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how to win at color

white always works

One of my favorite formulas has long been, “white plus one color always works.” Any palette welcomes the bright contrast of white as a striking and bold accent. I find myself buying a larger mix of white accessories for my home store than most … I can use it with any vignette. White plays off of bold color, or black, equally well. White is fresh and clean. White is classic. It’s a perfect formula for success.



pink rules

Whether it’s in accents such as these stunning peonies, or the happy cherry blossoms below, or a pale pink wall covering or painted wall … it’s all about pink! Any color of pink. PINK! And it doesn’t have to be a girl’s room to sing this color! We are using it in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms … it’s a HOT trend for sure. *sigh* Love. It.



add a pop of color

Maybe it’s a brightly colored accent lamp … orchid plant…



… or bright contrast towels in the master bathroom. A bright pop of color brings personality and your unique stamp to a room. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color. Remember the “white plus one color” rule? Here, it works perfectly, and if  you decide orange or chartreuse is the right “pop,” well, what’s wrong with that?!

I recently helped a friend add these bright pillows (in teal) to a basically neutral room for the summer. We added a pretty coral as a contrast welt for even more fun. Color just make me happy. Change it up a bit for different seasons and take it all in. I recommend it! I’m well known for color. Try it and I think you’ll be a believer. #colorcrush



mixed patterns rock

Mixing patterns is all about color and scale. It’s easy to see when you have a winner if you place fabrics side by side. The color palette marries them together and the scale of your patterns makes them work…or not! Above, three fabrics I recently used in a stylish young family’s great room for pillows on a mid century navy velvet sectional. Navy + teal = #purestyle! Great trending color palette.

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