Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How to create harmony with color

A simple table runner and a floral composition, so many gradations of orange against a backdrop of peach colored wall gives you an idea of how harmony can be achieved in interior decoration. Colors mark the stages of our lives but are also an exciting way to help us in our evolution and changes that life brings us. In choosing color for our walls and furnishing there are no rules obviously, white on white or bright colors, beige on beige or contrasting hues, but the result needs to be obtained through experienced planning.
Harmonizing colors means to combine them in a way that express a vision, a feeling, interpreting the space to be decorated, there is obviously not just one way to harmonize colors, but only our "own" subjective understanding of the harmonies of color. It is important not to confuse inspiration with improvisation because the border between the fantastic and the disaster is still very thin.

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An example of coordinating warm colors, where walls are a pale peach, the chair in the foreground is a rusty red, the antique sofa is covered in apricot silk, so when you enter this house a sense of harmony and warmth is the first impression.

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Note the three tones on the sofa, from pale rosy beige to apricot.

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A few touches of the same hues are found in the dining area, which serves also as library.

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On an antique sofa luxurious damask and silk in different gradations of apricot and orange.

No matter which colors are you mostly attracted to just remember to plan them carefully and when in doubt ask a professional, to avoid costly mistakes, because your house needs to reflect the best of your personality and you must feel happy every time you return home and proud of it when you have guests.



Great entry! Albarosa.

This is probably one of the best colour entries I have read on line. Extremely well written and clear.

Dot to the point.

Michelle said...

Great post Albarosa...and beautiful interiors as well!! Love the silks!


qerat said...

love this house. It has this great lived-in feeling that is so warm. nice entry Albarosa. good advise

Patricia Gray said...

I love all the tones of orange that you have shown in these beautiful pictures.....apricots and pale peach...Yummm! Is this your home in Italy?

Fifi Flowers said...

Such warm and inviting decor!

Karena said...

Albarosa, The antique damask & silk is perfect for me! I have just the right spot! Warm & rich shades.

Cote de Texas said...

beautiful colors! and i love the dining room/library.

you left a comment that said the homeowner entered brooke's bobo contest - i looked at all the entrants and couldn't find it - are you positive? jsut wondering!!!

Mrs B said...

Hi Albarosa
I love the warmth in the library and how they have grouped the books together along with other objects. Ebvery picture just breathtakingly beautiful.

Mrs B xxx

La Petite Gallery said...

Glad to find some real taste
on the net. Your rooms are beautiful.
This is my first visit. I'll be back.

Alexander said...

This is the good blog with good images and good details. Please keep on posting the more stuff. I will like to hear more from you.

GooseDown said...

Few Days back i came across your blog while watching these images i feel harmony in my eyes such Extremely awesome interior designing thought you applied.

Dovecote Decor said...

White Rose! Thank you for visiting us at Dovecote Decor. We love foreign company. I was attracted to this post, as I have always loved peach and red together. Blending hues is beautifully described by Charles Masson in The Flowers of La Grenouille. You made me think that we should choose colors, the way we pick flowers for an arrangement. I will always remember this. Liz

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