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Color inspiration, Interior Design

Kitchens to Envy

August 9, 2017

Well, I clearly haven’t been posting every week – it’s amazing how difficult it is to find time to post! Between working, kids and general house stuff, I basically only find time after 10pm to get on the computer, and at that point, you can bet I have fallen asleep on the couch. SO, since I am on vacation this week, I figured I could find SOME time in between biking, rafting, swimming and drinking beer, to talk about some of my favorite kitchens.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I love a kitchen with some color. As beautiful and clean a white kitchen can be, I find them a bit boring. The kitchen is where you spend lots of time in, where people gather, and where you can invest lots of money in to make your “dream kitchen”. In my opinion, (and this is only my opinion, so don’t be offended) white kitchens are too sterile, and eventually feel tired.

There are so many ways to add color to a kitchen, even if you have already invested in an all white kitchen.

Here are some kitchens that I think utilize color in the best way!

Here is a perfect example of a white kitchen that adds just a bit of color to break up the sterile white. I LOVE this idea, and of course the color used! Anna Bode did a great job making this white kitchen have some warmth to it.

 open shelving white kitchen with green cabinets

Source : Anna Bode

I recently posted this kitchen on my instagram feed, and got the most likes for any post so far…..clearly this kitchen by Joanna and Chip Gaines is a winner with many people. It’s amazing to me that they can’t seem to do anything wrong! The color on these cabinets with the beautiful marble counter tops is a perfect pairing. Those benches really pull all the warmth together.

Kitchen, AFTER

Source: HGTV

One of my favorite kitchen sources for inspiration and color is DeVol Kitchens. They too can’t do anything wrong. Their kitchens are HANDS DOWN the most amazing kitchens I have ever seen. They have such a range of designs and clearly have some impressive designers with great ideas. I love the next two images where they’ve created these bright, beautiful spaces while incorporating such dark and dramatic colors.

Source: DeVol Kitchens

Source: DeVol Kitchens

Amber Interiors has this amazing ability to create that cool, California vibe in all her spaces. This kitchen below is one that I have seen blogged many times, which I think is due to Amber’s amazing color use. The color on the cabinets paired with the rug and the marble counter tops is a perfect example of having a bright white kitchen while still bringing in some color.

Source: Amber Interiors

The next two kitchens show how adding some interesting tile to the kitchen floor can be the color focal point. One of my all time favorite kitchens and spaces is this one below. I love how the tile ties back in with everything, and how bright the kitchen still feels. The brass accents also pull it all together.

Black and white kitchen

Source: 100layercake

 Kitchen

Source: Jhinteriordesign.com

Studio McGee as perfected the use of color in the kitchens they do. I am pretty sure they feel my feels about needing just a little color in the kitchen. This one is a perfect example of having an almost totally white kitchen but just a POP of color on that island. It makes for a nice breakup of what is pretty much an all white kitchen.

Kitchen Styling

Source: Studio McGee

Sarah Sherman Samuel combined this beautiful sage cabinet color with her all white kitchen that I just love. The lower cabinets break up the monotony of all white, and add warmth to the room. And who doesn’t love that gold hardware!

kitchen renovation // before & after // sarah sherman samuel

Source: Sarah Sherman Samuel

If you are not a white kitchen lover to begin with, then here is a great combo with wood cabinets. This room is soooo beautiful! That Marble back splash is mesmerizing!

Source: Pinterest

So as you can see, there are so many ways to tie in some color to a kitchen and breakup that all white sterile feeling. It can be as easy as painting your island, walls, or lower cabinets, adding some colorful chairs, putting colorful tile on the floor or back splash, or minimally adding some interesting artwork! I know it’s not in everyone’s budget to redo their kitchen, but a little paint can definitely go a long way!

Don’t forget to follow my Pinterest board for more interesting kitchen ideas!

xx

Ash

Color inspiration, Home Decor

Green Is My Thing

June 15, 2017

I have always loved interior design and creating colorful yet inviting spaces. For some, having a bright white house is what is most attractive, and don’t get my wrong – a LOT of my house is white – but I love to throw in a bit of color to make it interesting, and during the past few years as we’ve renovated our home, I realized that the color I use most in my life and home is green. All kinds of greens!

This years Pantone 2017 color of the year is Greenery, which is a pretty bold green to use around the house. I am not sure I would paint a whole room this color, but have a few pillows? or incorporate it in some artwork or an accent piece? – sure! and I do!

However, I have a whole lot of other greens, yellows and blues to work back with this bold color.

Here are a few ways to incorporate green into your home.

Artwork

There is an abundance of artwork out there to pull in greens to your decor. Whether you are mid century, modern, traditional, contemporary, bohemian – you name it – there is LOTS of artwork out there. Here are some examples and resources I have found.

Art work by Lisa Lapointe and Justina Blakeney

All of the below art is from MINTED,which I think is a great, affordable resources and you can even have it come framed, but there are lots of other resources like Etsy, Jenny’s Print Shop, and One Kings Lane.

"Verdant" - Art Print by Denise Wong in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes."Bath" - Art Print by sue prue in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes."Enchant" - Art Print by Christine Llewellyn in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes."Montana Back Road" - Art Print by Catherine Freshley in beautiful frame options and a variety of sizes.

Pillows

You really can’t go wrong with an accent pillow. Just keep it in the color scheme of the room, and you can pretty much put any pillows together. A few good finds are linked below. I have found Etsy to be one of the best options for more custom pillows if you are trying to stay away from the big box stores like West Elm, CB2, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Target, etc….However, they also always have great options. You can also find some good options on the discounted websites such as Joss and Main, One Kings Lane and Wayfair. For more designer options click here.

Source: Lynne Chalk

Crewel Offset Color Blocks Pillow Cover - MintCustomer Image Zoomed

Furniture

If you’ve been following my Instagram, then you would see that I am a big fan of a bold green piece of furniture. I love a colorful couch, and since having kids, I have found having a colorful couch is much easier to hide things like, you know, COLORED PEN, than say a beige couch. I do love a light colored couch, but a great bold piece can also really make a room like this image below.

Source: Shanade McAllister-Fisher

 Customer Image Zoomed

Accent & Botanical Pieces

If green is not your main accent in the house, there are a few ways to still incorporate some pops here and there with simple accent pieces or even a plant like this entryway plant.

Source: Amber Interiors

 

   2 Piece Green Decorative Emerald Box Set

 

 

Wellesley Tree in Basket

Hope you have fun finding how to incorporate green into your space!

xx

Ash