I was planning on changing my room’s color scheme lately and as I was browsing through Pinterest for ideas and inspiration; it was the curtains that caught me thinking – plain or printed, again? Yes, I’ve always had printed curtains in my room. They’ve done a really good job with the schemes I had so far, but its time to try something new this time.
Honey We’re Home
Plain curtains in a white shade are what I’ve been looking at these past days. They control the amount of light entering the room really well while keeping the privacy because I can’t stay in a space with low natural light for long, it haunts me…
They go with the wall color perfectly and the best thing is that they make the room look a little spacious – and this is what I’m looking for right now. I feel so inspired by the calm and sophisticated look they create in a room, and it really doesn’t matter about the height of curtains either – that’s a relief.
Better Homes and Gardens
When it comes to create a neutral balance in colors and visual weight in a space, with accessories of course, my favorite thing to do is to add a bunch of plants or flowers. I am yet to meet a space that looks beautiful but lacks this little charm of life. Plants and flowers add life – they freshen up the whole space – they soothe the moods – and not to mention they calm down the nerves after long days. They are miraculous.
How to Decorate
I just mentioned creating balance in a space with plants. That is so true – they are a new neutral because they can calm down a space that has bold and dark colors, and yet at the same time; they can cheer up a space with neutral boring tones. Well, neutrals are not boring to me, I feel happier around neutral tones with a lot of character and texture…
Talk about sunlight – what a marvelous combination they make in a space with plants. I am not talking about sunlight being food for plants and flowers, but it is the look that the two together create in a room.
Nature always affects our nerves in all positive ways. Its about balance and creating a neutral effect that looks great to both eyes and heart.
Add a couple of plants or a beautiful vase full of flowers to your home and see the magic happen.
Better Homes and Gardens
I am noticing some great and gorgeous woven goodies in magazines these days. It seems like they’re trending and it’s great to see that happen because woven handmade things for home have always been my favorite. They look beautiful, they look natural, they have a personal touch and last longer than we think.
Every home evolves with time, things get changed…updated…replaced; but there are some things that not only occupy space in your home but in your heart as well and become a part of your life. After years or even decades, they still hold their place and make you happy as they did when they first became a part of your life.
My mom was presented with a handmade rope basket by our gardener’s wife, when we were transferred from one station to another some twenty eight years back. She made it herself! We still have it and its as useful to us, and precious too, as it was back then…we still love it, though it now shows signs of times. Its an amazing piece made with love – its beautiful, it looks natural, has a personal touch and been with us for a long time.
Color is a mystery; as beautiful as anything could be. The more we learn about color, the more it unfolds, and the more it becomes interestingly complicated – hence, another mystery.
As I spent the weekend reading about color and its basics, I fell in love with decorating using tone-on-tone color. Imagine how interesting it would be to decorate with different shades of just one when you have hundreds to choose from. When on one side, creating palettes with two or more colors could be fun, playing around with shades of just one color is even more interesting.
Its a little tricky to decide if you could just go with tone-on-tone color in a space or not, because if at all it turns out to be wrong (!), the space could become as boring as anything could be. But yet again, if done rightly, imagine how gorgeous that space would look – as gorgeous as anything could be.
Knowing that, I have tone-on-tone color on my mind right now, and I wonder if I could just figure out a few tips to decorate like that in a few days to come…
Coral is such a great color – with a lot of passion and energy at its core. But I am one of those who would have to think twice before start playing decorating with it because I am more for cool and calm color palettes with subtle and happy feeling but with a character. I don’t feel comfortable in places that have a lot of high energy colors or high contrast tones, though they are great to live with for those who are kind-of highly ambitious and energetic or maybe hyperactive, so to say.
Better Homes and Gardens
So I thought of getting out of my comfort zone for a while and get a healthy dose of inspiration of color using coral. Sometimes, exercises like this are great for people who love art and craft of any kind because there is always something for them to learn and take away from these exercises, plus as a bonus, there is always a new idea or inspiration that can help getting better in your own way. It can always give you confidence to come up with something great that might be a sweet surprise for yourself – besides, its a great way to let your imaginations go free.
