Monday, February 21, 2011

Honey Moon and Unexpected Color Choices Spiff-up Rooms

The Color of Optimism: Honey Moon

Color Marketing Group

While Pantone has designated “honeysuckle,” a happy, reddish shade of pink, as the color of the year, don’t be surprised if you also see warm mustardy, goldish shades of yellow this year.

Last November, color professionals at Color Marketing Group’s international conference chose “honey moon,” saying the color is a “grounded hue of optimism.”

Color Marketing Group

According to CMG’s press release, “Frivolous is out. Upbeat and realistic is in. Inspirations come from hardworking honeybees, a move away from glitzier golds, toward a remembrance of things past. Honey Moon is patinated and reminiscent of warm, worn leather.”

Unexpected Color Choices
We all know that the easiest and most affordable way to change up a room is painting it. In the latest issue of This Old House magazine, author Deborah Baldwin suggests going a step further and suggests some unlikely color choices to really spice up a space. All photos credits below go to This Old House magazine. 

Large spans of color, such as bright citrusy shades of lime and yellow, can define prep, storage, and living spaces.

Going for one unexpected pop of color over dark base cabinets can result in a sophisticated look.

Painting cabinets a bold color can give them a distinct identity and even make them resemble a gorgeous piece of furniture.

When you go bold, you need to remember to balance it out with lighter and more neutral colors. For instance, strong red and bold hues can be balanced with pale hardwood floors and a stainless steel countertop.

We’re seeing more of the color gray in living spaces, but also in the kitchen. Pairing it with a soft pistachio green can be a very soothing combination.

Break up the monotony of mint green cabinets by adding plum to some of the upper cabinets. Changing up the paneling on the fronts of the cabinets also helps to make them focal points.