Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bringing the Garden Within





   


Bringing the Garden Within

Inspired by the ethereal colors of a garden, this blog 
guides the personal designer to enjoy nature's aesthetics 
inside their homes. The following post encompasses 
the essence of the plant Sticks of Fire. 
Placed right next to the Mesa Rose 
lounge seat, the colors become each other in a 
natural manner. The irony of having man-made objects 
and fabricated colors enhances the conversation 

Dunn Edwards 
Mesa Rose
DE5114

Dunn Edwards
Beaming Sun
DE5218

Dunn Edwards 
Orange Daylily
DE5145 





















An obvious floral pink could drastically 
turn gaudy, so sophisticate your palette 
with a faint coral. Inspired by the plant 
Sticks of Fire, the coral seat covers will 
emphasize the entire ambience of the room. 
Coral furniture outside will heighten the sense 
of temperature announcing that Summer has 
arrived. Hints of coral can allude to the 
imagination of the perfect coastal getaway with 
rays of deep sleep. Tones of earth and ground 
consist of more than one shade of each color. 
Off whites and dark corals/oranges harmoniously 
interact, equally emphasizing each other. A lack 
of colors can enclose the viewer’s eye, but 
having multiple shades–in this case earth 
tones–broadens the eye to see beyond the 
room, just as people do in their own reality.











 
Dunn Edwards 
Violet Gems
DE5940












Velvet textures from Wisteria flowers of orchestrate 
every color surrounding it. Though this 
violet is not as saturated, this deep lavender is so 
prevalent, it is hard to bypass and ignore its 
elegance. Alongside white cabinets and white 
appliances, the violet lavender invites your guests 
and family members into your kitchen by warming 
the cold paleness of the white.







Dunn Edwards, Sour Apple
DE5507



























You love your garden so much that you want 
to bring it inside but can’t. All you need to do is 
bring the essence of your garden inside. Start 
with the greens and mimic your way around the 
room. Add texture to portray the grooves in leaves 
and the consistency of grass. Sour Apple does 
not submerge your home with your garden, 
but merely echoes the environment.











Dunn Edwards, 
18th Century Green
DE5460












Including a moist moss textureand color to 
your room will illuminate its natural sheen. Such a 
color can accentuate any one piece of furniture 
in the entire room. Choosing an organic shade 
will make it easier for each piece of 
furniture/accessory to adjust to its color. This 18th 
Century Green is suitable to light-dark wood 
exuding a natural habitat which could create 
a calming environment for a home-office or 
study space. 




*The paint colors given above are only suggestions and may not be identical
to the colors in the photos




SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior 
Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath 
Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International 
Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology 
Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building 
Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 
Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa 
Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in 
green interior design and historic preservation.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

How Do You Blue?

HOW DO YOU BLUE?


Dunn Edwards, Blue Review
DE5902
Phasing blue with a gray 
overcast will modernize any
room in your home. 
Instead of saturating your 
walls, decreasing the opacity 
can actually heighten any 
array of colors. Accentuate 
your bathroom, as shown, 
with an assorted arrangement of blue tiles. By adding 
Crystal Falls, the erratic maze of tiles will numb itself.



Dunn Edwards, Shark
DE5771
If you can’t decide if your 
favorite color is green or 
blue, then try a dim greenish 
blue. Though this color 
is not as vibrant as a natural 
green or blue, it certainly 
offers a refreshing, 
beach-like atmosphere. 
A glimpse of florals and a dash of mahogany adds to 
the deep sea theme and intensifies the sunlight’s rays 
glistening on top of your wooden table.



Dunn Edwards, Tropical Lagoon
DE5781
One of the most attractive 
qualities of blue is that 
it generally becomes other 
colors. Choosing a warmer 
blue, such as Water Baby, 
allows you to play with colors 
of the warmer spectrum, easily
accommodating deep browns 
and field day greens. Another perk of warm blues is 
that its vibrancy has a youthful attribute.



Dunn Edwards, Lake Lucerne
DE5808
If you’re staring at your 
bathroom tiles and wondering how 
your bathroom can adapt your 
spontaneous lifestyle while 
portraying a professional demeanor, 
then choose a cheeky blue. The 
subdued brightness of this blue 
dulls any overwhelming scenery allowing you to refresh 
yourself in your own privacy. A brightening blue can 
distill the static presence of your bathroom and allow 
you to take a deep breath of enlightenment.




Dunn Edwards, Afternoon Sky
DE5877
If you feel you have reached a 
plateau with your white kitchen cabinets, 
try Prim Blue. This blue has hints 
of purple and grey which will 
flatter any stainless steel appliances 
or hardwood features. The enclosing 
quality of cabinets will mat the 
opaque color. However, the stainless 
steel will contrast the confining presence by its reflective characteristic.


*The paint colors given above are only suggestions and may not be identical to the colors in the photos




SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Colors that Men Love


COLORS THAT MEN LOVE

Dunn Edwards, Brown Wood 
DE5468
Mornings begin with coffee, 
afternoons consist of 
light chit-chat and dazed dreams, 
and night subtly casts through 
the windows embracing the 
somber environment.  
Brown Wood exemplifies one 
of the modern whites of today’s 
home and the glass of brandy set on your nightstand. 
It is a great companion to pin-striped suits and 
cool blue jeans for a casual Friday night.



Dunn Edwards, Desert Rock
DE6066 
If you don’t like black and 
white, choose Desert Rock 
and cool your house down 
with this grey ensemble. 
Your room will look like a 
slick back hairdo without the 
excess amount of gel 
and hairspray. This warm 
gray converses greatly with hardwood floors, 
neutral tones, and blues.


Dunn Edwards, Hot Sun
DE5349
In contrast to the blues and 
darks, this camel orange 
provides a traditional 
aesthetic which will appease 
your nostalgic desires. 
This color could turn 
your library of vintage 
collections into a private chamber 
just for yourself. Accessorizing with similarly 
colored furniture will make any darker hues pop and 
hold the space together. 


Dunn Edwards, Night Night
DE5937
Take yourself on that 
vacation and soak yourself 
in your tub as you look at 
your reflecting gray-blue tiles 
that match your favorite tie. 
This color provides a 
sensual experience because 
the gray undertone conveys an ambiguously stimulating aura. Matching dark furnitures allows the blue to stand out, and adding such a delicate feature such 
as the chandelier makes the space more inviting to others.


Dunn Edwards, White
DEW380
Another way of keeping 
your kitchen clean, is by 
minimizing the palette. 
The combination of emerald 
green and white offers 
neutrality and an infinite 
amount of creative 
possibilities for yourself White 
responsibly sustains confidence and a lack of fear for 
stains. Colors that men love are fearless and bold. 
Accent your space with dashes of color throughout 
the entire room.


*The paint colors given above are only suggestions and may not be identical 
to the colors in the photos




SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.