Chill Out with Blue: Decorating with Color Series

Tropical Brown and Blue Throw PillowsFew colors can relax the mind and body the way blue can. From the light blue of the sky to the deep blue of the ocean, this color is the one most associated with open space and tranquility.

A universal favorite of both men and women alike, blue is commonly used in home decorating palettes. From lighter robin’s egg and periwinkle to darker cobalt and indigo, varying shades of blue affect spaces differently. Although a cool color, blue tinted with red or purple—such as ocean or slate blue—becomes a bit warmer. Like a dusk-tinged sky, this type of blue advances in on you, creating a sense of intimacy, romance, and a connection to the environment. Cooler shades of blue containing yellow tones, like aquamarine or ice, seem to recede, creating a clean, crisp airiness in a room.

Combining blue and brown in your design color palette introduces the natural look of the outdoors: think earth and sky. Want to try these colors out in your home? Whether you live by the beach or just dream about it, add coastal charm to your home with the Sea Turtle or Wave Throw Pillow. For a touch of tropical style, opt for the Papyrus or Frond Throw Pillow. Decorative throw pillows are the perfect go-to when you want to change up your decor without replacing bigger pieces of furniture or embarking on an exhausting painting project.

Adding a touch of green to blue creates aqua, the perfect summer shade for any room, inspiring thoughts of warm, tropical seas in faraway lands. Use aqua and cream accents, such as the Coral Throw Pillows or Coral Napkins, to break up darker rooms full of deep browns and rich woods, the way a light sea breeze breaks up the heat of the day. These accents can also add a bit of spunk to a neutral decor palette of beige, white, and cream.

As one of the most versatile colors, blue can be nostalgic in one shade (periwinkle), regal in the next (royal blue), and innocent in yet another (baby blue).  It’s one of the few colors that can both soothe and inspire at the same time. So whatever your decorating goal, there’s sure to be a shade of blue for you.

Coastal Brown and Blue Throw PillowsAqua Coral Modern Eco Fabric Napkins

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Invigorating Green: Decorating with Color Series

Bloom Modern Eco Table LinensWhether for a stoplight or spring, green is the color of no longer waiting. Green means go. It means life, re-growth, and hope. And it also means a radiant home when applied expertly while decorating.

Decorating with the color green can mean so many things. It can literally mean bringing the outdoors in— with sprigs of mint and other herbs placed in mason jars, as well as delicate maidenhair ferns and all other kinds of foliage spotted around the room— reminding those who step in the house that nature has not stopped at the door. It can mean using lime green accents as a light-hearted addition to other tropical colors, like tangerine and passion-fruit pink, to create a happy-go-lucky, youthful energy for darker, more closed-up rooms that could use a bit of island fever. It could also mean using the soothingly elegant shade of olive green in spaces—especially paired with cream, rich yellows, or black—where you want to set an understated, urban mood. The Bloom Modern Eco  Table Runner, Placemats, and Napkins in Olive and Cream set the perfect bar for this example.

As green is the color most easily detected by the human eye, the already-effervescent shades of teal and lime green will not go unnoticed by anyone at your dinner party when using the School of Fish Napkins in Teal and Lime Sizzle. And since green is a naturally soothing, restful color, the Bloom Eco Art Throw Pillow in Olive on Cream is a calming, comfortable and versatile accent for any couch, bed or chair.

Can’t get enough of this reminder of spring? Choose a more saturated hue of green, such as emerald or kelly, and pair it with black and white for an energetic, vivid elegance. Muted, milky greens are considered neutrals, and pair well with other neutrals such as brown, beige, or cream. And moss green is the perfect backdrop for showcasing antiques and art pieces.

Whether you’re using mint green to create a spa-like atmosphere or a bold yellow-green chartreuse to enliven a room, the color green will remain true to its nature: it will bring your room to life.

School of Fish Modern Eco Dinner Napkins

Bloom Olive Modern Eco Throw Pillows

 

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Move Ahead with Red!

Red Starfish and Coral Sea Fan Throw PillowsThe color red is known as the color of life, vitality, passion, and intrigue. In its warmer hues, the color red is the hottest of colors, which also makes it the most stimulating. Red is the color of movement, and when used artfully while decorating a room, it can motivate the senses to action without dominating them.

