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Using Color in Home Design

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Evolution of Tobi's Color Style Pt. 2

Tobi Fairley

Using Color in Home Design

Tobi Fairley

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7. Evolution of Tobi's Color Style Pt. 2


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Evolution of Tobi's Color Style Pt. 2

Um here's a fun little story of showing a client who was still very read it in the traditional but their son space is really fresh so trying to blend and there's other spaces in between that you can't see from this image but trying to ease people into fresher spaces and trying to pick certain rooms where we can talk kind of dip their toe in and it becomes the chocolate story that really ties this whole project together so we'll talk later about transitioning color um these two side by side don't look like they have a whole lot to do with each other, but when you see it throughout the space, that really makes sense but warm and very traditional over here on dh how I could start easing that client it's funny too, because I did that another family member their sister's home later and it was much more in this kind of fresh look and suddenly they wanted more of that in their space too. So a lot of times you think you can't make a leap to something but uh but you actually end up liking it mo...

re than kind of where your comfort zone ideas this was comfortable to them very traditional like yeah that's what we know but it was the more fresh forward spaces that they liked more this was their bedroom very ornate very glam were still really pretty but extremely traditional the way we kept it cleaner, though, in simpler and more forward, was not having any contrast that with it all being gold, it becomes a little more forward, a little more trend forward. Um, this is their living room inspired by their culture, they group they lived in jerusalem, but prior to moving to america, have a lot of cultural influences and so blending all of that in their personal design style and then bringing in some of the things I've learned in mind creates this interesting mix to aa lot of people are afraid to use the designer cause I think, well, that it'll be the designer style, not my style, but the most successful homes, or when designers take a client's personal style and then push them a little bit to try something that's a little more a hundred airing this project is interesting because it was two widows in there, probably light fifties, early sixties that had to blend a lifetime of belongings together. And so they went out and thought we'll have a new clean slate will buy a new house together, and so they have both come from really traditional spaces with hardwood floors and dark walls and navy leather sofas and all of that look on and they go and they buy a stucco or drive it sort of home. With limestone floors and every single part of the house is like beige updated forward even almost mediterranean and how are we supposed to fit you know navy leather sofas and burgundy leather chairs and rich oriental carpets and something that's so fresh and clean so this was a fun exercise and showing them how to bring pieces together how to take a really traditional chinese chippendale chair but paint it in a lighter color so it has a fresher looking it doesn't contrast with the limestone in the beige walls this was a really fun um acquired collected blended look that had to support the architecture and if you can imagine the first thing we did is they didn't want to get rid of their oriental rugs and so we bring in these dark maybe in burgundy oriental rugs and plop them in the middle of a limestone floor which I gladly let him do so they could instantly see the contrast was not going to be very attractive it looks like these big black blobs of oriental carpet and a giant you know, neutral room and they were like okay, well that's angry now let's look at some other options and it was sort of this mix of a neutral base with some punches of color so we didn't lose their tradition we just blended their styles together and matched it to the architecture for a more you know, successful results how if you had a reticent kleiner a client who just couldn't get their head around moving on from a look that they had, how you would go about convincing them that sounds like it's a little bit of gentle coaxing a little bit of whip it's not and you know how far you can push him until you get pushed back and then you have to step back a little bit because it is. I had a business coach years ago that I worked with, and she said, you can't take someone from a want from a one to attend on a scale of one to ten and one step, you have to go to like a two and then like a four and a half and then kind of get him up to like a seven and that's not gonna happen in a day or two, and this is going to be helpful for you to think about too in your own projects, particularly if you're trying to please a spouse or someone else you can't you can't make them go from liking everything neutral toe having a house full of jewels, tones and one step like maybe add some pillows first and when they start loving them go okay, they kind of said they liked the pillows let's bring in a lamp uh maybe the drapes next so it's an evolution and the thing is, a lot of times we get so excited, we want to bring it all in at once, anyway, like we know we love, and we want that instant gratification, but I find that when I have to go slower, actually have better results, a new idea will present itself for a new fabric will come out, or I'll travel and see some one of a kind fine, so the faster I do projects doesn't necessarily make them the most interesting. In fact, a lot of times it's it's, exactly the opposite, it's it's more about waiting and and leading some kind of things present themselves, so baby steps on a bad thing. This was their playroom upstairs, and this is was another another kind of forward color trend. This got covered a lot for me, because it was that read an aqua color trend that we saw