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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Seeing Red… and Pink

Happy Valentines Day!

Okay, okay.  I’m not really a HUGE fan of V-day (is that terrible to say?).

I know I’m not alone in this, but I also know that there are many who adore the celebration of love today, and to them I say “Cheers to you!”.

I suppose I’ll try to join in the fun, sort of.

Seeing that mostly the whole country is celebrating love today, I thought I’d create a Valentines Day edition of T&T that focuses on some of the favorite colors of amore!  (…and for a list of some great Valentines Day finds on Etsy – check out my “Feeling the Love” post from earlier this month!)

First, some great ways to incorporate the colors of love (…like oh, say, red and pink) in a way that doesn’t seem overly contrived.  In my opinion, you can take the subtle approach or go all out.

Which approach do you like best?

SUBTLE HINTS OF COLOR

Red and pink are pretty bold colors.  Used correctly, they can have an amazing impact on a space.  But if the idea of pink walls is a bit overwhelming, try incorporating the colors in a way that adds just a hint of drama.  Use lighter shades or a single piece of furniture.

 A little bit can go a LONG way…

Subtle

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WHO NEEDS SUBTLE?

PAIRING RED AND PINK…AND ORANGE…AND GREY…AND BLUE

There’s something really lovely about the combination of red/pink tones and other colors.  It’s definitely a more dramatic approach, but when done correctly can create something wonderfully unexpected.

Keep the colors a similar intensity or opt for one color to be saturated while the others are more muted.  This creates a highlighting effect, and can create some great visual interest.  Pink and Red paired with grey, will feel modern (see the pic above), while pairings with, say, blue or green can have a more bohemian effect.  Either way, the name of the game is BOLD…

Combo

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OR JUST GO FOR IT….

If you’re daring, why not just go for it?

Who says that pink walls can’t be chic (they CAN!), you just have to dig deep and find the courage to paint them.  Offset the drama with neutral tones and natural textures to add balance.

Not ready to commit to a wall color?  Try upholstery, lamps, accessories, etc.  There are other ways to achieve an “all over” effect.  (I love how neither one of these examples are from a bedroom!!)

Bold

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Now for something completely unrelated to design (but a TIP none the less!)…

If you’re feeling the love, watch this: 

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If you’re not feeling the love, watch this: 

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…and when all else fails, just enjoy this:

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Happy Valentines Day!

Tiina

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  1. Ann Milne #

    Inspiration and entertainment. Your blog makes my day!

    February 14, 2013

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