Geeky Color Combos: Alliance Colors in an Office

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Since I’m currently cleaning house in game, my brain apparently sees World of Warcraft everywhere. At least if this office is to judge by: the colors clearly nod in the direction of the Alliance.

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Masquespacio / photo by Bruno Almela Egido, via Desire to Inspire.

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Masquespacio / photo by Bruno Almela Egido, via Desire to Inspire.

The photos are from a meeting space at the Masquespacio studio in Valencia, Spain. Masquespacio describes their field as creative consultancy, which seems very accurate – their expertise ranges from interior plus product design to art direction and communication.

The vibrancy of colors and the color combinations in their work is very arresting. It brings to mind midcentury modern, yet there is also something unquestionably contemporary. The effect is subtle and considered; very nice. More amazing photos on Masquespacio’s Instagram and Twitter.

Found via Desire to Inspire. (Visit Desire to Inspire for more photos from the office, including a an absolutely delectable dark green wall.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Color Combos: Making a Rainbow Effect with Curtains

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I’ve been contemplating updating our living room curtains. While searching for inspiration, I came across this living room from a house for sale ad in Utah:

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Photo by cityhomeCOLLECTIVE, via Desire to Inspire.

I’m not a fan of the gilt details nor the stuffed raindeer head, but look at the curtains on the big window – they almost make a rainbow! How fabulous! There’s also a set of containers (or perhaps candles?) in rainbow colors on the fireplace mantel. The busy ceiling detail is also too much for me, but I love the deep green rug and navy blue sofa. Very nice!

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Cap-Inspired Outfit with Bag

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An outfit to go with my latest cross-body bag project:

Cap Inspired Bag Outfit Collage

Converse Star Player Ox shoes in radio blue / white from Amazon

Fendi Unisex FE 1026 317 square plastic eyeglasses in military grey from Overstock

Unisex Cap t-shirt in heather blue by Spicetag on Etsy

I really like the coloring of Captain America’s body armor in Winter Soldier, but it’s hard to find subtler pieces I’d consider wearing myself. So much of merchandise made on the basis of superheroes or pop culture phenomena consists of cheesy or overly cartoony designs (i.e., the stuff that’s made for little kids).

The references to Cap in this outfit are basically only visible in the blue and grey color combo and a white star on blue. And the geeky glasses. 🙂 Much more my style.

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Discoveries: TheNaughtyRabbit on Etsy

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Elisabeth Holmes runs an Etsy shop called TheNaughtyRabbit. She sculpts small rabbit figurines out of polymer clay. Elisabeth’s rabbits aren’t your usual garden variety, though: they are leporine takes on popular fantasy / scifi characters. And adorable!

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Top row: Harry Dresden, Robocop. Bottom row: Arya Stark, Captain America, Buffy the vampire Slayer. Elisabeth Holmes / TheNaughtyRabbit on Etsy; collage by Eppu Jensen.

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Top row: Sam the Eagle, Star Trek. Bottom row: 4th Doctor, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Elisabeth Holmes / TheNaughtyRabbit on Etsy; collage by Eppu Jensen.

I’m impressed how much detail she can include on figurines 2” tall, and how well she can match rabbit-ness (if that’s a word) with something from each character’s personality. They are apparently inspired by her pet rabbit, who is full of tenacity and spunk and stubbornness. (Sounds exactly like my sister’s rabbit, who has sadly passed.) Holmes herself describes her creations with one very apt sentence: “These rabbits act as a small reminder of the resilience and exuberance of rabbits and how each of us can add a little bit of that to our lives.”

They are indeed adorable! Must. Resist. Temptation. Must. Resist. Must.

Darn – I’m probably going to be assimilated! 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Color Combos: Star Trek TOS Klingons

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You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

Klingons are a race from the Star Trek universe that have been through several iterations. Star Trek the original series kept their version of Klingons simple: basic humanoids with ample facial hair but without prosthetics, which would define Klingons in later series. Colorwise, the ST:TOS Klingons mostly wear black and gold.

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Screenshot from ST:TOS episode “Day of the Dove”. Wikipedia.

Like other dark hues, black can be a challenging color for interiors. Combined with gold (or other metals) it’s luxurious, however. For example, the library below is inviting and doesn’t feel claustrophobic because of the white ceiling and smaller amounts of white in the bookshelves:

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From the home of Mark Badgley James Mischka; via Elle Decor.

From the home of fashion designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka; via Elle Decor. Note how they included gold inside the chandelier shades and miniature trophy antlers on the walls.

Tweaking the wall color towards dark grey like in the photo below will create a similar impact with a little more light in the room. Instead, the ceiling and floor are painted black.

