Color Obsession: Celosia Orange

Celosia Orange is a great color for this time of year.

One of the best things about spring is the opportunity to embrace the brightness of the season.  Celosia Orange is a great color for this time of year.  It’s a crisp, saturated, uplifting hue that can add a bit of fun to a space or provide a boost with a dramatic splash of color.  Use it to spice up a neutral palette or add zest to a modern interior.  Bold and eye-catching, Celosia Orange is one of my favorite shades.

Amy Hirsch Celosia Orange

1.  An amazing color for a low rider!  (source)

2.  Hermes, always a classic.

3.  Mark Rothko, Untitled No. 11

4.  Saint Laurent Color Block Ring

5.  Celosia Orange Rug from Crate and Barrel

6.  Gorgeous design by S.R. Gambrel

7.  Cool shoes!  (source)

8.  Gorgeous dress by KaufmanFranco


Color Obsession: Blueberry and Yellow

Blueberry and yellow is one color combination I really love.

A few days ago, I saw some freelance work my Project Manager Jess was working on.  She makes beautiful cards, and was testing colors for her creations.  One of her palettes used blueberry and yellow, and it struck me as so appealing.  The next day, Krystal, another project manager, came in dressed in a really great outfit with the same blueberry and yellow palette.  I love how inspiration can come in tiny ways like this; a lovely card or a striking outfit.  Inspiration doesn’t have to come from some grand scheme but can be found in so many places.  These colors became the inspiration for an entire family room design.

The contrasting shades of blueberry and yellow bring out the best in each other and provide such a bright, rich hue.  It’s a graphic and eye-catching combination, with the darker blue bringing out the sunniness of the yellow.  It brings to mind warm summer days, something most of us are looking forward to this time of year.  In both interior design and fashion, blueberry and yellow are so uplifting.

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1.  Blue and Yellow

2.  Suellen Gregory Interior Design

3.  Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

4.  Dress by Stella McCartney

5.  Swatch by artist Sonia Delaunay

6.  Manolo Blahnik Suede Pumps

7.  Design by Joel Bray


Color Obsession: Navy and Gray

Navy and gray make a great combination and are so satisfying during short, chilly days!

This time of year, with cold weather setting in, I begin to gravitate toward heavier, textural fabrics and colors.  I think of handsome, masculine hues and the pleasure of wrapping yourself in cashmere and wool.  Two colors that I associate with this season are navy and gray.  They make a great combination and are so satisfying during short, chilly days!

amy hirsch color board navy-blue

1.  Arrangements in Gray and White by New England Home Magazine

2.  H Cocktail Table by Holly Hunt

3.  Winter Solstice No 2 by Laura J. Wellner

4.  Laurel Convex Mirror from Downtown

5.  Walker Pinstripe in Navy from Ralph Lauren Home

6.  Benjamin Moore Silver Dollar

7.  See by Chloe Fold-Over Suede Mid-Calf Boot

8.  Bathroom by Daun Curry

9.  Rag & Bone Jacket, Tank, and Shorts

Color Obsession: White

A naturally reflective and bright color, white accommodates a range of accent hues and pairs so well with natural tones.

White is a great color in both design and fashion.  It is so clean, crisp, and refreshing.  A naturally reflective and bright color, white accommodates a range of accent hues and pairs so well with natural tones.  During the warm summer months, white looks cool against sun-kissed skin whether worn all over or just with accessories.  How do you like to use white?

white design and fashion

1.  Modern barn design in white by Robert Young Architects.

2.  Kimberly McDonald Geode and Diamond Earrings

3.  Eames Molded Plastic Dowel-Leg Side Chair from Design Within Reach

4.  Valentino Studded Leather Tote

5.  Vanderhurd Cushion

6.  Cavetto Wallcovering from Weitzner Limited

7.  Beautiful white living room.  Image via Safavieh

8.  Christian Louboutin Very Prive

9.  White dress by Alexander McQueen

Color Obsession: Tangerine, White, and Chocolate

Lately I have been obsessed with the way these three colors look together: tangerine, white, and chocolate.

Lately I have been obsessed with the way these three colors look together:  tangerine, white, and chocolate.  This combination is very strong and can be so graphic.  You have to be confident when using a color like tangerine; whether it’s an accent or covers the entire ceiling, you’ve got to be comfortable with it.  When combining two dominant colors like tangerine and chocolate, you need to think about how to tie them together.  White accomplishes this nicely.  People tend to associate these dark colors with fall, but combined in this way, they can be used all year.

tangerine, brown and white

1.  Love the color combination and use of barn doors.  Via House Beautiful.

2.  Parquet Smoke White Rug by Elte

3.  Estate Betteridge Collection Carved Black Onyx and Coral Cuff Bracelet

4.  Hand-painted wallpaper from Gracie

5.  Knighton Lantern by Jayson Home

6.  Ceramic Lamps from Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc.

7.  White Lacquered Strie Wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries

8.  Gorgeous carved door from Marrakech  (source)

9.  Miss Benin by Christian Louboutine

10.  2013 Spring Fashion by Issa

Color Obsession: Navy, Vermillion, and Turquoise

This color combination is classic, sophisticated, and always stylish.

