Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Purple People (+ color 101)

Still   LOVING   the   PURPLE   in   your   HOME ?
You   aren't   alone !   My   first   post   ever -- 2   years   ago! --  was  called
Purple  People."  It  was  my  most-read post  for a year+  and,  because purple  continued  to  make  a  strong  showing,  I added  Purple  People  2."   

Still,   PURPLE   in   its   many   forms   is    holding   its   own   out   there!     I thought  the purple-craze  would  have  waned  by  now...but no!   People  were not  simply latching onto a trend when they painted their walls purple or purchased a purple sofa and accessories to decorate their homes!
Although some  people  jumped  on  the  purple  bandwagon  a couple of years ago because it was trendy, others have held onto it because they just love purple - it makes people happy!   In the photo above,  a  warm - lavender  color-wash on the wooden-paneled walls is enhanced by  chartreuse  accents.  Jamie Drake designed the fantastic room above it  for a teenager.
What      complements      purple      the      most    ?  
Another shade of purple?  Lots of white?  Gold?   Chartreuse?  
Let's   look   at   some   successful   combinations. . .
1 .      a     complementary     color     scheme

The  complementary   color   scheme  would  
include  gold / yellow   as   it's   purple's   complementary  
-  opposite   color   on  the  color  wheel.   

On  a  side  note,  in  the  above  and  below  photos,   black  on  purple  makes  a  good  pairing!    Above, the wing chair, Chesterfield sofa and walls blend into one another while the chandelier and table are most visible (along with the golden notes in the books, of course!)  Similarly, in the photo 2 down, a light-colored floor balances out the dark walls while  glossy  black  accents  (chair's leather + floor lamp) strike a balance with the unfinished floors and matte walls.

One  more  side  note:  Notice how In the photo above  the   blue-purple  plays  "neutral"  --  and fades into the background.  Taking precedence are the black accessories, yellow and gold accents, lighter upholstery and geometric design in dark-purple+off-white rug.  

2.    a    monochromatic    color    scheme: 
In the below photo, the warm purple moves from dark  (wall)  to  lighter  (headboard, lampshade accent)  and a combination of the two in the floral pillow.    Several   shades   of   the   same   color   create  a  successful  palette.  
"monochromatic color scheme consists of a single color that is either left pureor mixed with white, gray, or black." - dream home decorating
As in the below space, the room  above  is  layered  in  various  lavenders  and  lilacs, from palest, sweet lavender in the rug to the chair covers to medium cool-blue purple of the sofa pillow and Delphinium on the table to a darker, flat gray-lavender wall and window treatments.  The eye moves easily throughout the space.
Smoky gray-purple walls blend well with the artwork and do not overpower it!  The artwork - the focal point - contains multiple gray-lavenders from darkest to light.  Your  eye  moves  easily  through the space...From a blue cast in the stone floors to the shiny, grape-colored silk seat cushion, to the walls, the artwork and the bright-purple florals.

3.    an     analogous     color     palette  
"Analogous color schemes use 1 primary color and its 2 tertiary colors. The primary colors are red, blue, or yellow. A secondary color is what is created when mixing 2 primary colors together. Secondary colors include green, purple, and orange. A tertiary color mixes a primary color and a secondary color.   An  example  of  this  would  be  a  color  scheme  consisting  of  yellow,  yellow  orange,  and  yellow  green."
This  dark,  cool  blue-purple  above  looks  great  against  its  even  darker  warm-wine-purple  wall  color.   Accent  pillows  and  throws  also  include  both  warm  and  cool  purples.    This  is  an  analogous  color  palette  because  it   includes   colors   that   are   adjacent   on   the   color   wheel   
(let's   label   these   as:   "red-violet,"   "violet,"   and   "blue-violet" )  
and  because  it  contains  related  warm  and  cool  colors.
Using  the  above  chart,  we  see  the    1.   main  (dominant)  color,  "violet,"      2.   a second  (supporting)  color,  "red-violet,"   and     3.  a  third  (accent)  color,  "blue-violet."  Analogous color schemes are usually good for creating calm, serene spaces as little contrast is involved.  It's also recommended in such color schemes to mix two warm colors and one cool or vice-versa.
What a refreshing scene, thanks to this cool-purple tablecloth.  Its French-inspired pattern brings casual elegance to the space.  The  blue  and  white - checked fabric cushion is not only a perfect color foil for the cloth (blue and purple make a beautiful  analogous  color  scheme  as they sit next to one another on the color wheel), but the checks are in attractive contrast to the floral design.  The  overall  white  room  is what makes this tablecloth the star; the hydrangeas provide the perfect finishing touch.

Solid, dark-purple velvet upholstery against an historic, gray-scale Zuber paper?  Gorgeous!  The gray-scale wallpaper below does not
overpower the grape-colored, velvet sofa beneath it, or vice-versa.  
(A successful combination of color over gray-scale + pattern over solid.)

 4.    a    triadic    color    scheme
There are still ways to incorporate some purple into your home if you'd like.  
Who would've thought of a garden wall!?!  
Or below  you  may  consider  lime  or  kelly  green  accents  for  your  royal  purple.
There  are  numerous  avenues  for  drawing  PURPLE
out  and  giving  it  a  new  life!
Above we have a balance of warm (green+chartreuse) and cool (royal purple)
although there appears to be more green fabric, the purple overpowers the green.
In a  triadic  color  scheme,  purple is paired with orange and green.  Note that these colors are evenly spaced within the color wheel.  In the triadic color scheme,  one  color  is  dominant  (purple)  and  the  others  are  accents  (green,  orange).  

