Saturday, January 28, 2012

Swatch Watch: Color Blending Tips #2

Designed by Emily Ruddo, photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien

This color blend is a bit more personal because it is one that I have used in my own home. In the last post,  the colors I matched up were equally as vibrant and bright as color of the year tangerine tango but this next one is a bit more calm. I wanted a zen like vibe for my master bedroom so I layered hues of cool blues to obtain that feeling.  The colors are predominately gray, light blue, a brighter aqua blue and small bits of tangerine to excite the eye.  The photos, by photographer Meghan Beierle-O'Brien, illustrate where I used the tangerine color in small doses in order to keep the space peaceful and relaxing.

Designed by Emily Ruddo, photographed by Meghan Beierle-O'Brien
Tips:
1.  Identify the emotion you want feel and build your color scheme based on it.
2.  You can achieve that feeling even with small doses of spirited color.
3.  Vary the shades and texture of that color to avoid the room falling flat. 
4.  Add texture through smocked or grasscloth wallpaper in one of those shades.
5.  Also achieve texture with a mix of fabrics in silk, suede, linen and velvet.

Fabrics by Quadrille

This painting is an excellent representation of this color blend. 169 by Michelle Oppenheimer. I wish I found this artist years ago!

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