Trend Alert: Black and White Interiors

If you read my blog then you know that I am a huge color lover. I spend a lot of time thinking about and looking at color. Therefore, it comes as a surprise (even to myself) that I am mysteriously drawn to the new trend in both fashion and  interiors which is a black and white palette.

Maybe this trend is just a needed palette cleanser after all the highly saturated color we have been bombarded with over the past few years or maybe it is just a 180 for designers to try something new.

Black and white kitchens of course are timeless and have been popular for ages.

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House Beautiful

I love the black floor and range hood in the image above and the black subway tiles in the image below are a welcome change from the typical white subway tile that is usually used.

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via Pinterest

The black and white living room below looks so fresh and calming and the eye is drawn to the beautiful hanging lights, tribal patterned pillows and the few carefully placed accessories.

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Black and White can be a good choice if there is a spectacular view right outside. Essentially the view becomes the color in the room like in this dining room.

black and white dining room

A small bathroom would be a great place to use a black and white palette; especially with a fun graphic wallpaper to add some visual interest.

black and white bathroom

One of the best things about a black and white color scheme is that you can mix in any color of your choice and then easily change it up whenever you like.

black and white and yellow

I am in the initial stages of gathering inspiration to redo my home office. I am seriously considering using just black and white.  That way, all my colorful fabric and paint samples will really pop. This home office is one I especially like.

black and white office

So what do you think of the new Black and White color trend? Do you think I should use it for my home office?

If you would like decorating or color help please give me a call.

Friday’s Photo

When looking for color inspiration we often look to nature or maybe exotic travel, or a beautiful fabric or artwork.  However, color inspiration can also come from the most unlikely of places…even trash!

While in Florida last week I spotted this fabulous color grouping of stacked plastic buckets, bins and water bottles and loved how beautiful the colors looked together.

Then while perusing Pinterest, there it was! those colorful plastic buckets turned into a room.

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Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to keep your eyes open to color, it can show up in the most unlikely of places.

If you would like help decorating or choosing a color palette for your home give me a call.

Benjamin Moore Colors for 2014

Even though it is only early October, anticipation is slowly building as to what will be “THE” Color for 2014.  Pantone is the big Kahuna in this area because they predict what color will be trending not only in home interiors and fashion but in all industries that have a product with color. (I’m predicting it will be a rich deep blue, but who knows!)

The major paint companies also have their say and last week while vacationing in Key West I received an email from Benjamin Moore announcing they had chosen Breath of Fresh Air (806) as their color for 2014.

Benjamin Moore Color of the year 2014

Benjamin Moore Breath of Fresh Air 806

I had to laugh because the hotel room we were staying in was painted in what appeared to be this exact color. It got me thinking about color and geographical location. This fresh blue is so perfect for the hot sunny South where you want to escape from the heat or if you own a light filled beach house like in the photo above.

In the North East where I live, I rarely have client’s wanting to paint their walls blue unless it’s a bedroom. We deal with cold (or cloudy) weather a good part of the year so the majority of my client’s are looking for warmer neutral colored walls (warm grays, taupe, cream or soft white). If they do want blue walls then it’s rarely a fresh blue like Breath of Fresh Air, but a more grayed down blue gray.

Benjamin Moore says that it has “detected a ‘lighter touch’, hints, whispers, tints of color. Shifts to pastels without looking too ‘candy’, too ‘Easter egg’ which is an exciting message for us, a color company. We’ve begun to see a shift away from gray to tints of blues, greens, lavenders and pinks. Pastels, softened and filtered, to lift the spirit but not shout too loud… colors that can make a room happy, flatter your possessions and your art. We call these the new neutrals.”

Here are all their picks for the “new neutrals” for 2014. (Click on image to enlarge)

Benjamin Moore colors for 2014

Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014

Colors for 2014

Benjamin Moore top colors for 2014 (page 2)

Distant Gray, Clay Beige, White Dove, Wickham Gray and Elemental are all staples in my color kit and frequently spec’ed; and Palladium Blue and Van Allen Green are both popular for bedroom colors. The corals and peaches…not so much. Maybe it is simply because of the region of the country I live in as I saw both coral and peach walls while vacationing in Florida.

Lavenders and purples are trending in both fashion and home interiors and just within the past six months I have had an increase in clients requesting gray with a purple undertone. It will be interesting going forward to see if these softer pastels take hold.

In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. What do you think of Benjamin Moore’s softer more pastel neutrals? Are they popular where you live?

If you would like help choosing the perfect color for your home give me a call!

Boston Magazine Design Home 2013

Recently I was invited to tour the Boston Magazine Design Home located at the newly constructed Concordia in Swampscott MA.  If you live anywhere near Swampscott this home is a must see and even if you don’t, it is worth the trip. Not only is the home BEAUTIFUL but 100% of the proceeds of the tour go to support Children’s Hospital.

