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Fire & Ice

When you live in Arizona you learn to deal with the fire by bringing in the ice.  The same principle can be used in interior spaces when working with warm and cool colors.  This inspiration board was created to demonstrate the technique of combining colors to "regulate the temperature" of your space.

  1. The color scheme here is a combination of a "Direct Complimentary" and a "Split Complimentary" scheme, meaning that orange is directly across the color wheel from blue, and yellow is just down the road from orange.  Using this type of color scheme is a great way to bring in both warm and tones colors since you are incorporating colors from each side of the spectrum.  Another important aspect of this color scheme are the anchoring colors used throughout the space.  In this instance, I've incorporated white and dark gray/black as accents throughout the materials to provide a backdrop to the remaining colors in the room.
  2. Use of line is another element that unifies this space.  This sofa from Crate & Barrel (priced at $2,699.00) features clean, straight lines throughout its build.  The legs elevate the sofa from the ground, allowing the rug to become more of an attraction within the room.  Additionally, the dark gray fabric is unique to the space, which draws the attention of the eye to the most important area within a living room--the sitting area. 
  3. The lacquered bamboo collection from Z Gallerie offers plates bowls ($49.95), Vases ($59.95) and trays ($19.95) which can be used as colorful accessories throughout the room.  Display them in grouped arrangements, or use them individually for a splash of color...either way, they won't disappoint.
  4. Add some round elements into the room to soften the space.  The Dot coffee table from West Elm ($399.00) features a golden tone which compliments the color scheme, yet does not cry for attention.  It is an excellent piece because of the subtle, yet powerful, impact it has on the room.
  5. To really make a space your own add artwork that inspires you throughout the space.  Determine the color you would like to make the largest impact and find pieces that highlight that color while combining other colors within your scheme.  You'll notice that this art piece (prices vary) found on AJ Williamson's Imagekind gallery emphasizes orange tones, but also ties in the yellow tones of the scheme.
  6. This media console ($999.00) from Crate & Barrel features the clean, straight lines that are also found on the sofa.  It also ties in the dark gray/black colors that are being used throughout the space to anchor the bright yellows, oranges, and blues, to ensure they do not become over-powering.
  7. As you look for accessories to use throughout the room, consider purchasing multiple items from the same store.  Typically, stores will develop product lines within the same color family so it is easier for customers to envision the items paired together.  For example, these canisters from Z Gallerie (prices vary) can easily be used in conjunction with the Fleur Tealights (#8) which can also found at Z Gallerie ($9.95).  Use a solid collection of multiple items from a combination of your favorite stores and you will wind up with a space that fits your personal style without appearing "cut-and-paste."
  8. See #7.
  9. Clear glass vases are a great way to incorporate colors within your scheme while also allowing for flexibility.  You can change the contents of glass vase as your preferences change, or even seasonally.  For this space, a straight, cylinder vase fits best because it will remain consistent with other line patterns throughout the room.  Use natural elements such as stones (shown here in white) and foliage to create an element of tranquility.  This vase/arrangement was found at Pottery Barn, and is priced anywhere from $23.00-$71.00 depending on the size of vase, however, stores such as TJ Maxx and Ross often have a great selection of similar vases for $6.00-$25.00.
  10. The Dead End Rug ($299.00) from CB2.com was actually the starting point for this room.  Typically, when starting a design it is easiest to first choose your focal point pieces (textiles and artwork usually work best).  Once this item (or sometimes "these items") has/have been determined it becomes easier to choose items that either enhance or compliment your focal point(s). Keep in mind that less is more when it comes to focal points.  If every element within the room demands attention from the eye it becomes a harsh environment.
  11. 12, & 13--When combining textiles, maintain an overall theme.  For example, you might observe that each of these pillows feature a color from the scheme as well as an anchor color (white).  The combination between the two is different for each pillow, but it is that combination which unifies the textiles.  This also allows these textiles to balance with other textiles in the room, such as the rug, which also features a scheme color and white anchor.  Like these pillows?  You can find them here:  #11 ($34.00), #12 (Must register for pricing), #13 ($18.00).


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