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Green + Blue = Amazing

Sunday, March 28th, 2010
Look at this beautiful color combination nature made.
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Blue-and-yellow Macaw_044 by Andrew Zuckerman

Isn’t it just amazing?  Stunning?  Gorgeous?  I just love this picture and it’s colors.  It is one of the art pieces from Jen Beckman’s  20×200 art studio.  She highlights various artists weekly and showcases a wide variety of art styles. 

Homes and Garden

Homes and Garden

In my recent post  Beautiful Blue & You  ,  I discussed how the color combination of blue and green was becoming quite the latest stir with many not believing it a possible color arrangement until they actually saw the colors together for themselves.

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise

Nature combines green & blue beautifully.   Who knows better how to provide us with these great color combinations?

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I wanted to share this amazing photo with you and how the colors green and blue look so amazing together.  Don’t you agree? 

PS Now I am going to send this picture to Erin at House of Turquoise.  She will love it!

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Perfect, Neutral Gray

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Did you know gray is considered to be the perfect neutral color?
Robert Allen Design
Robert Allen Design

Color and design experts have agreed gray has become a comfortable companion in the decorating world that is here to stay.   Gray is considered to be the most neutral of all colors because it plays well with all the other colors. Gray is a quiet color that enjoys being in the background and not competing with other colors.

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Sophisticated shades of gray on the walls and ceiling provide a cool backdrop that contrasts with the artwork.

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WARM GRAY COOL GRAY
Mixed with 6% yellow. Mixed with 6% blue.

Most gray tones have a cool or warm cast to them. Yellow, orange, and red create a “warm gray”.  Green, blue, and violet create a “cool gray”.  When there is no cast at all, it is referred to as “neutral gray”, “achromatic gray” or simply “gray”.

warm gray

The above photo is painted  a beige-gray to create an elegant backdrop for the trendy combination of robin’s egg blue and chocolate brown.  This would be an example of a “warm gray.”  Other examples of  warm grays include Ben Moore’s, Greige Avenue 991;  (equal mix of gray and beige), Sag Harbor Gray, HC-95; Waynesboro Taupe,  1544; and Cummulus Gray 1551.

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                                                       Cool Grays

These grays above are considered “cool” because of their blue undertones.  Colors in this family include Ben Moore’s Smoke, 2122-40;  Misty Gray, 2124-60; November Skies, 2128-50;  and James River Grey, AC-23.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Branca

This bedroom is an example of neutral gray.   Think of it as a gray with no undertones, true grays.  They include Boothbay Gray, HC-165; Pelican Gray, 1612;  Seattle Gray, 2130-70 and Coventry Gray, HC-169.

Whichever gray you choose, always be sure to test your paint colors at home.  The colors will not look the same as in the store! It  absolutely is worth the extra time and the $6.00 paint sample to be sure that looks well with your lighting and amount of sunlight you receive.

Meg Braff

Meg Braff

Which type of gray on the walls do you see?  Cool? Warm? Neutral?  Let me know what you think!

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Easy Flower Arranging

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

One of the easiest way to dress up a room is with flowers.

  House Beautiful

But if you are like me, I find arranging flowers to look nice in a vase is almost impossible!   I have read books on how to start with the tallest flower and work your way out and I have studied pictures and try to copy, but my homemade arrangements always look sad and bad.  So I want to share a couple HUGE decorating tips I found that works everytime you want to bring fresh flowers in your home.Arrange one type of flower in one color, cut short. Buy twice as many as you think you should — too much of a good thing always works with flowers.  THAT’S IT!

Another easy way to bring in the outdoors is using branches.  Especially now when all of the spring branches are just starting to flower. The best container to use for all types of branch arrangements is a cylinder shaped vase.It’s a statement — like having a miniature tree in your house. Here is a picture below of an arrangement I put together last Spring.

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Not bad for an amateur, is it?  You can do it too!  Comments?

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Beautiful Blue and You

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

I posted here earlier this year about Pantone’s color choice for 2010, the color turquoise.

 

But I have not seen much of the color as yet.  I have seen a lot of blue, which is turquoise  I know,  but more of the mid to deep blues.  From the fashion colors at the Oscars ( fashion is a strong indicator of what the home decor colors will soon be):

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe

 

Frieda Pinto John Galliano blue 2009 Oscar dress photo

                             Frieda Pinto

To House Beautiful who has dedicated the whole March 2010 issue on the color blue.(It is the first time HB has ever had an issue dedicated to only one color.)  They have even posted a special guide named ” Our complete guide to blue decor.”

House Beautiful Cover

Blue Seafoam by Benjamin Moore

        Benjamin Moore Riviera Azure.

A color combination that is really hot right now is blue and green.  My first thought was huh??  But look at the photos below and I bet you will change your mind!

Things That Inspire

Designer Lynn Morgan

Designer Lynn Morgan

If you want to see more beautiful pictures of turquoise rooms, visit House of  Turquoise .  Anything related to teal or turquoise, Erin runs a gorgeous blog that solely focuses on turquoise rooms, furnishings and accents.

Are you loving the blue too??  Send me your comments and pictures.

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