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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Do You Live With Colors That Make You Smile?

Color is back in a big and beautiful way!!
Everywhere I look I am seeing bright, beautiful colors.

I am sure you have all noticed in Spring fashions we are being shown beautiful and fun color combinations.

You don’t have to find color inspiration at the clothing stores, or even in home design centers, just look around you. Color inspiration is everywhere.

If an image is attractive to you, study it and figure out what it is that you love about it. It does not have to be a literal translation.

Look at an image and write down the key words that refer to the colors, texture, feel of the image and then see how you can translate those words into your room.

Today I am going to show you some images that inspire me and how they can translate into home d├ęcor.


Mother nature is always the best colorist, just look at this gorgeous clematis in blues and greens.


Obviously this room with it’s bold stripes is not for everyone, but you can see how natures color scheme can translate to a room.


Spring time pastels work well with a black and white backdrop.

Here is a room that shows just how well it can work…..


Blues, greens, yellow and neutrals all tied up at a boat dock. Look around you will be surprised at how colorful our world is and how many winning combinations it has to offer.

Let’s look at these colors translated into a room………

This is not a literal translation but all the color cues are here, the rough textures of the basket luggage are found in the rug and the blinds.


Beautiful blues and greens with the rough natural texture of a basket. Notice the blue in the denim jeans as well.


Blues, greens, neutrals they are all here, even the rough texture has been translated in the finish of the cabinet.


Even though this blue and yellow combination is not as bright as the above it still gave us our color inspiration in a more traditional manner.


A stack of beautiful cashmere sweaters ranging from turquoise to greens. You might see something similar when out shopping for clothing. Look around at how they display colors in the stores.

Again this is not a literal translation but the color cues are here.

It is so important to surround yourself with elements that are pleasing to your eye. So many live in a colorless world or one filled with colors they don’t really love.

Today start looking at your world a little differently. Look around you for color combinations that are attractive to you. 

Think of ways you can add them to your own home in a manner that is pleasing to your own personal design aesthetics.


Are you living with the colors that make you smile!?