after the blue and brown, we started seeing some other things. This was one of them, so read was very much a traditional color that they were extremely comfortable with, but awful was a little out of the comfort zone, and you think I was so pretty and easy and one who doesn't like awkward, but it wasn't in their traditional sort of point of reference that we ease it in upstairs and some play rooms and and their grandkids spaces and um casual spaces and it actually became really kind of their favorite their favorite look um okay, I'm gonna move forward a little bit more and then we'll take some more questions so total neutral a lot of people think I do don't do neutral at all here's a very neutral space s so it's about chocolates and beiges and it's more about the layering and here really that's what's interesting is the view becomes the color because the lake house that looks that over like, wash it off over the treetops and it really almost becomes a green and beige story, doesn't it? And because of that that's where we took our cues for other spices, so this is the downstairs um, it's a it's a second home, a lake house this is where they're teenagers. This is the same client who had the really bright kids spaces earlier on the turquoise walls and you know, so we've transitioned with them to a new home there they've evolved, I've evolved and it's a completely different location and so it it's presented in a different way totally for them and for me lighter walls, nature inspired color palettes here's the one of the guest rooms here's another guest room and you see how this is a perfect example of that transitioning color because you see red, brown and green here read here green here and we're going to get more into it later but these are just some simple ways that you can start to do that um we've seen this space already today but again softer hughes and um and this is that home that we've fallen in love with and here's the picture that I promised you earlier so this is what's really fun this is the ceilings in this space air only about seven and a half feet tall so it used to be the before if I could show you that and I didn't bring it with me wass um tan grass cloth wall covering um an animal print flooring and a red leather sofa that the client had lots of contrast lots going on and all it did was make the ceiling risk even come down anymore so I said this was to speak even a client earlier that's it does it make my room smaller bigger? This is a perfect example of where we really expanded the room by embracing white almost in the entire space there's no actually there's a really small piece of molding at the top to sew this answers are molding question as well because they used tohave that little piece of crown molding painted white contrast a tan grass cloth wall covering and with contrast what do you do you highlight the fact that they had really skimpy molding and so you basically make it look like, oh, you couldn't afford nice, expensive crown molding so you still highlighted this little piece of dinky molding? Well, it's not important, so if you don't want to highlight it, don't paint it a contrast in color because the first thing is going to do is stick out so I literally wrapped the entire room, the walls, the ceiling, the floor, even the rug is just an extension of the floor color so that everything really became more expansive the baddest white, the sofa swipe the lamps or white on and then I used this really strong black line to create at hall elongated effect of the ceiling because it makes you feel like that's full height, doesn't it? Because you see you're really accentuating um, that florida ceiling space so I was starting to realize I was, as I was looking through a lot of these like my original house that was orange with black and white and then we saw my daughter's room that's purple and black and white and my new living room the screen in black and white and here's black and white with retro pops of turquoise and orange and I never really noticed how much I used black and white as a base but in so many different ways because this is like seventy percent or ninety percent white and like two percent black and then a pop of orange and a papa blue we're in in another space I had a whole black sofa and black chairs and black day mr avery so it's still black and white but look how many different things you can accomplish with different percentages of colors and whether they're solids or patterns this is all solid solid white solid black solid orange very little pattern and the the space on dh it has a lot more impact lacquer ads you know, interest in shine as do the medals this's the upstairs of this space so embracing that orange transitioning from that for this is part of the master suite monochromatic look very sophisticated as well it's orange but it's more of a tent almost to a quarrel so more grown at orange this is kind of more fun orange more hollywood more kids teenager or they're her son is an actor and actually in hollywood and this was his space for when he came home so she wanted him to feel like that it would feel like he was at his own home when he came to see her and wouldn't want to stay and it was a fifties ranch style homes that made perfect sense that I kind of have this retro mid century look but when we go up to her space how do you transition that color palette and more sort of sophisticated grown up feminine sort of way here's another look at her bedroom um and more and more and more of my work becomes more about neutrals even though I'm so full of color so this can you all see the transition of how much color I use versus how much I do now? Andi I think it almost has a greater impact now than when it was so so saturated so strong this was another great color trend orange and awkward this was something that everybody sort of started associating with me oh toby's really uses that color palette well again look how light the walls are like we're getting almost tow white as a backdrop in these spaces on punches of color punches of something really fresh and now we're starting another trend I'm