6 Tips For Matching Wall Colors With Your Home Furniture


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Walls occupy the largest chunk of a house. At any given moment, walls are always visible and present to give a house its character. Wall decoration is thus pivotal for achieving the desired mood within the house. Matching the right walls colors with furniture is an art that is central to home decor. Depending on the colors and patterns you choose, wall decor can:

  • Give the room a desired ambiance
  • Remove monotony and blandness in the house
  • Exhibit a unique artistic character

 

Selecting the Right Fabric

Furniture upholstery is crucial when decorating the house. The right fabric can determine how elegant the house looks. Upholstery fabric should generally be selected with consideration of practicality and functionality. For instance, you do not want to go for silk or velvet choices if you have kids and pets in the house. Strong fabric that is durable would be appropriate instead.

It is important to know that matching colors with your furniture is essential in achieving the various home decor effects. Here are some key tips for matching wall colors with home furniture.

Gray

Gray is a solid choice for walls and home decor as it is very receptive to art and decoration. This color exudes indifference and neutrality. Decorating gray walls is quite easy as the bland effect it has acts like a canvas. You can thus use almost any fabric and furniture with gray without giving the room an odd look.

Blue

 

There are many shades of blue and they all give an effect of relaxation. Blue walls are best used in the living room where there are gatherings most of the time. When it comes to decorating blue walls, furniture that has green, mustard, pink, and other vibrant colors is the best.

Pink

Pink is known as a very vibrant and affectionate color. The color has a generally calming effect and it is delightful to look at. Pink walls are perfect in the bedroom but they can also be just fine in the living room. White, gold, or powder rose furniture blends perfectly with pink walls.

 

Green

Green is found all over nature. The color is relaxing, refreshing, and it is the perfect choice for expressing composure and serenity. The color is thus great for the living room, study and even bedroom. Green walls are perfect when they are accessorized with pink, red, blue, white, off-white, or gold furniture.

Orange

Even though orange is pretty uncommon in houses, this color is a very artistic alternative. Orange is the color of sunshine and thus gives a mood of heat and aggressiveness. Orange walls are excellent in the kitchen. Furniture that comes in teal, brown, turquoise, green or white is perfect for complementing orange walls.

Red

Red is a color that expresses passion and energy. You can generally expect the color to elevate the state of any emotion. This color is thus quite tough to accessorize but furniture that is either white, pink, green, gold and a few other bright colors is perfect for complementing red walls.

In summary, the above tips will work for any house. It is however important to note that the different color shades have varying effects. When decorating the house with fabric, it is important to consider allocating enough time for research in order to pick the best colors that work for you.

 

 

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Meet the New COLOURlovers Overlays Pack on Pixlr!

Meet the New COLOURlovers Overlays Pack on Pixlr!


They're here! Meet the latest design pack on Pixlr web and mobile apps - The COLOURlovers Expansion Pack!

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These design ideas were the result of our awesome, COLOURlovers + Pixlr #PixlrPop Contest held at the end of May. The result was eight (8) winning entries that went to inspiration for what is referred to as, Expansion Pack Overlays on Pixlr web, desktop and mobile apps. Overlay packs generally feature unique artwork set to varied styled effects similar to those in design programs (i.e. Photoshop). This means that some of the artwork is set to modes such as: Lighten, Multiply, Soft Light, Hard Light and so on. This changes their interaction with the artwork you use.

Here is a quick example how you can use the COLOURlovers Overlays Expansion Pack with a clean portrait to create a trendy double exposure artwork. I used this beautiful black and white portrait (via Pinterest search, "Portraits") for the example images.

I highly recommend fiddling around with a clean black and white portrait when designing double exposure and/or overlay types.

"Loulouflor" by Anonymuse

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"Pointed Response" by Wondercake

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"SPRING2013" by SUNNY21327

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"The Exchange" by praxicalidocious

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"Zebra" by addabarrios

"Underthedeepbluesea" by Kalindy

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"Orange Loves you px" by bhsav

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"Historic Arrest" by Huege

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As you can see these turned out pretty neat! Each style has a specific personality that really creates some terrific effects. Check it out for yourself!

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  1. 1. Go to Pixlr Express
  2. 2. Load your own image, or go find an easy portrait to work with, the one I used is at this link. (hint: right click + "open image in a new tab" works great to not grab the page link, instead you just want the link to the image itself.
  3. 3. You'll see the little COLOURlovers icon and you can start editing!
  4. *Big Tip: Add an effect then erase sections with the History Brush, then go back and add more overlay effects....

Would you like a video tutorial? Let me know!

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A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk

A Friday Fashion Passion: Steampunk


The Steampunk Trend has been building such momentum for some time now. This vintage-modern abstract style garners the marriage between beautiful and sleek with a  mechanical-industrial flare, bordering at times on "trashy" if done wrong. It's a style of opposites meshing to make a fantastical smash to fashion.

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I am so drawn to this ultra creative Steampunk trend, yet I'm not sure what to do with it in my every day life. I want it, but how? As a photographer and creative in general, I find myself meandering (ahem, wasting time) perusing all the steampunk crazed Pinterest boards dreaming up excuses to bring some Steampunk in to my life.

