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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


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!

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.



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


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





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!):

Choosing A Color: Red

In my last post I wrote about the benefits of using red in the workplace.  This time, it’s all about feeling the love at home.

After all, red is the color of love…and it also represents passion, power and warmth.  If you like to entertain, red always sets off a great dinner party in the dining room.  And if red is your favorite color, it will feel cozy in the bedroom.

Red brings a positive vibe into your home, but don’t limit yourself when choosing this color.  Red comes in a variety of tones — like the coral red shown above {design by tobifairley.com} —  so look carefully when deciding on the best red for you.  Here are some other hot ideas:

{the little house that grew}




{christianlouboutin – I couldn’t resist}

Seeing Red {At Work}

I just had a discussion with someone the other day about using red in the workplace.  The guy I was speaking with said that although he likes red, he was hesitant about using it at his business because “red sends the message to stop.”  Really?

Well, don’t tell that to the wonderfactory, a successful web strategy business {pictured above}…and by all means do not mention that to internet powerhouse Google because they may think you’re kinda crazy.

{google offices via interiormagz}

There’s a reason why businesses use red.  No color captures your attention better or leaves more of an impression.  Red adds excitement and energy to a space.  Using red helps to get your business noticed and your brand remembered.  Red also keeps your employees motivated and engaged.



You may have also noticed that the food industry loves to use red.  That’s because red stimulates the appetite.  So, when you’re around food and ready to eat, the color red can make you hungrier.  Restaurants and grocery stores often use this color in their branding and decor as a way of enticing us to consume more.

{porter house designs}

Red can trigger a big appetite, but it’s also just a fun, chic color to use in public spaces.  I used plenty of red for an ice cream shop re-design {above} to the delight of the customers, especially the younger ones.  And in this modern eatery shown below, red tables and chairs steal the show.


So, in my opinion red means go.  It works at work…but what about at home, you ask?  Find out in my next post!

Red Winter Centerpiece

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!  My holiday guests were greeted with this winter centerpiece that I designed using roses, carnations and sprigs of holly from my yard.  The ceramic vase was made in Italy, and it belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

  By using such hardy flowers and greenery, this arrangement will last through New Year’s Day.

Red is a wonderful {and very romantic} color choice for winter floral displays.  This type of centerpiece is perfect for winter parties, weddings and Valentine’s Day.

You can usually find red roses and carnations in the grocery store, and if you don’t have access to a holly shrub, any type of evergreen will do.  Have a Safe and Happy New Year!