77 Ideabooks by Kelly Porter

How to Create a Mood With Tile
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If you've ever thought about creating a mood in your space, you may immediately have turned to the idea of painting the walls. This is a popular and very easy way to set the mood, but building materials also can define your room's style. Don't get me...
How to Accent a Neutral Space With Color
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Whether you have white, beige, gray or vibrant walls in your room, there is always a place for accent colors. Accent color is to a room what jewelry is to an outfit. Whether it takes the form of accessories, fabrics, fixtures or even one wall, it’s...
In the Navy: What's New With This Dark Blue
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Navy blue is one of those colors that gets a lot of respect — even from those who may not necessarily love the color or want to use it in their homes. Navy blue typically conjures up feelings of dependability, power and authority. This color also...
Invigorate Your Home's Exterior With Color
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I have a confession to make. I often spend so much time and energy making sure the inside of my home is colorful and stylish that I end up neglecting the exterior. As often as I help clients with their exterior color selections, I should know better....
How to Use Color With an Open Floor Plan
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I'm a color consultant, and one of the biggest concerns my clients have is how to use color with an open floor plan. These days, many homes are built where the rooms open up to one another. This is great for entertaining and keeping an eye on the kids,...
Aquamarine Relaxes Rooms
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Sometimes all it takes is one color to change the look of your home and put you in a good mood. If your goal is to create a home that will help you feel more relaxed, I suggest using aquamarine. This paler shade of turquoise is naturally refreshing,...
8 Green Palettes Worthy of Envy
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Green is the unofficial hue of spring and summer, and you can add this natural, organic color to just about any existing color scheme. Green is nature's neutral. Soft, muted variations of this color are very easy to live with and will get your home...
Rooms Get Ahead With Red
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Red is a color many people love but are afraid to use. It's a bold, eye-catching hue that makes a room look exciting, but too much red can overwhelm a space. If you want to give red a try, consider some of these fresh, contemporary ways to add just...
Classic Color Duo: Blue and White
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Blue and white is a popular color scheme steeped in history. This classic color palette dates back to the ninth century, when cobalt-blue pigments were used to create motifs on white pottery and porcelain in China. During the 18th century blue and white...
8 Color Looks to Enhance Traditional Rooms
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While many young homeowners have shifted away from traditional design, this classic style deserves a second look — an old-school design style can be colorful and...
12 Colors to Pump Up Your Home Gym
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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...
Head Into Bold Southwest Color Country
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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...
Remain Calm With Natural Colors
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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....
The Stories Colors Tell
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Every time we use color in our home, we create a mood and make a statement about our style and preferences. Color is a powerful design tool. It makes us feel a certain way but it also speaks a language all its own. All colors have a specific meaning...
Cherry Blossom Pink Romances Rooms
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I live in the Washington, DC, area, where many people are waiting for the city's famous cherry blossom trees to bloom into a sea of soft pink petals. This annual spring event provides an amazing source of color inspiration for pink lovers everywhere,...
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