Blue and orange... that was the request. Now before you stop reading and assume this is about football in the Home and Garden section, let me assure you it is not! Design is a very biased profession, believe it or not, but not when it comes to football.
I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing clients, and the best part is that they are all uniquely different. It is probably a faux pas to say that I don’t have a design style, but it’s true.
When I take on a new client, I do everything I can to learn about them, what they want, what makes them happy and their lifestyle. All of these things are so important to the end result, because they live in their house and I don’t.
Over the past year, I had the privilege to work on a family home that the client built 30 years ago. It was time to refresh and upgrade it inside and out. It’s always special to hear about the life lived in a home, the memories, children raised, the joy and the tears. As we evolve and grow as human beings, our homes do, too.
Back to the blue and orange. A pair colors that I don’t gravitate to (in design or football).
But it’s not about me- it is about my client. So I created the design: creamy and veined Taj Mahal quartz, soft white cabinents, bold blue walls, warm brass hardware and light fixtures, accented with a stunning roman shade made in a fabric with deep orange and terra cotta hues. The heart of pine floors that were original to the house were the only thing that didn’t change.
Every space needs the balance of bold and understated. Each element has to balance and flow, orchestrated to create a seamless design.
In the end, I carried the blue and orange into the living room, where blue became the dominant accent color, orange played in the rug and accessories, and the woodwork and height of the room was highlighted through a light creamy paint color.
The lynchpin of the living room was painting the wood surround of the fireplace in high gloss, a decision my client was hesitant on, but trusted my eye and loved it in the end. You can’t dip a toe in design, it is a commitment to see through to the end. That is when you see great rooms that come together and don’t feel ‘off.’
My goal has always been for my client to love their home. When they see it for the first time after everything has changed and say “It’s better than I could have imagined,” that is when I know I have done my job well.
I have created the backdrop for their memories and a sanctuary that they can retreat to at the end of a busy day. Design is more than color and pretty things, it is your identity reflected in your surroundings and the emotions that they exude, be it blue and orange or red and black.