Category Archives: Choosing Colors

Why You Should Choose Dark Blues

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Lately, so much attention has been given to light, warm blues (read: aqua and turquoise) in home design, that the use of dark blue has been somewhat ignored.  As much as I love Tiffany blue–which I’ve used in my home–I also have splashes of dark blue around the house.

My sons’ room – wall colors are Honorable Blue and Copper Harbor by sherwin-williams

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If you like bolder, richer colors, dark blue can be a great choice because it works so well with so many other colors, or used with white, it creates a very classic look.

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Even dark blue upholstery can be super gorgeous.  A dark blue sofa is very modern and makes a great focal piece in a mid-century styled space.

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Dark blue is calming and comforting, and it’s associated with dependability, honesty and inner peace.  All very good reasons to use it in your home.

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My dark blue paint picks (from

In Season: Orange and Brown

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Are you enjoying this fall weather as much as I am?  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you know I love, love, love fall, and this time of year I usually dedicate a post to orange and brown (a la pumpkin and pinecone).


Orange and brown together are so inviting, and they can make any room feel cozy — even with the addition of cooler colors, such as blue.

Orange and brown feel especially right during the fall months, but these colors look and feel comfortable all year long.

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How will you use orange and brown this fall?

Christmas In July

Christmas is less than five months away!  And you know what that means….It’s time for Color Sizzle’s Christmas In July!


I know…Christmas seems like a long way off, but it’s never too early to plan your holiday color scheme.  Get ahead of the crowd with colorful ideas, and when you do start to see decorations springing up in the stores, you’ll know exactly what to grab without having to think about it.  After all, nothing is worse than being caught like a reindeer in the headlights when you first catch a glimpse of those enticing Christmas displays at Target or Hobby Lobby.

I’ll be posting more color schemes as the holiday season get’s closer!

inspiration photos:  smugmug; easyliving



Amethyst and Gold


I’m feeling a bit regal today, so I wanted to share a color combo that includes my favorite hue {pale purple} and the most royal of colors — gold.

{a lilac bathroom with gold fixtures via}

Whether you call it amethyst, lavender or lilac, pale purple captured my heart when I was very young and I haven’t outgrown it.  It is a feminine, magical color that just speaks to me.  So, if you’ve always thought that pale purple was just for little girls, I’d like to change your mind.  This delicate purple actually looks very grown up when paired with neutrals like brown, gray, silver and of course, gold.

{pretty lavender twin beds via}

{a gold bathtub fit for a queen via caribbeanlivingblog}

{a living room with amethyst accents and gilded picture frames via tumblr}

{lavender patterned wallpaper with a great gold mirror via}

{an amazing amethyst bedroom via}

Each of these rooms has some sort of fantasy element to it.  Don’t you agree?  I think that’s because amethyst is such a day-dreamy color and gold is so ritzy.  When you put the two together, these colors create a look that is filled with endless imagination fit for ‘girls’ of all ages.

Yellow and Pink Rooms

When it comes yellow and pink rooms, many people limit this color scheme to a baby’s nursery or a girl’s bedroom.  These colors do work very well in those spaces, but yellow and pink is also very grown up, too.  I love the office pictured above {by}.  It’s total adult elegance — as well as being exotic and very chic.


Above is another sophisticated yellow and pink office.  This photo made quite a splash on my facebook page.  The vintage, painted-pink desk has so much character, and the trellis wall pattern adds beaucoup glamour.  Below, lemons and flowers are all the yellow that’s needed to add a spark to this pink and white room.

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And for an eye-catching twist, pair acid yellow with a deeper berry pink:


Here are a few more savory ideas for ‘grown-up’ yellow and pink spaces: