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This time of year, itís natural to find color inspiration in the garden. Whether your garden is an acre of veggies or a window box of petunias, every garden provides delectable colors to enliven and beautify your homeís interior year round. As you pick your flavorful vegetables, dewy herbs and fragrant flowers this summer, think about ways to revive your home with garden colors. Like those in a backyard garden, the hues you choose can be stirring and brilliant or soft and calming. If want your home to blossom with color, here are some ideas:
All gardens bask in the sun and rooms in golden tones have the ability to cheer us anytime. Sherwin-Williams Daffodil is an optimistic hue. Squish-Squash (Benjamin Moore 311) looks striking on the wall. Even the most subtle yellow can bring a glow to a room. Try Farrow & Ball House White (2012) and you'll see what I mean.
Green will always call up the feeling of a garden and itís refreshing wherever you use it. The color green works to harmonize other colors in a space, the way green leaves set off multi-colored flowers. Pale greens bring a sense of coolness to hot, sunny rooms. Farrow & Ball Cooking Apple Green (32) worked in the sunroom of one charming home where it tied in beautifully with the view of the landscape.
The kitchen is the perfect spot for garden greens: think of a leafy salad. Green balances the look of stainless appliances and wood cabinets. PPG Pittsburgh Paints offers Bamboo (312-2), the color of pale, new buds. Rosemary Sprig (Benjamin Moore 2144-30) is another good example of a color for a contemporary kitchen.
Warm colors lift up a room and make look it elegant. These shades feel luxurious and evoke a lush, well-tended flower garden. Benjamin Moore Gypsy Pink (2077-20) is a jewel of a color, redolent of rose petal and peony. The pink I go back to time and again is Sherwin-Williams White Dogwood (SW6315).A natural, textured carpet, floral patterns and dark accessories complete the room. Pink can sometimes act as a neutral color: Pale Petal (Benjamin Moore 1178) is subtle, with a hint of brown in it.
Red is tasty and exciting in wall colors such as Benjamin Mooreís Pomegranate (AF-295) or Salsa (2009-20). Ralph Lauren Dressage Red (TH41) is a classic. Orange can remind us of the autumn harvest and the gingery India Trade from California Paints historic color palette appears radiant in a hallway or mudroom.
Blue skies provide the backdrop for your garden. If you paint a room in a light, expansive blue, the walls will virtually disappear. When you want a space that feels open and spacious, two of the best sky blues are Restoration Hardwareís Atmosphere Blue and Pittsburgh Paints April Sky (554-3). The Victorians painted their porch ceilings blue to suggest the sky and also for the colorís reputed power to repel insects. If youíre ready to paint your ceiling, Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light (235) is the softest, palest blue you can imagine.
If your color theme comes from the garden, must you paint every wall in a bright color? Not necessarily. If youíve ever seen an all-white garden, you know it can be a knockout. White is the new luxury color, at least partly because it implies that you have the means to keep it clean. You can keep your walls subdued and find other ways to bring a bloom of garden color into a room. For a new way to wake up a gray room, use bright pops of mustard yellow and citrus orange.
What would a garden be without the soil? Donít shy away from the earthy shades. You donít have to paint them on the wall, but a few touches of brown will ground any room. Even if you donít paint, you can accent an unadorned space with green plants and seasonal flowers and enjoy the freshness of the garden all year long.
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