Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying the 2015 Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World's Epcot. It is truly amazing all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into creating this spectacular showcase. There were many awe inspiring topiaries, but I want to show you one display in particular, the Gardener's Palette.
This garden showed a color wheel translated through flowers. In true Disney form, they used this as a way to explain color theory and how you can apply it to your home garden.
The same color principles apply whether we are planting a garden or decorating an indoor space. We can use color as an expression of ourselves or to mold how we want a space to look or feel.
It can be used to hide or to highlight areas. What a powerful tool color is!
One sign said it best, "Color is a powerful visual stimulus that speaks to us and evokes emotion that is felt and understood by people of all ages. By planting certain colors in your garden, you can express a feeling of excitement and joy, or peace and calm. Color can brighten up a dark corner, create depth and add focus to a centerpiece. The garden is a canvas and color allows us to paint our personality throughout it."
Let the beautiful colors of nature inspire you!
I was interviewed for an article in the Commercial Appeal written by Stacey Wiedower.
Read her article here
Here are the trends I have seen in kitchens:
High Contrast- High contrast between dark and light. This could be white cabinets and a dark Espresso island or dark wood floors.
Soft & Neutral- Softer tone-on-tone neutrals. Textures and materials define this all-over soothing palette. It is calming to the soul and lets you add an accent color if desired.
Statement light fixtures- This could be a larger scale stand-out piece hanging center stage or unique lantern style pendants. People are loving anything that sets them apart. This is a safe way to do it in an item that could be easily changed later.
Transitional- This "it" word of the moment describes the overall look and feel of a space. Clean lines and Crisp paint abound.
Open Concept- Opening the kitchen to adjoin rooms is top of most everyone's list. People want to be able to be a part of the action, whether entertaining or in daily life. This also gives the illusion of more space, without increasing the footprint.