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Excerpt from the book Great Fashion Designers at Home; via The Aestate.

Excerpt from the book Great Fashion Designers at Home; found via The Aestate.

This next room is perhaps a bit of a stretch. The walls and ceiling are white, but the golden hardwood floor, the table lamp base, golden-hued mirrored cabinet and the leopard print armchair definitely nod towards a black and gold combination. And I just couldn’t resist including it because of the fur bedspread – it brings to mind Worf and Jadzia’s bedroom in Deep Space 9.

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From the home of Angela Dunn and Colin Radcliffe; via The Aestate.

From the home of model Angela Dunn and designer Colin Radcliffe; again, via The Aestate.

It’s especially easy to introduce black and gold with smaller accents:

Black Gold Decor Collage

Clockwise from top right: gold & black decorative pillow cover by CodyandCooperDesigns on Etsy; pencil holder by LekaArt on Etsy; Greek key end table from decorpad.com; black & gold print by Penny Paper Co.; and Art Nouveau style floorcloth by kate4decor on Etsy.

The combination of black and gold also makes a sumptuous look to wear:

Black Gold Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Tolani black gold paisley scarf from ilovethatgift.com; Metal Henri Flats by Christian Louboutin; Sony on-the-ear headphones; black nails with gold tips by unknown, via Anne Kyrouac on Pinterest; gold baby headband by PoppyBows on Etsy; Theia cocktail dress from Lyst; and Tom Ford men’s gold/black aviator sunglasses from Overstock.

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Geeky Color Combos: House Baratheon Sigil

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You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

House Baratheon is the royal house in Westeros at the beginning of George R. R. Martin‘s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire and the popular tv adaptation Game of Thrones. The house sigil is a rearing (or rampant) stag with a crown around its neck on a field of gold. The visual created for the HBO tv series is probably the most commonly seen version of the sigil, here on a cookie from the official online store:

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House Baratheon Sigil Cookie. HBO Shop.

In heraldry, gold is often depicted with yellow. I will, therefore, include both gold-black and yellow-black combinations below.

The combination of gold and black is luxurious. It can also be overwhelming if overdone. Choosing a neutral background like white, cream or tan and using gold (or yellow) and black as accent colors will deliver just enough of a punch, but not a “Hulk smash!” – like in the white, yellow and black bathroom by Cerasa, for example:

Cerasa; image via Home Designing.

Cerasa; image via Home Designing.

This gorgeous library below by Jerry Jacobs Design actually uses both yellow and gold in addition to black:

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Jerry Jacobs Design.

Sherri and John at Young House Love added red brick to the mix when they painted their front door, with great results:

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Sherri and John at Young House Love.

Apart from adding other colors, you can also tone down the intensity of the yellow towards softer shades, or substitute dark greys instead of black. Or, like in the living room below, use dark metals to incorporate black:

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Martha Stewart; image via Centsational Girl.

Smaller home accents work particularly well, since the amount of color will be limited:

Gold Black Decor Collage

Top row: Mini black with gold interior drum shade from The Accessory Store; custom knobs by Alison Brent on Etsy; color block pillow by Mazizmuse on Etsy. Center: Painted credenza by Kathy at Petticoat Junktion. Bottom row: tiger lily photograph by Audrey; gold and black garland by HoopsyDaisies on Etsy.

You can of course also carry the Baratheon sigil colors on you:

Gold Black Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Baratheon eye makeup by Thedethlands; fingerless gloves by Anna Richardson for The Yarn Cafe Blog; custom felted baby shoes by Shannon at The Kitty Pad; Kate Spade Rainey dress; tie from GentlemanJoe; Sears gold bowtie vest suit; Arkel backpack / bike pannier from Universal Cycles.

What do you think – a keeper combo or not?

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Geeky Color Combos: Senator Amidala’s Coruscant Bedroom

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You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

For the second post in the series, I chose Senator Amidala’s bedroom in Coruscant, seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. This beautiful photo of the set comes from Wookieepedia:

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Padmé Amidala’s apartment. Wookieepedia.

The main color is navy blue, with touches of white, tan/beige, pale aqua and gold. Navy and gold make an especially rich, lush combination. Besides pure gold tones, golden browns like tans work quite well with navy. Also light, warm wood tones like golden oak make a beautiful complement to navy.

Apart from the ubiquitous naval connotation, navy blue and gold can be found as event decor colors, especially for weddings. Below is a delightfully atypical wedding setup with navy and gold tones. It’s styled by Kimberly Watt at Petal Pixie and photographed by Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.