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wedding dresses & jewels | red corset | necklace | globescale braheaddress | watch

What I love about this fun trend is that you can incorporate it in to anything! Visually it's super appealing, so applying it to some of your home decor is easy and simple and is almost an edgy version of "rustic" trends. Jewelry is easy to incorporate in to your every day style. And if you're really looking to make an impression host a Gatsby themed party. I am loving the beautiful dresses adorned in metals for weddings completely decked out in steampunk.

Steampunk takes on a modern twist to historic trends, like the medieval age collided with an industrial era.  Do you love this trend? Is it too gimmicky for you?

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Betabrand leggings design contest

Betabrand leggings design contest


Have you ever wanted to design something that will actually get turned into a finished product you can wear? Now's your chance! Betabrand is partnering with COLOURlovers for an incredible new contest. Betabrand, a company based in San Francisco, is an online community that designs, manufactures, and releases new items every week! They are now launching a new clothing line for women and we’re going to help them choose colors for one of their designs.  Our users will be choosing five colors for a pair of Betabrand leggings.

Here's how it works

Users will use the COLOURlovers.com palette tool on the entry page to color in a five-color Betabrand template for their new leggings.  Once an entry is completed, you can vote for your favorites by ‘loving’ them in our gallery.  You can begin ‘loving’ submissions as soon as they are created!

The 9 most loved designs will be featured on Betabrand's site and the design with the most votes on their site will win.

Prizes:

The top 9 finalists will receive a Think Tank designer t-shirt

Grand prize winner: The prototype of their leggings, a chance to crowdfund their design into production with Betabrand, $200 Betabrand Credit and a Think Tank designer t-shirt!
2 runners-up: $50 credit plus TT designer t-shirt

Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 25th:  Contest is open for submissions – up to three per user!
  • Sunday, March 2nd: Submissions Close at 10pm PST.
  • Monday, March 3rd: Top 9 most loved entries will be moved over to Betabrand’s site.  Voting will recommence on their site for the remainder of the contest.
  • Tuesday, March 4th: Voting on Betabrand opens.
  • Monday, March 10th: Monday, March 10th: Betabrand voting closes at 10pm PST.
  • Tuesday, March 11th: Winners Announced
  • Tuesday, April 8th: Winner's design goes live on Betabrand for crowdfunding.

Enter

Please keep in mind there is a limit of three entries per person, so make your designs count!

To get started with this contest, click the link for the contest entry page.

Looking to cast your vote? You can view entries here.

We wish you the best of luck and happy designing!

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Posters from the 1920s—Art Deco Style!

Posters from the 1920s—Art Deco Style!


Power, speed and vibrant color were the dominating themes in posters created in the 1920s. The artwork, referred to as Art Deco, allowed posters to take on a new form with simplified shapes and sleek, angular lettering replacing the curved lettering of the Art Nouveau style. (source)

Presented by the offset printing services company, Next Day Flyers. They offer fast turnaround time on printed materials including business cards, postcards, flyers, and brochures.

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The term Art Deco comes from the 1925 Decorative Arts Exposition in Paris, where people flocked to view a spectacular display of this new type of art.

1927 Poster for Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” (source)
This vintage 1927 movie poster epitomizes a very vivid sense of power that was a popular theme in the posters created in the 1920s.

1926 Poster “Don Juan,” starring John Barrymore (grandfather of Drew Barrymore) (source)

This vintage 1926 movie poster practically drips with brute strength and speed. It also features a variety of lettering styles and colors to add a bit more excitement to the overall picture.

1920's George V. Hecker's Flour Vintage Poster (source)

Printed in the lithograph style, you will notice that this beauty was laid out horizontally, suggesting that it was used as an insert for advertising on a train, trolley or bus.

1920s Original Antique Vintage Clothing Poster (source)

The well-dressed couple depicted in this poster is wearing the flapper-style clothing that was popular in the Art Deco era. Another thing that sets it apart, which cannot be seen in a digital image, is its linen back, which was a common printing surface in this time period.

1920s Lori or Lora Harrington & her Gypsy Wayfarers Vintage Vaudeville Music Poster (source)

Printed by Quigley Lithograph Co., this rare music poster uses a simple color scheme to draw the audience in and make the lettering litterally pop out at you. Another interstesting tidbit is that it was mounted on linen and machine folded for distribution.

1920s National Dairy Council Milk Poster (source) | 1928 Milk Bottle Lawrence Wilbur Poster (source)

Have you ever wondered how drinking cow’s milk became so popular? Apparently, the National Dairy Association started its campaign back at the turn of the twentieth century. The bright yellow in the National Dairy Council poster definitely catches the eye. In contrast, the deep shades of color in the Lawrence Wilbur poster showcase illustrative and graphic arts printing methods at their best.

1920 Dairy Milk and Airplane Poster (source)

Produced by the Dairymen`s League Cooperative Association in New York City, this poster also promotes the drinking of milk by combining the themes of power and speed with a traditional American landscape. Although the airplane is the focus, this poster offers many other elements such as the machine-age skyscrapers in the foreground encompassing the airplane, a milk truck on a highway and a steam engine train, backed by a colorful patchwork of farm lands.

