Hues of Blue

Our team was recently walking through ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) and as we explored many of the stunning designer showrooms one trend kept repeating itself – the use of the color blue.

Nina Campbell by Osborne and Little for Ainsworth-Noah

Nina Campbell by Osborne and Little for Ainsworth-Noah

While blue has never gone out of style, we’re certainly seeing a resurgence of this royal hue and we couldn’t be happier about it!

William Yeoward by D. Guild for Ainsworth-Noah

William Yeoward by D. Guild for Ainsworth-Noah

So, take note of this trend that’s currently on spotlight…

By Susan Currie Design

By Susan Currie Design

And if you’d like some help introducing blue into your space, reach out to our team today!

Singing the Blues

It was interesting to learn the history of the color but more importantly the symbolism and psychological effects it has on people when they see this particular hue. What do you think of or feel like when you see the color blue?  Blue has been shown to be a color of loyalty and fidelity, it’s the color of water and air therefore it leads consumers to clean and fresh    Blue is also associated with calmness and sadness.  This idea not only correlates with interiors but it’s recognized in our everyday products.  Think about water bottle labels or some of the popular banking branch logos.  Most of them have the color blue- this is going back to the idea that blue represent loyalty, faithfulness, and cleanliness.  Forty percent of people in the world’s favorite color is said to be blue.  Who knew Blue was so interesting.

Pillow Talk

Pillows add visual interest to any room. They can dress up a bed or transform a sofa in to a real showstopper.  If you are you looking for perfect pillows for your house, consider adding one-of-a-kind, custom pillows.

Photo via Cote De Texas

Photo via Cote De Texas

This week Rebecca Vizard of B. Viz Design spoke in New Orleans about her love of antique textiles and how she creates exquisite pillows from embroidered fabrics from Turkey and Europe. She travels the world to find the perfect fabrics for her creations. When back in her studio, she designs the pillows for her team of needleworkers to create. Seamstresses carefully cut the embroidered patterns from the textiles; then appliquéd them on to new fabric. A larger pillow can take up to 60 hours to make!

Embroidered Pillows from B. Viz

Embroidered Pillows from B. Viz

There are some many ways to create unique pillows for your home.  So if want to do a quick room makeover by adding new pillows, contact Susan Currie Design for some “Pillow Talk” to design one of a kind pillows just for you. 

 

 

Wallpaper Back In Vogue

photo credit: hey coo babe

photo credit: hey coo babe

Wallpaper has been making a come back and is in vogue! If you love Pinterest or Houzz, I am sure you are seeing more rooms that feature wallpaper.  So how would you like to use wallpaper to add style to a room?
It’s a great way to add color and interest to a bathroom.
photo credit: minimalisti.com

photo credit: minimalisti.com

Here are a few of my tips if to help if you are want to add wallpaper:
1) Find the qualified wallpaper hanger.  I keep a list of great installers and can help my clients through the process of choosing someone.
2) Have your wallpaper hanger come to the job site to take measurements and give you an installation estimate.  Have a sample with the repeat and yardage amount on each roll- important information to order the proper amount from the
manufacturer.
3) Make sure you prepare your sheetrock correctly for the installation.  Use an oil based primer so moisture from the wall will not seep through your wallpaper. This correct primer also prevents the paper corners from curling and helps the process of removing wallpaper when you decide to change the look of your room down the line.
Contact us at info@susancurriedesign.com if you want to look for wallpaper for your house.  I have some great new books from my Wallquest rep that I’d love to share with you.

Repainting Your Bedroom? Try These Color Schemes

If winter blues get you down, why not brighten up your bedroom space with a new color scheme? It’s an enjoyable project and the results will make you grateful to snuggle in and catch up on your reading or DVR lineup.

coral bedroom

Source: bhg.com

Peppy. If you’re a beach lounger at heart, I recommend a coral and aqua blue motif. It is cheerful and bright, and is reminiscent of a tropical environment where blues and corals abound. You can also use these colors to add a floral motif to your room.

Sky blue bedroom

Source: bhg.com

Classic Blue. While blue is a classic bedroom color, I can help you keep it modern with the right accents. I like how this room layers different shades of blue and then uses bright splashes of yellow for visual interest and a contemporary effect. Modern furnishings complete the look.

natural brown bedroom

Source: bhg.com

Natural. If you prefer more natural and earthy colors, then sage greens and dark browns are the way to go. Using art, bedding, and window coverings that integrate the right greens, browns, and whites with splashes of cinnamon or cherry wood finishes, you can layer prints and colors for an elegant finish.

Give me a call so we can choose your new bedroom color scheme. 888-624-1272

 

 

 

Nursery Schemes to Suit Any Taste

It’s difficult to choose a favorite interior design project, but I would have to say that few have as much joy and love poured into them as decorating and painting a nursery. There are so many angles you can take, from magical to mellow, from gender-specific to completely neutral.

The following are beautiful nursery designs I thought you could use for inspiration.

Neutral Nursery

Classic. Your new bundle of joy will appreciate a peaceful environment, but it’s the parents and caregivers who spend the most time in the nursery. A classic nursery, using straightforward colors and patterns provides an attractive interior without being too baby-fied.

