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January 2, 2013

Navy Blue – It’s the New Black

Filed under: paint color,wall color — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 8:33 am

Even though your art teacher in grade school wouldn’t agree, I consider navy blue a neutral color. There is something about the dark blue that seems to work with EVERYTHING. I am especially a fan of navy blue on the walls, because there are times when dark walls are exactly what a space needs, but navy blue has a depth to it doesn’t scare people and isn’t too enclosing. What is amazing about navy is that is has such a prominence of usage in the past and can stir up nostalgia, while still having an interpretation of being modern since it is used less frequently than your typical neutral colors. A fabulous look that I have been seeing lately is a dark matte paint being used on the walls and then the crown and base molding being painted the same color except in a semi gloss, which is exactly the right way to go about it. However, what is more beautiful then navy blue and and a crisp white? Navy blue evokes many different emotions; when it has a lot of grey it seems mysterious and trendy and goes well with other bold colors like fuchsia, when it is bright it goes great in a beach house for a nautical theme, and when it is it on the light side it goes well with dark furnishings for a masculine men’s club feeling. Tired of the typical baby’s room being painted that sky blue? Consider a navy, it can be dressed up with color while he is young and grow to maturity with the incorporation of woods and dark accents.

I have also seen some bold kitchen cabinetry, the cover issue of House Beautiful’s color issue last spring comes to mind, and I think that navy on cabinetry is a fantastic idea, especially when you can bring in a lot of natural light like in the kitchen. If you have an old house and you are into doing something fun, navy is a perfect thing to use boldly on moldings and in high sheens because the surfaces in old house are much smaller and that pop of color often integrates beautifully. Even if you don’t have an old home, don’t rule out navy blue as an option when considering a neutral backdrop, you might just be surprised at its versatility. Below are some really great photos that I found online from all over – it seems that all the design blogs like navy just as much as I do!

This blue is on the brighter side of things and immediately makes the space feel young and hip.

Love color? Remember navy as your colorful neutral!

Baby room!

I love the shine

Molding AND walls painted

Blue and White – a beautiful combo

Go navy kitchen!

Love

Okay I want to go repaint my kitchen right now… perfect. Happy Monday! Yeah right…

December 6, 2010

Bold Strokes – Using Color

Filed under: wall color,walls — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 4:37 pm

The questions that I get asked the most when I meet with a client for the first time are always in regards to color. I think people get intimidated by just how many options there are when it comes to color. There is a ton of advice out there on being bold with you color choices and taking color risks, but sometimes it can just go wrong. My advice it to be bold with color in the right places. Some times it isn’t a good idea to use that bright red you have always loved, in your bedroom. Spaces that you use every day and that you expect to have certain emotions in, need to have more calculated color choices. However, in spaces like your powder room, dining room and office space, and bold burst of color can be just the surprise that you need to keep the energy up in your home.

Like I said – there are so many color choices, how do you decide? The truth is that color is so individualized that there is not really any formula. You may already know that you favorite color is blue and that is what you want to have in your home. If you are from the east coast then you might tend towards cool colors, while if you are from the west coast you might like colors with gold tones. I know that right now there are a couple of colors that are everywhere and that a majority of people seem to respond to. Orange and green. It might sound kind of strange, but those seem to be home favorites when it comes to color usage. Typically the orange is more coral toned or an Hermes orange, while the green tends to be more muted like a pea green. You can see this color palette in commercial and residential projects alike, which rarely happens.

If you already know what colors work for you then keep doing what you know, and try and use those extra bold tones in the places that I suggested earlier. If you have no idea what colors you want to incorporate in your home, take a look at orange and green. Paint your powder room and see how you feel – a small space like that is so easy to repaint that you can do it yourself. Check out these photos below of some bold color usage or orange and green.

People seem to love this combo of green and orange in the project I did called Caron Street

Can you say bold? This dining room definitely makes a statement

Even such a bright color orange makes a comfortable palette for other color accents

If you are okay with putting a vibrany color in the bedroom then go for it!

