Color Spotlight

One of the most common struggles in home decorating is how to incorporate color with confidence!   With so many paint colors and fabric samples to choose from, decorating in color can quickly become overwhelming, and the tendency is to go with a “safe tan”.  Great news!  There’s an inspiring new 250+ page book filled with tips, tricks, and inspiration on the topic, featuring the very best spaces that have appeared on the pages of Better Homes & Gardens publications for the past few years. 

Seeking the tools to pull together color schemes to express your personal style?  

Introducing Color: The Complete Guide for Your Home! 

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This inspiring guide is broken down into six parts, beginning in section one with where we all start, color inspiration!  It addresses overcoming color phobia and starting the process of pulling color into you home by beginning with whatever catches your eye, whether it’s an image, a piece of cloth or jewelry, or a collection of favorite treasures.  Included are tips for finding color palettes from unlikely places to favorite ones such as the seaside or farmer’s market.


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Section two offers an analysis on color from a mood perspective, taking an in depth look at every hue, what each one communicates, and how they work together.  You’ll find helpful tips from interior designers that give you options for freshening a lackluster spaces with suggested color pairings.


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Section Three begins a discussion about using color in every room and common space related challenges.  Mixed throughout this room-by-room chapter are suggested combinations of fabric, paint, trim, and decorative elements, and also useful tips on layering prints, textiles, and furniture silhouettes in entries, living rooms, dining rooms, kids rooms, kitchens, and more. 


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Section four breaks down the step-by-step approach to decorating with color, and how to incrementally layer your spaces over time.


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Section five teaches how to unite color throughout your home, creating a connection through rooms as they flow together by repeating various colors or elements room by room.  


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Finally, section six provides and in depth primer on color analysis, breaking down the complexities by starting with the basic color wheel and defining analogous, complementary, triad and tertiary colors and how they work together to make a successful space! 

Look for Color: The Complete Guide for Your Home at you local bookstore, or pick it up online for less than $20, it will be a handy resource for years to come and a worthy addition to your bookshelves. 

Happy decorating, with color!  

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Isn’t it funny how colors go in and out of fashion over the years?  One year it’s turquoise that’s all the rage and the next year it’s orange.  This year there’s one other color that’s appearing everywhere from shelter magazines to home decor and that color is Kelly green.

Kelly green isn’t a trend in my book, it’s a classic.  The name hails from Ireland and according to Wikipedia, “derives from the fact that the surname Kelly as well as the color green are popular” in that country.  Kelly green is a bold accent color and very chic when used in textiles from window panels to pillows.  It pairs well with browns or blues, but nothing makes Kelly green pop more than a background of crisp white!  Then add some gold accessories for some major style points.


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Kelly green as a color can lean masculine since it is commonly associated with some sports teams, but is easily tempered when paired with pale pinks or peaches or even fellow playful greens.


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Verdant and bold, Kelly green is one that is one color that always gets noticed!  If you’re a fan of Kelly green, here are a few household accessories to add a punch of this green to your spaces. 


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From top left: Kelly Green Mosaic Tile, Mosaic Tile Supply, $4.60 per sheet; Vincenza wallpaper, York Wallcoverings;  Figueroa Lamp, Apt2B, $38; Green Ikat Dinnerware, C Wonder, $12;  Agate Plates, Vivre, $60;  Money Finial, Chic Shop LA. $65; Dagmar Pillow, Hus&Hem, 29£;  Privet House Napkin, Set of 4, Target; $16;  Ruffle Flower Knob, The Cross Design, $10; Green Domino Pillow, Pop O Color, $45; Kelly green pouf, Imports from Marrakesh, $225; Emerald Vase, Terrain, $200; Luck Side Table, CB2, $149; Ming Side Chair, Crate+Barrel, $199; Reed Clover Chair, CB2, $100; Clover Bookcase, CB2, $199; 8’ x 10’ Kelly green Zig Zag rug, Dwell Studio, $715


Are you a fan of Kelly green, or is there another shade of green that you prefer?




When asked what color we think of as the happiest or most optimistic, many of us would quickly reply “yellow!”.   Yellow is the color of sunshine and energy, and with it comes creativity and feelings of positivity too.  Some consider yellow too bright on its own, but when used correctly it can be the perfect punctuation.  Whether it’s a painted wall or accents you choose, yellow is that one hue that’s sure to bring an uplifting feeling of joy to your home. 

Mornings begin with breakfast in the kitchen, and with the perfect yellow paint on the walls and ceiling, you’re sure to start your day in a sunny mood.


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Other home accents in the form of furniture will inject a pop of yellow, like these cheerful barstools pulled up around the island.


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Yellow offers an instant ray of sunshine, so the next time you’re looking at the spectrum of colors for a furniture makeover, a fresh coat of yellow paint will surely brighten a corner of any room.


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Bedrooms are another great space for a few yellow accents, and when paired with chocolate brown or pale blue, this hue adds a dose of playfulness. 


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Sophisticated gray is a no fail pairing with yellow, the cool gray tones combined with a sunny shade of yellow are always a classic combination.

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Are you a lover of yellow? Here are a few investment pieces to consider for the home. 


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From top left: 1.  Bali Armchair, Switch Modern;  2.  Harlow Yellow Chair, Overstock, $280;  3.  Chaigright Coffee Table, Worlds Away;  4. Hitch Marigold Stool, CB2, $169;  5.  Roxo Chair, IKEA, $25;  6.  Hourglass Table, Bungalow 5, to the trade;  7.  Yellow Chesterfield, Anthropologie, 8.  Lilly Pulitzer Boulevard Barstool, Neiman Marcus, $619;  9.  5’ x 8’ Surya Fallon rug, Rug Studio, $385; 10.  6’ x 9’ rug Sunflower Ticking Rug, Dash & Albert, $208;



Or perhaps a few smaller accents?  These accessories might be just what you’re looking for!

