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Living With Color: A Vibrant Decor

Living With Color: A Vibrant Decor


I can't imagine living with a beige decor. I love color and feel that my home should reflect that love. At the same time I don't want a
rainbow home with garish flashy colors and prints all over the place. I think the key is to have vibrant colors dispersed amongst more modest ones.

We just moved into a new place and chose a dusty rose for the bedroom. I love it because my bedspread has a bright green butterfly pattern on a white background. Our livingroom/diningroom is an atmospheric blue that contrasts the warm wood tones of the floor and table. A brightly colored vase or cushions on the couch can accent any room. I go for the colors I love without trying too hard to match everything, and at the same time without going mad with bold colors everywhere.

Here is some stunning furniture that would brighten up any room!

slump vases

Esque Slump Vases via Velocity

Each glass esque creation is hand-blown and will vary slightly from piece to piece. Each piece is a signed, unique, original, functional work of art. Esque glass is now all made with recycled glass stock; processed in an electric furnace that's powered by wind energy. Another Velocity Green Product! Available in fuschia, orange, or extra light blue.

Ferm Living wallpaper

Ferm Living wallpaper

WallSmart is a new generation of non-woven wallpaper that is designed for easier and more flexible hanging by applying the paste directly to the wall. It is washable and has very good light resistance. It is designed in Denmark and manufactured in Sweden.

folding chairs

Sprout ornate folding chair

So it's just a folding chair eh? But not like this, not this darn cute. Powdercoated Steel makes this chair fairly weather resistent, that said we suggest putting it away during wet periods, if you were to use it outdoors. Sit, done sitting, and want it out of the way, fold it up...

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Strut dining table via Design Public

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Organizing Bookshelves By Color

Organizing Bookshelves By Color


Bringing color into a living space isn't just about painting the walls. It's also about paying attention to the way the objects in a home relate to one another. A full spectrum of color resides on most bookshelves, but it takes a good eye to make an average shelf into a work of art.

If you're really lucky, you can find a complete set of color-coded books at a thrift store. A few collections that come in a colorful series: Wallpaper's City Guides, many of the old color-coded Penguin books, and World Book Editions. For inspiration, check out the Rainbow of Books Flickr Group.

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How to Organize Your Bookshelves By Color

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Vinyl Toys: Invasion of the Color Snatchers

Vinyl Toys: Invasion of the Color Snatchers


People that have been in love with toys have likely been in love with them for a long time. That is the heart of many of today's premier vinyl designers, which may be the reason for the bold statements they make in both design and color. For those of you unfamiliar with this popular trend, you may be startled to find what an intense source of color and beauty the designer vinyl toy universe can offer.

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Designer vinyl started to pop up around 1990. It was coming from radically different sources: Some designers were classically trained in art and design, while others were self taught. My own personal discovery of designer vinyl started with Toy2r's Qee bears, around 1997. The 2" bear shaped toy with Mickey Mouse ears quickly became a ubiquitous symbol of designer vinyl, not to mention a great inspiration for artists everywhere. By taking something as simple as a toy and projecting art onto it, a new creation was born -- a highly accessible art form to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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The look quickly caught on and spread to other forms of toy art. "Designer plush" was true to the same artistic ideals as designer vinyl, but made use of the medium to make its own unique statement. One of the most popular plush designers is Friends with You, a Miami based company that is heavily inspired by Miami's strong design aesthetic. These toys have also become highly collectible and much sought after, making it cool to have a shelf of "stuffed animals" in the house again.

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Color Comes Home: Hot Hues from Dwell

Color Comes Home: Hot Hues from Dwell


I'm a lover of great design and Dwell gives me a monthly dose of just that... and the February issue is covering a topic close to our hearts... Color. The new issue isn't the only place Dwell is embracing new colors, they also recently overhauled their website:

Dwell was created to champion an intelligent, thoughtful, and modern sensibility that stimulates our audience to envision—and realize—life at home in the modern world.

The recent Dwell.com redesign gives the site a fresh look, fluid navigation, and flawlessly showcases Dwell's award-winning editorial content and photography in a way that is distinctly Dwell. As a result, Dwell.com is better positioned than ever as THE leader for what's news in modern design.

Color Comes Home: Hot Hues from Dwell

The Dwell Design Leader video series is an inside look at some of the most influential, inspirational, and innovative designers in the industry today. From landscape architect Andrea Cochran to prefab architect Michelle Kaufmann to co-housing expert Kathryn McCamant to Airstream designer Christopher Deam, a full spectrum of modern design disciplines are explored from a personal and professional perspective.

 

Finding Colors for Your Home Renovations

Dwell Remodeling ColorsLucky Kitchen

Lucky's Break
With a very limited budget and no construction experience, Lucky and Kim Diaz overhauled a wreck of a house into a sweet, 1,100-square-foot Los Angeles home with just $55,000 and a whole lot of stubborn determination. Here is their story, as told by Lucky.

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From Russia with Color Love: Ramenskoye Apartments

From Russia with Color Love: Ramenskoye Apartments


A wonderfully colorful community southeast of Moscow in Russia has taken color love to a whole new level. The Ramenskoye Apartments are by far the most colorful apartments we've ever seen, and while these apartments have made their rounds on the web... we couldn't help but bring some attention to them again.
Original Images by sturman

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Colorful Designer Hotel Rooms

Colorful Designer Hotel Rooms


Last month I was in the lovely city of Toronto, ON and we stayed in one of the design districts in a very cool place called The Gladstone Hotel. This old building is one of a small group of hotels that has brought in a group of designers to customize a single room, each. What you get is a wide variety of totally unique places to crash in.

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We ended up getting "The Postcard" room, that had lots of photo-montages of forests and natural scenes. It almost would have been better to room hop for the three nights we were in town just to enjoy more of the designer's experiences, but that would have meant a lot of packing and un-packing. (Plus, with a great bar downstairs and close by it took me most of the next day just to get my head back on straight.)

I first read about these designer hotels a while back, when I found a link to the Hotel Fox in Copenhagen. I think There is even one just north of me in Seattle, WA.

Designer hotels just must be in the color air right now, because fellow color Enthusiast Rachel over at Hue Consulting just blogged about these great designer hotels.

Have you stayed in one of these hotels?

Is there one in your area?

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