Category Archives: Kelly’s Designs

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!


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