Can you believe this? I'm crazy for the house of Arkansas Interior Designer Andrea Brooks. At Home in Arkansas did a feature of her home, and I'm so happy they did! I love everything about this colorful, comfortable, gorgeous and inviting house.
Part of the At Home feature includes an interesting interview with Andrea about the process of designing her home that you can see here. I'm including a small piece of the feature below.
Designer Andrea Brooks’ top color tips
1) In kitchens and bathrooms, select all large fixed elements, such as flooring and countertops, before the paint color. It's much easier to select a paint color to coordinate with those elements than vice-versa.
2) Paint undertones make all the difference. Even when selecting a neutral color, you must consider the undertones in your carpets, tile and fabrics to make the right choice. Comparing colors to one another will help you see undertones more clearly, for instance, a blue/gray compared to a green/gray or a yellow/beige compared to a green/beige.
3) Don't sample paint color directly on the wall. You will only be comparing the new color to the old color and won't get an accurate read. Paint your sample on the top half of a sheet of white poster board. Look at the sample in morning and afternoon light to see how it changes.
4) Don't select a color solely based on loving it in your friend or neighbor's house. There are several factors that go into a room's overall success besides paint color.
5) Layer different hues of a color in a room to bring depth and interest.
6) When you commit to a bolder choice of wall color in a living area, bring that color into neighboring rooms through accessories, art, fabrics or rugs to create flow.
Do you have a favorite here? I have to say that I love all, but the first room is my favorite. The varying shades of pink along with the green pillows, black and gold accents and Chinoiserie is incredible. The photo below shows another reason I was so excited to see this home.
This is our dog on the living room rug. I'd had a designer imply a few years ago that it wasn't possible to create a fresher more comfortable and eclectic look in my formals with my Persian rugs. Did you notice Andrea Brooks has similar rugs in two of her rooms? She created spaces with the rugs that look very fresh and vibrant. I'm so glad to see such beautiful examples of how it can be done!
In case you haven't seen this, I want to share that Emily A. Clarke has curated a collection that will be featured on Joss and Main today. She's got huge talent and an amazing eye. I will be at Joss and Main today when her collection goes live!