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May 8, 2012

Using Color in Your Home Interior: Gray

by rebecca elisabeth design

So what is a non-color? A color that compliments any other color is considered a non-color or neutral. Gray is a neutral and can be combined with almost any color and will help to neutralize colors that in their full intensity might be too much. Think of a bright yellow, potentially too much on its own but when paired with gray works. Gray can be both contemporary and traditional whereby suiting everyone’s taste. Gray can create understated elegant spaces that are easy to change by changing accessories.

 ash, battleship, cadet, charcoal,
dovegunmetal, mousy, oyster,
payne’s gray, pearl, silver, slate, taupe

Gray is a reassuring, comforting, subtle color that subconsciously helps ward off mental strain, creates the feeling of stability and reduce fear. Selecting the wrong gray can lead to dull, drab, and dingy looking interiors.

A gray hue may function the same way as a beige tone, providing a calming effect to a brightly lit room or alternatively, bringing warmth to a dim room. Grey has undertones of blue, pink(red), purple so when mixing with other colors it is important to know the undertone of the gray that has been selected so that you aren’t mixing colors unintentionally.  As an example in this top picture here the undertone is blue and it has been played up using a more vibrant blue to create a contemporary look.  Where as, the image at the bottom of the page has a green undertone and has been combined with creams to create a sophisticated traditional interior.

What color comes to your mind when you hear gray?

  • use lighter grays in place of white
  • use darker gray in place of black
  • taupe, a grayish brown neutral is a conservative, slightly earthy, warm shade of gray
  • light grays with pastel shades are feminine
  • light grays with dark colors are more masculine
  • use gray and pale neutral hues to create elegant designs
  • metallic grays can make a space look luxurious and opulent


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April 10, 2012

Using Color in Your Home Interior: Green

by rebecca elisabeth design

Nature shows us that green is the ultimate neutral color. Any possible color you can imagine is shown in combination with green in the plant world. Think of your local florist and how spectacular their windows look teaming with the multitudes of colors, red, yellow, blue, etc. all supported by one shade of green or the other.

apple, aquamarine, chartreuse, emerald, firn,
grass green, jade, kelly green,
lime, mint, moss, olive
, pea green, pine, sage
sea green, seafoam, spring green

It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility; it suggests stability and endurance. The cool, tranquil effect of green makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep. On a subconscious level green is a restful color for the human eye, it can help to improve vision and creates a feeling of safety. However, sometimes green is associated with a lack of experience, envy and jealousy.

What color green are you attracted to?

  • Soft greens are restful and calming ideal for kids rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms for its relaxing and calming effects, however it is not good for skin color rendition so be sure that when used in bathrooms that it doesn’t reflect in the mirrors
  • Green works well with strong and vivid colors
  • Green appears rich when seen in velvets or silks
  • Watch for combining with red and avoid a Christmas themed room


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March 20, 2012

Using Color in Your Home Interior: Yellow

by rebecca elisabeth design

banana, cadmium, chartreuse,
chiffon, cream, golden, goldenrod, khaki,
lemon, saffron, topaz, ocher

We have covered red, blue and now yellow, all know as primary colors, meaning all colors can be created by mixing these 3 colors and adding white or black to make them lighter or darker. Whether contemporary or traditional, yellow can really brighten up a room making it friendly, warm and welcoming.

Yellow makes me think of sunshine. On the color spectrum it is one of the warm colors that, like all colors, has conflicting symbolism. On the one hand it denotes happiness and joy but on the other hand yellow is the color of cowardice and deceit.

The subconscious effects of yellow are numerous, it stimulates digestion and circulation, raises alertness, sharpens memory, inspires imagination/creativity  and raises spirits. Like all good things, too much yellow has a negative effect and can increases hostility and irritability. Color researchers believe the color yellow strengthens overall well-being and increases self-esteem.



What shade comes to your mind when you think yellow?

  • cream, yellow mixed with a lot of white, is an extremely popular color as it is warm but not overpowering and can be mixed with almost any other color
  • use lemon yellow to create a crisp, lively, summery feel for an outdoor space
  • when red or orange are too strong or too dark, use bright yellow to create an exciting room
  • golden-yellow or ocher are great forms of yellow for a Mediterranean home creating warmth and depth
  • chartreuse is an excellent accent color for contemporary homes, giving a crisp, fresh and clean feel
  • shades of yellow can be used in place of gold when a metallic isn’t desirable
  • khaki is a form of yellow, we all know that khaki is a wonderful ground to any accent color you may be using
  • Very pale yellows can work as neutrals alongside darker or richer color.


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February 9, 2012

Using Color in Your Home Interior: Blue

by rebecca elisabeth design

Colors are so much more than just their pigment combinations of red, yellow, blue, white and black. They are non-verbal communication, each having an effect on our psyche. Colors evoke emotion which can be both positive and negative depending on how much, where, and the intensity of the color used in your interior. On the color spectrum going from warm to cool, blue is considered to be a cool color.

 azure, baby blue, cerulean, cobalt, cornflower blue,
indigo, midnight blue, navy, Prussian blue,
obin’s egg blue, royal, sapphire, sky blue, slate, steel blue

Consider the colors of the sky to the various shades of water, blue a nature inspired color, is known for its calming effect.  The subconscious effects of blue are numerous, it encourages deep breathing, slows heartbeat, drops blood pressure, and decreases appetite. Blue can also have a negative subconscious effect creating extreme feelings of calm associated with sadness or depression.

