Lamenting the loss of colour
I don't know if others have noticed this but I'm noticing a lack of colour in the rooms that are portrayed in magazines. My latest Elegant Homes and Style at Home are both basically brown from the front cover to the back cover. Everything is neutral and interest in a room is conveyed through texture.
What ever happened to being committed to colour? Reading coastal_modern_love's post and looking at her kitchen with the vibrant blue lights and backsplash really made me sit up and take notice.
We did a whole house reno last summer and when we moved back in I noticed that my house was brown. Brown floors (midtone Maple hardwood), cream cabinets, giallo ornamentale granite(brown), brown walls of varying degrees throughout, natural maple in the bathrooms, brown tile, brown granite counter (wenge which is my favourite thing in the whole reno) but all brown.
We had a KD and to be fair to her, I wanted the whole house to flow seamlessly from one room to the next and that it does.
I have noticed that our slate in the front entrance has grey-blues and gold-orange in it (Oyster slate) and our copper inlay backsplash behind the range has variegated copperish orangey tones and so I am slowly building up a blue with brown colour scheme and orange accents.
One of my grandmother's painting (she was an amateur artist) has blues and oranges in it through a floral arrangement and I found a platter that I really like which as become my colour "inspiration". (The plate is Bird Delight White Chop Plate if you want to google it and see it). But I'm bringing colour in through accents and artwork rather than fully committing to it through expensive permanent pieces.
Have you noticed this trend at all? If you have "committed " to colour, How did you do it and what is your favourite colour in your home and where is it?
I now have a blue chair near my grandmother's painting and some orange stripped pots with plants beside my platter, I also have a hammered-copper bowl which I really like under a copper clock in the shape of a frying pan. These are in the kitchen/family room. The orange in the pots and in the picture are the stars. I also have a large squamish rock fireplace that I now notice has orangey tones in it so I'll do something in the living room to accent it.