Colors Today, Trends

Colors Today – Beige

Today we are talking about one of the hottest trends in design today: beige. *cue vintage horror movie scream* I know, I know, for a long time “beige” was synonymous with “vanilla” or “boring” but recently it is being reimagined! This trend has me strangely introspective because it wasn’t that long ago that I ridiculed all beige as bland (at best) and utterly repulsive (at worst). This trend has me confronting my own changeability and the dreaded “trend-follower” tendency. I am currently trying to either own it, or rationalize it away. I’ll keep you updated.

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To be fair, (here comes the rationalizing) the way beige is being incorporated into design today is different from how it used to be. It has come into its “modern iteration”. With every recurring design trend there is always something just slightly tweaked about the way it’s being used or treated that makes it modern.

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In this new version, beige can be on anything! Walls, upholstery, art, furniture, accessories, textiles, cabinets (yes, cabinets), and clothing! Not only can it go on anything, but it can go on multiple things in a room and it doesn’t even have to match! Beige has so many undertones in it that perfectly matching it to any other beige is nearly impossible. The result is a motley combo of different shades and undertones that can be really pleasing when done intentionally.

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But here is the tweak: there are restrictions on how to use the new beige without it leaning too “doctor’s office” and the first of these has to do with those blasted undertones. In general, it goes like this: the good undertones are pink, brown, gray, and purple; the bad undertones fall mostly in the yellow and green camps. We want to live in a modern french chateau, not teacher’s khaki pants.

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The second rule for modern beige is not about the colors in it, but the colors it is being paired with. Firstly, it should always be paired with a true white, which helps highlight all the different yummy shades of beige. Any other tones in the room should be very warm, earthy, and not too loud. Keep it to browns, amber, wood tones, and the occasional pop of black or very dark green.

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A minimalist modern vibe is also important to note. Beige is being heavily used in Scandinavian design which boasts simple, utilitarian shapes that allow the elegance of beige to shine. I think this is why the multiple shades thing works – the simplicity of the surroundings don’t overwhelm the eye and allow you to notice the intentionality of all the different shades.

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In fashion beige is being used in quality, simple pieces that follow the same rules as interiors. Pair with a true white and earthy colors, low pattern, simple shapes, with pink, brown, gray, and purple undertones. Casual and comfortable, soft and elegant.

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So! To sum up: Beige is back, but the shade has changed, the colors it is paired with have changed, and the style it is primarily used in has changed. Here are some absolutely stunning design-forward products in beige:

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Colors Today – Sage Green

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Life has definitely gotten crazy for me over the past month or so and I have felt out of touch with the design world as of late. But now I am diving back in and I am seeing A LOT of sage green!

In spite of the huge surge of warm, earthy colors exploding all over the internet, (see: Vermillion, Mustard and Millennial, Terracotta, and Wine) this color has remained highly popular. It used to be called mint and was usually paired with peachy salmon colors, sea shells, and some hydrangeas, but these days it has grown dusty and much more grown up…

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Unlike a lot of color crazes these days, sage green is being seen mostly on walls and other large surfaces! It is breaking up the barrage of white walled pictures on the internet (nothing against white walls of course!) But to see this color being used so boldly is refreshing. This is due in part to sage green being such a soft and delicate color. It wont overpower the other colors, or darken the room. It is also style ambiguous! It is not only paired with scandi design, but also with french provincial, and traditional styles.

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Sage green loves to be paired with warm wood tones (opposite to it on the color wheel) as seen above. It also does very well being paired with a dark forrest green:


Which fits with the trend of mixing colors in the same hue but with different tones as a way of creating contrast.

Here are some of my favorite ways that I see sage green being used in design these days:

In Interiors:

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In Fashion:

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In Vingette:

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Want to incorporate sage green in to your home? As always I suggest starting small, to make sure you like it before you commit to a whole wall, sofa, or other piece of large furniture. Check out some of this stuff:

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Colors Today – Vermilion

Happy Friday everyone! Today is another edition of our Colors Today series. This time I want to highlight vermillion! Other names for this color include “fire-engine Red” “cherry red” or “blood red” and it fell out of popularity a few years ago and is most definitely coming back but (as usual) with a twist. Instead of being used in oriental design, with lots of intricate, patterned things, it is as a bright solid brining contrast wherever needed.

It can be used as a pungent accent to very minimalistic or Scandinavian design…

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…Or in juxtaposition to highly ornate and traditional styles:

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Both of these ways of using red are highly contrasting and make the red jump out at you in a pleasing way.

