Color Pairings: Blue-oom into Spring

Happy March!  The birds are chirping, and it’s constantly raining — all signs that spring is near!  And I sure am ready for it.  This spring, I’m really drawn to blue hues.  Maybe it’s in anticipation of blue skies after a momentary rain shower. Who knows. I do love blue, generally. It goes with most everything, to me, and can evoke different emotions depending on your hue of choice. Here are a few examples:

Blue and Grey

For a soothing, calm look and feel.

From House Hunting

From Robyn Karp Interiors

Blue and Brown

Can be natural and warm when a lighter blue shade is paired with brown hues with golden tones, like tan.

From Decor Pad

Or contemporary urban when muted blue is paired with deep, rich brown.

From Manolo Home

Blue and Green

For a bit of vibrance, mix pastel green with denim blue.

From Shine Design

Or go all the way into bright turquoise and neon green!

From Blog The View

Blue and Red

For a little Asian flair, a good alternative to gold and red or black and red is blue and red. Cobalt blue and persian red, that is.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Or for a more traditional feel, mix in plum red and light slate blue.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Blue and Orange

Just a hint of orange can add a little funk into your style.

From Design Manifest

And a little bohemian chicness, too!

From Decor Pad

There’s also blue and peach; blue and yellow; blue and pink; blue and maroon…. I could go on and on like Pvt. Benjamin Buford ‘Bubba’ Blue in Forest Gump listing out all the different shrimp dishes he’d make. But I’d rather hear other blue pairings from you! What’s your favorite?


Color Pairings: White on White (The Gender-Neutral Version)

The other day I posted a Color Coordinates column about chic and romantic white interiors.  The room inspirations were ones to swoon over.  After reading the column, a friend of mine from college commented, “lovely” (which made me happy) and that she would do a whole house of white on white if she were single.  It made me wonder, why not now that she is married?  She indicated that she tried to decorate a room of white, and her husband did not find it to be “in any way gender neutral.”  Sometimes, it is difficult for us women to curb our enthusiasm for feminine decor.  But there must be some way to meld our wants with our men’s needs–interior decor-wise anyway.  Can we find white room inspirations that reflect gender neutrality?  So this morning, I went on a hunt for some that seemed neutral in more ways than one.  See  below and let me know what you think!

From Furniture Fashion

Go minimalist glam. It has touches of both masculine and feminine decor. Defined shapes like the linear lines that frame the room gives it a structured, masculine feel. But the room is balanced by the glammed-up, more feminine chandelier. I may add a textured, organically shaped white rug under the table and chairs just to round out the feminine-side of the decor.

From Coastal Living

Omit ornate shapes. Ornate shapes tend to be associated with more feminine decor. This room has very clean lines that make it neither masculine nor feminine. Add a hint of color with some fresh flowers like a bluish hydrangea to soften the lines…but keep away from pinks, reds, or any kind of blush shade.

From Apartment Therapy

To break the white monotony, while maintaining that predominantly white room look, mix in a little silver, grey, or slate. Translucent also works. I love both of these rooms, but what I mean to show you is the living room image on the right. To me, the left dining room image has too feminine shaped chairs.

From Urban Sardines

Here’s another take on the grey/white pairing. I’d paint the wood headboard white with silver undertones to achieve the white on white feel to the decor. Adding a textured slate or grey coverlet will bring some softness to the room.

From Mail Online

Punch it up with high gloss white. If you’re going to go modern gender-neutral, I’d say gloss it up like this kitchen and add a feminine fixture like the chandelier shown in the image above.

By Stephen Mays via Kelly G Design

And if you just can’t resist leaning more slightly feminine, like this bedroom…then….

By Stephen Cohen via Kelly G Design

Be sure to have a TV that can be hidden!

Color Pairings: White on White (With a Dash of Chic and a Splash of Romance)

Amidst DC’s snowmageddon, there were moments of serenity and quiet.

This picture taken just outside the front of my home inspired the search for these chic and romantic white interiors….(with some ideas for designing with white)!

From Country Living

Tone it up. Use varying shades of white, from bright porcelain to deeper white shades with hints of truffle, gold, or bronze to create depth.

From City Sage

Add warmth with wood.

From Dress Design Decor

Soften with subtle pink and gold hues.

From Reed Davis Photography

Play with visual and actual textures.