Posts Tagged ‘Blue’

Tobi TV: 5 Tips for Using Color Confidently

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So many people tell me that they are really scared of color, and that they just don’t know how to use it in their homes.

If that’s you, then I want you to step outside of your neutral comfort zone and learn how to use color confidently! Let’s walk through my farmhouse project – recently featured in Traditional Home – to show you some ideas that will help you embrace color:

Wow – isn’t that a colorful home! Let’s review those tips:

1. Take a risk with a fashionable color like chartreuse! Use it in a hallway, a powder room, or a laundry room if you’re still feeling nervous about going bold.

2. Try a softer tone like aqua to drench a room in a beautiful color. Quieter tones are less intimidating that bold, bright colors.

3. Get your inspiration from nature and use greens, blues, and browns. Those colors are everyone’s favorites, so you can’t go wrong!

4. Don’t forget the kitchen – that room doesn’t HAVE to be all white! You could try a soft blue on just the island or a china hutch.

5. And welcome friends and family with a little color on your front door! It makes a great first impression.

Are you feeling more confident about color now? Tell me what you think in the comments section below!







Before and After: Updated and Edited

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I love starting a project where the “bones” of the house are all in place, but it just needs an update to bring the design into a more modern look. My clients for this project were moving into a fabulous new home, with gorgeous windows and beams in this living area. Look at that view through the windows in the photo below!


But the floor left something to be desired, and the fireplace was a visual mess. The clients told me they wanted a gorgeous space that reminded them of their favorite boutique hotels – very clean and edited.


The blue in the modern art was a jumping-off point for me, so I layered in gorgeous blues that were only slightly lighter or darker, and added in neutral tones in the tables and rug.


The dark and dreary fireplace and mantle you see above got a major update, which also lightened and brightened this wall of the room.


And a bit more color was introduced with another stunning piece of art over the fireplace. I love how it draws the eye up with that pop of pink! And then on the opposite wall I added another original artwork, framed by stunning white lamps. The two lucite tables also keep the room serene and edited.


So what do you think of this modern update? I loved the blue tone-on-tone vibe in the room – and so did House Beautiful! This project was featured on its cover just a few years ago. Let me know what you think about the redo in the comments section below!







Tobi TV: Top 5 Ways to Use Bold Color

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Today we’re talking COLOR – it’s my signature and what I’m known for! I love using bold hues in my home and in my clients’ homes, but I know some people are nervous about using color.


So this week on Tobi TV, let’s look at some of my favorite colorful projects and then I’ll give you my best tips for using color with success! Let’s get started:

Those were colorful rooms, right? You can have the same result with color if you follow these tips:

  1. Use a neutral background, like in my living room. Although you see a lot of my signature kelly green in that room, if you look closely you’ll notice that the walls and major pieces are actually neutrals and the color is layered in. I also added some nice blue tones to balance the room.
  2. Consider using varying shades of one color to saturate a room, like the many hues of blue I used in my client’s family room. That tone-on-tone approach creates a restful room with a lot of color.
  3. Add your favorite punch of color to a room by painting pieces, like chairs or side tables or frames. You can select the perfect color for your room without having to search high and low for an item in that color.
  4. Paint the back wall of bookshelves to add an unexpected bit of color, and consider using accessories on those shelves that are all in a single color.
  5. Don’t forget about color in the outdoor spaces! You can use bold hues like coral and turquoise to create a sophisticated outdoor room.

I hope these tips will give you the confidence to go bold with color! It’s my favorite way to give a home a lot of personality! Let me know in the comments below how you like to color your world!








What Is That Color? Double the Fun

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There is one photo that gets more comments than just about any other for me on Houzz, and it’s this boldly striped powder room! People ask a lot about the stripes and the colors – particularly how I came up with the colors. And the answer is usually the same for me – the wall colors were inspired by fabric!

If you look at the fabric on the window, you’ll immediately see the color inspiration for this fun room. Once I had that fabric, the rest was easy. I chose to paint the stripes in a dynamic duo of Sherwin-Williams paints – the blue is called Watery and the greenish color is called Antiquity. Then I matched squares of tile to those paint colors so I would have painted stripes on the top half of the wall and tile stripes on the bottom!

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Why? Because this room is used by six kids! And if you’ve ever been in a bathroom used by a lot of kids, you know that having a tile backplash around the sink is going to save those walls in the long run, right? The dual colors and the dual materials made for one solution to a very common problem in a lot of homes.

So what do you think of the color combo and the stripes? Would you try this in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,






PS – Before you ask (and I know you will), the cabinet is painted in Sherwin-Williams Lagoon!

What Is That Color? Sea and Sky

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I loved designing this pool house for my clients – it’s a fun space to hang out when they’re waiting for a passing shower, or to have a quick bite before heading back out for fun in the sun! For the color palette, I wanted to give a nod to the water just outside the window, along with the sunshine and flowers. But at the same time, I didn’t want to go too “beachy.”

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The pool area outside already had these bright pops of orange, so I knew that I wanted to include that color. And I went to the opposite side of the color wheel for that perfect complementary partner – and this blue was just what I needed! It’s Sherwin-Williams Waterscape, which is also a perfect name, don’t you think?

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Not only is it the just-right shade of blue for this poolside retreat, but it also provides a great backdrop for the pattern play I put into the room, too, like this fretwork on the bottom of the wall. It helped create a cool space for rest and relaxation without having to use all that SPF!

So what do you think of this lovely blue? It’s continuing a theme for me this month of cool and calming colors! Let me know what colors you love for the summer by leaving me a comment below!

Colorfully yours,