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Color: Gardenia Wine

Inspiration Color Board – Gardenia Wine
The aroma of a freshly picked gardenia with a heady glass of cabernet leads the sensory palette in this set.

I’ve captured both vibrant and muted tones from this photo to show you how you can cultivate your own home using these palettes. I’ve created a guide for both guys and ladies on how to balance both color and space for your abode. Please download the chart shown above for your personal use.

How to use this color chart:
If you’re a guy, you’ll probably lean toward the browns –and that’s great. Just remember to offset the weightiness of the dark hues with a punch of color, this will add a sense of liveliness to your decor. Plus, you’ll want to balance your space with a bit a feminine charm to keep the yin and yang in check. If you live alone, a bit of organic shapes coupled with your rigid structures will harmonize and welcome in your female friends. If you’re already in a relationship, you’ll want to double check that there’s a bit of both in your space.

Ladies, typically you go a little heavy on the pastels -not that there’s anything wrong with that- but if you’re looking for a little male companionship, you’ll want anchor your airiness with a few dark accent pieces. Also consider adding balance to your ruching and ruffles with a little clean structure. Remember: Sleek lines can also be erotic.

How this translates into Your Space:

Applying Vibrant Hues
The hard graphic lines are soften with color sculpting hues of turquoise and orange spice. Accents of creams, terracotta, and brown invite rest and rejuvenation. See how light affects the turquoise? You can see a range of blues and greens with the dance of sun rays giving the space of life of its own.

Bath from Houzz

Bold red-orange wall also warm the hard lines of this workspace.

Office Lighting from Light Innovations

Applying Muted Hues
The walls may be dark in the bathroom, but flecks of contrasting white in the tile lend a relationship to the pure white sink atop the wooden cabinet. The heavy brown dutch door is balanced by the spacious creamy yellow wall and the reflection of light from within. With offsets like these, our stereotypical sense of heavy is no longer heavy, specially when these spaces are soften with sensual curves.

Bath from Houzz

Dutch Door from Houzz

What’s Your Choice?
So tell me, what’s your favorite moody hue: vibrant or muted?

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