A wallpaper is a great way to incorporate color

Simple jesters make a bold statement

Kelly is the queen of color

Insanely gorgeous!

Hope you have a great Monday – holiday season is upon us.

December 3, 2010

How to Get the Glam

Filed under: wall color,walls — Tags: , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 2:26 pm

Maybe you haven’t noticed but people are really obsessed with “glam” lately. The whole Hollywood regency and glam has really taken off and you see the style in classically modern spaces all over. The signature of that style is highly reflective materials and finishes whether that be mirror, metals, or gloss finishes, and these days people can’t get enough of the shine. If you read this blog frequently then you know how I feel about I feel about gloss – YES PLEASE! I can’t blame you guys for loving the glam – I do too! Humans have been obsessed with shine and reflective qualities since Ancient Egypt when people believed that gold helped the body reach the afterlife, and was the literal physical manifestation of the sun in object form. So it really isn’t our fault for loving glam – its practically built into our DNA (or at least that’s what you can tell people.) One method that has become popular for making a space shiny is just painting the entire thing is a high gloss paint. You know what I’m talking about – the walls, the cabinetry and the molding are all gleaming in all of their glam glory. What you might not know is the process that goes into painting a high gloss wall. Unlike furniture – there is a very limited number of options to get that reflective look on the walls. My recommendation is do not try and paint in high gloss by yourself. There are many do it yourself solutions to about every interior design issue, and we suggest that you save the money and do some things independently, but when it comes to glossy walls, it really is just one of those things you should call a professional for. The process  to get high shine takes multiple coats with precise drying time in between. To the get that glam look you love hire a professional – if you want to save a little money prime the space yourself. This post might not seem like it is very helpful if you are wanting to get the look by yourself, but before you make a gloss disaster in your home, think about what we said. JHI loves high gloss walls, but take it from us, spend the money and get a professional. Here are the glam examples good enough to eat.

Kelly Wearstler always has the glam

Perfectly reflective

Too much shine would have been overwhelming – this combo works

This rooms puts the GLAM in GLAMOROUS

Can’t deny the shine

Need I say more? (more…)

November 29, 2010

Grasscloth Come Back

Filed under: Bedroom,wall color,walls — Tags: , , , , , , , , — jherzlinger @ 8:01 am

Once popular in the seventies and eighties, grasscloth has recently made a come back within the past five years. Grasscloth is a wall covering made of woven plant fibers. The product is fantastic because if a person is not comfortable with wallpaper, but still wants a textural quality to the wall, grasscloth is the perfect solution. Worried that grass cloth might not fit your home decor? Think again – there are hundreds of color and style options that range from modern to traditional, and every where in between. Grasscloth can bestamped on with a pattern, or have metallic threads woven right into the surface. You can choose from a variety of colors and match the color to a sample depending on the vendor. The unique thing about grasscloth is that is has a natural quality with its texture, and you can decide on the next level to add in with the color and style. They way that the grasscloth is applied also adds another design dimension to the product. It can be applied in strips or in squares. In the Casa Blanca project, I took grasscloth squares and laid them horizontally and vertically in a grid. The result was a flowing visual wave that was subtle against the rest of the space, but still eye catching. In that same house I used a fading technique in the dining room that is reminiscent of ombre hair coloring. The spaces are right next to each other in completely different colors and yet do not clash with one another. Who thought grasscloth could be Hollywood regency? Below are some great examples of interiors that use grasscloth as well some samples of grasscloth products currently on the market. Have commitment issues? Temporarily tack grasscloth up in squares – the paper is heavy enough to lay flat and can be easily removed later on.

The fading in the paper adds more depth

A classical damask made contemporary

 

Clean. Simple. Gorgeous.

Feeling blue? Not in this space!

A traditional twist

Distressed AND metallic? Yes please

Very textural and yet still works with this classically modern bedroom

Have these fabulous products convinced you yet? The only problem will be trying to pick just one!

I hope everyone have a fabulous Thanksgiving. This week will be jam packed with entries so stay tuned!

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