Blue + Orange = Happy

I saw this picture from Luella & June on Pinterest and it made me lust for spring (here in New England we’ve had a brutal and abrupt return to winter making us all cranky!)  What I love about this is the color combination of orange and blue- a pairing that is fresh, spring-like and one we use often.

Kristen Kilpatrick Photography, Fort Worth, Bradley Means, Luella & June
Kristen Kilpatrick Photography, Fort Worth, Bradley Means, Luella & June

Nothing pairs better with blue and white china than oranges and fresh greens!!!

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Color Riot with OKL

As you know from my blogging here I have hard time committing to color in a big way- and I see it all the time with clients too.  It’s scary to invest in a bold color sofa, chair or even wall color- but it IS easy to add it via pillows, rugs and other accents.  And color doesn’t have to be COLOR!!!!!  A subtle use of a couple colors or the use of one strong color in a repetitive way can really make a mark.

So in partnering with One Kings Lane, we decided it was time to add a bit of color back into our office since painting over the bold coral walls with white.  And since I’m obsessed with blue, we decided on blue with a hint of coral-pink (a great combo!)  We found so many great items to make a real pop!

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A Blue Binge.

I have been so all bout bold blues the past few months (perhaps because of the little boy?) and I had so much fun pulling together this cozy bedroom by letting my blue freak flag fly. I started with this amazing block print duvet from Kalyana Textiles and went all out from there. And take note, that amazing blue art comes HUGE. :)
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Sage Advice

Back in, like, 2000 I’m pretty sure everything and their mother had something Restoration Hardware “Silver Sage” in their house. The paint (guilty), the bedding (guilty) and just about anything else they made came in this “it” color.  And then there was the “silver sage backlash” and I for one, rarely used this color for about a decade.  It was so over-saturated in decor that it turned me off.

And guess what, now I love it again! Proof that just about every trend will see a resurgence at some point (except, hopefully, lace curtains and doileys).

My favorite tone of sage is one that is based in grey, but adds interest with a cast of green.  Take a peek at these inspirational spaces and tell me you’re not a little tempted :)
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Fall’s Unexpected Color

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I noticed an amazing chartreuse velvet pillow in the Pottery Barn fall catalog and wanted to use it in a project- but I went to order it yesterday and it was the only color sold out!  I never would have expected it since this color is totally polarizing and not exactly a common favorite.  But I do see it popping up here and there in fall spreads and think it’s going to be a popular accent color for fall decorating!

Here are some finishes and textures that work well with chartreuse in any space-

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1. Tortoise accents- glasses, frames, trays- you name it!

2. Modern black and brass fixtures.

3. A palette inspired by nature- while this is a bold color, it is a natural one!

4. The crisp shade looks amazing with wood finishes, from limed oak to rich walnut.

5. Brass looks AMAZING with this palette!

6. Add it in in small doses, like this small scale pattern.

7. It also could not look better with zebra!

8. Leather + chartreuse= YUM.

9.  Modern art in black and white.

10. Greys and chartreuse mix well.