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5 Uncommon and Unexpected Color Pairings

By: The Balance Design Team

Feeling uninspired by the color schemes you’ve seen over and over again? Us too. We stepped out of our comfort zones to create bold, fresh color palettes that challenged us and even changed our minds about a few hot-button colors.

Blush & Persimmon

If you think pink and orange is a juvenile combination, think again! Combining similar hues of blush and persimmon evokes feelings of old world spices and soft floral dyes, with the muted blush acting almost as a neutral. This palette feels like a soft yet energetic beginning of a new day.

Green & Black

We love the combination of deep green and black — it’s modern and current, yet grounded. Picture a gleaming grand piano with an emerald green bench. Choose a slick lacquer black to really set this pairing up for success!

Ochre & Plum

Deep purples and golden yellows create a luxurious but playful color palette, and the contrast of light and dark keeps this pairing rich, but not heavy. Utilize velvets and leathers for an ultra sumptuous experience.

Neon Yellow & Slate Blue

We know neon isn’t for everyone, and in fact there are some strong feelings about it amongst our team! But paired with a grounding, chalky navy blue, it gives the right amount of POP to an otherwise standard neutral. By embracing a difficult color, a beautiful palette was brought to our attention — and honestly, we quite like it!

Sea Green & Coral

This is the more saturated, modern version of the aqua and peach of the 80’s. When paired together with a warmer neutral, like a bronze or caramel, a once dated color scheme is revitalized. Plus, balancing brighter colors with neutral metals and textures is a great way to create harmony.

When you’re feeling burned out or uninspired by your “usuals” and “go-to’s,” try taking a second look at something you thought you didn’t like. Challenge yourself to look at it from a different point of view or in a different context — you might find a new favorite!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s Cashiers Showhouse

By: Shelby Adamson

We are incredibly honored to be chosen to design the dining room at this year’s Cashiers designer show house by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine! The Cashiers Historical Society hosts this event each year as its largest annual fundraiser. This year’s home is a Mediterranean style villa situated on 42 acres, graciously donated by Terry and Brenda Beye.

The dining room boasts 15 feet high ceilings and an Ouroboros inlaid into the stone floor by the homeowner herself. We embraced these serpents and gave the room a dramatic feel while incorporating the beautiful scenic landscape. We almost immediately decided to paint the walls Studio Green by Farrow & Ball (kindly donated by Verde Home), a sultry and moody black-green that makes the room feel cozy and comfortable. We really took advantage of the high ceilings (and brought the outdoors in) by flanking Steve McKenzie’s gorgeous black and white triptych painting with a pair of sculptural Japanese snowbell trees.

To complement the inlaid stone serpents and give a nod to the mosaic’s eastern feel, we adorned the grand table with coral and white ginger jars (loaned to us by our friends at Trinity Mercantile & Design) and flanked them with two jade foo dogs. The result is a dining experience that embodies a Mediterranean courtyard, where one feels that they are enjoying a meal alfresco in a dramatic space that tantalizes all of the senses.

Days of Our Lives: My Kitchen Renovation, Episode 3

By: Stephanie Andrews

Original renderings by Balance Design

Original renderings by Balance Design

Just like any good soap opera, the plot thickens in my personal kitchen renovation! The plan was to start this large project in March, but then something remarkable happened. A fantastic, beautiful retail space in my favorite part of town became available for lease. The dream of having a brick and mortar working studio and gallery for Balance Design has been ten years in the making. However, we have only been actively looking for a space in the last two years. After many stops and starts, full of places that were too expensive and needed too much work, we finally found the perfect match. It’s right around the corner from my house and in the heart of the Candler Park neighborhood in Atlanta. A dream come true.

So here’s the dilemma: could I manage my remodel, the opening of a new studio, and still continue to give our clients the time and attention their projects deserve? Probably not. Something had to give. After talking with my husband, we decided to wait until fall to proceed with our remodel and push full steam ahead with the new Balance Design studio.

Most of the new studio is for our team to design, create, and work with clients, including a conference area and desks designed for collaboration. There will also be a library for fabrics, tile samples, wallpaper, and millwork. But the front area is what we’re really excited about. It’s a bit of a different concept for Atlanta — a gallery space at the front of a working studio. Consisting of two windows and about 200 square feet, it will be our “Artists We Believe In” spotlight. This showcase of curated combinations of local artists, furniture makers, lighting designers, and artisans will rotate quarterly. Only three to five artists will be featured at a time so that we can tell their stories and display their work prominently.  Our biggest hope is that the gallery will bring awareness to the community’s cutting edge, supremely talented makers.  

We’ll be keeping clients and readers in the loop throughout this exciting process through Facebook and Instagram. You can count on a big opening event. Perhaps in April? Stay tuned! Thank you so much for your continued support, we absolutely could not do this without you.