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From top left: Lemon Gumdrop Pendant, Serena & Lily, $78; Grapefruit Pop Candle, Jonathan Adler at Nordstrom, $38; Set of Yellow Vases, Horchow, $245;  Anything Scissors, Horne, $39; Ottavio Vase, Z Gallerie, $70; Liquid Round Bowl, CB2; $40;  Diamond Geometric Pillow Case, Classic by Nature on Etsy, $54; Yellow Ice Bucket, Chic Shop LA, $125; Yellow Ceramic Lamp, Shades of Light; $198; Totem planter, West Elm, $31;  Kartell La Boheme Stool, Living Space, $238; Labyrinth Citrine Pillow, Dwell Studio, $88; Yellow Ceramic Stool, Amazon, $103


From accents large to small, yellow is sure to add a dose of playfulness and optimism to your home!  Happy decorating with the color that is the symbol of happiness and fun!


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If you’ve popped your head into local retailers or opened the latest catalogs, there’s a color that’s getting a lot of attention this season and that color is indigo. This inky blue is appearing everywhere from textiles to accessories and one thing is true, while some might consider it the color of the moment, the combination of deep blue and crisp white has always been timeless.  Whether it’s the paint on the walls, or the furnishings in your spaces, indigo is one color to choose to create a moody yet sophisticated feeling in your home.

On the color wheel, its complement is fiery orange, (or tangerine!) and together they make a bold statement.


Indigo gains feminine qualities when it’s married to more unexpected colors like coral and lime green.  Add plenty of white and you’re looking at one of the freshest color combinations around.


If you’re seeking to introduce this classic deep blue to your home in a fresh modern way, here are a few statement pieces to consider.


 1.  Ferm feather wallpaper, Horne, $105 a roll  2.  Harley Balloon Chair, Horchow, $3,199; 3.  Paeonia wallpaper, Anthropologie, $148 roll; 4.  Concentric Diamond Table Lamp, Shades of Light, $392;  5.  Hemnes nightstand, IKEA, $100; 6. Louisa Settee, Anthropologie, $2,498; 7. Southport coffee table, Oomph, $2,295; 8. Skye Coffee Table, Crate + Barrel, $399; 9.  Jonathan Adler Butterfield Sofa, $3,695; 10. Kidman Bergere, The Cross Design; 11. 5 x 8’ Blinov Rug, Overstocks, $198; 12.  6 x 9’ Pinstripe Rug; Restoration Hardware, $590.


 If it’s smaller touches you’re looking for, consider these gorgeous decorative accessories!

1.  Capri candle, Anthropologie, $28; 2.  Herringbone pillow, John Robshaw, $190;  3. Medallion dinnerware, Target, $82 set; 4.  Mimosa Frames, Z Gallerie, $29;  5.  Modern Ikat pillow, Whitlock & Co, $42;  6.  Provence kitchen mat, Williams Sonoma Home, $50.  7. Cocktail blueprint, Crate + Barrel, $399;  8. Elephant ceramics vase, West Elm, $29;  9. Octopus throw, Thomas Paul, $350; 10.  Horchow pillow collection, $85-205;  11.  High Neck Vase, Terrain, $40, 12.  Gelato tray, Z Gallerie, $25;  13.  Storage Ottoman, Crate & Barrel; 14.  Richard Nixon throw, Jonathan Adler, $290; 15.  Scales Rug, Zinc Door, $100.


Indigo is a very hot color in retail right now, but you can guarantee that if you incorporate indigo into your own home, it’s classic attributes will stand the test of time.  Are you a fan of this inky blue?







Late last year, Pantone announced their much awaited Color of the Year for 2012, and this time around it’s Tangerine Tango! To quote Pantone, ‘Tangerine Tango’ is “sophisticated, dramatic … and marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

At the pronouncement, orange lovers all across the land issued three cheers to feisty tangerine taking the spotlight and many retailers pushed the color to the forefront of their decor offerings this year.

If you’re a lover of tangerine, consider painting your walls or even your front door in this hue of the moment. If you’d prefer that this vibrant color play a more subtle roll, bring it indoors in the form of decorative accents, toss pillows, or other accessories in your home.

Tangerine accent chairs, side stools, and area rugs add fresh color to your space without a huge commitment, or be brave and choose a bold accent piece in the form of a dresser or even a sofa.

1. Bunny Lounge Chair, House & Hold, $450 2. Duc Duc Dresser, Fawn & Forest $1,375 3. Tini Table, Zinc Door, $395; 4. Martini Side Table, West Elm, $129; 5. Stray Dog Blush Stool, Zinc Door, $330; 6. Atomic Sofa, CB2, $1,099 7. La Versha Chair, Anthropologie, $298; 8. 8 x 10’ Striped Tangerine Rug, West Elm, $229.

1. David Trubridge Coral Painted Pendant, Y Lighting, $360; Rachel Ray EVOO Dispenser, $16.95; 3. Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler, $175; 4. Anything Clock, Horne, $69; 5. Chica Wall Vase, Crate+ Barrel, $10; 6. Geo Placemat, Z Gallerie, $28; 7. Orange Chick Candleholder, CB2, $8; 8. Barcelona Pillow, Zinc Door, $90, 9. Montego basket, Georgia Mills, $80; 10. Stripe Hamper, The Cross Design, $72; 11. 3 x 5’ Trina TurkFloral rug, Sky Iris, $160


Whether it’s bold or subtle flavors of tangerine you choose, or accents large or small, this is one invigorating color that’s sure to bring some zest into your space and you’ll certainly be right on trend adding these accents to your home.

Happy decorating,


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