Blue and white: A color duo that has remained an important design influence from the 14th century in China until today. Is it the crispness of the contrasts, the ease in which it blends with traditional, transitional and contemporary interior decor? Is it the way it indicates military command or the way a navy blazer and white trousers always looks right?
It’s all of these reasons and more.
You can’t go wrong with this ancient yet up-to-the-minute design classic.You can use blue and white as a neutral, add any color you want along side it. Always present in the most elegant rooms, it transcends class and culture and is at home everywhere. It remains a staple in upholstery, wallpaper, clothing, exteriors and really almost everywhere and every price point. It is masculine and feminine. Blue, cross-culturally the most chosen color, perhaps its the influence of the sea & sky that unites us all in our love of this soothing color.
If you are having a hard time finding a solid ‘look’ or style in your home, blue & white is a timeless theme. ( just promise to not add any anchors, wall mounted fish taxidermy, or boat steering wheels to the room!!!)
I had a chance to chat with Gretchen Schauffler ( creator @ Devine Paint) at the Room & Board event last month- She is very excited about the roll out of her paint @ Target-
In fact, Huffington Post just wrote that 2 of the Devine products are the best things to buy at Target for the home.
Devine paint has been around the NW for many years now, you may have remembered it as the first real boutique line of paint – “boutique” defined as fewer options, rich deep colors, nuanced undertones, dynamic, depth- Color that you won’t tire of and all of the colors go well with all natural surfaces ( hardwoods, stone slabs, etc)
A lot of what I know about color in homes is because of Devine Paint and Gretchen Schauffler- she really has been a front runner in the paint industry and a role model for female entrepreneurs.
1. Paint trim same as wall if you live in a traditional house but want to have a modern look:- this brings attention to the form of the architectural details-
2. Have less contrast between wall and trim for a more peaceful feeling.
3.Paint window walls ( with special view you would like to show off) in a darker tone- this will bring attention to the view
4.Start with buying art/ or identifying an item you love in the house- then proceed to create a backdrop for it- the art piece is the star of the show, not the walls.- As Don has done here :)
5. If you are going to do white walls/white trim in your home , take a leap on getting strong pieces of furnitures and mixing textures.
6. Be brave! Choose the actual color you like on the paint strip. If you go up the wheel to the lightest version you will not be satisfied with the result- If you are not feeling brave enough to paint this rich color- go ahead and paint the walls a neutral or warm white and buy your furniture in the color you love-
7. Paint your ceiling! It’s an accent wall!- come down one wall with it also!- you will always enjoy seeing this transition- particularly in bedrooms- the “one wall” accent color falls flat because you are not surrounded by the color-
8. Paint either side of a small hallway different colors- it becomes expansive- less of a ‘tunnel’ feeling.
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is currently happening in NYC- This event shows off some pretty amazing lighting, flooring, and furnishings of innovative designers.
I have been trolling instagram for the snapshots from inside the fair and have been drooling over some of the items.
This one really stood out for me: Clients are always looking for interesting flooring alternatives:
Mirth Studios -Mirth Studio is proud to be the only company in the world producing custom printed floor tiles. This amazing new product allows designers, architects, and the consumers endless choices in flooring not found it the marketplace today.
Painted Wood Floor Tiles
Technology: we produce colored hardwood floor tiles through an innovative process that only recently became available due to advances in printing technology.
Material: the wood tiles are made of engineered hardwood that won’t warp like strips and are easily installed with glue.