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Women’s Colours for Spring 2014

So according to the Pantone Colour Institute, here are the Top 10 colours for women for Spring 2014, as evidenced by designers in the latest catwalk shows. What do you think? A variety of brights, pastel brights and neutrals to play around with. Here is what Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director had to say about the colour selection:

“What’s interesting is we’re seeing exciting and fashionable colors as well as more neutral ones. It’s not as though everyone is willing to wear the bright colors from recent seasons head-to-toe. There needs to be equilibrium, and that is a more serious word than balance. The world still needs the stability of soft neutrals but we’re not just talking about gray, beige and taupe,”  (read more here)

I’m loving the Hemlock green, the Sand shade and Paloma grey. Thoughts Good Girls community?!

Combining Neutrals with Colour | Paint Inspiration

We’re looking for a neutral paint colour for our home interior at the moment, and while it’s hard enough to browse through all the shades of stone, beige and cream, it’s often harder to work out what colour goes best with neutral! Well, what I’ve learnt is that pretty much everything does – that’s a good thing.

One of my favourite websites (EVER!) is Design Seeds – dishing up gorgeous colour palettes on pretty much a daily basis. I’ve used their colour selector to find a nice neutral stone colour, and they gave me these amazing colour palettes that just go. I think I love this! Here’s to my visit to Plascon this weekend… will let you know how it goes! Be inspired x

Candle & Cranberry

Candle & Cranberry

Mocha & Cocoa

Mocha & Cocoa

Beige & Berry

Beige & Berry

Halo & Horse

Halo & Horse

Clarity & Candy

Clarity & Candy

Fur & Feather

Fur & Feather

Apple & Autumn

Apple & Autumn

Nice & Neutral

Nice & Neutral

Fierce & Fresh

Fierce & Fresh

Add Pops of Colour to Your Home | Saturday Decor Inspiration

With all the emphasis on bright pops of colour in the fashion world at the moment, I don’t see why it can’t be as easily incorporated at home?! Gone are the days when classy neutrals and various shades of white dominate homes – bring on the colour!

Check out these great examples of adding pops of colour to your home, and it doesn’t all mean you have to paint entire rooms bright yellow, pink or turquoise (although you can if you wanted to!) Accessories, accessories, accessories: from colourful kitchen items, to scatter cushions and colourful lamps, there are plenty ways to add a touch of colour to any room in the house.

Happy Saturday all!

Colour Pops in the Kitchen

Colour Pops in the Kitchen | source Pinterest

Pretty & Peaceful in the Study

Pretty & Peaceful in the Study | source Mint Design Blog

Gorgeous Garden on the Balcony

Gorgeous Garden on the Balcony | source Casadevalentina

MisMatched Colour on the Shelf

MisMatched Colour on the Shelf | source Homes & Antiques

Green & Neutral in the Bathroom

Green & Neutral in the Bathroom | source Better Homes & Gardens

Colour Box Ideas for Your Home

Colour Box Ideas for Your Home | source Pinterest

Lilac Walls in the Office

Lilac Walls in the Office | source Apartment Therapy

Emotional Colour in Your Home

Thanks to Kathryn on BecomingYou, I clicked on this link to find an amazing post on How Colours Can Make You Feel at Home – really looking at the emotional and psychological influence and impact certain colours can have on you, your space and your mood.

Thanks to Kaitlyn Davis of the Washington Post for this post below (I have added in the images for demonstration):

Putting some color into your life doesn’t have to be an exhausting or permanent process. Instead of spending weeks pondering the perfect color for your walls, take a more fluid approach by continually alternating color in your accent features, such as pillows, plates and rugs.

According to color expert Angela Wright, “Red, blue, yellow and green are the four psychological primary colors: red affects us physically, blue is the color of the mind, yellow activates the emotions, the ego and self-confidence, and green provides the essential balance between body, mind and emotions.”

See the emotional effect behind each color below along with a slideshow of how you can easily add each to your home.

Color: Red

Emotional Effect: Angela says, “red is associated with physyical strength and energy, warmth and a call to action. It can certainly make people feel better, physically.” This is because the red light wavelength is the longest and cannot be ignored.

