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Valentine’s Day will soon be here and the color of love is red.  We see red everywhere, in fashion, home design and of course, candy!

Personally, I’m known to be disciple of the classic black and white color scheme.  My closet looks like newsprint and I’ve slipped black into my home décor anywhere I could get away with it.  But the one color I’ve always been drawn to has been a gorgeous, vibrant true red.


The color red has been around for a long time.  In ancient Egypt, red was associated with life, health, and victory. Asian folklore tells of the power of red to ward off demons and dragons. Not sure if the Targaryns know about this….but you rarely see Khaleesi in red.

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Khaleesi, Game of Thrones


Red is not for the shy or faint of heart.  But whatever your courage level is, you can use red to your advantage.  Wearing red makes you stand up taller, feel more powerful and sexy, and may even have you leaping tall buildings in a single bound (okay, maybe just off the sidewalk…).

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Red in a great way to add importance and interest to a room in your home.  I used red textured wallpaper in my powder room and it’s become a little super star!  Update your living room with these delicious red accent pillows and add warmth to your wood floor this softly-colored rosy red rug would add to a wood floor.  Both items here are offered at Judith Liegeois Designs.


Hate to cook? Check out this kitchen backsplash by Diane Torrisi Designs. Talk about an incentive to learn how to whip up some Beef Bourgenoine!

Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year for 2018 is called CALIENTE– why, because it’s HOT!

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Benjamin Moore Caliente


I’m in love with the bold color of red steel in this loft.  Architectural firm Zabala Erickson used it to add interest, detail and color to a large space.  This immediately impresses everyone who walks in. It takes the industrial look to a whole new level.

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My friend Karen Rauch Carter is a Feng Shui expert and National Best-selling Author of Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life and Make a Shift, Change Your Life,  has this to say about the color red. 

“The color red does two things in the feng shui world. It ATTRACTS energy (“Hey! Look at me!”), and it STOPS energy (Hey! You better stop right there, Buddy!”). When using red in feng shui you must add your intentions, so the physical things “know” how you want them to serve you. For example, you might want to paint your front door red or add red flowers in pots near your door to ATTRACT new opportunities your way, or add red in the back window treatment or on the walls that are directly opposite the front door with intentions of STOPPING the energy from slipping out back and forgetting to nurture those inside the home.


So now my friends, get out there and add a little spice to your life!!

We’d love to hear how you’ve used red.  Send us a note on our contact page and tell us about the color red in your home.



Come Over to the Darkside

Are you afraid of the dark?

We’re going over to the dark side together. You’re gonna love it.

Now let’s not get all Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight Saga – I’m talking paint color here, my friends.

While we’re there, we’ll visit with some friends of mine that have really transformed those interior dark shadows into shades of chic, dramatic and poetic. Sherwin Williams, his good buddy Benjamin Moore and that dynamic duo Farrow & Ball.

Now Sherwin loves navy – the darker the better. Paint and accent wall in Sherwin Williams’ Naval, add some bright white trim and you’re ready to set sail into the sunset!

Renovation by Pinemar, Inc.

Ben, on the other hand is totally taken by all shades of green. Think , game room, old world elegance – cigars, cognac and male bonding. “I say, old boy, do tell that hunting story again!”

Benjamin Moore Forest Green
That crazy creative couple Farrow & Ball completely own dark grey and all shades of black. Rich, elegant and inviting. Fill this tub with bubbles and sip on chilled champagne while listening to your favorite music.

.Farrow & Ball’s Pelt No 254

50 Shades of Grey? Bah! There are hundreds of shades of grey and black, from pearl to smoke and from off-black to pitch.

Design Match designer Sharon G. states: “Using dark colors in a room or interior is a design tool that helps create contrast, which in turn, creates interest.

Here’s one of my favorite uses of a dark color in interior design. This young couple looked way beyond the traditional pastel colors for a nursery and painted their baby’s room a dark grey. With the accents of white and gold, this room is a soothing and comforting space. Imagine going to sleep in this environment – like being back in the womb. This baby has been blessed with incredibly creative parents!


If you decide that this style is for you, you’re gonna need The Professionals (fyi: 1966 film starring Burt Lancaster – thought this one may need explaining) to make sure it’s done right.

It’s important to rely on your interior designer to help you select the right shade of a dark paint color that works with your environment. There are several factors involved in making sure that the color will create the feeling you desire – sunlight and artificial light, size of space, how the room is utilized, etc.

If you’re ready to come over to the rich, deep and dramatic side of color, contact us and we’ll help you find the right designer who will be your beacon in the dark.

A 64-Piece Box of Heaven

We’re slowly opening up that brand new box of crayons was a special moment? All the choices – fingers hovering over the 64 different hues – which one to pick up first? And the smell – mmmmm fresh, new, so many possibilities.

Humans respond deeply to color. It has the power to influence our moods, ignite ideas and emote feelings.

Relationship with color starts very early in life. Who hasn’t met that little girl who will only wear purple shoes, eat only purple food (very limited choices here) and begs you to paint her bedroom walls the same shade as her Disney princess dress? (Oh Walt, you genius!)

Sometimes it’s hard to explain why we’re drawn to a particular color. It could be a connection to a good memory. Perhaps someone we care deeply about loves that certain shade of blue.

Out of the mouths of babes..

When my son was very young, he used to color with only the black crayon. I watched and wondered if this meant some deep-rooted sadness, was he angry, was he destined to live a life of crime?

I tried offering him alternatives, bright greens, soft yellows, cheery reds. No deal.

I finally asked him why he would only color with the black crayon. He looked up at me a little perplexed at my question and responded: “Because black shows up the best!” An aha parenting moment if their ever was one.

Colorful Quotes….

Color is one of the most important aspects of design. Here’s how a few of our Design Match designers feel:

“Color communicates meaning and draws attention to an interior.
As an Interior Designer, color is an element of design that I use to
set a tone for a room.” DM Designer Cathy

DM Designer Vera considers artwork when choosing colors:

“If there is a painting to be featured in the room, it is used as a guide and colors
are referenced from it to create a color scheme.

For instance, there are many shades of green. Selecting one that compliments the picture, rather than competes, is key. Complimentary colors are used to carefully emphasize the picture or section of a room, such as an accent wall. Only then will the room and painting be united and give rise to the intended human emotion.”

Look into my crystal ball….

We at Design Match see a bold trend slowly surfacing in home decor. “RED” Red in its many different hues. Yellow-based reds and blue-based reds. Keep your eyes open – you’re going see this primary rock star used by design professionals in ways so creative it will blow your mind.

Here’s an amazing backsplash by DM Designer Diane. She worked with her client to select each shade of glass tile to reflect the client’s idea of what flames look like. Talk about great communication!

Choosing the right combination of colors for your home can be scary. Having a great relationship with the perfect design partner will make your life easier and a lot more fun.

Your designer will help you choose the right shade of paint or fabric. They have the expertise to know what different colors look like during the day, in the evening or, if you dare, splashed all over the walls in your dining room.

“You often hear ‘it’s just color!’ – but just one drop of the wrong pigment can give
your walls an undesired undertone. Consult with an expert design professional.”
DM Designer Diane.

Just like Stella,….

Get your color groove back. Grab one of those coloring books for adults and start waking up your inner crayon-crazy child.

Slowly open that box and breathe deep….. As always, we love to hear from you. Send us your colorful tales and we’ll publish some of them.

Are you thinking of changing the color scheme in your home? Contact us to help you find the right design professional to assist you in making the perfect color choices.