Posts Tagged ‘cobalt’

4 Ideas for Metropolitan Style

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Modern design enthusiasts may think they will only find “big city” style in places like New York, Los Angeles, or Chicago. But you can get the chic and sleek look you crave, no matter where you live.

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Right here in Little Rock, Ark., I harnessed that city style for my Riverside Penthouse project, and I’m going to show you exactly how you can use these ideas to give your space a modern look and feel.

That entryway is metro marvelous! Here’s another look at a few tips that will give you a lot of big city style:

  1. Think glam: A velvet and vinyl banquette will definitely add that sophisticated city look to your home. It’s perfect for entertaining or having a few friends over for cocktails.
  2. A gorgeous marbelized wall covering in every shade of blue from cobalt to ink will make your space feel penthouse perfect. And it offers ready-made art, as well!
  3. Black-and-white striped marble floors would make a jailhouse rock – and the high-gloss makes them super-chic.
  4. Blue suede doors would make Elvis proud – add some glass doorknobs and they are definitely fit for a King.

A great city view is a bonus, but even if you live in the suburbs, these tips will help you feel like you’re living large in the big city.

Stay colorful!







Tobi TV: Top 5 Reasons to Use Blue in Your Home

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A couple of weeks ago, I told you about a brand new blue that scientists have discovered. Blue definitely is America’s favorite color – and now there’s a new hue for us all to obsess over!

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And if you aren’t sure about this classic color, I have 5 good reasons for you to consider blue in your home right now:

Wow! Did that convince you? Let’s review why blue might be the right color choice for you:

  1. Blue is so powerful. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be bold and dramatic, or soft and serene.
  2. Layering a variety of shades of blue all in one room makes for a monochromatic space full of depth and interest.
  3. Blue appeals to both men and women.
  4. Blue never really goes out of style. It’s a classic.
  5. Cobalt blue and several other shades from aqua to navy are very trendy right now. For that reason, blue is really classic and a trending color, all at the same time!

So what about you – are you a blue lover? Leave me a comment and tell me your favorite ways to use blue and your favorite shades of it, too. And if you loved this video, please share it with your design-loving friends that just might like blue like you!







A Brand New Blue

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It isn’t every day that scientists discover a new color – but you know my ears perked up when I heard the news! And just like so many things in life, the discovery was a happy accident. Chemists at Oregon State University were actually trying to create new materials for electronics when they realized they’d done something that people have been trying to do for centuries – create the perfect bright blue.

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The blue is very close to what I call cobalt – a color I LOVE to use, as you can see above. The chemists created it by heating manganese oxide and a few other chemicals to over 2,000 degrees F. And the best thing about this new pigment is that it’s so stable that the color will never fade. I can see how fabulous that could be in something like outdoor furniture, which I would love to see in this new blue.

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In fact, that blue outdoor furniture would be the perfect complement to the upholstered doors I created for this penthouse lobby, which also has an entrance to an outdoor patio.

So what do you think about the new blue? Does it make you as happy as it makes me? Let me know in the comments section below!







Everyone’s Favorite Color

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Tomorrow I’ll be at Toms-Price in Chicago, talking about my favorite topic – color! So I thought I’d kick things off today with a look at the world’s favorite color. Yes, I said the world!

For the second year in a row, a survey of thousands of people in 10 countries on four continents showed that blue is still the top pick of all the colors. It’s the favorite among men and women, no matter the age or ethnicity. No wonder I like to use blue in my projects – my clients love it, too!

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So what is it about this color that makes everyone so happy? Psychologists say that it’s because blue is the color that we like to see the most in nature – the blue of the sky and all of the watery blues. It’s also calming and has even been proven to lower blood pressure!

In color psychology, blue brings to mind peace, order, and safety. That explains why it continues to show up on those lists of faves, right? And it really does mean that blue is a perfect color for the home, too. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be bold and dramatic or soft and serene. Blue never really goes out of style – it’s a classic!

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So do you use blue in your home? Tell me below where and how you do! And if you would like to join me this week at Toms-Price to get my top tips for working with color in your home, come by the Lincolnshire store tomorrow night at 6pm, or see me at the Wheaton location on Friday at 12pm. Hope to see you there!







Color Forecast for 2016

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I love looking forward at the beginning of a new year, trying to predict the trends and ideas that will make a big impact in the coming months! Color trends are one of my favorites – and I love the predictions that come from everyone from paint companies to trend forecasters.

This year, Sherwin-Williams has decided that Simply White will be the color to beat, while Pantone predicts that its new twin colors of Serenity and Rose Quartz will be the hot hues. I’ve even gotten in on the act, giving my two-cents-worth to Shutterfly for The Hottest Hues for Your Home, a new feature recently posted on their website. It describes the best colors to use in your home today, what was hot in 2015, and how to effectively use color to give your rooms some va-va-voom!

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One of the colors I talk about, and that I absolutely love, is cobalt! I used it in the entry of my Riverside Penthouse project, above, and I love this color because it’s approachable but risky. In other words, it seems daring, but is still in the blue family, which for most people is ultimately a pretty safe choice. Blue is, and probably always will be, the world’s favorite color!

There are also great tips for working with color in the Shutterfly feature, including one of my favorites: I like to choose one dominant color for the room and then support it either with varying shades of that same color for a monochromatic look or with complementary colors for more contrast. It’s less overwhelming when making color decisions to let one color be the star of the room, and have one or two others play a supporting role.

So what colors do YOU think will shine bright in the new year? Let me know in the comments section below! Then let’s set a date for December to check back in to see if we were right! Until then!