The cool, tranquil effect of blue makes time pass more quickly and it can help you sleep. While blue is a good color for bedrooms and baths, too much blue could have an adverse affect on mood and create dampen spirits. Blue can be striking and formal in combination with white. It can be playful and great for kids rooms when combined with pale yellow for infants, mint green for toddlers or orange for grade-schoolers.

What color comes to your mind when you hear blue?

  • Dark blues such as royal blue or indigo convey sophistication and maybe a touch of superiority
  • Navy blue (almost black) creates a feeling of security (think logos and the military)
  • Pastel blues convey a sense of playfulness (think baby’s rooms and spring time colors)
  • Grey blues convey a modern sophistication and work as a great neutral to add pops of color
  • Combining shades of blue create a conservative yet sophisticated look
  • Combining dark blue with metallic accents create an elegant rich look
  • Combine pure blue with its complimentary color orange and get a room that will waken the sense. Or use this color combination in more muted tones and have a sophisticated room with some contrast and color depth.


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April 12, 2011

Spring Cleaning STEP 4:Upper kitchen cabinets clean out.

by rebecca elisabeth design
A set of plates ready to be glazed at a cerami...

Image via Wikipedia

After this step we are half way through our 8 step spring cleanup process. This week we tackle the upper kitchen cabinets. Whether it’s you or your house keeper that is taking on these cleanups be sure to get everyone in the family on board with keeping it organized, by explaining the system to the whole family.

1.    Remove all your dishware from your various upper cabinets and place like items together.  Plates, glasses, serving dishes, cookie sheets, etc.
2.    With mild soapy water, damp wash the closet and shelving. If you add a little vinegar to the water it will help remove any odors that might be in the cabinet.
3.    If you use shelf liner, now is the time to replace anything that doesn’t look great.
4.    To put things back, consider what you use most and place those items on the bottom shelves for ease of use. Put the things you use the least up high.
5.    Next, remove all of your food items and place like items together. Spices, canned goods, boxed foods, etc. If these items belong in the pantry now would be the time to move them.
6.    With mild soapy water, damp wash the cabinet and shelving.
7.    Replace shelf liner that doesn’t look great.
8.    To put things back, consider what you use most and place those items on the bottom shelves for ease of use. Put the things you use the least up high.
9.    If you have lots of spices, consider using a lazy Susan on a bottom shelf to make yours easily accessible and organized.
10.    For the hyper-organized, consider getting special spice jars to organize your spices, and canisters to organize your dry goods so that when you look in your cabinets all the containers are identical.  This will make those of us with OCD feel great when we look at our food supplies.
Next week we tackle the base cabinets in much the same way.

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April 5, 2011

Spring Cleaning STEP 3: Organize your kitchen pantry

by rebecca elisabeth design
Our Father's House Soup Kitchen pantry

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Design is in great part all about organizing.  Organizing furniture so that it is conducive to conversation, planning a kitchen so that thing you need are at your fingertips, etc. We have been working on the microscopic level of design, if you will, by focusing on what is behind closed doors. If you have been following along you now have an organized linen closet and medicine/toiletry cabinet.  This week we will attack the kitchen pantry. My pantry is 10 feet wide, by 1 foot deep by 7 feet tall. Pretty big I know but everything has its place and you can get yours organized even if it is a combination of upper and lower cabinets or only a fraction of the size!

Let’s touch for a minute on general kitchen organization, as we will be addressing the pantry this week and the upper and base cabinets of your kitchen in subsequent weeks. I recommend group things that are alike such as pots and pans stacked together to conserve space, spices together in a spice rack or a cabinet designated to spices, and so on. I have seen numerous clients have things kind of jumbled which I don’t recommend.  As we will be doing this in stages if you are the jumbled type you will need an area for interim items for the next couple weeks.

  1. Make sure you have a large space cleared on the kitchen counter
  2. Clear everything out of the pantry and sort. Get rid of stale or expired items.  Items that you haven’t eaten in the last 6 months that aren’t expired can be donated to the homeless because you are not likely to eat them anyway.
  3. Sort as you see fit but here are some ideas:
    • breakfast foods
    • teas, coffee, drink mixes
    • canned goods
    • jarred goods
    • snack items
    • pastas and rice
    • condiments
    • specialty or ethnic items (mine are Asian and Indian)
    • paper goods
    • baking items
  4. One shelf I like to have I call drop-ins.  Ever have people show up and you didn’t know what to offer.  Have a shelf with prepared items that are easy to serve up to unexpected guests. Items here can include: dip mixes, crackers, fancy cookies, chocolates, etc. If you have any great “drop-in” items please share them on our Facebook page.
  5. Wash the pantry out with warm soapy water and let dry.
  6. Where possible designate an entire shelf to a category.  Metal shelf dividers can be purchased at the Container Store to divide shelves for multiple categories.
  7. Other useful pantry storage items are lazy susans, glass jars and air sealed containers which can be used to store your most used items. If you pantry is more than 12″ deep consider getting tiered inserts so that you can see what is in the back most row.
  8. Involve your family by showing them your system so that they can participate in keeping it orderly. You can go to the ultimate step in organizing and label your shelves so everything is absolutely clear to anyone looking in your pantry.

Next week we will clean out our upper kitchen cabinets.

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