Categories
color decorating interior design kitchen

Design School: Color Green

It’s time to analyze another wildly popular color: Green.   A cool color, found in abundance in the natural world, it symbolizes fertility, abundance and good luck.  Green is shown to improve reading ability, reduce stress and produce an overall calming effect.  Family rooms and bedrooms are well suited in the color green.  However, I do not recommend intense green walls in a bath since the green reflection on one’s skin is not attractive.

The White House Green Room, with its intimate scale and distinctive color, serves as a state parlor and has been a favorite of Presidents and their families.

Green walls and paneling creates an ethereal feeling

Photo by Anthony Lindsey Photography 

Green combines well with many colors.  We used blue and green together in this master bedroom on Folly beach.  Take note of the pale green ceiling

J. Rhodes Interior Design Folly Beach
Green feels fresh and modern in a bath

Photo by S+H Construction 

Some must have greens

 Benjamin Moore Paints AF-450 Seedling

Thibaut Filigree Wallpaper Thibaut Filigree wallpaper

Duralee 20849 Duralee Fabric 20849-554 Kiwi

Mr. H says: Green is the prime color of our world which makes it so easy to use-Enjoy!

Categories
accessories color decorating interior design

Design School: Color Blue

In our continuing Design School series on color we are spot lighting blue today. Blue evokes feelings of calmness or serenity and is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and orderly.  People are more productive in blue offices and it is great for weight loss since it is the least appetizing of colors.  Many people, especially men, consider blue to be their favorite color.

The Blue Room in the White House has been the traditional place for presidents to formally receive guests. Designed in the French Empire style, The Blue Room has sapphire blue fabric draperies and furniture that is similar in color to fabric used in the room in 1800’s.

White House blue room

A blue room I designed for a ASID/CSOL Charleston Designer Showhouse features dark navy blue walls set off by bright white trim.

J. Rhodes Interior Design Blue Room designer showhouse

In a project on the Isle of Palms, we used a lighter blue for the walls to set off the clients art and rug collection.

J. Rhodes Interior Design Blue Room

J. Rhodes Interior Design Blue Dining Room

Blue velvet Worlds Away arm chair

Worlds Away Cameron arm chair with navy velvet

Decorative tableware is an easy way to add blue into your decor

Photo by Houzz

Mr. H says: If the sight of blue skies fill you with joy, imagine how this color would feel in your favorite room-Enjoy!

Categories
color decorating interior design

Design School: Color Red

I’m starting a new series this week called Design School which will focus on aspects of interior design that you can incorporate into your own home.  This week I’m concentrating on color and in honor of Valentine’s Day we are going to take a closer look at Red.

Red is linked to two very strong emotions.  Love and aggression.  Red seeks attention and it is the color that most look at first.  It makes your heart beat faster and makes people excited.  Red rooms are best suited for public areas like foyers, living rooms, dining areas and kitchens.

One of the most famous red rooms in the United States is in the White House.  One of four state reception rooms in the White House, the Red Room is furnished in the Empire style of the 1810-30s.  The red walls and furnishings would certainly promote lively conversation among world leaders.

White House red room

Lacquered red walls update a traditional library space

Photo by Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. 

Red kitchen cabinetry will give you the energy to try out a new recipe

Red Kitchen cabinets
J. Jilich Design & Associates

If an entirely red room is a little daunting, red accents can create interest too, like the seat covers and window treatment in this cozy breakfast nook.

Photo by Simonsen-Hickok Interiors

Even an outdoor space can be jazzed up with red

Coral Coast vintage retro red chair set

Mr. H says: Red is the ultimate cure for sadness-Enjoy!