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Your front door is the “face of your house.”
Your front door is to your house what your expression is to your face. Is your house smiling or frowning? Does it make others feel welcome? And what does it say about you?
A shiny fresh coat of paint or stain is the quickest way to give your front entry a facelift. Door hardware, lighting and potted plants are all important too but….in this post we’ll focus on color.
The body color of your house – your door will look best when contrasting with the body color.
A neutral house can feature a bright color. Lush!
Your interior color palette – in a perfect world your front door will RELATE or repeat a color from your interior design.
Why is that so important? Because the CONTINUITY feels so-o-o- good. The transition to the inside will be graceful and fluid. A beautiful front door can actually change your mood.
Dramatic custom made door – it blends seamlessly with the interior
CREATE A FLOW FROM THE ENTIRE INTERIOR ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE FRONT DOOR.
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YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE HOW IT CAN TRANSFORM YOUR HOUSE!
Consider the flowers – What colors do you feature in your garden? There is something so elegantly simple about this purple-blue theme.
Apricot with white trim is stunning on this old yellow-brick house
Granny apple green and lavender pops against this red brick siding
Yellow-green with extra wide periwinkle blue trim is unexpected and very cool
Wild neon purple tells me that these homeowners definitely have a sense of humor.
Contemporary houses are designed for some crazy color blocking
Red on gray is a traditional color combo…but there’s nothing traditional about this front door.
Deep purple-blue double doors look fabulous. What do you think of the pinky red flagstones? I would replace them with light gray limestone pavers.
Dark wood stain is so rich against white trim. This may be my favorite of the bunch. The colors and finishes are fantastic, and I also love the quirky asymmetrical side window.
Rustic light wood door has an entirely different personality, knot holes and all.
Salvaged doors have enormous character. For sure they have stories to tell… and we FEEL that as we enter.
For a secret designer visualizing trick watch this video How To Choose a Front Door Color
What is your favorite door? Leave a comment below
MANY DIFFERENT MOODS CAN BE CREATED WITH COLOR - GET SOME HELP CREATING MOOD IN YOUR HOUSE WITH ONE OF MY ONLINE DESIGN COACHING PROGRAMS
Start with a great fabric like this blue, green and white stripe. Keep most of the other fabrics solid. That bright green coverlet packs enough of a punch without adding a lot of pattern to the room.
Start with a piece of art. The whimsical dog painting establishes a color palette in this white kitchen. Blue and green details bring in a wonderful Continuity. I love the painted plank walls.
Start with favorite objects that you love. Here is a collection of many round objects, glass spheres, a globe, round baskets and more. Things I like about this arrangment are: repetition of color and shape, and the narrow color palette of only green, blue and brown. Things I don’t like are: too spotty with the random placement of the green spheres. What do you think?
Inspired by Nature. Do we love blue and green because it occurs naturally? Don’t forget, WE occur naturally too. Perhaps that strong connection with natural phenomena touches us at a very deep level.
Medium blue calms down the zing of the bright green dresser. A nice balance.
Create mood with color. Saturated jewel tones (saphire and emerald) create a sexy, intimate mood in the room below.
Serene and interesting….that’s what I would call this bathroom. I love the chippy painted vanity. Someone really scored at the flea market! Note how the designer has repeated the blue with the glass vase and repeated the green in the smallest way with the floral arrangment. Shall we add blue and green towels? We would have to stand in the room and FEEL INTO IT. What does your inner designer tell you?
Use blue and green as a focal point against a white modern…and very minimal….dining room
Joyful and childlike. Combine several blues and greens for a bright, fun vignette. I could look at this every day and smile.
Sophisticated when combined with black in a contemporary setting.
Feminine in soft pastels and floral fabrics
Blue walls with a green ceiling. This interior design is not my taste (that doesn’t make it wrong) but I just HAD to show you this very cool paint treatment.
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The ONE THING you absolutley must have for a beautiful interior is Continuity. Without it you will feel out of balance and irritated. Without Continuity the transitions from room to room will be abrupt and jarring. No wonder your house doesn’t make you really happy!
Candice Olson, one of my favorite designers and star of HGTV’s Divine Design, says this about Continuity. “Basically, you want to pick one look for your entire house. ..the idea behind using color well is it should flow in your house, not be a patchwork of opposite looks.”
