Thursday, November 19, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Hue identifies the general family of a color, such as red, yellow, blue or green. The traditional color wheel is made up of twelve color families: red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue-red-violet, violet and blue-violet.
Colors on the opposite side of the wheel from each other are called complementary colors. In combination, these create striking contrasts. For less contrast, choose colors next to each other on the color wheel, which are called analogous colors. Choosing colors of different tints within one color family creates a monochromatic color scheme.
Warm or Cool?
Different colors in the same family may be described as being "warm" or "cool." Colors with yellow undertones will seem warmer, while the same color with blue or red undertones will appear cool. Cool colors - blue, green, violet - invite relaxation and thought. Warm colors - red, orange, yellow - encourage conversation and play. Sherwin-Williams color experts suggest using both warm and cool colors in rooms where you desire balance and variety.
Value describes how light or dark a specific color may be. On Sherwin-Williams color strips, lighter values are at the top, mid-tone values are in the middle and darker values are at the bottom. When you combine colors from a single color strip, you're creating a monochromatic color scheme - perfect for creating a sophisticated, spacious look in a single room.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Cover an entire window wall (or two) with crisp white sheers. This will not only soften the room but heighten the drama (and glamour quotient) and make the room seem more finished. It’s also the best way to handle oddly shaped or asymmetrical windows. In his Washington, D.C., living room, designer Supon Phornirunlit (NakedDecor.com) matched the art on the walls to that on the pillows, all of his own design.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Here is a glimmer into Amy's studio and workspace. Check out that color story wall in the distance. How can you not be inspired by that? I think it is absolutely amazing.
Visit Amy Butler Design at http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/mainmenu.php
These are a pillows referred to by Amy as Gumdrop pillows. Again, patterns are available thru retailers listed on her website. Or, if you're not into tackling this size project on your own, contact The Impeccable Nest to make one for you in your choice of our wide selection of custom order fabrics.
Wouldn't these be great for a child's playroom? Or, I think they would be great on a sunporch to put your feet up on and relax.
All images shown are copyright of Amy Butler Design/Art of the Midwest llc, and are taken directly from her website.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It is already mid June. Independence Day is right around the corner. Today I have chosen a red, white and blue color scheme that is easy on the eyes and gives you that comforting feeling of home with fresh new fabrics in updated styles.
Beautiful softer versions of the traditional Red, White and Blue evoke the feeling of apple pie and front porch swings.
There are fabrics available for upholstery as well as fabrics that are suited for draperies and other soft furnishings such as pillows, roman shades and bedding. These fun, updated styles are a great way to update an old or handed down piece of furniture, instantly adding new pizazz to your rooms.
Adding a fabric with a geometric pattern to a softly shaped curving antique or reproduction chair is a great way to update a space and bring yourself into the new Modern Traditional style of decorating. Making a fresh piece with that reassuring feeling of "home." Notice the silveer finish on this chair. If you have a chair that needs revitalizing, we can refinish it in a metallic finish to catch the light in the room and add that touch of shine.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Modern. Traditional. MOTRA.
Here is a "Tiffany"chair offered by Carolina Accents. I like the touch of whimsy in the floral pattern.
Interior design closely follows fashion. These dresses translate well into dinnerware pieces and a fresh reception tablescape. (my apologies for losing the photo credits for these two!)
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Whether you are purchasing new lamps or just want to freshen the look of the ones you have, the right shade makes all the difference. "For some of us, nothing makes a greater impact in a room than a properly chosen lampshade," says Stephanie Reeves, owner of Edgar-Reeves Lighting & Antiques in Atlanta."Scale, shape, fabric, trim, and lining all need to be carefully considered. It is a subtle but important element of a well-put-together room--almost as important as the lamp itself. The entire mood of a room can be altered by the addition of the right lampshade, the right light, and the right amount of it."
This shape goes back to the time of the Greeks. The glass base makes it versatile. It could work in a living room or library with a silk shade, on a porch with a card (paper) shade, or as a focal point in a kitchen. Because of its strong color, it could give punch to a room by itself or complement an overall design as a pair.Oval knife-pleat shade in silk. The cream silk provides warm, beautiful light. If you want a little more pizzazz, put a trim on the shade.
For the Formal Setting
Knife-pleat shade with cut corners in silk. This combination would be found in a formal room or in a spot where a really special lamp is needed.
Rectangular hard-back shade in silk. The straight lines of the shade complement the clean lines of the lamp. The combination looks sharp and chic.
Candlestick lamps are most effective in pairs. They can be used either on the same surface, such as a chest or tabletop, or separately on two surfaces that are smaller and somewhat close together.Rectangular shade with cut corners in linen. Strong, clean lines present a traditional face. A contemporary fabric would make it look more current.
Square shade in sheer silk. The compact size with accentuated height balances well with the shape and gives an update to an antique style.
Knife-pleat shade in silk with collar. This feminine detailing goes well in a bedroom or dressing room. The round shape reflects the round base.
We find it more interesting to pair round and square than to put a square shade on a square base. Notice how the shade hits above the cap and does not rest on the top of the base.Oval knife-pleat shade in cream silk. This makes the lamp look a little larger and gives it a slightly edgy look.
Knife-pleat drum shade in cream silk. We like the silhouette: straight lines that are well-proportioned.
Box-pleat shade in ecru silk. This shade is narrower than the first, giving the lamp a more traditional feel.
Stacked spheres give the overall appearance of a column-shaped lamp. This one is made from wood, gesso, and silver gilt.Hard-back drum shade in natural linen. This shade gives the lamp a cool, clean, sophisticated feel and could work in a variety of spaces.
Hard-back half-shade in kraft paper with black trim. This architectural shade is great for reading, with light thrown from the top, bottom, and back.