As the holidays draw nearer, I enjoy discovering creative color ideas for Christmas decorating. This is the best time of year to bring unexpected colors into your home, and experiment with non-traditional holiday hues. In doing so, you may find the perfect palette to keep around in the new year. This post includes some of my favorite combos so far this season.
I’m recycling this one!
This is my living room last year, but I have since painted that room turquoise, so I’m doing the blue thing in there this Christmas. But I absolutely LOVE these candy colors and will probably put up another tree somewhere else in my house so I can use these ornaments again!
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).
It’s been a few weeks since I told you about my plans to re-paint my red room…
…so I’m super excited to announce that the deed is done! Red has left the building. Well, sort of. I kept the red chairs and I’m really loving how they look in the space.
In my Turquoise and Red post, I shared several inspiration photos of this terrific color combo — one of my faves. But, I think my room turned out even better than I expected. I still have a few more things to do…I’m waiting on a pair of prints that are being framed, and I’m hunting for new accessories…but I wanted to give you a glimpse into what I’ve done so far.
As you may recall, I wanted the walls to match the color of a Tiffany box, but I ended up changing course just a bit.
My original color choice was Mexicali Turquoise by Benjamin Moore. I tested it out on two walls (I test big) and absolutely loved it. But my husband…not so much. It was “too bright” (his words). *heavy sigh* (me). So, after looking at several more Ben Moore blues I decided on Spectra Blue — a little softer and slightly muted.
mexicali turquoise by benjamin moore
spectra blue by benjamin moore
We are very happy with how the room is shaping up, and just in time for the holidays! Spectra Blue is quite possibly one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever used.
The tone changes throughout the day, as the sun travels from the front of my house to the back. It’s not exactly Tiffany blue, but it’s a very refreshing color that mimics the sky and sea.
My tips for painting:
Test the color first and look at it for a day or so under different lighting conditions. Be patient and don’t hesitate to paint over a color that doesn’t work. And if you’re just stuck with choosing colors, call a professional. Color consultants can save you time, money and frustration…take it from me!
The spelling of both colors begin with “GR,” but the similarities go way beyond that. Green and Gray are both abundant in nature representing both vegetation and stone respectively, so they look and feel natural. Green and gray are also very easy on the eyes, which is why these colors are popular among homeowners.
It’s important to note that yellow-greens are way more energetic than true or blue-greens. So, chartreuse is not going to feel as serene as pine green, and it will not match the calmness of gray. But. Yellow-green still has an organic quality to it, and it actually complements gray very well.
There is just something about pairing an ultra-serene color with one that is so electrifying. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, then you’ve probably seen photos of my red room….
…and you may have noticed that I have red chairs in my red room. So, after 1o years of looking at all that red, I’m ready for a change. I’m keeping the chairs (at least for now) but I’ve decided to paint the walls turquoise.
I’m not yet sure which color I’ll use. For some reason, it is soooo much easier to select paint colors for my clients than it is for my own home, but I’m leaning towards a true Tiffany blue. This post includes some of my inspiration photos. If you love turquoise and especially red, take a close look at these pictures. Many people love red but they don’t incorporate it in their homes because they are too afraid.
Red is definitely a bold color choice, and I would not necessarily recommend that you put red furniture in a red room like I did. I loved it, but it’s not for everyone. However, using a great shade of cranberry or crimson with soft blues, works very well because it creates a nice balance of color and energy. Red also looks great with soft greens, gray and brown.
interiors by olatz
So, in my quest to find the perfect Tiffany blue, I used…what else? A Tiffany gift box (I’ve gotten a few over the years, thanks to my wonderful husband). Then, I matched it with some colors from BenjaminMoore.com:
Clockwise: The box; Mexicali Turquoise; Oceanic Teal; Caribbean Cool
The colors look almost the same, don’t they? The variations appear subtle but you can really see the differences when the lighting is dimmer. I think Mexicali Turquoise is the closest match, so I’m off to the paint store to test it out. I’ll keep you posted! And here is a little more inspiration (love this idea!):