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What Is That Color? Going Greige

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The very best color for a bedroom is any hue that makes you relax – a color that makes you feel like you’ve reached a calm oasis. So when I choose colors for my clients’ master bedrooms, I always go for soothing shades like a soft blue, blush, subtle green or a shade of beige. And in this particular room, I had a good jumping-off point for this neutral.

I like to choose my paint colors by first looking at the fabrics I’m going to use in a room. I knew this fabulous Duralee fabric would make my clients happy, with the subtle yellow and the geometric print. So I chose the paint color from that great neutral right in the center of the pattern. It just happens to be a melded shade that a lot of people love right now, called greige. It isn’t quite grey and it isn’t not exactly beige, but it’s in neutral territory between the two!

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The exact color I chose is Sherwin-Williams 7031 Mega Greige. It’s the perfect background and balance for the touches of yellow in the room (did you notice the little detail of yellow in the trim on the bed?). It keeps the yellow from being overly bright and intense in the room, and instead grounds the colors in a quiet way.

So what do you think of this color? Do you like to use greige in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

Summer Color Palettes

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When I ask new clients for their favorite colors, or for specific inspirations for their decor, one theme constantly comes up: sandy beaches and blue waters. It makes perfect sense! Where else do you feel that calm, that warm, that peaceful? It’s no wonder that the colors of summer can put us in a happy place, even on a dark and icy winter’s day. So here are some of my favorite palettes to make it summer in your home, all year round!

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For the family room above, I went right to water colors, literally! From the Sherwin-Williams Tidewater paint color, to that creamy white, to a deep navy, these soothing blues will have you mentally checking into that beach cabana in no time.

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Sandy beaches and sea glass were the inspiration for this living room’s palette, so I used a great sand color on the walls with Sherwin-Williams Kilim Beige. The gorgeous glass-based lamps, water-inspired art, and sea glass accessories bring the beach inside in a sophisticated way.

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Summery yellow creates a special magic in darker rooms, like this Sherwin-Williams Alchemy color! Pair it with a creamy beige and a charcoal grey for a chic and warm palette.

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And finally, there’s nothing that I love more than pairing summer whites with a deep citrus and a blue inspired by the sky! This palette is both calming and energizing, just like a seaside getaway.

So what do you think of my summertime palettes? Are there any colors that you love to use in your home to create an oasis? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

What Is That Color? The Stroke of Midnight

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I often talk about how people need to remember the “fifth wall” when designing a room – and of course I’m talking about the ceiling! You can create drama and surprise by adding color and pattern to the ceiling of any room. So I loved doing just that when I painted my client’s ceiling in a deep midnight lacquer.

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The deep blue looks like the night sky in this glam master bedroom, especially when it’s paired with that stunning star-like chandelier, designed by Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey! For that night-time hue, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Midnight Navy in high gloss. It has such great depth and dimension, especially at night with soft lights in the room.

So what do you think of this dramatic ceiling? Is it something you would try in your home? Let me know in the comments section below!

Colorfully yours,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

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!

xo,

Tobi-Signature

 

 

 

 

What Is That Color? A Patriotic Palette

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I love that patriotic palette of red, white, and blue – they are perfect colors for summer! Each one gives a room a different energy, so as we head into the holiday weekend for the Fourth, I thought it would be fun to show you my favorite rooms I’ve designed in each flag-waving color.

First up is the hallway above, in Sherwin-Williams Tomato Red. The color was inspired by the fabric on the chairs in the entry and in the dining room – and I love the way it energizes the space!

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On the opposite end of the energy scale is this cool, clean, and calm white room. I designed this dining room to be an edited and crisp space, so Sherwin-Williams Shoji White was the perfect white for that goal. It really makes the red pop in the room, doesn’t it?

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To round out our red-white-and-blue salute, this bedroom is one of my favorite blue spaces. It’s a chic and serene bedroom that includes this little desk nook. Sherwin-Williams Krypton was the perfect blue for this dreamy getaway!

So what do you think of my favorite flag-hued rooms? I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at red, white, and blue, and I wish you and your family a fun Fourth weekend!

xo,

Tobi-Signature