Whether or not you like black, white and red…I hope you get the bigger idea here. The idea is to make the rooms talk to each other. All of the background is painted white. Walls, ceiling and floors. Most of us don’t have the courage for white floors but it’s dramatic…is it not?
The color palette is limited to black & white with red accents and some warm wood tones.
In the view through to the kitchen, your eye takes in more black and red touches including a handsome black framed mirror.
What your eye takes in…in one glance…needs to look good together.
Continuity is carried into the smallest detail
Some designers (guilty) even buy books to go with the color palette. I know…it’s crazy.
The black lucite closet doors are a striking element in the mix, as is the cow hide area rug and the black and white throw on the bed.
In the view through to the balcony your eye takes in more black and white accessories.
The black bathroom tiles are subway shaped and set contemporary style in even stacks. Staggering oblong tiles is considered more traditional.
Wood tones bring warmth to the color palette.
Has this designer created a graceful transition from room to room?
Do we have continuity here?
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Do you hate wallpaper as much as I do (or did)? Speaking for myself, I got tired of wallpaper in the 70′s and have never looked back. I wrote this post for ALL of us. We need to stretch our imaginations, right? As part of our spiritual/creative practice we need to WAKE UP and open our eyes to possibilities.
Yes, this IS wallpaper! Cole & Son” Circus” – Gruber Home remodeling
Your next stroke of genius
I am not recommending that you hang wallpaper in your house. All I’m encouraging you to do is to let your favorite images (below) make an impression on your magically spongelike mind. Who knows when one of them will trigger a FAB-ulous creative stroke of genius in your own home.
WA-A-AY oversized floral design is an entirely new look
In the past designers would never use large scale designs in a small bedroom but….not any more. I suggest breaking all those old rules and get a little wild with it
Whimsical papers look great in bathrooms, laundry rooms and other smallish spaces
A small triangular wall is a great opportunity for wallpaper
Notice the same delightful zebras as the photo above but in a different color way
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Light up a stairwell with an open widely spaced pattern
Is there any doubt that this is a 2013 design?
This dining niche looks dramatic with its stylized black and white wall
Use stripes in an unexpected way…on a diagonal
Exagerrated oversized deer heads put a contemporary spin on the woodsy cabin
Geometric designs are wildly popular now
Fill an entire wall with a single map of your city
Not off a roll – Cover the wall with pages from an oversized map book
Notice how the color scheme of the maps is repeated in the tile and towels creating a beautiful balance and continuity
All kinds of metallics and textures are available
Sophisticated charcoal gray grasscloth (much more interesting than charcoal gray paint)
Not just hearts and flowers anymore……
There’s a wallpaper design for even the quirkiest taste
Favorite online sources for stunning wallpapers
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I’M COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET
I’m coming clean, my dear Design Junkies. I’m going to tell you the real reason I love beautiful interior design. It’s not because I want to impress people. It’s not because I want to look like an expert. It’s not because I like to boss people around. It’s not because I like to collect “stuff.” The real reason is because it’s good medicine. Good design heals.
IT’S NOT ABOUT LOOKING GOOD…IT’S ABOUT FEELING GOOD
I learned early in life that when things look good it makes me feel good. I was less than 7 years old when I started rearranging things in my bedroom. When I was big enough to push furniture round I would slide my bed to the other side of the room. I remember clearly how renewed and refreshed I felt. When I hung a pretty picture on the wall I kept looking at it over and over with delight and pleasure. Little did I know that I was giving myself good juju.
LET YOUR FEELINGS BE YOUR GUIDE
One of my spiritual teachers (Abraham) has taught me that my feelings are my highest guidance. It’s called our “Emotional Guidance System” We humans were created with a barometer….our feelings. Our feelings guide us constantly….without ceasing. Some believe the feelings come from a Higher Power. I am one of those people. My announcing this I risk the loss of some of my readers…however, I have a hunch that most of you know that this idea exists between the lines of my teaching.
GOOD DESIGN RAISES OUR VIBRATION
Our environment….our house….our clothes…our surroundings….have the power to depress our elevate our spirits. It’s a powerful tool that we can use to reduce stress. It can take the edge off our worries and fill us with confidence and optimism.
