Monday, January 28, 2013

Why We Love Blues

Blue - the color of endless skies and tranquil seas - has historically been a favorite and currently is enjoying a renaissance in interiors. Like its color wheel neighbor green, it is associated with the environment, a strong social issue today, and therefore has staying power, making it a good long-term selection to consider in your color schemes.

Love the subtle beach accents and the finish detail  at the carpet edge

Why is blue such a great choice to use in your bedroom? Studies done on productivity for the war effort in the 1940's showed that when people were placed in a blue room, their heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature decreased.  Therefore is it a very tranquil, calming color to gaze upon and ...for what it's worth...perfect in a bedroom!

A few well-selected accessories--the trio of mirrors, birdcage, personalized linens and beaded chandelier make this pastel blue room one to dream in!

Love the fingerprint rug with the aqua hues of this room!

Navy blue is wonderful when contrasted against a crisp white! Also note that while these walls are painted a strong and powerful shade of blue, there is plenty of white space in the casings, wainscot and hanging art to keep the space from being oppressive.

40 Friendly and Fresh Blue Interior Design Ideas
Don't forget the blues found in views, florals, and Chinese porcelain.

Although I am not usually a fan of blue in bathrooms- it does not enhance our skin tones- it can create a relaxing spa-like environment and in a large space like this can work beautifully.

So the constant, celestial, tranquil blue. My family room has a deep marine blue accent wall to bring serenity at the end of our day. What room will you paint blue?

Friday, January 25, 2013

2013 Color of the Year - Emerald

Each year the design industries - fashion, home decor, and automotive, to name a few - anxiously await the announcement of Pantone's Color of the Year. For 2013, the color is Emerald Green. While this certainly has some of us arching our brows in surprise, there is reasoning and logic behind the choice. Design decisions are often a reaction to previous trends and the cool, soothing balm of luxurious gemstones and deep forest foliage are a counterbalance to last years hot and zingy Tangerine Tango. Green historically has been a prominent color in our interior landscapes, trending from avocado to sage to lime to...emerald over the past few decades, mostly because the color green is tied to a very large and emotional social issue, nature and the environment.

For what it's worth, here's a look at using Emerald Green in our homes.....

Beautiful when paired with warm antique brass, this rich accent color sends an inviting welcome and emphasizes the entrance to the home.

Emerald green can be overpowering if not handled with respect. Here it is softened by a rubbed paint treatment, complemented by the pink, and further toned down by the creamy furnishings -- all perfect in this girl's room. I love the elegance of the beaded chandelier - a throw back to an earlier age of luxury.

Emerald is lovely when paired with modern black and white furnishings. I love that the color does not go to the ceiling; it opens the space visually from above. Imagine how dead this space would look with white walls!

Alexander Doherty Apartment Design - Farrow and Ball Paint Colors - House Beautiful

I looooove lilac and emerald together. What a lovely vignette!

Alexander Doherty Apartment Design - Farrow and Ball Paint Colors - House Beautiful

Emerald for 2013. 
Look for it in fashion at this year's Academy Awards and home accessories like malachite picture frames, table ware, and obelisks, and even appliances for the kitchen.
 What will you do with emerald in your interiors? Do you have a favorite shade of green?

Photos courtesy of  Benjamin Moore unless otherwise noted