Using the color Blue has almost become a running joke amongst my friends. It used to be green, but for the last few years greyish blue keeps showing up in my work.
I think one of the reasons I am drawn to it so much is that I view it as a neutral. Almost everything looks great up against the appropriate hue.
Here are a few examples of my blue period and how you can make the color work for you in your own makeovers.
(all photos: iPhone/angelo:HOME)
It sounds so self absorbed to say, but I love this room. Ha!
It really was one of my favorite makeovers. I think one of the reasons was because this whole home is gorgeous and the couple couldn't have been lovelier.
It's a large living room that wasn't being used to it's full potential. They entertained a lot but also wanted the room to feel cozy, loungey and sophisticated for them.
Using blue as the foundation allowed the rest of the room to be infused with great plashes of pattern and color while still adding a lot of neutral and texture to balance it all out.
I kept their existing sofa, since it was so great and comfortable and just reupholstered it in a very soft yet durable cord. We sandblasted the glossy painted fireplace to expose the original brick work (this is where texture comes into play) and I designed a big, white, chunky mantle along with bookcases to really anchor the room. Painting all the woodwork and trim a crisp white became the perfect partner to all the blue.
Then it was really about helping to create a sense of heritage in this beautiful old home. Sourcing the perfect, large coffee table that you could put your feet on was key. I found this vintage one for the room and it really helped to set the mood. Also, I chose a fabric that looked somewhat vintage for the custom made drapes.
Adding a few reflective surfaces, antique lighting & tables, accessories, artwork, along with their own beautiful damask chairs helped to complete the Living Room.
This master Bedroom makeover was truly about helping this couple go from basic to a relaxing modern style.
New hardwood floors along with a new rustic stone fireplace and wooden mantle became the anchors of the room. Adding two different shades of soothing blues worked as the backdrop for mostly neutrals and earth tones.
They wanted a serene space that felt new and modern but not trendy. Layering neutrals, adding lots of wood and texture was the key to achieving this look. All the blue definitely helped.
Here's the reality, most of the time you get a shiny nickel and 2 days to make a room over. If you're lucky they throw in a licorice stick and an extra 15 minutes for prep. Good Times.
It's easier to make changes to a room where you can easily move the furniture. Not possible in bathrooms and kitchens, unless you're doing demo. On this show, we had more than 2 days and a few licorice sticks to play with AND the bathroom didn't need demo! It needed some character and the homeowner's personality.
The rest of their home was gorgeous and filled with their style--Classic, Shiny, Glamorous and Colorful. So I started by painting wide horizontal stripes in 2 shades of greyish-blue, adding antique mirrored door fronts to their cabinet doors, vintage lighting, a wall mounted fireplace and a new, very large mirror. I also blew up a couple of B&W photos that the husband had taken on one of their vacations, and used them as artwork.
Giving the grey tones just enough of a bluish hue undertone help make the bath feel less austere. Now it flows well from their beautifully decorated master Bedroom.
This Master Bedroom was a ginormous challenge since the couple (who are awesome awesomeness, btw) work in the luxury hotel world. They stay and work for some of the most coveted hotels.
They wanted their bedroom to feel like the best suite in their favorite hotel room. Soothing, Glamorous, Unique, Modern yet Comfortable.
Blue to the rescue. I used 2 shades of blue in the room, ripped up the carpeting and installed espresso hand-rubbed hardwood floors, reupholstered their existing chair, designed a custom love seat, added lots of chocolate layers to help create a classic feel and then had fun with accessories and wallpaper! The chandelier in the room became a huge statement as did their headboard wall.
The key for taking on a daring design is to find the right mix of classic, modern and whimsical. Everything from High End (don't even ask about the chandelier) to an end table from target, work harmoniously in this master bedroom.
Taking this Master Bedroom and outdoor patio (right outside of bedroom) and making it feel like an Island Getaway for this couple, was one of the most fun transformations I have ever worked on. The Husband wanted to give his wife something beautiful and they were both incredibly easy to work with.
Layering cool blues with crisp whites was a sure fire way to make the room and patio feel light and airy. Bringing is some dark woods and texture helps to give all the lightness a great sense of purpose.
You can get away with almost anything in your design plan, if you can find the balance. Sometimes, the best way to know if you're getting there is to just try it!