Simply Perfect | Blue
Home Ideas Magazine - April 2019
April 2019 Article
Simply Perfect Blue
by Penny Klinedinst
Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.
Have you ever fallen in love with a color?
That’s how we feel about these beautiful, crushed blue velvet chairs. The color is so stunning that it simply owns the room.
Let’s say you see chairs like this, or something else with an absolutely fabulous color, and you’re smitten. And then you bring it home and wonder, how on earth do I integrate this into my home?
The Fine Art of Balance
The best time to invest in neutrals was yesterday. The second best time is today. That’s because you’re ten steps ahead of the interior design game when you have a neutral palette upon which to build.
A light grey sofa, taupe walls and a wood floor form a neutral foundation. This allows you to fall in love with an item like an amazing blue velvet chair and be confident that you don’t have to redo the entire room to accommodate it.
In this setting, the reclaimed wood coffee table, with its lovely variations in color and visual texture, functions as a neutral. A basket on the table introduces another neutral with a unique texture.
The hammered plated-nickel drum table and hammered nickel beverage table also function as neutrals with delightfully different textures.
Love is Blue, In This Case
Our beloved blue velvet chairs feature exposed nailheads and a deconstructed, burlap back. The wood is weathered and whitewashed, with carved arms and curling feet.
The chairs create a classic antique feeling with a strong twist of the contemporary. They highlight the contrast of vintage and new, of luxury and low-key informal.
The blue color, because of its depth and beauty, creates mood and emotion, while the soft velvet fabric begs to be touched.
Because of the neutral foundation, and the judicious use of accent colors, our beloved chairs take center stage, as they should.
To complement and spotlight the chair, add small touches of related colors, such as the rug, which blends cream, taupe and blue, as well as the throw pillows. The table lamp features a blue glass vase, steel grey shade and silver plated foot, again mixing neutrals with blue. Artwork behind the chairs in blue and white creates a soft, organic feeling while the nubby-textured throw on the chair creates contrast.
After Winter Follows Spring
While April can still be winter in our part of the world, it’s never too soon to start thinking about spring.
White vases can be used year round, with floral arrangements varying according to season. The delicate white flowers, with just a touch of blue, speak of winter transitioning into early spring. Inside the basket are bunnies, another harbinger of spring, and a moss-filled blue and white vase.
Best of all, you can change accessories, such as pillows, throws and flowers, with the season, to create a new look without a big investment.
What are neutrals?
• Shades of white, grey, cream and taupe
• In some cases, black and white and the shades between
• Woods, whether in floors, moldings, tables, chairs or other furniture
• Metals of various colors and textures
• Stone, which can be on fireplaces, countertops and floors
• Natural fibers, like those you’ll find in baskets, sisal mats, etc.
You’re an artist!
Do you have doubts about your creative abilities when it comes to interior design? You don’t have to do it all yourself! When you work with our designers, we collaborate as much or as little as you choose.
Get started by falling in love with a few special items. Create an idea board, either online or three-dimensionally, gathering clips of looks you like. And then, let’s talk.
When you’re authentic, so is your art.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
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