Posts Tagged ‘color’

Tobi TV: Comfortable Family Rooms That Work

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Family rooms are great gathering places for the home – it’s the one place where you can get all the family members to hang out together! So you want this room to really work for the people who live there.


Whether your room is large like the one in this video or much smaller, all my tips for making your space function will still apply. Take a look:

Comfort and function – two of my favorite things! Let’s review those tips:

1. Multiple seating groupings in a room help you take advantage of all your square footage. Think about creating “conversation areas” within your space.

2. Swing arm lamps add the perfect amount of light for reading and are great when there isn’t enough room for tables and lamps.

3. Ottomans floating in your space can be pulled up to a variety of chairs and sofas or stand alone as an additional seat. They also add comfortable resting spots for feet when it’s time to relax.

4. Swivel chairs are perfect for swiveling towards the television or swiveling back into a conversation area, or two!

5. Recliners that look like club chairs are the perfect combination of comfort and style.

Try including these tips and techniques into your family room for the ultimate in function and beauty. Now leave me a comment and let me know which of these tips really resonate with you. And be sure to share this post with all your design-loving friends!







For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

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!







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!







Tobi TV: Top Tips for Mixing Fabrics

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Fabric, particularly beautiful patterned and geometric fabrics full of color and style, are my jumping off point for every project. In fact, I always select the fabrics before I choose the paint colors for a room. It’s really the start of all my inspiration.


But I also know how hard it can be to decide which fabrics work together. So I want to give you my insider tips for mixing fabrics with success!

See? You can do it just like the pros do if you follow those easy tips! Let’s recap:

1. Find one “WOW” fabric for each space and let it lead the way. For me, that usually means a large-scale floral or geometric that I am crazy about.

2. It’s all about scale. I usually start my fabric scheme with the largest scale fabric, say that oversized floral. Next comes a slightly smaller scale – maybe a geometric print. And then I layer down from there to something smaller like a pin stripe. Layering scale may be the most important step for successful fabric mixing.

3. Don’t worry! I know it can be scary when you start mixing all those colors and patterns. But don’t be afraid that your room will be too busy. Remember that the largest pieces in the room like the sofa, are usually neutral and solid and it’s this solid base that holds all the patterns and colors together.

So what do you think, are you daring enough to mix color and pattern in your fabrics like a pro? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts on my fabric mixing tips. And be sure to share this video with your decor-loving friends.

Happy Mixing!







For more tips and ideas, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel, featuring every episode of Tobi TV!

What Is That Color? Far-from-Basic Black

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Black seems to be one of those colors that people are afraid of – they think it will be too dark or too daring for their homes. But black is an amazing neutral that can be a dazzling accent or a super-dramatic focal color! When my clients asked me to create some colorful drama in their outdoor room, I knew black would definitely be in the mix.

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My clients wanted this pavilion right off their pool to feel like a fabulous and airy tent. And those amazing angles in the ceiling really lent themselves to bold stripes like the best of summer awnings – so I had them painted with white and Sherwin-Williams’ Tricorn Black. It’s a deep and rich black that is one of my favorite go-to colors!

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With two neutrals anchoring the space, I was able to add in bright and bold accents in coral, turquoise, and sky blue, perfect sea-worthy colors for an outdoor space. But the black is what draws your eye in and really creates a breathtaking look!

So what do you think of bold black? Would you use it in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,