Is Brown Back?

I saw this room designed by the fabulous Celerie Kemble on Pinterest the other day and fell madly in love. I’ve been dying to use this wallpaper on a project for a year or more, and this application is just perfection! It also brought up this question- is brown back? After years of grey and black ruling walls and upholstery, is this warmer color due for a resurgence in decor? The answer is yes (in my opinion)- as long as it’s a modern day version of brown, like this wallpaper, which is a grey-brown or “cool brown”.  Warm, medium browns still remind me of the early 2000’s when I had a chocolate dining room AND a chocolate sofa.  But I think grey-brown tones are going to be the hot dark wall color this year, mark my words ( I’m struggling not to say “50 Shades of Brown”…ooops, there I go.)

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A Guide to White Paint

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A couple of you mentioned needing some help finding a white paint that could give you the look of the home I posted on Monday.   It’s such a wonderful look, an all white room.  The way it gives a clean backdrop allowing your furnishings, art and architectural details to take center stage is magical.  But there are a zillion shades of white, which one is right? You don’t want something too sterile or too yellow- in fact even the WSJ did an article on the struggle of finding the perfect white paint. I thought I’d chime in with my tips for going all white.

Let’s start by talking about types of whites- there are bright, very true whites,  warm whites and cool whites.  Bright whites you will see a lot on trim, woodwork and cabinetry as it’s very clean and crisp.  Warmer whites can range from very light ivory or off-white to deeper creams and cooler whites have grey or blue undertones to them.

A Black and Blue Room

No, not a room you’ve given a pummeling to, but rather a room which combines these two colors that so often are thought to be impossible to combine. While in Jamaica I got to thinking as I looked out at the ocean, how HAPPY the water makes me, and yet I have NO BLUE in my house! I love blue! Why is this? So I decided I want to add some more into the house somewhere, and the most obvious place for me is the living room. I purposely did all the main pieces in neutrals for this reason- being a designer I constantly want to change things in my space. It’s a laboratory for me, of sorts!  However, since I have my black stripe chair (which I adore and wont change), the black and white greek key on my drapes and my black buffet/bar I starting thinking I couldn’t use blue in here instead of the green.  So I did some Pinterest research and hot damn, yes I can!

Here are some great examples of combining blue and black together in various ratios and shades.

I adore this blue shade on the chair.
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The Colors of Boston.

One of my favorite paint companies Farrow & Ball asked me to participate in this really fun, creative project in which I create a palette that reflect my city- Boston. Others have done cool ones- New York, Los Angeles, Texas (not a city, obvs), Las Vegas, The Hamptons and Washington D.C.!  Seeing as how much I looooooove my city I was more than happy to oblige.  I also did a little Q&A with them here on their blog The Chromologist.

Here’s my Boston palette!
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Color of the Year Do Over.

So last week Pantone announced it’s Color of the Year for 2015… and it was met with a loud groan and a whole lotta “huh????”. “Marsala” was inexplicably the chosen winner, and most of the design community seems to be left scratching their heads. A dusty rose, this color just does nothing for me. Perhaps a deeper shade of burgundy, or a brighter orange red, but this neither-here-nor-there color just looks… mushy.
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