Happy labor day everyone! (unless you’re reading this next January or something). They, (whoever “they” is) say that this heralds the official end of summer.
Really? Do we say that March 1st heralds the official end of winter? Sure, if you live south of the Mason Dixon line; not so, in the northeast. It is near 90 degrees today with steam-bath humidity levels. We have three full weeks of SUMMER left, and I for one, intend to make the most of every glorious, sun-kissed day.
When I think of summer, I think of ocean blues and crisp, starched whites. When, I think of fall, I think of pumpkins and persimmons and of course, all of the beautiful warm autumn colors.
This post is inspired by a drop-dead photograph by one of my favorite vendors, Serena and Lily.
Gorgeous Blue and Orange room
In one brilliant breath, they melded both summer and autumn into a killer color scheme that’s one of the most classic of them all. And it just happens to be hot, hot, hot, right now! Blue and White with accents of whatever you wish to call it—coral, persimmon, pumpkin, tangerine, kumquat, saffron…
Common now. Let’s just call it what it is.
Oh, you hate orange?
Look, I totally get that. I’m a child of the sixties and early seventies. On a daily basis, I was bombarded with the likes of this: [ya might wanna go grab a pair of sunglasses or something to puke in, for this first part]
Is that glass block? Oh dear…
Thank God, granny won’t allow us in this room!
Paneling. That’s another one. The varnished stone is a nice touch. What WERE we not thinking?
Obviously, the use of LSD was a lot more prevalent than we realized.
I used to love that stuff! This must’ve been taken right before they all got neked and smoked pot.
In the words of Brylcreem, [do they still make that stuff?] “A Little Dab’ll Do Ya!”
The Hottest Color Palette for Fall 2019
Let’s put some space here. Here are some rooms, vignettes and products which got it just right. [IMO] And most of them feature blue and orange color schemes
I do not ever go… “oh, there’s a Steven Gambrel room,” but as soon as I find out that it is, I always think… of course, it is! Everything he touches is perfect!
orange, red, yellow, teal, gray, blue. She breaks every rule in the book which proves that brilliance is achieved when we ignore the rules. (well, some of them)
Alright, there’s not really any orange here, but there is a big sea shell and the wood is a very warm almost orange hue. Sometimes we forget that if we have wood tones, that is a part of our color scheme!
Fresh neo-traditional vignette
Did you know that S & L sells 100s of pieces of fabulous original art? Here is one such piece.
Try using code: OKL20CARD for 20% off!
Using accessories and lighting is a great way to add a shot of orange.
Another shot of the Serena and Lily living room featuring blue and orange.
(note this image is five years old and everything here may not be currently for sale)
I don’t think they make this any longer, but the blue and orange color scheme is wonderfully done here.
Above, one of the 40 boards from the Laurel Home Paint Palette Collection. This guide is part of the Laurel Home Paint Color Collection of 144 curated Benjamin Moore Colors. Racing orange red is the reddest shade of orange in the collection. It makes a beautiful backdrop for art and antiques. And, it looks fabulous with blues and greens.
How do you feel about orange now? Blue and orange together is so satisfying, I find. And with the cooler weather soon upon us, I find that all the more welcome.
PS: Please don’t forget to check out Serena and Lily
PPS: Yeah… some of these links are affiliate links, which if you don’t know, means that if you click on one of them and then buy something in the near future, I’ll get a little commish— at no extra charge to you!