Posts Tagged ‘brown’

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!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Fresh Formal Dining Room

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There’s a debate with consumers today about whether formal dining rooms are still needed because there are so many people who never use them.  But I believe that if you love to entertain, or you have a big family, a separate dining room is a must! For my farmhouse project that was just featured in Traditional Home magazine, this large family definitely wanted a room that would accommodate everyone, as well as guests. And since this home was a new build, we were able to design exactly what they needed, from the ground up!

I loved the paneling and molding that we installed in this room. It really gave it a traditional look, like a home that has a long history and a story to tell.

We added an alcove area that would hold a sideboard and a gorgeous piece of art. When you’re building a new house, you really do have the ability to put in every detail that you want, which is so much fun for me as a designer!

To keep the room from being too stuffy and formal, I drenched the space in a fresh aqua color. I like to tell a color story throughout the house, and this lovely hue is featured in several nearby rooms, so it creates a great feeling of continuity from space to space.

Finally, I added in a deep chocolate brown to balance the aqua, and put in a few country details like the gingham and the florals as a nod to this modern farmhouse design.

So what do you think of the minty-fresh dining room? Do you still use your formal dining room? Tell me why or why not in the comments section below!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: The Green Bedroom Scene

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I’m so excited that my farmhouse project is the cover feature in Traditional Home‘s April issue, on newsstands now! This master bedroom is the room featured on the cover, which is such an honor. So I thought today would be the perfect day to showcase a before-and-after of this room because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and this is a spring green space!

The interesting thing about this project is that it was a completely new build – it was literally an empty field when I first saw it. So we had the exciting opportunity to really make this a dream home for my clients. The views of the surrounding trees and pastures are so amazing that I knew I wanted to bring in the outdoors in with the fabulous Schumacher fabric called Hothouse Flowers in a gorgeous range of greens and brown.

One of my favorite parts of this room, that really brought in that farmhouse feeling in a sophisticated way, is the wood walls, which I painted in gorgeous Sherwin-Williams Creamy.

You can see the reclaimed wood planks from an old barn here before they were painted, and the wall where I placed that beautiful bed from Hickory Chair with the monogrammed pillows.

Here’s the actual cover shot, with the view of that incredible fireplace. And you can see how I mixed in more greens and browns to complement the stunning fabric on the chairs and drapery.

And here’s the “before” shot, obviously before we added in the fireplace surround and mantel that give such a chic touch to the master suite!

So what do you think of this master suite that’s wearin’ the green for St. Patty’s? Let me know in the comments section below! And look for more behind-the-scenes shots of this home in the coming weeks!

xo,

 

 

 

 

 

Before and After: Light and Bright Nursery

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People often turn to interior designers when there is a big occasion in their lives – like having a little one moving into her own room. And when my clients asked me to turn a little-used upstairs room into a light and bright nursery, I jumped at the chance!

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As you can see in the photos above and below, this space was one of those catch-all rooms that we all have in our homes. It was partly a guest room and partly a storage area.

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It wasn’t really used a lot, and the color was more than a little off-putting. That deep-dark brown wasn’t doing anybody any favors. And it sure wasn’t right for a sweet little girl’s room! It made this room so dark, even though it has a big window.

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So of course I lightened and brightened the color palette, using a lot of the black and white that psychologists say is so good for babies’ growing minds. I even outlined the angles of the room to make it more interesting graphically. And then I popped in some sunny yellows and greens to add fun and whimsy.

What do you think of the transformation? Would you try outlining your room with a bold stripe like I did? Let me know in the comments section below!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

What Is That Color? Beautiful Brown

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Brown is anything but a basic color! In fact, it’s one of the most sophisticated and chic colors in the palette. So when my clients asked me for a dining room that melded their traditional and hip styles, I knew which part of the color wheel was going to be the star!

The walls in this room are Sherwin-Williams French Roast, with Sherwin-Williams’ Creamy paint on the trim – sounds like the perfect cup of coffee, right? The brown not only surrounds the space with warmth and sophistication, but it also provides the perfect backdrop for the bright red in the chairs and the rug.

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The fabrics in the draperies perfectly combined the brown and cream and helped pull everything together. The brown by itself isn’t necessarily daring, but it seems very dramatic with the other colors in the room. My clients loved how current it looks, particularly with the traditional patterns and furnishings.

So what do you think of bold brown? Would you use it in any of your rooms? Tell me where and how in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

Tobi-Signature