I often challenge my clients to think outside the box when looking for art for their walls. Who said wall art must be flat? Here is a wall grouping of clay pottery that I saw on display last Spring at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.
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Wouldn’t you smile every time you walked into the room if this happy colorful collection was on your walls?
Have a great weekend!
I’m sorry I can’t find the artist’s name. If any of you know who it is please forward it to me.
I think for many people the most difficult color to choose is white. So often you think you are picking a “clean white” and you get it up on the wall and it looks green or pink or blue. Well here is my super easy trick for determining the undertone of white.
Take a look at these three different whites.
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When you bring home sample chips from the paint store and you look at them on your wall, can you tell what the undertone is? Can you tell which one is “whiter? Probably not. However, ask the store if you can take a look at the fan deck and simply look down the strip and you will easily see the undertone.
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Now I’m not saying that these whites will go on the wall and look blue or green or orangey/gold (but they could) but notice that the first two are cool whites and the one on the right is a warm white. The bottom line is that most whites have undertones so it’s better to find out before you get it up on your walls and it turns blue or green or yellow.
If you are still uncertain and struggling to find the “perfect white” give me a call!
How about you? How do you choose the perfect white?
I recently received this question from a reader who was painting her family room and wanted to know which wall would make the best accent wall. She was confused as to whether she should pick a solid wall that was a side wall, the fireplace wall, or the wall behind the sofa which had a window and a door.
Regardless of how you feel about accent walls (many designers and decorators see them as dated) they are still very popular here in the north east and quite a few of my color consulting clients ask for them. When choosing an accent wall, remember it will be a focal point in your room, so be sure there is a good reason to draw attention to it. A random “side wall” doesn’t make for a good accent wall just because it’s a solid wall. Also, don’t default to an accent wall just because you don’t have the courage to paint all four walls your accent color, otherwise it will just look like you haven’t finished painting.
So, which wall is best for a painted accent wall? Here are the three things I look for when deciding on an accent wall.
1. A solid wall with no breaks or interruptions. A solid wall behind a sofa or a bed is always a good choice. It is a great place for a pop of bold color that adds visual interest to an otherwise lack luster room.
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2. A symmetrical wall. If you must use a wall with windows or other architectural features it will look best if the wall is symmetrical. A wall with various sized windows or windows and a door is not the best choice.
In the photo above, the accent wall is symmetrical with the two matching windows and sconces. The dark gray also relates to the sofa and draws you visually through the room while adding some interest to what looks to be a long narrow room.
3. The ceiling. Painted ceilings are very on trend right now and since the ceiling is the 5th wall it is a great place to add a pop of color.
image via Apartment Theraphy
Similar to solid walls, a painted ceiling works best if there are clearly defined boundaries. In other words, if you live in open concept house, a bold turquoise ceiling may not work for the whole house. Bed rooms and bath rooms are my rooms of choice for a painted ceiling.
The Novagrats via Apartment Theraphy
This morning I stopped by a client’s home who I had helped with choosing color a few weeks ago. She had recently moved to a beautiful new condo and her main floor was one very long and narrow single room (approx. 60′ x 20′) that was kitchen, living room, dining area.
We decided on an accent wall for the far back wall for two reasons. She wanted to tie in the orange accent from her rug, pillows, fabric and art work and we also wanted to visually shorten the room with the advancing orange wall. Here is the result.
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Here is another view of just the wall
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She told me it is her favorite thing about the condo and just loves walking in and seeing the pop of bright color.
As always, I love feed back…What do you think of accent walls? Do you have an accent wall in your home?
This has been quite a Winter with all the snow and ice, school closings, lost work and canceled appointments. I think we all need a big bouquet of flowers to cheer us up and remind us that Spring really is right around the corner.
It may not be immediately apparent but this is a photo of a sunset taken in my hotel room. Actually, it’s really just a plain shear curtain with red dots. On my final night stay I came back to the room just as the sun was going down. The light was reflecting off the adjacent buildings and bouncing back through the shears creating this gorgeous array of colors.
Hotel Sunset: Linda Holt photo
The lesson? Sometimes it’s fun to see the usual from a slightly different perspective.
Tuesday I spent the day at the Boston Design Center. I hadn’t been in for a few weeks and as someone who is so tuned into color I couldn’t help but notice the hot new color that was EVERYWHERE! It seems Purple is everyone’s darling right now. I only saw a few show rooms that didn’t feature purple, either as a wall color, a furniture color or in accessories. Here are a few photos I snapped with my cell phone to give you an idea of what will soon be in a store near you.
purple accent wall at Scalamandre
Stepping off the elevator I was blown away by this rich purple accent wall at Scalamandre. The silk purple floral and solid purple pillows tied in nicely with the wall color.
Purple leather chair at Kravet
I spotted this gorgeous purple leather chair at the Kravet show room and this purple velvet one at Duralee (swoon).
Several of the showrooms featured purple sofas for those willing to make a major color commitment including this one below at Grand Rapids.
Kravet also had a purple sofa but leaning more toward magenta. I loved the art work above and the chartreuse green wall.
Kravet purple sofa
For those who like purple but are not so sure they want to make such a big commitment there were plenty of pillows. Using pillows is a great way to be on trend without making a major investment.
This purple velvet and ikat were two of my favorites… also at Kravet.
Another purple a bit more on the magenta side was spotted at Duralee.
This piece almost came home with me as it was a floor sample and would look so nice at the foot of my bed.
Having studied color and color psychology I know purple is one of those controversial colors that people either love…or not. Studies show that purple is most popular among pre-adolescent girls and creative types but it doesn’t get much love in home interiors except maybe bedrooms…until now.
This year we are having an evening Thanksgiving dinner so I thought I would use a more dramatic color palette than in years past. Although it might be considered unconventional, I chose black, white and pear green.
Pear green is my fixed color in my drapes and chairs so I used a black table tablecloth with white china. I found these great glass balls from West Elm that I hung from my black and white glass pendant lights (you can only see one light in the photo but there are three lights and they are all a bit different).
I decided on a really simple pot of Kale with green berries and a few potted succulents since the centerpiece always get moved off the table once the food dishes go on. We never seem to have enough room!
The Rosemary that I stuck into the napkin holders is fresh from our garden.
What do you think? Too unconventional or just fine?
Happy Thanksgiving and I wish you all a day filled with family, love, peace and food!