Saturday, September 01, 2007
If I'm not careful, this blog could become a Blueprint obsession
Ok, they've really got me. I'm ready to move into these three rooms from the current issue. I keep thinking about them, trying to figure out just what it is that I love so much. Here's what I've got:
I love living with neutrals. In my dream world, everything is made from naked wood, undyed linen and wool, or it's painted white. I've certainly tried to go that direction in our apartment, but for quite a while now I've been feeling like it's missing something.
I think those folks at Blueprint have it all figured out. Like that bedroom; it's nearly all neutrals, but the shot of color comes in unexpected ways, like the bed. Rather than painting the room itself yellow, they incorporated just enough yellow to elevate the entire environment. And that fabulous pale grey wall, combined with the pure white, just looks so fresh to me! Plus, the subtle addition of dark tones adds just the right amount of depth to the palette.
Lotta Jansdotter's living room (top photo) is comprised of both neutrals as well as a spectrum of colors. The muted shades of the colors are dispursed throughout the room, and the balance of lights and darks works nicely. The rug pulls the palette together, I think. None of the colors feel forced, yet there's plenty of color.
And that office? Well, it helps that Blueprint is located in the amazing Starrett-LeHigh Building (My former empoyer moved there while I was out on maternity leave, and those windows alone were almost enough to convince me come back), but how great are all those little pops of yellow, in several different shades? And I thought I wasn't really a yellow person. I was fingering the yellow tape at the art store the other day just because of this shot (they used yellow tape to add color to many of the items in the photo).
I'm still trying to decide what inspiration to take from all this. PI'm mostly feeling this odd relief at the realization that I don't have to force color into our apartment where it may not feel right to me, which is why I've been trying to do lately. But I'm also feeling like maybe I can try a few new approaches to color in ways I might not have attempted it before. And maybe some new colors as well. It's still brewing, I guess. I'll give it more time, and maybe a few more issues of Blueprint, before I take action. Although I'm secretly wishing I could paint our bed yellow.