Sir Giles Gilbert Scott knew the power of the color red when he designed the old London telephone booths. Painted cherry red, they were meant to be seen easily through the dreary English weather. And that is why the color red has the same effect when sprinkled strategically through a neutral space. Splashes of red crisp up an all-white living room or bedroom, adding a surprise of color that brings an immediate, bold presence to a room. Why not do your own experiment with this vibrant shade and grab a couple of our Starfish or Coral Sea Fan throw pillows?

But bright reds shouldn’t get all of the attention. Darker shades of red, such as burgundy, also add drama to a room. Pairing this hue with a room full of dark furniture gives the space an elegant, old world feel. Barn reds, which have a more purplish hue, are perfect when interwoven into a country theme. And rich, tomato reds can add a more sedate and rustic warmth to any space.

The color red is known to stimulate the appetite and conversation. This is why savvy restaurateurs use the color red in their restaurants to increase their customers’ craving for food. Why not try spots of red in the kitchen for the same effect around the table? Try adding our Lobster Napkins or a Rock Shrimp Table Runner to your metal or wood tabletop, and watch your conversations and appetites come to life with just a touch of this invigorating hue!

Red Lobster Modern Eco Dinner Napkins

Modern Rock Shrimp Red Table Runner

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5 Color Decorating Tips: Decorating with Color Series

Decorating with Aqua and Brown1. Use warm colors and cool colors wisely: When thinking about what space you want to create, it’s important to note what kind of activities you do in the room you’re decorating. That way, you can decide whether you want a cozy or an open feel. And you can choose colors accordingly. For example, warm and dark colors are known to advance (reds, oranges and yellows) and make a room seem cozier and intimate, where cool and light colors (greens and blues) recede and make a room seem larger and more open. Opting for one over the other will change the way you feel about a space. For example, a dark adobe orange might be the perfect color choice for your new reading nook, whereas a light turquoise may do just the trick to expand that upstairs loft that you want to rent out.

2. Choose similar color intensities: Use similar color values or similar colors just a few shades away from each other to create good visual flow throughout a home. Avoid mixing pastels with primary colors or muted colors with jewel tones.

3. Magnify with complementary colors: Using color combinations can look especially dynamic because each hue magnifies the intensity of the other. For example, various shades of tangerine and teal are an extremely popular choice right now for design and decorative accessories.

4. Get dramatic with monochromatic: A monochromatic palette uses many different hues of the same color. The main color often paired with white or another neutral, this color scheme is suitable for both modern and traditional style homes. The result? A space that looks and feels dramatic and sophisticated. Example: A bedroom with aqua walls, flooring, and bedding paired with neutral brown sheets and decorative throw pillows.

5. Accessorize with color: You don’t have to change the color of your walls to bring new life into your home. Why not accessorize? Add an interesting color through the use of a bright painting, photos, a window treatment, decorative throw pillows, or all of the above to add pop and color to a room.

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How to Use Color to Affect Your Mood: Decorating with Color Series

How Color Affects MoodsColor is powerful. It is the first thing you see when you roll out of bed in the morning, before that first cup of coffee. It invades your brain, affects your emotions, and forms a sense of where you are in space.

Used in decorating, warm and cool hues influence the perception of how big or small a room is, whether the walls seem to advance in (warm colors) or recede (cool colors) on you. Knowing how colors affect mood in this way can mean the difference between creating a space where you feel cozy, calm, and contained, and one where you feel expansive and able to spread out and collect your thoughts.

Set the intention of a room by using an active, passive, or neutral color scheme. In other words, you can choose just the right colors to give you active energy to work on that proposal long into the night, or to help you passively float to bed for some shut-eye after you’re done reading that last bedtime story.

Set your mood by consciously choosing a color scheme to influence your senses. For example, do you want to feel serene, perky, rejuvenated, or amped up? Find out which colors affect our moods in these ways, and more:

Colors and Their Affects
Red: bold, daring, exciting, attracts attention, encourages appetite, raises blood pressure, good choice for entertaining

Orange: exciting, infuses energy, perky, fun, stimulates appetite

Yellow: color of sunshine, happy, uplifting, cheerful, nourishing, comforting

Green: most restful, symbolizes nature, soothing, fresh

Blue: calming, relaxing, most productive, lowers blood pressure, good for bedrooms

Purple: rich, dramatic, luxurious, sophisticated

Neutrals (black, white, grey, tan, taupe, beige): basic, flexible, classic, serene, great background for accent colors

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