Coral has a beautiful sense of attraction – and a lot of character in it. In bright hue; it goes from sophisticated to glamorous. Talk about style and class! But if used in a pale and soft tone; it works great as an interesting neutral base! A perfect spot for fun to get started. Its a great source of inspiration to make a statement both ways…
Sometimes coral looks like it has a feminine touch; well it has, but then again mixed in a small amount with grey and navy, I imagine a great palette that could work for everyone with added value of textural accents and plants to create a balance.
Two Twenty One
Its a happy color – coral! Adds a right amount of interest in a boring room and the best thing is; it goes with a lot of colors which makes it an even better choice for those like me who use hues carefully not to make a space yelling at with colors.
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Here is another great collection of hand crafted home textiles that I found through Great.ly (I’m getting quite obsessed with it). Gray Market was born when the textile designer and founder Hallie Gray visited India and fell in love with their hand crafted and painted textiles that are imperfect enough to be perfect!
I am personally drawn towards their homeware and tableware textiles since I am not a big fan of wearing scarves but they too, are worth loving. Each piece is carefully designed and hand crafted using traditional techniques. I love their colors and patterns – they are so appealing and beautiful. Neutral tones, warm shades and small scale patterns are quite enough reasons for me to die for.
I always had a soft corner for neutral tones and softer warm or cool shades primarily because of their not being heavy on eyes and soothing on your senses but my friends often refer this taste of mine as being colorless and boring! Often shopping together, they look at me in amazement – “Good God! You’re not eighty years old, why do you pick such boring things. See that one, that looks pretty bright and colorful.” What they don’t understand then, but later is that boring thing is a perfect canvas to dress up with bright colors and happy textures in your own very way. It has more potential that the brighter one, though that brighter piece has its own charm and beauty but I love to leave a little room for personalization, I guess. Every great piece of art starts with a clean canvas, right? Does that make any sense?
Apart from the colors, the textures too, make a great eye-loving combination with neutral colors. They create great interest for eyes and yet again, packed with lots of potential for personalization.
But I still love listening to my friends and learn from their perspective of colors and designs, the way they see them. It expands my sense of colors and taste in making choices and I learn to love colors as the deserve to be loved because this design world is a such an amazing magical place – each design has an inspiration behind it – each color has a mood to create – and each pattern has a story to tell. And Gray Market is a wonderful combination of all three.
Images: Gray Market Designs
Being a huge fan of neutral tones, warm shades and natural elements, I still do sometimes get out of my comfort zone and treat myself with a sweet dose of beautiful colors that charge up a room with happy energy and; if blessed with good light, they become a blessing and make a room filled with love and affection even when the hues are not too bright.
The Design Files
Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens
I am nothing but admiring this amazing adrift in Brianna Land’s mind! Oh yes. I found her through Great.ly which is my new favorite spot to look for inspiring ideas and know about great new artists and designers who are living their dreams as creatives. Brianna Land is an artist who works in reclaimed wood and makes gorgeous wall art pieces with it. She works under business name “Adrift in my Mind” and also owns an Etsy shop though I found her through Great.ly as I mentioned and she is a favorite with many tastemakers there. Happens with great work!
I don’t write this blog for sake of commercialization – and so whatever product or artist I write about is the one whose work I truly admire and would like to bring home. This makes this blog a journal of ideas that I gather up for my own little-nook-of-heaven-on-earth. Only time will tell how good I’d be at decorating and bringing the best out of it.
I have been deeply inspired by the country style of living lately. Those natural elements, simple arrangements, and neutral palettes give your senses and eyes a little break and space to unwind and being close to the nature and Brianna’s work seems to do just that. It’s not only creative, but it is also artistic, and neutral enough to fit into any style of decorating – seriously, it could add up to an amazing gallery wall and I am imagining a great collection of art in the kitchen using her pieces, though they would do great in an entry as well.
Images: Adrift in my mind via Great.ly