going to show you this afternoon is jadeite like a jade meant color there it is right there and that was three years ago are almost four um actually and then starting to introduce some tons that were more like silver in the medals and more towards grazes accents as well. So there's a mixed their gold and silver um still still a little pop still some kelly and teal but in a much more controlled way um of course we have this we love house beautiful that was all about layering all kinds of shades of blue so again blue is the neutral who knew blue was a neutral and it is like the whole room is wrapped in it so with no contrast and I think that was a quote that they had of me in this issue that I love um I didn't even remember saying it but I'm glad they pointed it out of color devoid of contrast color with no contrast really becomes the neutral so when it's all about shades of blue um and not contrast in colors it's not blue with orange it's not blue and green it's just it becomes the neutral in the space and this is how we transition this is in that same house so this is the entry um that's connected to that space we've seen this dining room but you see how that color moves through with texture and interest um much more again interesting because of the composition of the fabrics the mo hairs and so that even becomes that idea of how do you get so detailed in like a hail shade of purple on the ceiling or layering a lot of grey's how many of you were taking things to the level of going but it's not just about adding short truce it's short truce a mohair or you know what have you been mindful of all of those kinds of decisions that you're making on dh noticing that really saturated color khun cheapened something but a softer shade can be so rich and so sophisticated here's kind of more fun spaces in that house have it brilliant amazing exquisite you know enviable art collection from artists all over the world a lot of very um highly collectable pieces and so that was the jumping off point for a lot of our eller in their space and this is a bedroom upstairs so the idea again of wrapping and using even a fabric that has like certain color over and over again for impact this is their guest spaces the grass cloth with it with just a beige wallet would have lost something but a textured wall in beige ah it's so much more interesting so as you can see I became much more aware of the power over time of all the little details um it's not just about putting beige on the wall it's how could we take that a step further could it be upholstered suede could it be mohair couldn't be grass cough could it be two tones of a beige paint painted one with one sheen and one with another to form a strike or something that's unique and adds depth taking a red to being something much more muddy so this's probably a shade doesn't that look like it has black and it as opposed to a wider red with black in it so that's a shade of red that becomes sort of this rich muddy brick red it's really sophisticated too it becomes my favorite word sophistication but it is about we know what that means, meaning it's, whether it's really, you know, sort of amateurish or something that is really detailed and at a different level, then, um, looking at all of your work in this perspective is that you say amateur, so you were young, but you've just learned to use it so much more effectively than what little you knew about color in the beginning. And isn't that the case with anything like when you start putting on makeup as a teenager like you get a lot better as you get older or you start, you know, becoming a writer and you're early works or not as great as your later works, though, is just practice really does make perfect with anything. Ah, and it becomes the more confident you become and in some areas that the more interesting your work becomes and you start thinking of new way is to innovate and be progressive and kind of attacks. They pushed the envelope with color, which is what I have a lot of fun doing. I still do lots of kids spaces, but they local I mean this's quite different than the neon pink bedroom right there, still almost a neon effect to it, but it's so much less next sort sort of course, some of this is because this is more current right now so it doesn't look as wilder's dated but still it's definitely more of a controlled application and layering of color this is a fun space this is the idea of um not painting all the moldings and not changing some of the house because we were trying to compromise between a husband and a wife and create a space he was very traditional she's very forward so how do we give her what she needs to fall in love with her space while not losing him and his you know, traditional routes and what his comfort level is. So the the moldings air all still stained, but then we created these great draperies by just sewing solid colors of silk together in these gigantic horizontal stripes so she gets something bold but it's so almost so settle in a way because the color palette because there's not a lot of contrast and it's really kind of a month monochromatic space um so finding ways to be introducing forward kind of current trendy patterns but in small doses, andi, I think you know, using solid fabrics can have a big impact. You think how boring to use a big, barely pale on those bays shade of aqua in a solid but it can really add interest it's that whole layering idea this is their son's room upstairs so you see the transition of color they're this gets to the point of detail. Ng dru thinking about color, even introduced just is a welt or a piping on a chair. You could literally have a room that was almost all gray and introduce an orange well, too piping on something and it could be so fun and it's. Such a tiny little piece, just like the flowers may be in the room are but it can really set the tone for a room going from grey to being a gray and orange space with one little tiny detail. This was the nursery upstairs that we saw on this is their daughter's room, another lavender space s o three years ago. Again, I think that's that designer