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Color Inspiration: 3 Hot Color Combos

Why let just one color have all the fun? Here are three hot color combinations you can use for an instant update to your room’s decor.

1. Pink + Orange

Bold, energetic, and youthful – Pink and orange is a fun combination that will add a huge dose of personality to any room. Make the colors pop against an all-white canvas, or layer in metallics, deep wood tones, and complimentary colors like aqua, plum, and green.

Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource
Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource

For an elegant, luxe look, use mellower versions of pink and orange (think soft blush and peachy hues) like Kelly Wearstler did in the sitting room below.

Color Inspiration: Pink + OrangeSource

Get the look!

Hot Color Combo: Pink + Orange | Chicago ReDesignBedding | Orange Chair | Bookcase | Sofa | Pink Pillow | Print Pillow | Mirror | Pink Chair | Shower Curtain | Lamp Shade

2. Yellow + Gray

Sophisticated and modern – The contrast between warm yellows and cool grays adds balance to a space, and can simultaneously feel timeless and contemporary. Vary the feel of your room with the tone of each color – More intense yellows and darker grays will feel very modern and hip, while mute shades of sunny yellow and softer grays will feel cheery and relaxed.

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Color Inspiration: Yellow + GraySource
Color Inspiration: Yellow + GraySource
Color Inspiration: Yellow + GraySource

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Hot Color Combo: Yellow + Gray | Chicago ReDesignPillows | Square Lamp | Armchair | Pouf | Sofa | Vase | Rug | Shower Curtain | Gourd Lamp

3. Red + Aqua

Dramatic and exotic – Red and aqua (or turquoise, or light blue if you prefer) will certainly make a statement that people remember. For the walls, light taupe shades make a great backdrop for this stunning combo to shine. Add in gold and ochre hues as well as natural elements like bamboo shades or a sisal rug to bring a calming influence into the space… or play up the contrast with other pops of bold color like yellow and green.

Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource
Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource
Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource
Color Inspiration: Red + AquaSource

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Hot Color Combo: Red + Aqua | Chicago ReDesignFrame | Vase | Bookcase | Media Console | Lamp | Drapes | Couch | Rug | Lamp Shade | Trash Can | Dining Chair

Which ones of these is your favorite combination? Have you decorated with ones of these palettes before? I’d love to hear more!

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Color Inspiration: Gustav Klimt’s ‘Golden Phase’

I absolutely love the artwork of Gustav Klimt, so this week I was inspired to put together a mood board based on work produced during his ‘Golden Phase’. As I’m sure you can glean from the title, gold is featured heavily in the palette of these pieces (Klimt often used actual gold leaf in the work and it’s truly spectacular when viewed in real life) but with an ample dose of color. Rich blues, bright reds and oranges, deep greens, and even art-deco-ish blocks of black compliment the metallic gold “star” in these paintings.

Color Inspiration: Gustav Klimt's 'Golden Phase' | Chicago ReDesign

Gustav Klimt, ‘The Kiss’

Color Inspiration: Gustav Klimt's 'Golden Phase' | Chicago ReDesign

Gustav Klimt, ‘Adele Bloch-Bauer I’

My mood board…

Color Inspiration: Gustav Klimt's 'Golden Phase' | Chicago ReDesign

Lamp | Lampshade | Sculpture | Leaves | Wallpaper | Side Table | Rug | Couch | Purple Lumbar Pillow | Gold Flame Pillow | Black + White Pillow

Let me know what you think. Do you like the gold + color palette? Also, what inspires you? If you have any mood boards you would like to share send them my way – I love to see what others have created!

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Get The Look: Blue Moroccan Bedroom

Bedroom Designed by Martin Horner | House Beautiful

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The May edition of House Beautiful featured a Michigan lake house designed by Chicago’s own Martin Horner. The color blue is prominent throughout the home, as are Eastern elements and detailed patterns. I absolutely loved this blue bedroom and wanted to steal the look for myself (which is odd because I normally don’t go for this much color and pattern). But the monochromatic palette and lush layers of pattern work to create an interesting retreat where one could escape to relax and recharge.  I think it would be like a mini-vacation to a far-off land every time you stepped into the room. Honestly, I kind of wish I could dive into this photo and hang out here for awhile.

So here is my budget-friendly take on the room above…

Get The Look: Blue Moroccan Bedroom | Chicago ReDesign

Pillow | Bolster | Wallpaper | Bed | Artwork | Box | Bowl | Lamp | Bedding | Rug | Side Table

What do you think? Do you like all the blue or is it too much for your tastes? Do you think this look would work with any other color? I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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Color Inspiration: Cool Coastal Palette

My twin sister is getting married on the beach in Florida in a little less than two weeks and I’m so excited for the upcoming trip. I haven’t been to the ocean in a while and it will be another couple of firsts with my daughter – first time on a plane and first time at the ocean. One of those firsts has me slightly nervous by the way (if you guessed flying with a toddler in tow, you’d be correct). But my anticipation for the trip is outweighing my trepidation at this point, and I hope that feeling lasts.

Anyway, thoughts of being on the beach had me thinking about a soothing coastal palette – calm, muted colors that look as if they have been faded by the sun and worn by the sea in hues that represent a little bit of ocean, sky, sand, and clouds

Coastal Palette Mood Board | Chicago ReDesign

Lamp | Coral | Birds | Drapes | Couch | Rug | Table | Starfish Pillow | Blue Pillow

Here’s a closer look at the paint colors I chose for this palette:

Cool Coastal Palette | Chicago ReDesign

  1. Palladian Blue HC-144
  2. November Rain 2142-60
  3. Stone Harbor 2111-50
  4. Sea Star 2123-30
  5. Horizon 1478

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Oh, and wish Erik and me luck on our first time traveling with a toddler (and tips or advice are much appreciated).

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Color Inspiration: All Things Pink

As a little girl I never went through a pink phase. Growing up my favorite colors were (and still are) blues and greens, never the typical pinks, reds, and purples that so many girls love. So it took me by surprise that lately I’ve been drawn to palettes that feature pink – everything from soft orange-pink peaches to bold magentas. I’ve been pinning pink palettes to Pinterest like crazy, and used two shades of pink in my newly redesigned blog header. I even bought a purse with pink in it!

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Whether it’s the featured color, or a subtle accent, pink can add sophistication (yep – pink isn’t only for little girl’s rooms these days), fun, and femininity to any room. Use pink accents to add balance and interest to palettes dominated by typically masculine colors like moss green, navy blue, and chocolate brown.

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Pink is an incredibly versatile hue that pairs beautifully with just about every other color on the color wheel. It especially comes to life when paired with it’s complimentary color – blue-greens for orange pinks and yellow-greens for purple pinks. Tired of your white walls? Pale pinks are warm and inviting, and can be a great, unexpected alternative.

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pink color palette, interior design, decorating with pink, benjamin moore paint colors, pink and orangeAndrew Howard

When considering using pink, think about the use of the room – pale pinks are calming and would be great for a bedroom or baby’s room, while bolder pinks can be energizing and would work well in an office or family room. Either way, if you don’t already love pink, I hope you start considering it when thinking about color options. I’m simply tickled pink (haha!) to have discovered this refreshing shade for myself.

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