Category Archives: Color Schemes

My New Blue Room

It’s been a few weeks since I told you about my plans to re-paint my red room…

turquoise and red room by kelly porter

…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.

turquoise and red pillow1

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.

turquoise moroccan lamp

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.

painting in progress

mexicali turquoise by benjamin moore

mexicali turquoise by benjamin moore

final color

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.

spectra blue by benjamin moore

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.

black desk in turquoise room

accessories

blue room

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!

Green and Gray

Green and Gray have a lot in common.

'my first apartment' book

‘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

customnurseryart blog

decorpad

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

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….

red room_kporter

…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

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

apartment therapy

chelsea-studio_living-room

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

interiors by olatz

thelennoxx

thelennoxx

lonnymag

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

computer rendering by kporter

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.

chloft_before

{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:

yellow and gray design board

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design board2

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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.