Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Decorating With Pops Of Purple

To "pop" or not to "pop", that is the question. Do you only need a pop of color or are you going to go bold with it? Sometimes color is best delivered in measured doses. Purple can certainly fall into that category. It is a great color that has been associated with royalty, power and wealth for centuries. In fact, purple's elite status stems from the rarity and cost of the dye originally used to produce it.

The eyes are immediately drawn to purple upon entering a room whether it is present in artwork, vases, soft sweeping drapes, lacquered rich wall color, tufted bed fabric, velvet pillows, elegant bedding… the list goes on. Since purple is so stimulating, (unless it is a muted shade), too much of it tends to weary the eye after a while. It is an easy color to become tired of if you saturate your space and before long you will be wanting to redecorate.This is another good reason to let only pops of color satisfy your purple cravings. My advice is to have a neutral backdrop and just add pops of your favorite shade of purple. A neutral backdrop can stand the test of time, and pops of color in your accessories can easily be changed for a current look.

Take a look at these inspiring images that embody beautiful design and ways to really make purple pop.

If painting your walls purple intimidates you, start with just a pop of purple on your front door. Doors can make a big impact with a small investment.

The purple "pop" created by this classical bench is minimal enough to not over power the room but vibrant enough to give it alot of life.

This dark, atmospheric interior needed a pop of color and the purple chair really livens up the space.

You have heard about the decorating "rule of three" In decorating it is best to work in odd numbers especially 3 or 5. Here is an example of how a repetition of at least 3 pops of purple ( the flowers, lights, and pillows) help to make it look cohesive and decorated.

I also like the one big pop of purple created by this painting. It is 
unexpected and makes an attractive backdrop. One works well because it is an odd number.

Your pops of purple don't have to be huge. Here a pillow and tea set along with bright yellow daisies energize the space.

Analogous colors are colors which are side by side on the color wheel. This room has two pops of color, purple and blue. These two colors are analogous so they work well together in the space.

The fact that the color of the walls is echoed in the accessories really ties the room together. The pillows and cable knit sofa throw are the pops of purple that brighten this space up.You could create the same effect by having a throw pillow and a lamp that has a similar color, or matching bedside lamps, or a vase and a chair, etc.

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Give emphasis to a neutral room by adding a few smart hits of color. I would prefer a neutral lampshade and maybe a few less small purple accents, but otherwise this is a pretty space.

Complementary colors are any two colors which are directly opposite each other on the color wheel and a first glance seem not to “go” together The theory is that these colors set each other off, create contrast, and can actually look really good in the same space . One interesting complementary color combination is yellows, golds, and purple. See how the tufted purple seating really pops in this room.

If you are one of the brave ones, why not go crazy with it! Make an entire sofa a bright pop of purple.

Madeline Weinrib

Or maybe create your pop of purple with a big area rug that will anchor the room and tie in your other purple accessories.

The purple upholstered French chairs really pop against the olive walls. These deep in hue colors are very grown-up and sophisticated.

The accent wall is a familiar concept for creating a pop of color. Yet partial surfaces, smaller architectural elements, and furnishings are ripe for color too. Here the pops of purple are in deeper shades of plum. Remember it doesn't always have to be bright purple.

You get it, let your eyes travel around the room and count the repetitions of color.

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Interior doors can also deliver a pop of color to a hallway or neutral room.

Even in a colorful eclectic interior pops of purple still stand out.

Ceiling are often only after thoughts but you can see here how this unexpected pop of purple brings a touch of whimsy to a crisp space.

This everyday table becomes fun and exciting when it is surrounded by brightly colored chairs creating pops of purple. As an added benefit, mismatched pieces can be unified with the same color. If you have several odd chairs....paint them the same shade of purple.

Gray is still a popular neutral. Many times a color is needed to liven things up and purple is perfect in the supporting role.

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There are a few ways you can easily add some color to your life. The two easiest being throw pillows and accessories! That way you can always keep up on those ever changing trends. They’re also a great way to add just a touch of of color to an already great space.

A coat of paint can transform any wooden furnishing into an accent piece, whether it is a dresser, side table, bed frame or arm chair, just to name a few.