1920s Corticelli Fabric Fashion Poster (source)

Fashion at its finest! This simple, yet elegant poster uses the idea of “less is more” to convey its message.

1920 French Railroad Poster (source)

This work of art reveals lithograph at its finest. Advertising the French Railway as your host for excursions to Normandy, it was printed in France and designed by well-known French graphic designer, poster artist, and illustrator Charles-Jean Hallo.

1920s Doctor Lynas’ Extracts Poster (source)

This poster is unique in that it was printed on cardboard. Its bold typography adds emphasis to the fact that Dr. Lynas’ was a well-known brand of the era.

1920 Eveready Flashlight Christmas Poster (source)

This charming photomontage poster mixes text and photo elements to create a sense of expression that is sure make you smile. The detail that went into printing this almost “life-like” gentleman reveals the use of some very detailed and tedious lithography techniques.

Vintage ambient advertising for women's stockings, 1920s (source)

These “posters” take linen backing to a whole new level.


In retrospect, while many posters from the 1920s were detailed works of art, a great many more were simply humorous, cheeky, or down-right ugly. Together, these posters helped to form the foundation of modern-day advertising, and give us great topics to blog about, too!

If you would like to find out more about vintage posters, visit http://vintageposterworks.com.

header credit: poster source | palette

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Group Feature: HAIKU- Where Poets Create with Colors and Words

Group Feature: HAIKU- Where Poets Create with Colors and Words


Of the many word-based games played on ColourLovers, one of the newest is HAIKU PALETTES & POETIC PATTERNS where Lovers create palettes and poems at the same time from the words in the color names. The group began in January 2011 and quickly grew to 20 members in its first few days. Membership has more than doubled in less than the three to four months since the group was launched.

The Autumn Queen HPP

by Luna Rose

Upon rainbow throne
Bright and bold - The Autumn Queen
A sight to behold


April is National Poetry Month - A note from the editor

The month of April has many national celebrations, one of those being National Poetry Month. Before we draw this month to a close, we want to feature one of our most recent, popular groups, the HPP, managed by ketisse, a COLOURlover who is very passionate about writing and poetry. I personally think that it is amazing how she has invented a way for COLOURlovers to work with color, pattern and palettes to create poetry - the process is truly intriguing!

Today, the group currently boasts:

  • 178 COLORS
  • 179 PALETTES
  • 184 PATTERNS
  • 67 LOVERS

I hope you enjoy learning about the group itself and learning how to create a Haiku through palettes. ketisse has put together a very through guest post about her group and the creation process.

- Molly Bermea / Community Curator & Blog Editor

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Lucky Us! Green Patterns & Palettes

Lucky Us! Green Patterns & Palettes


We love St. Patrick's day...I bet you can guess why. Cause it's a day of celebration for the color Green! among other things. These days it is mostly a celebration of Irish culture. A culture rich with associations to the color Green! So, today we are reminded about how lucky we are to celebrate color with different cultures and all the color lovers across the world.

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Latest Site & Blog Features Out

Latest Site & Blog Features Out


If you haven't noticed, we've made some site updates you may really want to know about!

.The Site.

ACTIVITY FEED + NOTIFICATIONS

So what is your Activity Feed and how does that relate to Notifications?

Everything you do at COLOURlovers.com and how you know what everyone else is doing in regards to what you're interested in. It will really enhance the social aspect of COLOURlovin, I know it has for me ten times more than before - I finally feel a sense of community going on.

Just like Facebook, you can choose to be notified by "real" email about palettes, swatches or patterns that have been loved and/or fav'd, love notes, responses, blog comments and responses, etc.

The settings do not automatically take effect, you must be logged in, then go to your ACCOUNT (up top between your mini avatar and love notes)...

 

Then go to your NOTIFICATIONS and have at it. Features used to only be available in-site or not at all, so this is a pretty spiffy and much needed update! Thanks CL Developers!

.The Blog.

RSS FEED

While the Activity Feed and Notifications my have been pretty obvious, I bet you didn't realize we made a small change, but big improvement to the blog channels RSS functionality.

You can now subscribe to each channel separately! Because our topics and readers are so diverse, this should help out a lot.

You can still RSS to the entire channel list by using colourlovers.com as your feed link in say Google Reader, or by using the RSS subscription tools to the right of each post (see the yellow highlighted area):

BUT....if you're like most people, you might only want to follow the PRINT channel - let's use that as an example.

I use Google Reader. There's just one little step to getting the correct link to put in to your subscription feed. The easiest way to get it, is by selecting CHANNELS from the top navigation menu, then select PRINT (or whatever channel you wish to follow independently)....

Next, grab the link from the browser bar. For our example, it should read clean, "http://colourlovers.com/print" (see the yellow highlighted area below).

Paste this link in to your Google Reader, "add a subscription button"...

And you're done! Do this for each channel you want to follow independently.

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That wraps up the latest changes pushed out in the last couple weeks.

Enjoy!

*Header Pattern:

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