WALK IN BEAUTY…IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
I often sign off my blog with these words. It is the core of my belief. It is my message. My artist’s group has been encouraging me to make this statement more strongly in my writing and design coaching…to become more authentic about this spiritual side of my design work. This way I will attract people who resonate with this message.
I DON’T YET KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU
but I’m certain I can lead you to it. Get in touch with your inner designer. And, by the way, your inner designer has great taste! Perhaps you haven’t met her (him) yet. I have guided hundreds of people to their “feel good place” through interior design. I encourage you to meet your inner designer and discover your unique type of beauty.
There’s no end to the delight that an artful gallery wall gives me.
THERE’S NO ONE RIGHT ANSWER
and don’t let anyone ever tell you there is. My years of design experience has installed a huge “design reference library” in my imagination. I am confident that somewhere in there are several solutions for you.
GOOD DESIGN IS BETTER THAN PROZAC
Yes I am a true Design Junkie. I love feeling good. Beauty is my drug of choice
WHAT’S RIGHT FOR ME MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU
I love my soft buttery leather jacket.
TAP INTO YOUR GOOD VIBRATION HAPPY PLACE
It’s necessary to live with the colors you love.
If earthtones inspire you it is vital to have them in your world
GOOD DESIGN HEALS
Surround yourself with the things you love
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Walk in beauty…it will change your life!
Images: via Centsational Girl, Craig Denis, JMA, Aanthony Antine,Myra Hoefer, Eileen Fisher
Many of us are absolutely wild about purple. But purple is tricky to use in interior design. The fabulous purple that you see on a color wheel does not translate well to walls, chairs and bedding. It’s way too bright and looks….well…ridiculous.
MUTED PURPLE IS EASIER TO LIVE WITH
Most of the purples in this bedroom below are soft, pale…almost dusty. Remember, there are a gozillion shades of purple that are a whole lot easier to live with than “color wheel purple.”
COLOR WHEEL PURPLE IS TOO BRIGHT FOR MOST INTERIOR DESIGN SCHEMES
THIS BATHROOM COLOR WORKS FOR TWO REASONS
First, the purple used here is pale and has lots of blue in it….very serene. Secondly, the room is at least 75% white. This cools down the purple and makes it less important. I usually call this periwinkle blue, do you?
GRAY-PURPLE LOOKS SOPHISTICATED
Saturated purple benches provide a shot of energy…but most of the purple in this scene is grayed down.
MIX YOUR INTENSE PURPLES WITH SOME PALE
The light purple-blue chairs play well against the deeply saturated purple door.
COMBINE SATURATED PURPLES WITH LOTS OF NEUTRAL
COMBINE SATURATED PURPLE WITH OTHER BRIGHT SATURATED COLOR
Kids rooms are great places for purple. The brightness is stimulating and playful. And the “weight” of the deep purple walls is balanced by the vibrant turquoise.
AVOID MATCHY MATCHY….WITH ANY COLOR, NOT JUST PURPLE
I like the purple ottoman below. And the pale purple throw pillows create a repeat of sorts (although they are a bit too symmetrically arranged). But I would have stopped there. The lampshade, picture frame and other purple accessories go too far. That’s my taste. What do you think?
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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR SPACE FEELS INCOMPLETE
Does your space feel random? Incomplete? Do you ever feel like your room “needs something” but you don’t know what? It needs more style….but you don’t now how to do that? It needs to look more thought out…but you’re fresh out of ideas?
SECRET DESIGN SHORTCUT: MAKE A SYMMETRICAL PAIR
It’s amazing how symmetry can instantly make a space feel complete. Let’s look at some examples…..
Kahn Design Group
A PAIR OF LAMPS IS THE EASIEST WAY TO ACHIEVE SYMMETRY
Why? Because lamps are relatively inexpensive, there is so much choice, and they don’t take up very much space.
TRIPLE UP ON SYMMETRY
A pair of lamps AND a pair of chairs AND a pair of pillows. Here are two rooms arranged like that…notice the different flavor each room has. Style has nothing to do with the important design principle of symmetry.
THIS PAIR OF BEAUTIFUL MIRRORS ABOVE A PAIR OF SINKS IS SIMPLE AND ELEGANT
ON THE OTHER HAND, ASYMMETRY CAN BE QUIRKY AND MEMORABLE
In other words, symmetry is not always the answer to your design woes but it will make your space feel more balanced and complete, if that’s what you’re looking for.
