An Unexpected Christmas Color Palette

I’m not a person who uses a traditional red and green christmas color palette to decorate for the holidays.  Instead, I always try to take cues from whatever the current colors are in my living room.  Take the Room of the Week…a traditional red and green color palette might look a little jarring, but instead, a color palette that stays true to the red, pink and black colors already in the room makes for a lovely and harmonious space!

Here’s a peek at how I would decorate the Room of the Week.

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SOURCES:White Christmas Tree | Round Black Ornaments | Black Drop Ornaments | Vintage Pink Teardrop Ornament | Hot Pink Glass Icicle Ornaments | Red Leaf Imprint Ornament | Kate Spade Black Stripe and Polka Dot Ornaments | Red Felt Wreath | Black & White Striped Tapers | Red Matterhorn Stocking | Halo Matte Black Candleholder | Small Black Lumberjack Candleholder | Lily & Rose Black and Red Candleholders | Red Glass Table Tree | Zinc Reindeer

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Try this Color Palette: Gray, Cream, Blue & Red

The Room of the Week has such a pretty color palette.  Mostly neutral gray and cream tones, but jazzed up with those deep reds and blues.  The red/blue combo is unusual and combines those hot and cool colors in a beautiful way! I’m a die-hard orange and blue fan, but this room has definitely won me over to new ideas!

And, the great thing about this color palette is that it is very versatile and can suit almost any style. Here are 8 different style scenarios to inspire you.

Try this Color Palette: Gray, Cream, Blue & RedDo you like the more saturated combos or prefer something lighter?

HEADBOARD: Ballard Designs
SCENARIO 1: Ballard Designs | SCENARIO 2: West Elm | SCENARIO 3: Rebecca Atwood| SCENARIO 4: ZGallerie | SCENARIO 5: Room & Board | SCENARIO 6: Pottery Barn | SCENARIO 7: Caitlin Wilson | SCENARIO 8: World Market

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Color Palette: The Best Blue-Green Paint Colors

That wall color in the Room of the Week really gives the room a calm feeling, and even though it is a color it still acts very much like a neutral.  There’s something about a soft blue-green color that is almost universally loved.  I’ve used this wall color in my own home and in clients homes always with great success.

Rather than show you tons of options, here are two blue-green colors I’ve used for myself and clients with successful results all of the time.  Sherwin Williams Sea Salt & Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments are both that perfect blue-green-gray color.  Sea Salt can read a little more green while Quiet Moments is definitely a little more blue and gray.  Either way, if you’re looking for a calm, ethereal color, both will do the trick!

Here are some pretty examples to help sell you on the colors (not that you need it!).

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And, for a few pictures of sea salt in action in my own home, I used it in my dining room here and my daughter’s room here.

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Room of the Week: A Charming Eat-in Kitchen

I know I keep saying I am back and ready to blog again after our cross-country move, but this week I actually mean it! I’m back sharing the most darling eat-in kitchen designed by Clayton & Little Architects.  This kitchen uses many design elements that I just love and can be translated into so many different types of design styles. Let’s dive right in and check out this kitchen!
A Charming Eat-in Kitchen | www.theanatomyofdesign.comWhat’s your favorite part of this room?  I’m looking forward to talking about it all week.  Thanks for sticking around while I got settled!

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The Anatomy of a Perfectly Patterned Bedroom

I’ve just passed my second blogging anniversary and my first anniversary of starting my design business…yahoo!  It’s been a lot of work and a lot of fun, and I hope in 10 years my portfolio is as overflowing with the amazing variety of stunning rooms as the portfolio of interior design firm Lucy & Company.

The pretty patterned Room of the Week is just one of at least 50 awesome kids rooms they’ve designed in a huge array of styles and color.  This design firm has such a talent for adding pattern and color to any style of room (seriously…check out their amazing portfolio if you haven’t clicked over yet…but head back here after!), and I can’t wait to dissect this darling girls room this week.

Here are my top 5 favorite design details in the room.

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I’m loving this jolt of color on this gray February day!  Meet you back here tomorrow.

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