One of the things I love about being a designer is the opportunity to find inspiration anywhere.  The other day, I was dressed in navy, vermillion, and turquoise and was struck by how great those colors look together.  This color combination is classic, sophisticated, and always stylish.  In design, these three colors together look bold, confident, and eclectic.

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1.  Ocean from Lulu DK

2.  Colorful chic!  Image via Breakfast at Yurman’s

3.  Devon Leigh Turquoise Beaded Necklace

4.  She’s Pampered from Essie:  My go-to summer nail color!

5.  Turkish Tulip.  Image via Susan Fredman

6.  Blue room design by Miles Redd via Elle Decor

7.  Deep Royal from Benjamin Moore

8.  Ohm Mirror by Bunny Williams

Cover image features, from left to right, Salutation III by Eric Zinner, Giorgio Armani for Elle Decor, and Abstract 116 by Kris Carlson.

Color Obsession: Celadon

Celadon is a great color for spring!

Celadon is a great color for spring!   It’s fresh, pretty, and pairs well with a variety colors.  With blue and grey, celadon looks sophisticated and soothing.  When paired with more vibrant hues, it balances out energetic colors for a well-rounded look.  Celadon works with so many other colors because it stems from ocean blues, hazy greys, and muted greens.  It definitely has a real zen-like quality!


1.  Paraty Leather Shoulder Bag

2.  Hand painted wallpaper from Gracie Studio

3.  Dining room design by Suzanne Kasler

4.  Evening gown by Zac Posen

5.  Sage Wisdom from Benjamin Moore

6.  Chic celadon.  Image via Vogue.

7.  Maribel Lantern Lamp by Coleen & Company

8.  Celadon Grasscloth Wallpaper by The Wallpaper Company

Color Obsession: Antwerp Blue

With so many different shades of blue, it can be bright, serene, bold, subtle, or dramatic.

Blue is a safe color that a lot of people gravitate toward.  With so many different shades of blue, it can be bright, serene, bold, subtle, or dramatic.  You can drench a room in blue or use it as a strong accent color.  In fashion, blue looks good on almost anyone and pairs well with a lot of other hues.  What do you think of blue?

1.  Blue Living Room via Home Ideas Mag

2.  Blue Agate from Concetto

3.  Piscine Balenciaga

4.  Bluestone

5.  Custom chair in a client’s home.

6.  Christian Louboutin Lady Highness

7.  Quadrille Fabrics, image via House Beautiful

8.  June Short Pleated Peplum Dress by Alice and Olivia

9.  Ornate blue door, image via W5RAn

Color Obsession: Pink

Pink is not an easy color to design with, but I can appreciate it in certain elements.

I’ll be honest with you — I’m not obsessed with the color pink.  It’s just not my go-to color on the wheel.  It always seems like such a stereotypical, over-used “girl color” to me, but it also makes me think of bubblegum and Pepto-Bismol.  It’s not an easy color to design with, but I can appreciate it in certain elements.  I love pink flowers and reading Pinkalicious with my very girly-girl four year old.  Pink has also become a positive symbol for breast cancer research and awareness.  Many women look beautiful in pink, which exudes femininity.  It makes people think of spring, flowers, hope, and happiness.  I don’t know about you, but as we endure yet another snow day here, I could use a reminder of spring!  What do you think of pink?

1.  Photography by Waldemar Hansson

2.  Princess Pink from Benjamin Moore

3.  Chloe Marcie Leather Handbag

4.  Alexander McQueen Skull Embellished Watersnake Ballet Flats

5.  Bedroom design by Amanda Nisbet

6.  Retro pink fridge from Smeg

7.  Pink shagreen box with brass inlay from Galart International

8.  Square in Square rug in Rose by Vanderhurd

9.  Oil painting by Kate Perkins

Color Obsession: Black

I absolutely love black!

I absolutely love black!  I wear it just about every day.  Something about black makes me think of confidence, so I feel stronger when I’m wearing it.  In interior design, black makes a dominant accent color, especially when used in a key area of the room.  You can’t be wary of black when designing with it; you have to be bold and fearless, whether you choose to use it for paint, furniture, or fabric.  I am obsessed with it!

1.  Kara Mann Design

2.  Lens Chandelier by Holly Hunt

3.  Karl Springer Coffee Table from Todd Merrill Antiques

4.  Bagatelle Spot wallpaper from Osborne and Little

5.  Blackman Cruz Neoclassic Dining Chair

6.  Michael Kors Black Leather Hobo

7.  Benjamin Moore Black Satin

8.  Alexander McQueen

9.  Black tulips:  I love these!

10.  Christian Louboutin Diplonana Black Leather