Interior Design

Scenic Inspirations

Coastal Calm

Nothing sets the mood of a room like color.  Cool colors (blues, greens, violet combinations) promote tranquility.  Cool colors recede and are great for making a small room look larger.   Warm colors (orange, red, yellow combinations) advance projecting a feeling of comfort. Warm colors are used to make a big room feel cozier.  When deciding on paint colors and furnishings, consider both the size of the room and the mood that you want to establish.  A good tool is to use an inspirational image, either from a magazine, photograph or other source, that evokes an emotion that would like to translate to a room.

To illustrate this concept, I am using a photograph that I took in Key West.  I call this image “Taking Flight”.  While I love a great variety of design styles, one my favorite is “Coastal”. There is nothing like a beach scene to communicate coastal living.  Below the photograph is a mood board for a living room with paint and furnishings influenced by this image.  Share your inspiration and related mood board for your next project.

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Taking Flight, photographed by Susan Haney

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  1. Vanguard Hart Coastal Teal Coral Rope Back Ivory Armchair, http://www.kathykuohome.com
  2. Safavieh Cape Cod Natural/Blue Area Rug, http://www.rugsdirect.com
  3. Blossom Beguile I Indoor Decorative Pillow, http://www.lauralhome.com
  4. Watery, Behr Marquee Paint
  5. Ava Slipcovered Sofa, http://www.gradinroad.com
  6. Harlow Small Coffee Table: Gunmetal, http://www.parkergwen.com
  7. Palecek Reyna Coastal Grey Stripe Cream Rattan Stool Table, http://www.kathykuohome.com
  8. Carol Benson-Cobb, Mesa’s End No. 2, http://www.onekingslane.com

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