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WARM IT UP :: YELLOW + WOOD

neutral and wood with a bit of yellow living room

I’ve never been a fan of too much wood in a room – I tend to cover up my wood floors (which I still much prefer over carpet) with rugs, and I shy away from too much wood furniture. And paired with yellow? This could get very retro, very quickly. But lately, I’ve been seeing […]

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  1. Teri

    I have worshipped that apartment by Julianne Moore for years, and the other by Nicky Kehoe… I just didn’t realize the common thread. It is surprisingly hard to find yellow drapes. I miss the old Domino magazine. :)

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  2. Michelle (The Design Faiy)

    I love the yellow trend! At first I thought it was quite intense, but since, I’ve absolutely got on board. I particularly love West Elm’s range of yellow velvety cushions – I have just bought some of these for a clients bedroom and they really brighten up the room against the soft grey walls.

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  3. Stephanie @ Miss Mélange

    I just noticed while reading this that I have been drawn to yellow lately too! I have been wearing my yellow sun dress and bright yellow flats a lot, perhaps to try and will summer to come sooner (although it has basically been summer all year round here in Santa Barbara). I’ve never thought about pairing yellow with wood accents, but when you presented it in such a clean and charming way it totally makes sense! I’m thinking about doing yellow and navy for our future master bedroom instead of the typical trend of yellow and grey… Now I will definitely need to throw some wood in there :)

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COLOR BUZZ :: BLACK + YELLOW

yellow dining chairs eclectic dining room

Black and yellow is not a palette to be messed with. These colors always create a strong, graphic moment, no matter how they’re used. Most of us may avoid wearing the two together, for fear of a bumblebee effect. Inside, the impact can be overwhelming. But done just right? The two can make for striking […]

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  1. Kathryn

    LOVE the Gilles and and Boissier apartment…. my favourite part is the graphic pattern on the walls – hand painted!

    Have you seen the new images that were in the latest elle decor uk? (www.cummingandco.com.au/2013/09/3-more-reasons-to-love-gilles-and.html)

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  2. amywax

    Always on the lookout for great stories about how color is used. ( owner of the Color911 app). I really enjoyed your use of color in this post, well done!

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A KITCHEN MAKEOVER :: YELLOW OR AQUA?

turquoise-teal-aqua-kitchen-veronica beard

Ever since this editorial highlighting the saturated aqua kitchen of Veronica Beard, I’ve dreamt of adding this kick of color to my own little galley kitchen… Granted, spaces with higher ceilings than mine and definitely more light are a bit better at absorbing the impact of such a ridiculous amount of paint, but do not fear – […]

36 responses on “A KITCHEN MAKEOVER :: YELLOW OR AQUA?

  1. Angee Robertson

    My vote is on the aqua. Yellow can be expected in the kitchen but aqua is a little unexpected. You are also right that yellow can either go really wrong or really right. I think the thing to consider is the style of your kitchen how those two colors jive with the vibe if you will. Good luck!

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  2. Katie

    While I like the idea of the bright yellow kitchen, I am loving aqua. It is a bold color, but it is also relaxing and happy. Can’t wait to see your makeover!

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  3. Lisa | Happy By

    I have been a fan of aqua and mint kitchens for a while now and I’d definitely go with that color. Considering you will do minor changes and the space is not too big, it will help pop up the color. With yellow, I think you need to get really bold with color (hot midday sun aka sunflower) or go bold with surface/design. I’m looking forward to see how it turns out.
    Have a great week :)
    xo

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  4. Marie

    Not a fan of the aqua, at least not that much of it, but a yellow or mint kitchen would be lovely. White cabinets with navy and aqua accents could be classy though.

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  5. Susan Garnett

    Aqua, without a doubt! Yellow is expected, aqua isn’t. The aqua looks fresh, clean and cool.

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  6. Rachel

    Our kitchen walls are Farrow & Ball’s Dayroom Yellow. We tried a dozen Benjamin Moore colors, but should have went with Farrow & Ball from the outset. The company has maybe a half dozen yellows, ranging from light to deep gold, but they are so exquisitely crafted, that one of the six will surely work if you go the yellow route.

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  7. Sammy

    Although I love both I think I love aqua just a liiiiiiiiittle bit more! Color theorists say that yellow makes you hungry, though. (Could be a good and bad thing!)

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  8. Julia @cuckoo4design

    I’m usually a silent reader but I have to chime in and add my name to the aqua list. And I’m seriously obsessed with those hicks pendant lights from circa lighting in the second kitchen photo.

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  9. Hope

    I always lean towards any kind of blue, so my vote is for aqua. Sarah Richardson did an amazing yellow kitchen on her show Sarah’s House. Not sure which season, but it was a farmhouse in the country. Check it out. In my opinion, she used the perfect amount of yellow and tempered it’s vibrancy with neutrals.

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  10. Tammie Burton

    I vote for Aqua with a vase of yellow tulips and a bowl of lemons to add a pop of yellow! Can’t wait to see the finished project!!

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  11. Louise

    No to aqua. I love it, but we had it before, and if you’re a big cook, you’ll get this, it makes all the food look horrid!! Put me off baking, cooking and I hated it. But I did lose weight……so Aqua if you want to drop some pounds!

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    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      Louise, I know exactly what you’re saying and I hadn’t even thought about that!! I do suppose it could be the only diet that might work on me, but that’s no reason to try it! Eek. Thanks for the practical tip!

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  13. Anne Lubner

    Either color will look great, but the answer is really inside you. Paint some poster boards in each color, tack them up and live with them for a couple days. See which one makes you happiest!

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  14. Joyce Ward

    I vote for a lemon yellow- it will always may you feel good when you walk inside. For 25 years I have had a yellow kitchen – still in love with itI I grew up with an aqua kitchen- as a child walls, curtains, & accessories-grew tired of it-just saying. Experience is the best teacher…..

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  15. Kimberly

    So what’s the verdict? Yellow or Aqua?

    I’m faced with the same debate for my kitchen. I’d love to know what you chose or even see pictures if you’ve painted.

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WELL RED

red bookshelves via ivy&piper

Oh, red. It’s such a fabulously hard color to work with. The perfect red lip? Evasive. The perfect red dress? A challenge. But the perfect red paint? That may trump all. But, when it’s done right and all lacquered up… my, how good it is! Unfortunately I don’t have the guts to put this practice […]

6 responses on “WELL RED

  1. Erica Cook

    I love red, and the examples you’ve included make my heart skip a beat….I do have a giant red apple in my kitchen. But, aside from that I can never seem to commit to anything bigger than a throw cushion, books, etc. This post makes me want glossy red shelves or a secretary/console. Excuse me now while I go see what I can paint .

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  2. nikki w

    Very tough color to work in, and I’ve had to do several rooms with a splash of red. Great photos here. Especially love that red dining table and the red trimmed pocket doors – genius.

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NEW YEAR, FRESH PALETTE

ellery resort palette citron + blush + olive

After a month of holiday focused posts (and life!), it feels so good to get back into a routine today, doesn’t it? And on a Wednesday too, which means the weekend is just around the corner! During the little time I took off, I felt like I finally found a bit of inspiration and energy […]

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