Category Archives: Choosing Colors

In Season: Orange and Brown

both photos from museinteriors.net

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).

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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!

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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

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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 kendallwilkinson.com}

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 bhg.com}

{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 decoist.com}

{an amazing amethyst bedroom via designsponge.com}

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 artisticdesignsforliving.com}.  It’s total adult elegance — as well as being exotic and very chic.

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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:

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

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Choosing A Color: Emerald

Emerald has been a much talked about color lately.

It is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013, and we are also getting close to St. Patrick’s Day.  Other than the fact that my name is Kelly, I’m nowhere near to being Irish but to those of you who are — Happy Celebrating!

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Emerald is a true green.  Unlike pine or sea greens which have strong blue undertones, or chartreuse which is heavily influenced by yellow, Emerald is the perfect 50-50 balance of blue and yellow.  That makes it a very rich, saturated hue that always makes a statement.  Painting a room with Emerald can be scary because it is such a strong color, but if you’re brave enough the result is a space that is refreshing and regal.

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For a glam color scheme, pair Emerald with black, white, brown or gray.  For a more casual, playful look, add other vibrant colors to Emerald like fuchsia, orange, purple or turquoise.

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Adding just small “statement” touches of Emerald is a very sophisticated way to create a focal point:

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Here are four of my favorite Emerald paint picks.  Give one a try!