"Tequila and Lime on Ice, under Blue Skies..."
Imagine yourself on a tropical beach, sipping a nice cold drink, palm trees swaying in the breeze..ahh...makes you forget it's cold outside already, right? Well let's keep that image in mind as we choose our colors.
When beginning to choose a color palette, I often like to find a fun fabric that incorporates several beautiful colors to serve as my inspiration. The printed pillows pictured below were my starting point to build a palette of cool blues, vibrant greens, and a crisp white. I used my Benjamin Moore fan-deck to select matching colors to this fabric. The colors I decided on were:
The colors create a bright, fun space... I use them to help select other accessories and items I place in the space as well. Now it's time to add a little color to the walls...let the painting begin!
I had the primer for the "Baby Boy Blue", (the main wall color) tinted to be just a shade lighter than the actual paint, to ensure the best coverage and color saturation of the paint. Then, I decided to do some color blocks, alternating with large areas of blue (Baby Boy Blue) and white (Ice Mist), to add a little interest.
I separated the colors with a 1" piece of wood trim, which is painted in a metallic silver. I like the addition of a metallic hue in a room, to add a little sparkle and shine! The trim is also a nice way to add a little dimension to the wall, as well as to cover any paint lines that are not perfect!
Now that I had the blue and white walls done, I then found some tropical wall art and a natural woven jute rug that both incorporated versions of "Tequila Lime" to pull the color through the space. Adding in accessories with these colors in mind helped to bring punches of vibrant color everywhere. I kept all of the furnishings a simple white..to really pop against the blue walls, lime green woven rug, and colorful accent pillows.
"Spice it up..."
So, now the room is painted... and the accessories, furniture and art are selected...we're just about done, right? Well, sometimes you just need to spice things up a little. The white color blocks on the wall seemed a bit plain. All of the fun tropical art really works well against the blue walls....but the white walls...they needed some depth. I found some great wall appliques from Architexture, that can be painted any color, and quickly and easily applied to the wall! I chose a fun pattern that played off the printed pillow fabric. They were painted the same shade of "Baby Boy Blue" and put up on the white walls. Problem solved! The best part is, it looks like something that took hours to paint, when it was simply painted and applied in just minutes. Truly, a great find!
"A Relaxing Retreat..."
Now the room is all finished....we have a cool cabana where you can relax and let all your troubles drift away. The bright hues used really help create a relaxing environment, with just enough of a punch of color to warm up any day!
All photos courtesy Alena Capra Designs
What colors would you use to create a vibrant sense of calm to balance the cold chills of winter?