Red Room

Red Lounge

sources Borodener & The Berry

For Your Home: According to Angela, the red wavelength requires the most adjustment to process, so red grabs people’s attention first. Notice that your couch becomes your post-work crash zone? Then try putting a red slipcover on it to make you feel energized. Or replace your current sheets with red ones to fight those pesky lethargic morning moods. However, since red has a physical effect, do not overdo it, because you might push past energetic into aggressive.

Color: Blue

Emotional Effect: “A very strong, bright blue will stimulate the mind and evoke clear thinking, whilst a soft blue tint will calm the mind and aid concentration,” Angela describes, noting that saturation is the component that decides whether a hue within the same family will stimulate or sooth (super saturated is always bright and shocking, while less saturated hues are easier on the eyes).

Blue Room

Blue Couch

sources Ideas to Steal & Design Sponge

For Your Home: Since blue affects us intellectually, accents like blue curtains or a woven blanket work very well in an office to help you focus or in a room where you have lots of conversation. However, Angela warns, “If you decide to add a burst of blue you need to make sure there are touches of yellow, or orange, to add a little emotion to all that thought.”

Color: Yellow

Emotional Effect: “It is emotionally stimulating, so yellow will lift the spirits and encourage optimism and creativity. However,” Angela warns, “negative uses of color can have the exact opposite effect. Interestingly, in my experience, many people are very cautious of yellow without really knowing why.”

Yellow Study

Yellow Kitchen

sources Design Sponge & Interior Gallery Design

For Your Home: Angela let us know that yellow is arguably the color with the strongest psychological impact, so you need to be sure to choose a yellow that easily harmonizes with most color schemes, which tend to be the softer canary yellows or yellows that have been tinted gold or orange. Yellow is great for the kitchen, where families usually convene after a stressful day. Adding a bright rug or more subtle yellow knobs to your kitchen cabinets will keep everyone feeling optimistic.

Color: Green

Emotional Effect: Angela describes green as “nature’s favorite color,” noting that it often “restores balance and equilibrium. It is also reassuring, for the simple reason that when the landscape contains green we know that it indicates the presence of water, healthy vegetation and little danger of famine.”

Green Dining

Green Bedroom

 sources Design Decor Staging & Life of a Boss

For Your Home: A great way to add green to your home is by using plants. If you’re always rushing to get ready in the morning, create a sense of calm around you by placing green towels in the bathroom to help you feel fresh and rejuvenated rather than rushed.

Once On A Sunny Day | Rainbow-Inspired Decor

It’s amazing how you can get inspiration literally out of thin air. Well, the rain and sun this weekend got me thinking of Spring Rainbows and how beautiful a rainbow looks in the sky. It has a magical quality you know? When I was little, rainbows symbolized My Little Ponies, Care Bears and mystical lands you only ever dreamt about…

Now that I’m all of 26, with my little ponies stashed away in some upper-most cupboard in my parents house (waiting for my yet to be born daughter), I still love rainbows, so I thought why not? Why not be inspired in a ‘grown-up’ way? So yes, today’s post on The Good Girls Guide is really all about rainbow inspiration. Not that you need to have multicoloured everything running through your home, but that you can take some of the elements like shade, tone and colour and make it your own.

Welcome to my rainbow-inspired decor post – dedicated to Rainbow Brite 🙂 (and even she grew up).

Will We Have Rainbows?Will We Have Rainbows? | source here.

Rainbow Bricks & Floor

Rainbow Bricks & Floor | source here.

Colourful Cushions

Colourful Cushions | source here.

Ten 'Colourful' Bottles

Ten ‘Colourful’ Bottles | source here.

Staircase to Heaven

Staircase to Heaven | source here.

A Smorgasbord of Colour

A Smorgasbord of Colour | source here.

A Bookcase of Rainbows

A Bookcase of Rainbows | source here.

A Blind Spectrum

A Blind Spectrum | source here.

Melted Crayons

Melted Crayons | source here.

Rainbow Brite Grew Up

Rainbow Brite Grew Up | source here.