{color spotlight: designing with navy blue}

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Navy blue is incredibly versatile. Whatever mood you’re looking to create, you can likely do it with navy blue. A navy accent wall can add depth to a small room, or you can use it when you’d like to go dark, but not quite black. If you need some navy blue inspiration, here are four different ways you can design with navy blue.

Navy and White Means Crisp and Preppy

Looking to create a bright and fresh mood in your room? Navy blue and bright white is a great way to do that.

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{bold and beautiful: 2015 fall color trends}

When you think fall, you probably think of orange, yellows and browns. We all do. But there are some bold, vibrant — different shades and hues that are trending right now that will transform your space for not just the fall season, but for years to come!

fall colors

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Who said you had to say goodbye to beautiful emeralds and greens this season? These emerald painted cabinets are chic and organic, giving the kitchen a creative and spunky edge. Simple additions of greens like the green tray table (top) really contrast well against burnt orange walls. This décor brings in color, contrast, and nature tones that blend beautifully—and unexpectedly—well.

Emerald

Sarah Richardson Design

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{benjamin moore 2015 color of the year}

Benjamin Moore Identifies 2015 Color Trends

In mid-October, Benjamin Moore revealed its 2015 Color of the Year: Guilford Green HC-116, described as a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles in a seamless manner.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

At the same time, Benjamin Moore also unveiled Color Trends 2015, featuring monochromatic color designs and saturated hues for a balanced home. These trends include a curated palette of 23 colors featuring four gorgeous color families – green, blue, blush and berry.

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{home office inspiration}

Friday Finds: Be Inspired by Color in Your Home Office

With telecommuting on the rise and more Americans working from home, either for their workday schedule or in addition to their office hours, it’s time to take another look at the home office.

Ideally, your home office should be a place where you can settle in, focus on the work at hand, but also have aesthetics that you enjoy. When it comes to home office décor, you have amazing paint options that can add pizzazz and visual interest.

Wall color is Electric Blue 2061-40 by Benjamin Moore | Emily Ruddo Interior Design

 

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{friday finds: color combinations for fall}

Decorating with fall colors.

The fall season evokes memories of burnt orange and warm browns that welcome us into the months of pumpkin pie, crisp days, and falling leaves. These fall favorites can be translated into color schemes that are fashionable year-round!

Fall Inspired Color Combinations

Color splash. Shades of orange and yellow make for wonderful room accents. Use muted fabrics to let the bold colors stand out.

Stone brown. Benjamin Moore describes their Stone Brown (2112-30) as comfortable as a favorite pair of stone-washed khakis, this warm brown adds an air of cozy warmth to any space. 

Dark yellow. This typically spring color takes on a fall flavor when it comes in a darkened hue. Match it with a rich gold and cream to add depth.

Forest green. A forest green is a bit more muted, boding well with chocolate brown. This look can come across as heavy, so partner with white to lighten it up.

Fall color schemes.

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{expert advice: updating color combinations}

Give your home a fresh new look with an updated color scheme.

Paint color has the power to transform and revitalize a tired look. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. If you’re trying to achieve a fresh new look without changing all the colors in a room, follow these color scheme tips from Kate. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: expert color advice: hot colors for 2013}

Kathy Basil shares her picks for best colors of 2013.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource brings together trends, designs, and inspiration to transform any room from drab to fab. The professionals in Hirshfield’s Design Resource lend their expertise to architects, interior designers, contractors and building professionals with a wide variety of quality wall finishes for hospitality, health care, corporate interiors, tenant finishes and commercial spaces. Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Resource shares her take on the hot colors for 2013.

Color of the Moment

Emerald green simultaneously evokes a feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. These nuances in the essence of green are relatable across the spectrum. The range in green hues are popular across the board with shades of chartreuse being a top pick.

Pantone Moroccan Blue

Pantone Moroccan Blue

Feeling Blue

Blue serves as the up-and-comer for 2013 and into 2014. The Mediterranean shade of Moroccan Blue is the color of choice. Complement it with ranging colors of blue for a look with depth. This will keep you on trend into the upcoming year as Kathy predicts Moroccan Blue will be the Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

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