All posts tagged: color

paint deck

diy … customizable paint deck

I came across this little diy project courtesy of natty by design and wanted to share it.  It’s a customizable paint deck made with paint stir sticks and a metal ring. I think wide popsicle sticks (tongue depressors) would also work well for this project.   This portable paint deck allows you to always have your paint colours on hand.  Genius! A great solution to those imminent life changing dilemmas. Should I buy the tangerine or teal pillow for the living room? (or both?) For complete project details please visit natty by design photo source: natty by design

ETSY finds white

finds … colorful white

Often colorful accessories are used to introduce drama and emotion into a room, but what about white? White can add just as much impact to a room with its classic, subtle simplicity.  It goes with everything.  I love the clean, crisp, freshness of white and for that reason, I’m addicted to white accessories. a. Birch Wool Acorns – Felted Acorns SET of 12 / White Gold, SewnNatural, Ottawa, Ontario (www.etsy.com/shop/SewnNatural) b. White Crochet Basket with Handles, ADKnits, Richmond Virginia (www.etsy.com/shop/shmugusta) c. White record clock – Moby / Wait For Me, PatrickHoesterey, Long Beach, California (www.etsy.com/shop/PatrickHoesterey) d. Porcelain and BROWN leather hanging planter, Farrah Sit, Brooklyn, New York (www.etsy.com/shop/farrahsit) e. Personalized natural white birch candle holder – carved heart & initials, urban + forest, Rockland, Maine (www.etsy.com/shop/urbanplusforest) Note: Although I haven’t personally purchased these products, I’m looking forward to incorporating them into my future design projects.

color … yellow

A year ago I would never have brought the color yellow into my home, but now I am wanting to introducing pops of yellow everywhere.  I’m feeling good about yellow. Yellow is often chosen for its positive psychological qualities: creating happiness, optimism and confidence, but yellow is a tricky colour to work with because it feeds your emotions. As quoted from international colour expert, Karen Haller “Being surrounded by too much yellow, the wrong yellow for you or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones within the colour scheme and the negative qualities could present themselves such as irrationality, anxiety hence the expression ‘yellow streak’.” Did you know that the colour yellow has been proven to make babies cry the most? Something to think about! With all this said.  Don’t be afraid of yellow. Used in moderation, yellow can bring life and cheerfulness into any room.  Its happy! Feature Photo source: OhDierLiving source: www.decorpad.com source: www.home-designing.com source: houseandhome.com source: www.housebeautiful.com source: www.marthastewart.com

diy … wall decals: adding color without paint or a hammer

I’ll admit, painting a wall or hanging a picture takes some commitment.  For some painting is no sweat, but for others painting is a daunting task and hammering a nail in the wall is a deal breaker.  For these reasons, the growing trend and endless possibilities of wall decals is the perfect solution! Wall decal, wall sticker, wall art; call it what you will, I think they are great! It can be a small wall border or cut out or a large mural that covers an entire wall.  They are removable (and sometimes reusable) graphic art that can easily be applied to many different smooth surfaces, walls being the most common. For renters, wall decals allow you to add colour and personality to your living space without putting a hole in the wall and having to repaint on move out day.  For children, who grow up fast and change their style often, wall decals are a quick and fun way to update a room with little expense. I recently completed a project for a toddler’s …

color … garden view

More often than not, inspiration for a room tends to come from some element of nature. It could be the obvious like the colour of the ocean or the trees, but sometimes it’s how nature makes us feel.  A relaxing reading nook may be inspired by the warmth of the ocean sand or the texture of a smooth stone.  Even if you don’t intend to, nature has a place in every living space The colour palette below is taken from a dining room that looks onto the homeowners beloved garden.  As a labour of love and gathering place for friends and family the back garden was the inspiration for the room.  The room was to be sunny and cheerful, but also cool and calming. To accomplish this garden inspired dining room, we selected elephant tusk (OC-08) for the walls, oxford white (CC-30) for the wainscoting and trim and pulled georgian bay (CC782) as inspiration for the accent colour to be used on pillows and accessories. source: fabric: www.kravet.com, lamp: www.potterbarn.com, area rug:  www.crateandbarrel.com, paint: www.benjaminmoore.com

diy project … clawfoot colour

Three years ago we bought our 1920’s house for many reasons, but mostly for it’s character which included an original clawfoot tub.  I immediately fell in love with this  tub and bathroom, and was already imagining my little kiddo splashing in the bubbles before the house was even purchased.  It was a beautiful tub, as long as you could look past the fact that the exterior was painted a deep forest green with a gold sponge effect on it (I wish I had pictures to show you). One of the first things on my to-do list was to paint that tub, and I did.  I put colour on the bathroom wall and painted the tub a nice neutral charcoal grey.  I loved it at the time… but now I am feeling inspired to be a little more adventurous.  I think it’s time to PAINT THE TUB!  This is what is inspiring me at the moment. What do you think?  Should a bathtub be white?