 

black and white nursery

Black-and-White. Studies have shown that babies are most visually stimulated by the contrast of black and white, and basic geometric patterns. A nursery that uses black and white will be appreciated by both adults and the baby, and the accent colors can be changed over time.

 

blue nursery

Colorful. If you know the gender of the baby, you can go traditionally blue or pink, with gender-appropriate accents. Similarly, you can use a range of colors to make a fun space the child will enjoy growing up in.

Please feel free to contact us at Susan Currie Design for assistance designing your nursery.

 

Color Inspiration for Making Your Bedroom Pop

If the thought of impending winter blues is already getting you down, you may be interested in a little bedroom color inspiration.

I wanted to share three ideas for bedroom color from Houzz.com to get you motivated.

  • Poppy Red + Mink Grey. Poppy Red works well with shades of grey and you can also throw in the occasional saffron accent too. This color combination is sophisticated but also has a fun and cheerful ambiance.
  • Blush Pink + Yellow. This feminine bedroom would be a desirable place to sip tea, relax with a book, or catch up on movies while ensconced in a fluffy down comforter. The blush pink walls are colorful without being bright and the yellow accents are cheerful. The black elements make it modern and prevent it from seeming girlish.
  • Coral Orange + Aqua Blue. The combination of coral orange and aqua blue can take your bedroom in several directions, from floral to artsy to seaside. A neutral backdrop is the key.
And remember, never be afraid to layer colors and patterns. Use this fall to update your bedroom with a new, colorful
palette and you’ll have your own spot of color to retreat to when the perpetual greys of winter settle in.  If you are
looking for more helpful decorating tips, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

 

 

 

 

Colorful Sinks Make a Big Impact

bathroom design
Source: Elad Gonen & Zeev Beech via Houzz

Whether large or small, subtle changes in your bathroom’s decor can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of this small, yet essential room in your home. For a fresh innovative spin on bathroom decor, without a complete overhaul, consider a colorful sink.

bathroom design
Source: Brookstone Builders via Houzz
  • Colorful sinks masks undesirable areas.  Instead of a white counter top that shows every speck of dust, small scratches and grout, a colorful sink masks imperfections.
  • Add a personal touch to your bathroom by using a custom color. As with paint, a sink can be constructed to match a unique color palette that you’ve created for your bathroom decor. The sinks are particularly attractive for kids rooms and for all styles of decor.
  • Durability is an important feature of colorful sinks since they are made from hardy natural resources, and not synthetic materials as most cookie cutter sinks installed in traditional homes.
bathroom design
Source: Reaume Construction & Design via Houzz

Best of all colorful sinks are available in a variety of cuts and designs. Regardless of your sink’s shape and whether it’s dual or single, it’s possible to install a colorful sink in your home’s bathrooms.

For more interior design ideas that are personalized to your home’s needs, contact me at 888-624-1272.

Five Tips for Working With Color Consultants

Susan Currie

Source: Susan Currie

As a color consultant, I have found that when I am contacted by people about their plans for décor color choices they are often filled with fantastic ideas, but unsure of the steps to implement their bold desires. And that is where the fun begins!

color palette

Source: Susan Currie

Keep these five tips in mind:

  1. We will be working closely with one another to develop the color palette that matches your dreams. First we will start by discovering what colors appeal to your tastes and what you want to avoid.
  2. It helps if you have items to show me, such as a rug, a tapestry or even your own color swatches that you have been considering. Don’t be shy.
  3. Be open to suggestions. This is where many people get hung up.
  4. We want it to be right, so we may have to paint your walls with samples of the colors we are considering. Prepare yourself for the samples.
  5. The process is a collaboration, so let your ideas fly. Include furniture, paneling, trim and other accents that will make a difference in your decisions.
color palette

Source; Susan Currie

I want our goal to be finding you the color inspiration that will create the home of your dreams. Let’s talk.

Pantone Color Fashion Report for 2014

Pantone is already thinking ahead with the introduction of their Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014 and these colors are spectacular! Released during New York Fashion Week, it made quite the splash; and included ten separate colors for both women and men along with wonderful designer sketches.

 

Colors 2014

Source: Pantone’s Official Website

The ten top colors of women for Spring 2014 are:

  • Placid Blue
  • Violet Blue
  • Paloma
  • Hemlock
  • Sand
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Radiant Orchard
  • Cayenne
  • Freesia
  • Celosia Orange

And for men several of the colors overlap from the women’s list while three where solely selected for their masculine shading. The three are:

  • Magenta Purple
  • Purple Haze
  • Comfrey

The beauty is each shading has a complementing pairing, one bold and one pastel and several neutrals that work as the perfect backdrop for the remaining selections. In fact, Pantone Color Institute executive director, Leatrice Eisman noted, “This season consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium.”  And these color trends definitely give fashionistas plenty to work with when it comes to experimenting with new color combinations.

Would you like assistance in incorporating some of these new exciting shades into your life? Contact us online or give us a call at Susan Currie Design today at 888-624-1272.