July 5, 2011
Since Plaid’s office is in the South, it’s probably no surprise to you that we love Summer and the warm weather. So of course, we’re always looking for bright ideas to help us keep that summery feel all year long. A recent trip to Lowe’s gave us some unexpected inspiration. Lowe’s Creative Ideas is a fun, free magazine that you can get in store, with a companion website. This particular image was for a trellis project, but we saw it and thought “sun room!”
Whether you want to spruce up your patio for the rest of the season, or keep that summer feeling all year long in an indoor sun room, we think this color scheme is a stroke of Summer time genius.
We created this palette using FolkArt Acrylic Colors Morning Sun, Taffy, Tangerine, Lime Yellow and Hydrangea.
April 5, 2011
I love the laid-back feel of this Moroccan setup found in the latest issue of Fresh Home. I’m a huge fan of orange, and the gold and purple are great compliments. The whole scene above soothes me and I just want to grab a book and hang out. I can see this color scheme being beautiful in a home decor setting. The palette I chose is not an exact match, but I selected colors along that same lines that I like. I hope they inspire you too.
This palette was created using Apple Barrel acrylic colors (from left to right): Ivory, Kings Gold, Apricot, Plum Kiss, Pure Gold Metallic
March 29, 2011
I’m seeing a lot of brights this summer and I like it. One thing I’m noticing is that the brights are typically on a neutral background, or at least combined in some way with shades of black and gray. It’s very pleasing to the eye, don’t you think? I pulled this latest palette from the most recent Crate & Barrel catalog, and their summer collection completely embraces some fun uses of brights.
This palette was created using Apple Barrel acrylic colors (clockwise from upper left): Apricot, Kiwi, Plum Kiss, Country Gray, Black
March 15, 2011
Even though a lot of people plant flowers in spring, bright flowers remind me of summer. I was browsing Flea Market Gardens (which I have a decoupage project featured in, yay!) recently and found this amazing picture of pretty florals. Isn’t the drawer idea a cool one? I felt so inspired by this photo – there are so many rich colors and pretty shades that it was hard to pick. Here are my favorite FolkArt colors that represent this summer bouquet.
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right): Pink Melon, Turner’s Pink, Yellow Citron, Coastal Blue, Lavender
March 8, 2011
My absolute favorite color in the whole world is blue, and I try not to “hog” too many of these Tuesday posts with it. I realize that it’s not everyone’s favorite color – yet it’s difficult to deny the tranquility of shades of blue. When I spotted this Swedish seaside layout in Cottage Style, I loved how all of the blues came together with white to make a very peaceful and calming environment. The article also mentioned a “return to painted pieces.”
With all of these beautiful blues in one spot, you can imagine I wanted to put together a palette. My thought is that you might not use them all together, but you could use any of them with white, or you could use two together for a tone-on-tone look to give your house some Scandinavian seaside charm.
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right): Light Blue, Light Periwinkle, Periwinkle, Brilliant Blue
March 1, 2011
Make no mistake! If you are looking for a girl who likes bright colors, you’ve come to the right blog. I just can’t get enough. When I saw this photo in BH&G’s 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100, I knew I had to create a palette – if for no other reason than to summon the sun. One of the things I love about Apple Barrel is that the colors are bright and vibrant, so that is why I went with the brand today. I also truly believe that primaries don’t get enough attention – so here you go!
This palette was created using Apple Barrel acrylic colors (from left to right): Bright Red, Canary Yellow, Spring Green, Caribbean
February 22, 2011
I posted a very similar palette to this one here; it was my “Bright Organization” palette. Then I spied this set-up in Big Style and I got completely excited, because I was again inspired by the bright (and slightly different) color palette. I chose FolkArt last time, but this time I’m giving you some Apple Barrel colors to ponder. They are so cheery, and you might possibly have a nook that needs a re-do with some wonderfully colored craft items, no?
This palette was created using Apple Barrel colors (from left to right): White, Kiwi, Pumpkin Orange, Orange
February 15, 2011
This kitchen layout from the latest issue of House Beautiful pleases me. It’s so fresh and so clean, and I LOVE LOVE the ceiling. It seems kind of busy at first, but then with the white cabinets it just all comes together. Those plates on the wall add such a perfect touch, especially with the aqua that is such a perfect accent. I love how all of these colors just work, and it is such a fresh look – perfect for a painted project.
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right) – Forest Moss, Hauser Green Light, Classic Green, Calypso sky
February 8, 2011
I’m so tired of winter that I can barely stand it, and I bet most of you are too! That is coming from someone that is typically a cold weather person, so you know it’s bad. Does anyone know if the groundhog saw its shadow? Oh well! I think I’ll live vicariously through bright colors for the next several weeks until we get to the warm weather. I spotted this delightful room display in Better Homes & Garden’s DIY Spring 2011 issue, and this is a great example of what I’m talking about. Though I went even brighter, just because I could. Ah, I’m looking forward to warmer temps ahead!
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic paint (from left to right): Hot Pink, Turner’s Pink, Medium Yellow, Yellow Citron
February 1, 2011
This image was found in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Cottage Style. What I love about vintage is the soft colors – I feel completely relaxed and like I should be sitting outside in a lounge chair with someone fanning me. Shabby chic is popular in home decor, probably because of the relaxed vibe that I mentioned. These shades are perfect for decorating accessories. You can start with a base of cream and add accent colors for something truly gorgeous. The image inspired the following palette.
This palette was created using FolkArt Acrylic colors (from left to right): Parchment, Spring Rose, Habor Mist, Coffee Latte