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Hidden Forest Wedding. Styling & floral: Petal Pixie, photo: Alixann Loosle Photography; found via Ruffled.

Navy and gold also make great base colors for present wrapping:

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.

Emily & Sarah at Boxwood Clippings.

The combination of navy and gold can be brought into interiors even in real life. Christy’s bedroom below introduces a little pale aqua, just like Padme’s:

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Christy Grubbs.

…and the bedroom below keeps to the color combo, but instead of the bedding, includes the tans and browns in the chair and rug:

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Canadian House & Home; photo via Delight by Design.

Canadian House & Home; photo found via Delight by Design.

Padme’s bedroom has gold mouldings running from floor to ceiling reminiscent of a rib vault. In real life, moulding like that is rare, but you could introduce golden tones in other upright elements, like book cases…

Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse

Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse; found via Delight by Design.

Room by Amy Morris for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles showhouse; photo via Delight by Design.

…or curtains:

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Chicago Homes & Garden; found via Delight by Design.

Chicago Homes & Garden; photo via Delight by Design.

In interiors, brass is an easy alternative to incorporate the color of gold without having to pay an arm and a leg. Just look at the cabinet handles in this navy kitchen:

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Elegueller Arquitetos; photo via Eat Well 101.

Elegueller Arquitetos; photo via Eat Well 101.

Don’t forget the smaller touches:

Navy Gold Decor Collage

Top row: Moroccan pouf by fezart on Etsy and side table by Ashley at Dirt Stains and Paint. Bottom row: Moscow Lineposter Screen Print, Navy/Gold, by lineposters on Etsy.

…or wearables:

Navy Gold Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: Toddler Baby Boy Bow Tie by StringfellowJane on Etsy; Koko Navy & Gold Geometric Maxi Dress from Lovedrobe; navy and gold speck nails by The Posh Polish; Script Designer Islamic Long Navy Tee from Artizara; Men’s Gold Moon Shirt by alittlelark on Etsy; Skullcandy 50/50 earbuds.

Any additional innovative uses of navy and golden tones? Please share!

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Geeky Color Combos: Channeling Thunder Bluff

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Welcome to the first Geeky Color Combos post! Yes, it’s yet another regular feature filling up the blogosphere. I hope you will like it nevertheless. 🙂

You know those design recommendations that urge you, especially when hesitant, to start with a picture and base your color selections on it? Here are some ideas on how to achieve it with a geeky starting point. I’ll select a photo, a painting, a still, a screencap or the like that is geeky in some way, and use mainstream photos to illustrate how a color combination pulled from that model image might work in real life.

For the inaugural image I chose a screenshot from a massively multiplayer online (MMO) game I play. Thunder Bluff is a city in World of Warcraft (WoW), a MMORPG (role-playing game) by Blizzard Entertainment Inc.

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Screencap from Thunder Bluff in World of Warcraft.

The culture of Thunder Bluff is loosely modeled on Native Americans. The city sits atop a high, three-tier mesa – how about those views! Red, aqua and white appear everywhere on building exteriors, tent-like roofs and other outdoor elements like totem poles.

Red, aqua and white is a versatile and eye-catching combination. If aqua isn’t a favorite – as it isn’t for me – tweak it towards teal blue or turquoise or even light blue. You can also adjust the shade of red to your liking from cranberry to soft coral red, or drop small amounts of another color into the mix. The combo also works in different situations. For example, when picking wall paint colors:

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From the home of Alison and Jeff Allen.

…when considering the overall colors for your space:

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From the cottage of Halla Bára Gestsdóttir and Gunnar Sverrisson.

…when picking furniture and/or accents:

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Top row: Felt flower wreath by oKIDDo on Etsy. Bottom row: Hammary kilim rug bench and Ikat decorative boxes from Lamps Plus.

…when decorating for an event or holiday:

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Melanie Owens, Inspired Events.

Melanie Owens, Inspired Events.

…when branding your business:

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The Maersk Group.

The Maersk Group. What an incredible presence these ginormous ships have when painted in bright colors!

…and when picking outfits:

Red Aqua White Wearables Collage

Clockwise from top right: My Little Monster hoodie by dkoss2 on Etsy; men’s check shirt with aqua overcheck from Racing Green; colorblock romper dress from Love to be Chic; candied bright nails by Smashley Sparkles; shoes unknown, found via Be a Fun Mum; girl’s outfit by Bella Bliss.

…apparently even by yours truly:

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Totally channeling Thunder Bluff without even realizing it! (Trying to take a self-portrait is really hard for me. This is an attempt on the stairs that got “artistically” blurred. Director’s intent all the way, heh.)

Any additional great uses of red, aqua and white? Do share!