THERE IS SOMETHING STRONG AND COMFORTING ABOUT SYMMETRY.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel stable and safe somehow. Do you agree?
A PAIR OF ETAGERES FRAMES THE DOORS TO OUTSIDE
SYMMETRICAL BUILT IN BOOKCASES FLANK A FIREPLACE AND FLATSCREEN TV
SYMMETRY BALANCES ASYMMETRY
Symmetrically arranged artwork flanking the mirror…as well as a pair of stools tucked underneath…. gives stability to the asymmetrical arrangement of objects of the hall table. A beautiful mix!
A PAIR OF TABLES IN BETWEEN TWO MISMATCHED COUCHES FEELS JUST RIGHT
A PAIR OF MATCHING COUCHES LOOKING EYE TO EYE CREATES A GRACIOUS LIVING ROOM
“NOT QUITE SYMMETRICAL” IS LESS FORMAL
Here are opposing couches….one is a loveseat with two cushions…the other is a long couch with three cushions. However, their upholstery is exactly the same and the throw pillows are in a similar color range. I like this look because it is looser and less formal than an exact match. I’m that kinda gal.
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In my last post 15 Fabulous Living Rooms – Vote Your Favorite, we all got to look at and vote for living rooms that are beautiful each in their own way.
This particular post was announced to my LinkedIn professional groups. So…most of you work in and around the world of interior design. What I gleaned from the survey results is that you have an amazing range and an extraordinary ability to express many different styles. Every room received lots of votes. Here are the favorites.
You all surprised me with this one. The favorite was a traditional room that is uber-comfortable. Those upholstered bergere chairs with ottomans are deep and ever-so inviting, aren’t they? You obviously appreciated the subtle lighting design and the neutral textures. Why am I surprised? Because I did not expect so many of you to choose a traditional design. It just proves to me that timeless beats trendy any day of the week!
This is a very retro room, you guys….and it came in second confirming that Mid-century modern is indeed hot in the design world right now. What makes this space dramatic is its mixture of oversized, abstract and ethnic art… and a stunning red leather chesterfield as a focal point.
The genius of this room is that it is serene and energetic at the same time. The neutral wood tones and linens are quiet. The black and white contrasts are punchy. It is full of unusual textures and vintage pieces which give it a timeless appeal. The upholstered linen couch/chaise is definitely contemporary and looks so comfortable with it’s generous sized down filled pillows. This result confirms that the comfort factor is very high on our list of priorities.
Again you chose a traditional space. The upholstered pieces and lamps are shapes that have been around for years. What gives this space bright energy is the sharp contrasts of blue, white and black (softened with wheat color). What gives it drama is the narrow color palette. And isn’t that blue and white fabric terrific?!
I included this room in the survey because I am nutty crazy about stripes but…when I look at it now, there is something cold about it too. I crave more warm color or…something. What do you think?
Thanks for joining us in this fun exploration, my dear Design Junkies. We have all enjoyed your comments and your highly professional opinions.
Hello Design Junkies! Here are 15 of the most delicious living rooms I have seen…ever. Take the fun little survey at the end of this post to cast your vote for your two favorites.
I will post the results next time and we’ll see which two living rooms are your most favorites…and why!
#1 Sophisticated with Gallery Wall I love this light spacious feel. The extremely large framed prints that practically cover the entire wall, and the pair of midcentury modern leather chairs.
#2 Rough Luxe The combination of textured and comfortable upholstered and interesting ethnic objects intrigues and invites me.
#3 Cozy Traditional The pair of bergere chairs with ottomans look so inviting. (Technically perhaps this is a den rather than a living room).
#4 Fresh and Green
After you’ve seen them all, take 60 seconds to vote your 2 favorites…right here
#5 Luxurious Gray and Tangerine
#6 Soft and Silver
#7 Contemporary Metropolitan
#8 Crisp Blue and White
#9 Textured Neutrals
#10 Loft with Poster Collection
#11 Magenta Stunner
#12 Contemporary Ranch
#13 Red Suzani and White
#14 Chocolate and White
#15 Cottage and Then Some
Here’s your chance to vote for your two favorite living rooms.
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What two living rooms do you like best?
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