The red family has traditionally been paired with saturated blues and mint. They are opposite each other on the color wheel, which means they are complimentary. However, as tonal design is coming into popularity, vermillion is being paired with colors in its own family in addition to the cooler colors. Like so:

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This way of using vermillion is also highly contrasting but in a much more subtle way. The difference in saturation of the warm colors used in these photos is what prevents it feeling too warm. To put it another way: the pink appears so soft against the bright vermillion that it creates a stark contrast between the two colors. Even thought they both read as warm, they still contrast each other, which is what creates the interest and eclectic atmosphere.

Okay, enough with all of the trend talk. Heres some good ‘ol fashioned pretty pictures!


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California Cool Living Room

Happy Friday! Patterns and I haven’t been getting along lately. For some reason I am being drawn to solid colors and interesting textures. Here is a result of that: The California Cool Living Room. The only pattern in this room is the jute rug from Serena and Lily . My favorite part is that quirky art from Artfully Walls.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

“Ada is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in economics and agriculture. Her style is bright with lots of colors and rose gold accents. You can usually find her in the hiking trails surrounding Los Angeles, munching granola. She has dark blond hair, bright blue eyes, and lots of freckles. A smile jumps to her face at the drop of her hat and she always strives to be encouraging to others above all else. Her favorite food is tomatoes, her favorite band is Greta Van Fleet, and her least favorite thing is crowded amusement parks.”

You might notice that the description of the person in these posts has almost nothing to do with the design itself, which is very intentional. People are rarely so predictable and parts of their personalities often contradict other parts.

I am sure I’ll be back into patterns at some point soon but for now this is what I am jiving with!

Sofa, Chairs, Coffee Table, Rug, Light, Art, Art, Candlesticks, Pillow, Plant

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Wicked Inspired Nooks and Stories

Happy Tuesday everyone! Tonight Michael and I are going to see Wicked!! I am so excited. Michael got me the tickets as a Christmas present which I discovered early (scroll down for that story)

I saw Wicked in High School when our neighbor’s brother’s girlfriend got a cold and had to give up her ticket last minute. I didn’t actually know our neighbors very well but I essentially went with them and their whole family as a total stranger. I and my neighbor’s goth brother sat in the nosebleeds where he spent most of the play on his phone making a bored face, meanwhile I am literally bouncing out of my seat with awe and excitement. I spent the next 6 weeks incessantly singing the sound track.

I expect to have a similar experience. Sorry, Michael.

So naturally, we have two vignettes to represent our main characters. Meet Glinda:

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Chair, Curtains, Candle, Side table, Pillow, Art, Rug

Obviously this one is very feminine, vibrant, and playful, with a pink-yellow color palette. I am blown away by that chair from Blu Dot! (get it? Blown away!). I knew this vignette would have pink in it but I didn’t want it to hit you in the face.

Next up: Elphaba

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ChairPillow, Art, Rug, Plant, Sconce

I am so excited about that monkey sconce! The print from Artfully walls is also eerily perfect for an Elphaba inspired vignette. This one has a much more traditional-industrial vibe with a black and emerald color scheme.

Notice that both vignettes feature that awesome rug from CB2. This is to prove an itty bitty point, that the same item can look drastically different from one room to the next. I also thought it was sort of a sappy ode to the friendship of Glinda and Elphaba.

Okay, now for promised story: I heard on the radio that Wicked was coming to Indy and of course I suggested to Michael that we go. “hmmm, I don’t know, its a bit expensive right now…” I had pretty much expected this, as things were tight with Christmas coming up so I said to myself that someday I would see it, and I didn’t think about it again.

A few weeks later we were going to watch a show before bed and Michael started pulling up Netflix on his laptop. I was only half paying attention to the screen and even though he hurriedly exited the screen, the words “Wicked:” and  “tickets” and “print” settled somewhere in my mind.

Me: “Honey, were those tickets for Wicked?”

Him: “Hmm? Oh yeah, I was just doing a little research but its too expensive..”

Michael isn’t very good at lying. The tone of his voice and the little “Hmm?” beforehand always gives him away! Its pretty cute. I started squealing with delight and laughing uncontrollably. Michael got a half disappointed-half happy look on his face and sheepishly brought out the tickets 2 weeks before he wanted to give them to me.

So now, after what feels like an eternity, we are finally seeing Wicked! This will be Michael’s first broadway play (he knows nothing about the plot other than its about The Wizard of Oz)

Follow along on my Instagram stories tonight for the before and after (not during the play, obviously!)