Category Archives: Colors & Palettes

The Decorated Ceiling – It’s All in the Details

Many of us love the “charm” of an older home – one built before 1930. For the most part what we’re responding to is the architectural detailing that comes from building without stock parts and without a production mentality. In today’s home, such detailing is no less desirable – whether it’s funky, traditional, or rustic.

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Color Concepts – Another Palette

Yesterday’s article covered the major elements that make color palettes work in architecture using a home with a bold, bright color palette. This home uses the same conceptual elements with a more somber palette of grayed-greens, deep wine, and a touch of creamy yellow. This home also features two elements that weren’t as apparent in the other home: The effectivness of Darker Transitions and moving from Dark to Light as daylight increases.

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Using Color to Accentuate Design

This home uses a bright, energetic palette without being overwhelming. Let’s look at how the use of color sets the stage and creates visual boundaries. The only place red is used is on the column dividing the kitchen from the breakfast area. The column is necessary to hide a structural support, a waste stack and ductwork. The deep red marks the transition between the working Kitchen and the sitting area of the breakfast room.

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Using Color – One Palette

You don’t think color when you look at this kitchen — the cabinets are an oyster milk paint finish. In this view, only the island cabinet is a cobalt blue milk paint. But look from this angle and cobalt blue is a dominant color. The impact of the cobalt is heightened by its limited and dramatic use.

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