Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jiggly Red Color

Jello is so much fun to eat - in any form! Next time you indulge in this wiggly treat, notice the levels of color that you can see in it. From lights to darks and everything in between! Let's see how you can juggle this jiggly color scheme in your home.

Now think where you'd like to put these hot hues. In your kitchen? Bedroom? Dining Room? You can really put this color scheme anywhere but there are few factors to consider before hand.

If you put reds in the kitchen, will you be happy with starting your day with these hot hues? If so, it could be one very dramatic kitchen. You can incorporate red in your wall color, backsplash, cabinets, accessories or just window treatments but don't forget to add some of those neutrals to tone things down a bit and you'll have one gorgeous kitchen! You decide how much red you're comfortable with.


Want red in the bedroom?
Red in the bedroom is a VERY romantic choice. I think it's where I'd prefer to see this very hot hue. From bedding, pillows, wall color, lamps or wallpaper - you can really have fun in this room, with red.


Want red in the dining room?
The dining room is probably the only room in the house where I WOULDN'T put red. It's just so dated already. For years now it seems clients think they want red in the dining room - until I show them a completely different color that's so much better!

But if you really want red in the dining room, here's a way to mix it up with a neutral and a deep, dark, cherry red. Delicious!

❝Whoa! Red! Red! I want red
That's what I said! That's what I said
Gimme red, red,'cause I want red
Some like it hot, I like it red.❞

Better Midler from the song RED

Monday, July 25, 2011

Banana Cream Pie

Who doesn’t like a creamy dessert? If you like banana, this is the dessert for you! Not crazy about this potassium rich dessert? You can still enjoy it but without all those calories.

This soft and subtle Color Recipe would really look good in just about any room. From the kitchen to a formal dining room (couldn’t you just see this with beautiful black accents?)

How to get this look? 
There’s no monkeying around with this recipe. Let’s put this delicious color in the dining room. Here' the color suggestions for “Banana Cream Pie”.

Paint Brand: Benjamin Moore

Lemonade 2024-60
Beacon Hill Damask HC-2
Spring Dust 2150-40

COLOR TIP: This color scheme would be perfect for a room that didn't get much natural light. It may be too much hue for those southern exposures.

I would love to see this gorgeous Schumacher fabric on the chairs.

Turkey Dinner for Your Walls

Pepperoni pizza, black cherry pound cake, Parmesan baked salmon, artichoke hearts – hungry?  Don’t pick up a fork just yet because; food has now become an inspiration for designer paint schemes in your home.

We all like food and I think most of us like color. Now there’s a way to combine food and color to completely transform your home. It’s called – Color Recipes. Roasted turkey and stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce. Sound like dinner? Think again. You’re not only looking at a delicious dinner but at a very beautiful color scheme that will look great in any room.

A recipe by definition, as we know it, is “cooking instructions or directions.” A Recipe for Success is basically a means or way of achieving a formula for instant success. By combining both definitions, Color Recipes becomes a way to create a color formula for an instant color scheme.

As a Color Specialist and the owner of Decorating by Donna, I’m constantly scanning through magazines looking for new color schemes. While thumbing through various home décor magazines, I noticed how beautiful the photography was in the advertisements.  Ads for soups, pasta dishes, salads, desserts, - just about anything you see in photographs, has amazing colors. Advertisers are trying to sell a product, so they have to make the photographs look their best – and they do! So good in fact, I took my paint fan deck and started pulling out the colors that were already seen in the photograph and voila! a perfect paint scheme just got “cooked” up. “It’s come to the point that whatever I look at - turns into a potential designer paint scheme for someone’s home. My office is full of magazines with color recipes just waiting to be cooked up for the homes here in Charlotte. It’s really a delicious way to work,” says Donna.

With this fun way of choosing a color scheme for your home, it’s not only affordable but it’s something the entire family can do together. How cool would it be to have a “turkey dinner” on your living room walls or a “hamburger with cheese” in the family room? Better yet, how about a “banana split” in the kids room and let them pick out the colors?

The ideal time to choose a color recipe is before you move into your home. It’s easier to paint in an empty house rather then one that is full of furniture and home accessories that will need to be moved around. For the homeowner that has been in the home for a while and just wants to update, in-home consultations are a great option. Here you will be able to choose a new color recipe that will incorporate your existing décor.

Donnas’ thoughts about color, “I can’t get over how many new homes have been built in South Charlotte. I see all these new houses with blank walls just waiting to get painted. And I want people to know that they can afford to beautify their home even when they are on a fixed budget. All you need is paint – but it has to be in the right colors.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's 5:00 somewhere!

Martini's anyone?

One of my favorite cocktails … the Martini. I like them shaken or stirred, up or on the rocks. This classic cocktail also comes with a classic Color Recipe. The colors are a bit masculine and somewhat stately, earthy and even a little pretentious. Which ever way you look at these colors, they will be sure to relax you at the end of the day.

Where would I use the Martini Color Recipe?

I think these colors would look great in the bonus room turned “man cave”. Now this type of man cave is a bit different from the typical cave as we know it. 

There are two types of man caves. The first which is the most elaborate is the “I spared no exspence” man cave which has ALL the bells and whistles you can think of. Then there is the second type of man cave which is “I got whatever room was left over in the house and I'm calling it the cave” room. Both caves deserve the best color possible!

This is not a glamorous man cave by any means but it can be with these colors - ok and maybe with some new window treatments and a really nice entertainment center. But either way, serve it up classy with the “Martini Color Recipe” and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Monochomatic Doesn't Mean Bland

When you think of monotone color, what comes to mind? You may be thinking “all the same color” or “boring” or even “uncreative”. Well think again because Monochromatic color is not as bland as you think it is.

Perogies are a staple in my house. It's one of my son's favorite dishes and since he's a vegetarian, it's served up often in a variety of ways. No matter what you put on the Perogie, it starts off as a variation of beige.

Choosing color for a room is so much like cooking. You start with a beige room but then add accent colors to bring out the rooms beauty. In cooking, you start off with a neutral perogie and add other ingredients to enhance the flavor and to make it look delicious.

Think of these tomatoes and possible accent colors for your room.

Here's how you can place this monochromatic color scheme in an entrance way.

When you have an entrance way that opens up to several rooms such at this one, you'll find that working with a palette such as this is very accommodating. The two darkest or most dominant colors here, the red and brown, are your accent colors. 

Depending on the type of decor you have, the red can be seen in pillows, throws, an accent wall or area rug. Don't get too crazy with this hue, just tease your home with splashes of red just to break up the beige. Incorporate the brown with your furniture and flooring color. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Color For Your Cupcake

This Color Recipe is screaming girls nursery!

I was never a big fan of the pinky pink, bubble gum nursery's.  Don't get me wrong, I love pink but only a select few.

This is a great place for bubble gum color.

A few years ago I had the pleasure to design a nursery for a client who didn't have a budget for her project. She wanted the best of the best, and the most expensive materials. Everything was custom ordered and designed. Well, many hours and $10,000 later (some of the fabric as $325 a yard) a very classy nursery was designed and these were very similar to the colors she wanted. Are they a bit to mature for a baby girl's room - yes, I think so, but nevertheless, it was beautiful!

So here a the colors for a very classy baby girl.

This photo by Pottery Barn shows the wood stain that would look best in this room. If you can get a mahogany wood that would even be better.

Benjamin Moore has a great color selection starting from Georgia Pink 2092-60. Watch your undertones with these pinks - keep them warm and muted and baby soft.