Colors. Pantone has more than 2,100. Benjamin Moore, 3,400. Even Crayola comes in at 152, more than double the 64 that most of us grew up with.
At first blush, that seems like a lot of colors. But the human eye can see approximately 10 million! Every shade, every tint and hue. We can’t get enough. Yet when it comes to decorating, we often pale at the thought.
Yet color is what makes decorating fun. Like accessorizing an outfit, it can be a subtle statement or a show-stopping pop. Regardless, color is an easy way to make your furnishings feel up-to-date indoors and out. Here’s how to approach it outside.
An outdoor rug does more than add color. As nothing else can, it turns your outdoor area into an extension of your home’s living space. And here’s a case where you don’t have to use your inside voice. The pattern and design of your outdoor rug can definitely be more vibrant and playful.
Outdoor throw pillows instantly change the look of your furniture and the way you experience it. You can make a statement with one color, then play with shades and patterns to really bring your sofas and lounge chairs to life. A designer’s trick: find a pattern you admire in hues you love … and let it inspire the palette and pieces that make up your entire look.
You’d never skip adding the finishing touches to your indoor decor. And you should give the same creative consideration to polishing your outdoor space. Accessories like gorgeous lanterns or whimsical wall art add tons of ambience.
A red birdhouse. A turquoise grill. A green daybed. Why not let your true colors shine through?
Even outdoors, naturally awash with every shade under the sun, vivid accessories add tremendous impact.
Lush and lively, green is the color of nature. In fact, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, says the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.
Lucky for us then, as green symbolizes harmony, renewal and well-being. And as Bubba Watson – winner of, 2014 Masters Tournament – knows, green is also the color of prosperity. [...]
You can imagine the scene. You might even have been there. The tiny bistro, hidden in an alley in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Sophisticates mingling with artistes. You watch and listen … intoxicated by the food, mellowed by the wine, enraptured in the moment.
Paris will do that to you, especially in April. Most everything about it captures our imagination. Even the drizzling rain. But it’s the food … the food that makes our hearts sing.
More than 50 years after Julia Child introduced us to what she considered “one of the world’s great arts,” we still are discovering the epic riches of the ever-evolving French table. French chefs still rely on seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques, yet they’re apt to put them together in more inventive ways.
This recipe for Chicken Fricassée from Food & Wine is a lighter take on this classic dish, using low-fat sour cream and Greek yogurt in lieu of heavy cream. It’s perfect for the cool nights of spring, when you want something warm yet light and flavorful. [...]
Just like Peter Cottontail, Easter is on its way. Despite its late arrival (April 20), the holiday still may sneak up on you. If you’re planning on hosting brunch, it’s time to grab your basket and hop to it. [...]