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Transitions with Color and Subtle Connectivity

By: Loren H. Pratt

Photo courtesy of Hygge & West.

 

Recently the talented team at Balance Design helped me select and install this Hygge & West wallpaper in the top stair landing of my home. The inky blue color and quirky copper design reflects the mood of my home: cheerful and playful, yet sophisticated and relaxed. It invigorates the landing by adding movement, and the metallic details reflect light, making the area seem larger. This wallpaper inspired me to make the most of my transitional spaces.

In the past, I viewed these spaces (front entryway, hallway, and staircase) as simply a means to an end — get me to the next real space. However, they don’t have to simply be placeholders for connecting the main living areas; they can communicate something about you and reinforce the mood of your home as well.

Color

Color is an easy way to create mood and connect spaces. Blue is the primary color unifying the rooms in my open-concept home.

Photo courtesy of Loren H. Pratt.

Various shades of blue help the oversize photograph flow into the almost indigo color of the upstairs wallpaper. I love how the copper frame of the Brittany Kidd photograph (another Balance Design purchase!) complements—both in movement and color—the model’s hair color in the image and the underwater sea creatures in the landing wallpaper. Color unifies all of these spaces and helps you move naturally from one to the next.

Subtle Connectivity

I love a subtle theme. We’re not talking about your grandparents’ “Santa Fe room.” (I hope I’m not the only one with grandparents who had a Western themed room.) One or more subtle themes can tie multiple areas together. An implicit theme of water flows (couldn’t help myself) through the transition spaces in my home.

An abstract painting in the downstairs hallway was created at the beach, where the artist, Candace Greer, incorporated sand into the paint. The different blue shades symbolize the ocean and sky, and the hallway rug below the painting is reminiscent of coral. In the racy laundromat scene, the circular washing machines remind me of submarine windows.

Painting by Candace Greer.

Photo courtesy of Loren H. Pratt.

As I mentioned, the wallpaper contains whimsical underwater creatures perfectly in keeping with the water theme.

Photo courtesy of Loren H. Pratt.

Perhaps few will notice the subtle connections between these transitional spaces, but they really bring a sense of passage and evolution to otherwise mundane areas in our home. Take a second look at your “in between” spaces. Let them connect to each other and communicate something interesting.

Loren Pratt is a lawyer and legal writing professor who loves interior design. Her legal writing background influences her affinity for juxtaposing order and symmetry with personality and flair in decorating. Loren loves working with the Balance Design team when she’s stumped with a design challenge or when she needs a second opinion. Follow Loren to see what inspires her as she decorates her new Atlanta home. 

Color Palette: Australian Coastline

By: Danielle Clockel

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Photo courtesy of Daily Mail.

From left to right:
Farrow and Ball Cat’s Paw
Sherwin Williams Cape Verde 6482
Sherwin Williams Cotton White 7104
Sherwin Williams Calypso 6950
Benjamin Moore Northern Lights

Recently we’ve found ourselves drawn to shades of deep teal. Until we can make our way to salt water, this beautiful picture will have to do!

Looks We love: Aquatic Atmosphere

By: Danielle Cornely

We’ve got beach brain, there’s no denying it. As the temperature climbs and the humidity moves in, we’re pining for that cool ocean breeze and relaxing water. Imagine bringing that level of serenity into your home to experience every day. Might look a little something like this.

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1. Inspiration photo courtesy of Adam Pflum Photography.
2. Fish Scale tile from Inside Out. A little glamorous, but also soothing. Can we call this look Mermaid Spa?
3. Flax Ottoman by Christien Meindertsma. This ball of rope is a nautical piece that’s sophisticated, not cheesy.
4. Stained concrete by Custom Concrete Solutions. Get the beautiful hues of tropical water beneath your feet with a turquoise stained concrete floor.
5. Reclaimed Wood Side Table from Anthropologie. Reminiscent of old dock posts, this side table warms up an aquatic color palette but remains complimentary.
6. Abyss Table from Duffy London. Enjoy the rich range of colors of the deep ocean in a coffee table. You’ll swear you were flying over the Pacific, looking down at open water.

Color Palette: Take Me Away (Immediately)

By: Elisabeth Paulson

Take pause on this dreary Friday and immerse yourself in this tropical paradise. Can you feel the salt on your sunburned nose? We can. Here are some beach color celebrations from our favorite paint people.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson. Puerto Rico.

Photo by Elisabeth Paulson.  Culebra, Puerto Rico.

From left to right:
Farrow & Ball: Joa’s White No. 226
Pratt & Lambert: Green Ravine 17-16
Benjamin Moore: Cool Aqua 2056-40
Ralph Lauren: Cadet Blue RL 1972
Sherwin Williams: Flyway SW 6794

Fly away.