Color 624 Stories

12 Colors to Pump Up Your Home Gym
We can all benefit from regular exercise. But even if you're fortunate enough to have a gym in your home, getting motivated to work out can still be a challenge. However, one thing that can help you get moving is color. Your fitness area shouldn't be...
Pantone's Spring Colors Invigorate Rooms
For years Pantone has been leading the way for color trends, releasing the sought-after shades that designers follow as they develop new products in various industries. Pantone's spring...
Design Tastemaker: Amy Butler's Playful Patterns
Amy Butler designs colorful, playful patterns that adorn everything from fabric to wallpaper to scrapbook paper. The core of Butler's business is fabrics and sewing patterns, but over the years she has licensed her designs, so that they are now available...
Head Into Bold Southwest Color Country
The colors that define the American Southwest are truly amazing. Some of these hues are beautiful and bright, while others are rustic and earthy. All of these colors reflect this region's natural environment, such as the periwinkle mountains that outline...
Guest Picks: Modern Pastels for Spring
The spring 2012 runways were chock-full of pastel shades. It's no surprise that ice cream colors are making their way into home design too. However, pastels can be tricky to work with. Unless you're decorating a nursery or a silk-swathed formal sitting...
Ikat Patterns: Forgiving and Unforgettable
The word "ikat" refers to a traditional weaving method that involves a laborious process of resist-dying small bundles of yarn that are then woven on narrow looms. Today, the term can refer to this weaving method or to printed patterns inspired by the...
Watercolors Inspire Dreamy Walls
Watercolors bring a soft, refined feel to interiors, but there's no need to confine them within frames. Instead, consider wall treatments that evoke the same effect in fresh, unexpected ways. Check out these eight examples to spark your creative side....
Block-Printed Textiles Add Solid Style
Lately it seems like you can't turn your head without finding a trend alert or a fabric line inspired by block printing. This ancient Indian technique has existed for centuries, but the trend gives us another opportunity to look at different ways of using...
Create a Stir With Paint
Paint is the easiest, cheapest and most satisfying way to transform a room. And if you don't like it? Well, you can always paint over it. But sometimes it's hard to get out of the rut: white walls, maybe gray or a light pastel if you're feeling really...
Remain Calm With Natural Colors
Most people respond very positively to natural colors — softer greens, browns and blues. Organic colors are nurturing and very easy to live with because they bring a sense of harmony to our homes and our lives. They bring in a taste of the sea and sky....
Pattern Scout: Cozy Up to Patchwork
Patchwork is a craft that was born out of frugality: Women would save scraps of fabric until they had enough to piece together a quilt. Finding an antique quilt, it's not uncommon to wonder about the story behind it. Who made it, and what prior purpose...
Designer Sketch: Danielle Wallinger
Danielle Wallinger's interior design career started in the most unexpected place: the mall, where she worked at a popular juniors' store as the visual display manager. "It quickly...
Nontoxic Paint 101
When it comes to paints and finishes, "nontoxic" refers to those that have little to barely traceable amounts of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs — toxic chemicals found in traditional paints that can be released into the air for years after the...
Great Color Combination: A Green and Black Palette
We have had some rainy days in the past few weeks in Los Angeles. In my hometown of Pasadena, there are many tree-lined streets of magnificent camphor trees. I'm always reminded of how much I like green and black together while driving down one of these...
Rooms Rock the Black Look
My husband would argue that AC/DC is the greatest rock band of all time. I'm not sure about that; I'd probably go with Queen. In thinking about modern day rock 'n' rollers, I wondered what their houses would look like and ended up imagining all-black...
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