Category Archives: Color Schemes

Green and Gray

Green and Gray have a lot in common.

‘my first apartment’ book

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.

customnurseryart blog

decorpad

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.

decorpad

And if you’re a fan of leafy, grassy greens you can easily create a soothing, stress-free room by pairing these true greens with a cool or pale gray.

Whether you like lime green, emerald or something in between, any type of green will work with gray.  With this color combo, you just can’t go wrong.

Turquoise and Red

I have long admired the color combination of turquoise and red.

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.

gardenweb

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.

apartment therapy

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

thelennoxx

lonnymag

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!):

Design Plan: Yellow and Gray

I recently created a DIY Design Plan for a young couple in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.  If you live in the metro area, you know that this and other areas of the city are experiencing a real estate boom.  Developers are renovating and rebuilding old row houses, and new restaurants and shops are popping up everywhere.  It’s a great time to be a resident here — and it’s very exciting when I can help my DC clients add color and personality to their new homes.

{BEFORE}

In this post, I’m featuring part of a Design Plan that I designed for my Columbia Heights clients.  Their home is a rebuilt, two-story loft style condo.  My clients wanted modern furniture, contemporary gray tones and pops of vibrant colors.  Here are a couple of the design boards that I created:

AAA

I hope to post “After” photos sometime soon!  A few notable items in this plan are:

Pocket White Extension Table from cb2.com {perfect for a small space, but it extends to accomodate extra guests}

Gerber Storage Ottoman from target.com

Clark sofa from roomandboard.com

Carpet Tiles from flor.com

If you need design help and would like to learn more about my DIY Design Plans, email me at kelly@porterhousedesigns.com.

 

Amethyst and Gold

{pinterest}

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.