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Ocean side of Concordia image via Boston magazine

The home is right on the water and although it was foggy the day of our tour the future homeowners will have incredible views. The design and decorating of the home was coordinated by Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki. They did a fantastic job of creating a beautiful color palette of blues, creams and complementary neutrals that flowed seamlessly from room to room. There is so much to take in and share but the highlights for me was the lighting, the color palette, the window treatments, the artwork, the ceilings, and the carpets (I guess that’s pretty much everything).

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Foyer

The front entrance set the tone with beautiful teal and gold wallpaper that was carried up onto the ceiling, spectacular sparkling lights from Lucia Lighting, a beautiful carpet from Landry and Arcari and artwork from Kensington-Stobart Gallery.

Just around the corner from the entrance was the kitchen, designed and build by Family Kitchens. Here the designers chose a lighter version of the blue/green and white color palette.

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The kitchen had every conceivable amenity and the white cabinets paired with the green Costa Esmeralda granite and coordinating tile back splash felt just right for an ocean side home.

The adjoining great room flowed seamlessly with the kitchen. Don’t you just love the blue ceiling? Another bonus is that a full wall of windows looks directly out to the ocean.

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Great Room

The great room is filled with one of kind accessories and museum quality artwork such as the painting over the fireplace.

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 For me the highlight of the great room is a 100+ year old carpet from Landry and Arcari. Talk about artwork for the floor! It was one of the most beautiful carpets I have ever seen. Interwoven throughout the entire piece are animals and fanciful creatures. By looking at the colors it was most likely the inspiration for the designers chosen color palette.

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 Look closely and see how many animals you can spot (I see at least four in this tiny detail).

The house has three bedrooms and my favorite is the master.

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master bed room

SO relaxing and soothing with the beautiful blue and silver wallpaper and that gorgeous silver bed.

The house has four bathrooms and each one is different and beautiful but they all have luxurious finishes, lighting and window treatments.

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master bathroom

Even the closets are decked out and are a space to linger in.

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Her closet

This is “her closet” and below is “his closet”

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HIS closet

The house is open for tours Sept.12th through Oct.7th. For those of you who are local and would like to see the whole house I have two free tickets I would love to pass on. Just let me know if you would like to attend by commenting below. If more than one person wants them I will randomly pick a name on Wed.

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For more information about the home and the many fabulous sponsors or to buy tickets to tour the home click here.

I would love to hear what you think of the house and what your favorite room or feature is.

 

 

Friday’s Photo

Pantone just announced their top 10 fashion colors for Spring 2014. Blue continues to pull top spot for the second year in a row while purples are close behind…humm, this maybe a hint as to what Pantone will pick for “THE” color for 2014.

If you would like to read a bit more about the choices in WWD click here.

My favorite way to find color inspiration

Sometimes choosing a color palette is no big deal. You simply match a color from an already existing item such as your drapes, rug or art work and snap….it’s done.  Sometimes though, choosing color is not so easy. You’ve build a new home or added on or you just want a whole new look.  Starting from scratch is when choosing a color palette can become more challenging. Many homeowners simply don’t know where to begin.

In my guest post this week for New England Home I share my favorite way to gather a little color inspiration along with designer rooms that used those colors. I hope you pop on over and take a look.

http://www.nehomemag.com/blog/linda-holt-new-england-color-inspiration

Linda Holt Photo. porch via Pinterest

Color inspiration really is all around us…you just have to look.

 

The final word on paint color and small rooms

Seems like everyone has a different opinion about the best paint color for a small room. Like I wrote about in this post here, there really is no magic color that will make your small room bigger. However, I was quite amused yesterday when I opened the brand new issue of House Beautiful Magazine. Look what I saw on page 89.

color article from HB

July/August House Beautiful magazine

Look at those two quotes; even the designers disagree! Well I will tell you that I have lived in homes with small rooms. I have painted them light and I have painted them dark. Based on my experience this is what I have learned. It really doesn’t matter what color you paint your small room; light or dark it is still going to be small. You just need to decide based on the usage of the room if it would function and feel best as a small light room or a small dark room. It’s really that simple. A small light room will bounce the light around and feel more airy, while a small dark room will feel more cozy and cocoon like.

I personally like to paint small rooms a lighter color. I have tendencies toward claustrophobia and a small dark room is just not comfortable for me. The one exception is a powder room. I LOVE a dark jewel box like powder room. After all, you are only in it for a few minutes so why not make it feel cozy and/or dramatic.

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Whether you opt for light or dark walls the final word is contrast. The lower the contrast between the wall color, furniture, molding and the ceiling, the less chopped up the room will feel…and hence the bigger the room will feel.

So there you go. Keep the contrast low and your small light room or small dark room will FEEL as spacious as possible.

low contrast small room

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Low contrast light room

small dark room with low contrast

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Low contrast dark room.

 Hope that helps clear up some confusion. What’s your preference; light or dark small rooms?

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