Color Game

August 11, 2019

I'll admit it.  I've got a mad crush on those smokey, dark blues I keep seeing.  Moody and dramatic, a house full of blues would be an interesting way to live.  But where? Somewhere sunny like Palm Springs where it hit 121 on Monday?  Would dark blues make you feel cool?  If a whole house of blues seems a bit much, how about a blue single room?  Maybe a house of neutral interiors, a bit of blue here and there. Concentrated dar...

April 22, 2019

I'll admit it.  I've got a crush on "blush."  Seems like every decade, pale pinks come into our lives. This time, the color seems more intriguing than the "mauve" or "dusty pink" of the past.  A feminine, sophisticated neutral, it pairs well with almost any muted color you can imagine.  Let's take a look at some "blushing" rooms.

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A variety of blush paint colors.

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March 24, 2019

There's a little game I like to play that gets my creative juices flowing.  I find a picture of a house exterior and then with my "unlimited" online budget, fill it with perfectly fresh rooms.  That got me thinking - would a whole house decorated in blue&white be just too much?  Blue&White is optimistic and cheerful and lets other colors soar.  In fact, I like it so much, I write it as one word.  If you'll indulge me, let's "s...

January 14, 2019

Living Coral - Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year - is a perky, optimistic in a South-Beach kind-of-way color.  Thank goodness!  We need all the cheerfulness we can get right about now.  Just for fun, let's see if this color can work in our rooms.


Pantone describes this color : 

" PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energising aspects of colour found in nature....

March 4, 2018

With the Oscar making his appearance in a few hours, let's play my favorite game of armchair decorating.  Let's say you're an actor with pockets full of movie-made cash.  Where would you live in La La Land?  Maybe somewhere a silent movie star lived in the 1920s?  In a California Spanish Colonial or a miniature Hearst Castle?  After walking through a zillion rooms on Pinterest, here's my curated 1920s creamy dreamy house and w...

January 21, 2018

Have you seen Pantone's Color of Year?  For 2017, the color is called "Greenery" and it's about as fresh as any color could be.  As you might know, green is nature's neutral.  In a room, hitting the right shade can be tricky.  Maybe that why Pantone's Greenery is such a hit as it's a clear bright green.  Imagine it paired with blue&white, hot pink, navy, or gray.  Let's see some rooms using this delicious color....

January 8, 2018

"Ultra Violet" is the 2018 Pantone "Color of the Year."  Could this dark, dull grayish purple be a new neutral?

As Pantone describes, "Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets."  Whew!  That's a lot to expect of a color.  Let's take a look...

November 13, 2017

Now that we're a week into falling back to standard time, I'm attracted to dark, moody colors. My favorite is a dark green as it's a neutral as much as gray, navy or chocolate.  This fall, it just looks so fresh.  Let's take a look how this particular shade of green could influence any room.  

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 Green accent brings this living room to life.  

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Patterned linen drapes and pillows.

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March 4, 2017


There's some big sky around our house and every once in a while, it's dramatic.  Loads of pastels, especially pink and yellow.  Would that color combination work in our rooms? Pastels can be a bit tricky.  Maybe the key is to have them all the same tint - all very pale, for example.  Let's take a look at how those sky colors can translate into some spectacular interiors.

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A bedroom full of muted color...

February 26, 2017

I couldn't wait to see La La Land, but it was on one rainy afternoon last week that Sue and I finally got to the Orinda Theater.  Built in 1941 in the streamlined moderne style, the theater was the perfect setting.  And then, after months of waiting and a long drive in pouring rain, I missed some of the movie.  As soon as I saw Mia's apartment, I couldn't get that striped sofa out of my head.  I can't tell you about any scenes...

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