Note also that purple, green and orange (secondary colors) are what you get when you mix red, blue, and yellow (primary colors).   (And though each of the above+below photos is missing that "third" color, they are still attractive...I'm going to have to research the answer to why this still works!)

5.      Purple     accents     in     white / off-white     spaces
A little purple can go a long way; especially a dark, saturated one!  Look at the effect the artwork, accessories and benches have on these otherwise white/off-white spaces below!

If you do not want to commit to paint on your walls, just go with 
 white  walls,  plus  purple  furniture + accessories!

And last but not least, an idea from designer Kathryn Ireland:
The grape-purple here takes center stage with its otherwise white surroundings.  Designer Kathryn  Ireland quoted, in "Great Paint Colors for your Bedroom," that she loved the "French" method of painting a wall a color beginning at the floor and stopping mid-way up the wall.  Dark-iron chandelier, candlesticks with soft, creamy-yellow tapers and candlelight have a softening effect on the stark purple+white combo, as do the hanging+table linens.

 So here's  to  two  fantastic  years of  posting 
and all those of you who read my blog -- 
I am  so  very  grateful  for your time and interest!!

PHOTOS:  1. jamie drake,  2. 1hr, 3. elle decoration via anne sage,   4., 6., the house home, 5. unknown,  7. steven gambrel, 8. amanda nisbet, 9. asaltulis, 10. amelia handegan, 11., 16., 17., 21., 22.  vintage home,  12. enchanted learning  13. amuse bouche 14.  just be splendid, 15. unknown,  18. tiger color blog, 19. pinterest,  20. unknown, 23. a life of...  24. encore une minute,  25. belive in happiness

Purple People

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

10 Ways to Decorate Your Bold Blue Room

Wow!  A ton of you have been reading my posts on blue and green paint colors!!!  
Thanks   so   much  for  visiting  my  blog  and  taking  an  interest !  
So you've painted your room a bold blue, what should you do next?
White   not   only   gives   your   eye   a   break, 
it allows you to appreciate the blue more by breaking up its intensity.  
Go  with  a  crisp,  white-white.
Small   touches   are   usually   enough! 
It will compete with the blue for your attention, again breaking up the 
overwhelming quality of the blue in the space.
Look what a difference these gold leaf mirrors make (large or small)
 on the dark surfaces of the walls and in these rooms overall!
that   can   hold   its  own  with  the   blue --
a  bold,  saturated  red,  gold,  chartreuse  or  other.
Use a  piece  with a  finish  that is  different  from that of the walls.
(Blue + white  china  is  classic!)
Okay, so her room is technically black.  But, as you can see, the same 
principles still apply today - it goes to show that classics never get tired!

Monday, September 19, 2011

More Photos

Since  first  posting  on  the  expanding  photography  market  last  month, in 
"Collecting  Photos,"  I find myself looking more closely than ever at photos.

I was especially interested in a photo in House Beautiful's October 2011 issue, part of a "Versailles  series"  (or “ Parcours  Muséologique  Revisité )  by  Canadian photographer,  Robert  Polidori. The  photo  above  is  also  part  of  the  series;  a  representation  of  " Marie  Antoinette's  Salle de Bain, " 2005.

 Polidori  is  also  known  for  his disturbing,  candid  series  on  Hurricane  Katrina,  entitled  After the Flood. "   This  series  of  Polidori's  photos,  created  during  extended  visits  to  New Orleans  during  2005  and  2006,  
was  on  exhibit  at  the Metropolitan  Museum  of  Art.

In Elle Decor's October 2011 issue, I found one of Canadian photographer 
Chris  Levine's  holographic  series  of  Queen  Elizabeth 
(part  of  " The  Queen  Portraits, "  entitled  " Lightness  of  Being. ")
In the same home, four over-sized landscape photos by Montserrat Soto 
cover the majority of one wall in the Kitchen.

In the same issue of Elle Decor was a story on a New York couple's home on the Upper West side.  The couple's collection of photographs included work by 

Jerry  Schatzberg, including an over-sized black-and-white photo of Bob Dylan,  

and a group of six photos from   Peter  Beard's  Lion  series,

in addition to photos from   Michael  Eastman's  Horse  series.

The House of Windsor, a "Concept (show) House" opened last summer by Veranda Magazine and Windsor Smith, includes some interesting photography.
An  over-sized  photograph  by  Rodney  Smith  (above) takes  center  stage in the Family Room;  it  is  likely  Woman  in  Red  Hat  with  Book, "  2011.

You are likely familiar with the above 2009 photo from Windsor Smith's
own Master Bathroom  (much blogged-and-reblogged).   The photo is by 
Mark Shaw, and similar to one displayed in designer Mary McDonald's home/guest house.  As Smith has staged her vignette around the photo's orange element, McDonald has done with the green in her Shaw photograph.

Designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard's (of Million Dollar Decorators fame) calls his Media Room, upholstered end-to-end in Dedar fabric, an "escape for the man of the house" with a "Studio 54-Halston vibe."  Photographers included 
(from the Fahey/Klein Gallery) in the wall grouping include:  Mark Laita (far left)
Sarah Moon (left of largest piece), Steve Schapiro and Melvin Sokolsky.  Kathryn Ireland's signature upscale-casual style is featured in "The Stable."  Equine themes permeate  photos on the wall, but photographers are not specifically named.

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