Pops of purple make all the difference in a neutral room, adding life to the room and preventing it from feeling too sterile.

The eye does not tire of neutrals as easily as it does of color, which can even be introduced in small details like a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers.

A  pop of purple can make a space feel exotic and placing them in a decidedly neutral environment really makes them stand out.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Decorating With Cable Knit Sweater Accents

Hot chocolate, a cozy fire, a great read, warm blankets, and cable knit are all distinct pleasures of the autumn season. If you've ever had a favorite cable knit or Irish Fisherman's sweater, you'll agree that a sweater inspired sofa or bed throw is a welcomed home accent that never goes out of style.The cable knit craze which began a few years back shows no sign of slowing down as
this fall, designers and retailers are still serving up sweater motifs on an array of home decor.

Cable knit Aran fisherman sweaters originated in the Aran Islands off the west of Ireland. We are captivated by their wonderfully classic look. The many different  intricate patterns of these cable knit sweaters were linked to clans much like kilts and tartan plaids are. In fact the sweaters were often used in the identification process when bodies of fishermen washed up on the beach following an accident at sea.

Today cable knitted home decor items enhance all styles of interiors from traditional, to coastal, to contemporary. This accent has also inspired many homeowners to learn how to knit as well as recycle old sweaters into accessories.

Cable knit sweater inspired home decor is still popping up everywhere.


And I do mean everywhere!

Whether it is a Ralph Lauren Cashmere Aran Cable Knit Fisherman Sweater Pillow in Heather Plum.......

or a do it yourself project, the cable knit trend is alive and not dwindling away this fall.

Lauren Liess

Beautiful cable knitted couch throws blend a variety of knit patterns to their velvety soft finish and superior warmth. Perfectly suited for curling up with a book on a rainy Saturday or for giving your home an added touch of elegance.

A chunky cable knit feels just right for fall. This cozy handcrafted throw is a welcome addition to a sofa or atop the bed.

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Cable knit sweater decor and vintage style is a winning combination.


You can cover your walls in sweater fabric  if you choose. This is a great wallpaper in a knitted design.

Cable knit throws are like chameleons that blend with their environments. Here the look is very elegant, but elsewhere they may take on a rustic look.

This cute cable knit lampshade is another do-it-yourself idea and great use of an old cable knit sweater.

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Cable knit brings perfect rustic yet elegant warmth for the back of a sofa or layered on your bed. 

This cable knit blanket has a more open weave which gives a loose, softer appearance.

A chunky cable knit throw adds textural depth, something the neutral interior depends on for a successful look.

Melanie Porter

A cable knit pillow is a cozy addition to any decor plus it gives texture which when lacking makes a room look too flat.

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This image definitly gives you many options for working cable knit decor into your home. Doesn't the chair look inviting for a good read? I especially love the rug!!

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Anthony Como of Luxe Interiors

Cable knit looks wonderful even in warmer, coastal design. Remember that fisherman's cable knit sweaters started it all!

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Cable knit comes in all shapes and sizes.It must take some huge knitting needles to pull this off.


Set your next table with cable knit place mats........perfect for holiday entertaining.

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There are many lovely patterns  woven into cable knit sweater blankets and throws. On the Aran Islands where fisherman's sweaters originated, patterns were carefully guarded by individual clans for generations.

A plush, neutral hued pillow that provides a perfect complement to this cozy-chic bedroom decor.

Obviously the simplest change you can make to a room is adding some throw pillows. Next time toss some cable knit into the mix.

Old Lyme Architects and Building Designers, Nautilus Architects LLC

This bedroom features a pretty mix of patterns and a lovely grey cable knit throw.

From the supremely soft ............

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to the chunky knit, there is a style to suit any room.

Light up any room with  cable knit elegance

Great sweater chairs but I will take the cable knit ottoman anytime, anywhere.

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Another of the large, chunky cable knit throws in a lovely shade of violet.

Great stackable cable knit sweater inspired storage containers.

Cable-knit Pattern Decorative Light Switch Cover by Dressumups

Remember I told you cable knit sweater decor is popping up everywhere!

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If you are interested in a cable knit do-it -yourself project, there are many instructional tutorials on line that will have you knitting in no time just like Cary ........

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and Christopher.

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