray and purple bedroom with just a few feminine touches. This room takes a darker gray and pairs it with a purple on the cooler side of the spectrum in the bedding and artwork.


Purple as the primary color
These rooms are not for the faint of heart. The purple is wrapped around you like a warm luxurious blanket fit for royalty. Purple is the overwhelming color used in these spaces and are accented in grays of varying degrees; light and airy, silver opulence, and masculine darker tones.

I like this room because the straight lines of the furniture are balanced by the simple, yet bold graphic floral wall stencils. When a room has a lot of geometric elements such as this boxy furniture, it's always good to bring more organic elements (i.e. florals, natural woods, etc...) to keep the room from looking one dimensional.

I love the art deco inspired wallpaper on the feature wall paired with this plumy purple. The designer really committed to using purple by painting the wall of windows in purple. From the wallpaper to fabrics used on the bed and lounge chairs, everything about this room is luxurious.


I like the eclectic mix in this space. Traditional elements such as the purple damask wallpaper and tufted headboard are paired with a sleek and modern asian inspired white lacquered side table.


In the room below, the designer choose to cover the accent wall in a delicous grape, but calmed it down with simple white, gray and chrome accents. The striped chair rails add visual interest to the walls.


The room below is the perfect compromise if the shared by a man and woman. Masculine elements are brought in with the geometric wallpaper, the dark wood used on the headboard and the black chest of drawers. Feminine elements are added with the crystal lamp and chandelier, the light gray bedding and the room is further softened by the silk drapes.

Okay, so this may not be an image of a bedroom, but it deserves notice because of it's bold use of purple. The wallpaper on the fireplace surround is once again very geometric, but in this case it balances out the ornate silver leafed antique mirror. I love the other touches of glitz such as the polished aluminum side table and mirrored frames on the wall. I imagine this glammed up space as the sitting area of my dream master bedroom.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Color Palette: Gray and Yellow bedrooms

Gray and Yellow: Sophisticated Happiness
The color yellow embodies optimism, energy, and happiness. Gray is the perfect foil to tone down this admittedly cheery color. Below are some amazing examples of how well these two colors work together in bedrooms.

I personally love this yellow ulpholstered bed against the gray walls. If the walls were left white, I don't think the yellow bed would have as much of an impact, but here the gray walls provide contrast and add depth and dimension to the space. Look at how the designer kept to the warm color family by incorporating the green velvet chair.
In this example, the designer kept the room light and airy by using paler shades of gray and silver metallics on the walls and bedding, while pops of yellow were brought in via the lamps and arm chairs. Graphic black and white pillows and rugs ground the space.
Yellow furniture accents
 If you want to go for a more dramatic play on the gray and yellow color palette, consider using the darker more masculine tones of gray with yellow. Here the "almost black" gray walls provide the perfect stage to allow the yellow accents to steal the show. With all the dark colors used in the space, your eye is immediately drawn to the yellow vases and flowers. Visual interest is added to the dark walls by using a patterned wallpaper with metallic accents. The same look can be achieved with stenciling (If you know of any cool stencil sites, let me know).

Here's another light and airy room featuring the gray and yellow color palette. In this room the designer cast both gray and yellow in a supporting role adding it to the bedskirt, throw pillows, artwork, and fabric on the side chair, while white dominates the space. I love the contrast of the soft and hard surfaces; the soft upholstered headboard against the white-washed wall.

Yellow fabric accents

Thursday, April 7, 2011

What color goes best with gray?

Pantone may have picked Honeysuckle as the color for 2011, but it's the color Gray that has my rapt attention. It's the new black and can certainly lend itself to either contemporary or traditional design. But the question on most homeowners minds' is what do you pair it with?

What's so special about Gray you may ask? SensationalColor.com defines it as "the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom". It's classic and contemporary at the same time. It's restrained yet elegant, but it can also be sleek and refined. To me, Gray is a perfect neutral.

Naturally in design, lighter Grays paired with pastel colors take on feminine qualities, while darker Grays paired with darker colors bring a more masculine mood to a space. Gray, unless it's in the taupe family, gives off a cool vibe and can be used to cool down a warm palette.

In this new series, I will explore several color combinations featuring gray in a supporting role, while it's better half becomes the "scene stealer".

Below are some of the color combinations we'll explore:

Gray + Lavendar
Gray + Turquiose
Gray + Yellow
Gray + Orange
Gray + Lime
Gray + Pink
Gray + Black
Gray + White
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