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Guest Post: All About Color

With the start of the new year, and some great new projects, we've been pretty busy here at StudioVB. Taking a few minutes here and there to share our studio happenings here on our blog has been more difficult than usual lately. So with that in mind, for today's post, we're bringing you a fun and inspiring little article from guest blogger, Susi, a writer for Design Shuffle, a cool site that brings together designers and design lovers from around the world to share projects and inspiration. Check it out!

Hi all! Thanks for having me here. I love getting to visit the blogs of designers like Valerie from StudioVB. My guest post today is all about color. I've pulled some great photos of interior designs that focus on color, beautiful and bold color. Enjoy!

Colorful Interiors

Deep royal blue vibrates against the contrasting pink of the sofa in this living room. The bold colors are the stars of this space.

Colorful Interiors

Here is another great example of bold colors creating a dynamic combination. Orange lacquered walls with an aqua sofa are all about color, big, bold color.

Colorful Interiors

The mustard walls almost feel neutral as a backdrop for brighter yellow and teal furnishings. Complementary colors like yellow and teal are opposite on the color wheel and pop when placed next to one another. This is a perfect idea for a funky bedroom design!

Colorful Interiors

The neutral gray walls keep the focus on the orange accent color in this room. The room may be mostly gray but it is all about those pops of glorious orange. Lots of great decorating ideas for a stylish home office are seen here.

Colorful Interiors

While this room may be predominately white, it is the contrasting colors of green and red that make it come alive. The red pops against the sea green. It's all about the colors.

Colorful Interiors

None of these colors are bold or incredibly bright but the combination makes a big impact. I love that even the trim is painted a color rather than the traditional choice of white.

Colorful Interiors

Selecting colors on one side of the color wheel creates a more monochromatic palette. The oranges, roses, reds and pinks in this living room create a warm, inviting design that is enveloped in color.

As you can see, using dramatic color in interior design can be bold and beautiful. For more great tips and ideas, check out Design Shuffle, where you can share thoughts and gain inspiration from interior designers, design enthusiasts, and more.

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Special thanks to today's guest blogger, Susi, for illustrating how if you don't shy away from bold color, you can make a really beautiful statement in a space. Thanks for joining us here on Be.Love.Create!

St. Patrick's Day Duds

Just a little note to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You know, I never quite got into participating in the “wear a particular color on a particular holiday” idea. I just never seemed to be interested in matching everyone else on that one particular day. It’s not that I don’t have holiday spirit, ‘cause I do! I mean, of course, I love to decorate for the holidays, but for me it doesn’t translate into fashion. In fact, I would probably say I’d specifically rather not dress for the holiday. But, I guess that’s just me – and don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind those of you who do. Clearly, it gives me something to talk about. : ) But nonetheless, perhaps St. Patrick’s day is really not the best holiday to be discussing this topic.. I suppose Christmas or Halloween are better examples. However, as I was out and about today, I couldn’t help but spot all of the people wearing bright green. I even saw a shamrock here or there! And to top it off, I even overheard someone say, “ohhh, I forgot to wear green today!” in a very distraught voice. I guess it’s a big deal to some.

Well, anyway, my point in talking about this is that halfway through the day, after becoming so aware of the amount of people who dressed specifically for the holiday, I looked down only to realize that I too had worn some sort of green today – unintentionally! Now my green was a bit more of a blue-green and I had a grey sweater over top, but in that moment of realization that I had actually participated in this holiday tradition, I wondered how many people who saw me had assumed I dressed for the occasion. That’s when I thought to myself, 'well, if for a moment when my eyes met someone else’s who was also wearing green, we shared a sort of “hey, we're in the same happy holiday club” camaraderie, then I was okay with that!' And, I guess that's what it's about.

So, maybe I’ll change my tune on this topic. Despite my original opposition to wearing a particular color on a particular holiday, while browsing esty.com this afternoon, I came across some lovely accessories that I’d be happy to sport as my little nod to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday. Check ‘em out!

Spring green scarf

Handmade green flower necklace

Handmade feather hair clip

Green stripe messenger bag

Handmade fabric necklace

Handmade green felt flower brooch

Handmade woodland hood

Green crystal bracelet

And, I'll leave you with that!

Hope you all enjoy the beautiful weather (at least here in Midtown it is) on this St. Patty's holiday! Oh, and with the nice weather, I did get a chance to snap a few photos of our new ride - so, stay tuned, they'll be in the next post!