Archive | Color

Theory, practice and inspirational ideas for using color in various ways on objects and surfaces throughout the house.

Emerald Green Walls

emerald green walls - bedroom with emerald green walls and bedside table contrasting with white-painted floor and bedding - via Atticmag

Vibrant emerald green made a return to home décor after a long slumber in deco-Siberia.

Relaunched as Pantone’s “color of the year,” emerald appeared in a variety of accessories during 2013. But instead of fading away, it’s taking hold as a wall color. Emerald green walls aren’t for everyone — they hit you in the face and there’s no getting away from the intensity. But for those who are adventurous, and have rooms without a great deal of natural light, emerald green walls can work to great effect.

It’s a surprise to see how well it looks in a bedroom [top].… Continue Reading


Mixed Prints Bedroom

mixed prints - red, orange and pink mixed prints in a guest bedroom - Traditional Home via Atticmag

Fresh and fun, a mixed prints guest bedroom blends reds, pinks and oranges with skillful abandon.

In a Michigan family vacation home, designer Elizabeth Schmidt loaded up the color and pattern to please an owner with a passion for vibrant home décor à la Lilly Pulitzer. What interests me here is the way four different mixed prints are used in an analogous color scheme plus white. Analogous colors are adjacent to each other on the color wheel — as red and orange are. Layering it on, Ms. Scmidt went for a variety of motifs as well. And while this bedroom looks effortless, it takes enormous skill to pull off.… Continue Reading


Color of the Year 2015: Marsala

color of the year 2015 Marsala - Pantone via Atticmag

When a fortified wine becomes color of the year 2015, both in name and hue, it shows how prestige gets packaged.

Of course, that’s the job of an outfit like Pantone, which just launched its color of the year 2015. It’s a forecast of a hue that will be appearing on clothes racks, furniture upholstery, paint palettes and all manner of consumer goods in the upcoming 12 months.

The color of the year 2015 — Marsala —  is a very familiar red-brown that we’ve been seeing on nail polish and lipstick for at least ten years and in industrial-style interiors for perhaps longer than that.… Continue Reading


Black and White Decor — Plus Color

black and white decor, plus a bright yellow sofa by Colin Radcliffe - Elle Decor via Atticmag

Black and white decor is so basic. But look what happens when one color is added to the mix.

Personalizing black and white decor can be challenging and some find it cold. That’s because, by definition, it’s neutral and color free. To my eye, that keeps things edgy and always somewhat modern even when iconic ebonized pieces date from the mid-20th century. Perhaps that’s also why I was struck by the way essentially black and white decor was handled in the London townhouse of top UK designer Colin Radcliffe, who is known for luxe furnishings and a detailed eye that appeals to a deep pocketed client base.… Continue Reading


Fresh Green Accents

green accents in the interior of a painted Swedish secretary - Tone on Tone via Atticmag

Green accents — the color of leaves, fresh herbs and new grass — keeps any room from ever looking gloomy.

We’re on the brink of Winter here in the Northern hemisphere, with our first snows due any day. Perhaps that’s why spring green accents used in these rooms feels so appealing. Swedish painted furniture often has a surprise color inside. This wonderful greig-y Neoclassical secretary with apple green on the interior drawers and desk top is so unexpected. It was pictured in the home of furniture dealer Loi Thai of Tone on Tone antiques in Washington, D.C. I’ve long been an admirer of his taste.… Continue Reading


Shocking Pink Rooms

shocking pink rooms - shocking pink antique Chinese handpainted wallpaper - via atticmag

Hot or shocking pink is one of those colors that’s been more associated with fashion than home decor.

A high voltage, sometimes neon hue in the blue-red family, hot pink became shocking after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli called her signature perfume “Shocking” in 1936 and marketed it as a signature color.

Of course, hot pink has been in the Indian palette for eons and it appears on building exteriors there, as well as other tropical countries. Shocking pink rooms are a different matter. Even for pink lovers it isn’t an especially easy wall color. Children love it so there’s an inclination to promote pink rooms for young girls or reserve it for a “mom cave.” Yet the stunning shocking pink walls in a New York bedroom [above] date back to the early 19th century when China’s Canton school produced hand painted wallpapers.… Continue Reading