Category Archives: Kelly’s Designs

Design Concept: A Dazzling Dressing Room

One of my many projects in the past year involved working with an Online Design client who lives in Brooklyn, NY.  Asha contacted me because she needed help turning a small bedroom into a vintage-glam dressing room filled with her favorite colors — fuchsia and red.  The initial color she selected (shown below) just wasn’t right so she halted everything  in hopes that I could get her back on track.

before – too red!

Aside from choosing paint colors, one of the biggest challenges for Asha was editing down the furniture she wanted in the space.  She already had a few beautiful pieces with dark wood finishes, including a vanity she found at an antiques store.  Asha also wanted shelves, and she was considering a sleeper-chair for the space.  But with the room being only about 7 feet wide (the longest wall is 11 feet), something just wouldn’t make the cut.

I began with the color scheme, I selected Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore for the main wall color.  It’s a happy, bold shade of fuchsia.  I also suggested painting the closet a lighter, coordinating hue —  Pure Pink.

Then, because of the room’s small size, my concept included small, open shelves (which provided a pop of red) and a slipper chair–instead of a bulky sleeper-chair.  I also included a few fun, girly things such as the crystal beaded curtain and the damask stencil design.  This is a boudoir, after all.

When I last heard from Asha, she was very happy with the design and appreciated the editing process.  It can be hard to ‘leave out’ special items that you want to see in your space, but in small room, less is more.

NOTE:  Using bold hues in a small space can be tricky!  The color will get amped up because the walls are closer together and they will reflect the color more intensely.  But with the right color tones, the results can be strikingly beautiful.

desigin and computer renderings by Kelly Porter

Easy Holiday Centerpiece

With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to share an easy centerpiece idea.

All you need is a bunch of tulips and holly sprigs, both of which you can get from your local grocery store this time of year.  For my centerpiece, I clipped the holly from shrubs in my yard.  But you can use any greenery that has a rich shade of emerald.

Typically, yellow is not a color one would associate with the holidays, so that’s what really makes this centerpiece unique.  The bright hue also contrasts against the dark green leaves, creating an eye-catching arrangement.

Considering the days are getting shorter, we could all use a little more sunny yellow in our lives this season.  Flowers do the trick (easily)!

My New Blue Room

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!

A Note Of Thanks

Simply put, I just wanted to say ‘Thank You’ for reading Color Sizzle!

I’ve been blogging for 5 years now, and I enjoy sharing color ideas and advice with all of you. I’m sure you’ve noticed lately that my posts are not always regular (due to work, family and occasional technical problems with my site), but I’m still in the game — so thanks for your patience!  And to celebrate Color Sizzle’s 5th year, I gave it a new look:

 I hope you will continue to read and share my posts.  I also love getting emails from you, so keep ‘em coming…and let me know what color stories you would like to see on the blog.

Here’s to another five years!

~Kelly

Periwinkle Rocks!

Today, The Washington Post published my 4th ‘House Calls’ makeover!  My re-design was for a couple who wanted a comfortable space for reading and entertaining.  And of course, I included a great wall color – a deep, vibrant shade of periwinkle – Gentian by Sherwin-Williams.  This color creates a cozy space without looking dreary and drab.  The white furnishings also help to give the room a light and airy feel.  Here is the ‘before’ photo:

What a big difference!

above illustration by Julius Goyanko; photo from thewashingtonpost.com