I turning towards color sometimes it's even me just going, what color have I not ever used? What am I you know? Am I pushing myself out of falling into the eighty twenty rule? I'm always using green and going something different and of course for mei I'm working with clients, so I have a lot more options. But I still think that most of you probably go write to your comfort zone of the same colors do you find yourself doing that you go in your closet, even and you go? When did I get eighteen pair of the same color pant? Or something? Why do I keep buying the same color of everything? So you have to make it a sort of a conscious effort to push out of that and and look for new things. This is the entry of that same house. So what you don't see here? I guess we don't have it reflected is from this from the the kind of coral red entry to the coral and brown, um here goes into an aqua and red story in the kitchen, which transitions to the awkward in said again, that transition and we'll look at that some more tomorrow. Um, this room probably gets more hits and likes of than anything I've done in a while, this and one other kitchen that's in a similar color palette. So I think people just really love these analogous tones of aqua is and greens um definitely nature inspired and definitely a very, very neutral wall color. I think this is relaxed khaki. We were laughing about that yesterday about the names of pain killers because it's in one of my top ten killers couldn't be more neutral even one time when house beautiful quoted may you know the girl that loves color, what was her favorite go to wall color, relax, khaki that's. So boring but actually it's support so many color schemes and it leans towards kind of a green family so even like the backsplash that's a neutral you see how it kind of is in the green family uh but definitely avocado and an aqua kind of ten we do have a question coming in from pure interior designs who has been very active with questions and thank you you just talked about the particular color the relaxed what was it really like? Hey and some of these pictures she asked sheer he asked earlier are the walls white or would you use cream ivory to make white items in the room pot more so say you were focused around white items but what do you do for the walk? So when I'm saying my walls or wife they're not white they're cream usually they're not stark white and that's funny that's a great point of clarification because as a designer we know when we say let's paint all the walls wide it's really paying all the walls scream usually does sometimes you start quite to make a point but most the time it's in that whole cream kind of family towards for a certain results so a warmer version of white so I use things like navajo wide or even in my walls in my living room which looked very light is called believable buff so there is color to it it's not stark white here's another when it comes to molding, do you tend to use stark white for molding or do usually use it most of the time? It's not start why so most the time? It's within the color family of what it's on the wall so this is the relax khaki, which goes to almost a green neutral can you'll see those green undertones in it almost in all of sort of turn, so we would pick a creamy neutral for the molding that falls in that family would have a little bit of a green or even the yellowish undertone stark? Why can look it doesn't transition very well, it could be more contrast than we want, so we want this sort of seamless movement and that's why again, you can really rely on what the paint companies do for you, so when they have a strip of paint where you're picking maybe two or three down for a wall color, like where relax cathy would be, or even at the bottom, which might be like a chocolatey or olive the, um green look and see what they've paired with it there's a reason why they have that very top color that's like a creamy sort of um trim color that would work beautifully with it so you don't necessarily pick a paint color and then go back to the basic white, shiny wide at the front it's more about understanding those undertones so white can look pink, it can look yellow, it can look green, khun look bluish and you'll know when you put it next to each other and if you don't have an eye for seeing those undertones, some people have trouble seeing that that's when you can ask someone else to look at it for you, but if you go with, um, some of the selections they've already made for you it's usually going to be already coordinated in that way um, and and I do that a lot I don't try to reinvent the wheel some people do. Some people like to go pick a trim color that has nothing to do with it. Of course I could do that because I'm very skilled with color and undertones at this point, but to me sometimes it's even why bother this one's perfect that they've already, um when it's almost like a tent of the same thing as you would imagine, they keep adding white to get to it so it would be a greenish white if they started with the relax khaki and made a tent of it, it would be the perfect combination this room has a lot of interest again because of the wool in the velvet in all the different textures. This is my this is the new sort of edition I just moved out of this house, I forget that I don't even live there because it's only been three weeks since I mean, I keep saying that's, my living room, but I actually don't live here anymore, but I couldn't stay away from my love of art so as much as I wanted a break from it and I had just a green and black and white room, I found those lamps and absolutely fell in love with them. And then I suddenly noticed that there's a whole lot of orange in the artwork that I thought was really just green and black and white at first glance. Ah, and so it just made a perfect place to bring that pop of color in and then I transition to the pillows, and then I painted my stool and covered it, and so really made this work for me so here's kind of the before and after version of, you know, all green and white before it just had white lamps and then bringing in um, the color um here's, the other side of that room, which we saw this morning with my orange share, so there's a great option example of how a very bold effect can happen with a solid color, not a pattern and what makes that chair even more bold is the contrast welt so if it was all orange, it would be more subtle but because we popped that contrast ing wealth on their became more dynamic guest room black and white with a pop of yellow we sell this room earlier today more black and white so you see black and whites transitioning through a lot of my work this is the other kitchen that gets just rave reviews a million people ask us what this paint color is I think it's because it's so serene and gorgeous and simple um and a lot of people tend to love thes sort of awkward is in neutral, cool, beachy sort of tens there's another side of the spice what is that paint color off the top of my head right now? I can't even remember it's a sherwin williams color but it's all over my balog too we've written about it so many times that if you go search it on the web it's probably on how it's on a lot of things I think this is on house um so I'm sure we've answered that question a lot, but if you can't find it someone posted again and will answer my team's probably watching the tweets I know they are today but, you know, again look at the big transition from my work early on to something like this it's still about color, but isn't it really uh, what I notices? I'm much more skilled at accomplishing goals for clients like, is it serene and soft, or is it energetic or, you know, and really becoming an expert at tweaking the details? This was that show has another black and white I mean, look how much black and white I used and you don't really think about it all being black and white because what, uh, it energizes the space is the use of color a lot of times, even if it's done in a really subtle way uh, more blackened out in this room, would you say you bought those light fixtures and painted them or did you fine? I designed those those air my light fixtures and that did that for for the very reason that you're saying you could buy and paint, I wanted to create a very specific look. This is a show house that was in richmond, virginia, on the james river, and so I was speaking to that sort of americana vibe with the red, white and blue, but I also was speaking to a lot of the architecture er and some of the furniture pieces that were very american but had roots and like greek and chinese influence chinese chippendale so I created this asian style liner and with greek chemo teeth on purpose and put it in this sort of you know, traditional chinese red for a reason to support this color palettes I did make that I created that for that reason but you could have accomplished the same thing with painting a fixture for sure well, I think we've definitely covered this win plenty um but here's some what of what the other rest of the space looks like in that room I love how these pieces of art don't contrast with the wall they're just in extension of it so the wall is like this sort of peachy grass cloth and they're still on that same color palette but they just add dimension and interest um as opposed to contrast um the antique mirror is in this kind of warm honey brown which really looks almost like the coral so um it's not introducing something totally different it has a point of reference in the space and then here's some more of that blue and orange complimentary but again a really neutral base a really, really settled wall color almost white this is the same house this was the house that we saw a little earlier inherited from the client's grandmother so hordes of antiques and this is that ceiling that in person you can almost not even tell that it's purple but this pale pale shade of lavender you have to like it look two or three times depending on what time of day it is but really took some cues from some other artwork that's in the space that has some lavender in it and the idea was how did we freshen all of these antiques and make them look current and make them forward kind of trendy a little bit because it's a really young family with young kids they don't want to look stodgy, but they love all of these pieces, so short truce trellis wallpaper and purple on the ceiling gives a whole new look, but it doesn't look silly or hokey or like it doesn't make sense with the space the way that it's all been tied together. This is one of their daughter's rooms too I'm so twin antique headboards that she thought were the most boring thing ever until we built this fabulous um tester above and hound's tooth check and all this fun fabric and stripes on the wall and then she suddenly thought grandma stuff wasn't so boring anymore. This is her sister space which we talked about and then this is their playroom that adjoins the two spaces so here's still ah lot of color but I still think there's a big difference in all the color we saw early on with the bowl turquoise wall it's almost the same kinds of colors but just toned down and used in a little bit different way hey um this is a hotel I just did black and white again it's really a version of its charcoal and white, but look how much impact you have with solid gold velvet and solid turquoise ville, but so in a hotel you can't have tons of accessories, they'll walk away or get broken or not you really have to use other things to make a lot of impact, so I thought, how can the furniture almost become the jury of the space? It has to be bold, but their goal was to have something that was still sophisticated and we were sort of giving a nod to some of the great hotels even like a new york city like the carlisle and some of those classic hotels that would be haven't really timeless looks, it was just turning up the volume on the gold tone of the sofa and turning up the volume on the blue so it's a little more fresh and a little more forward and it does become kind of the jewellery of the space doesn't there's another look at it from another angle the artwork is a map of the area of where this hotel is and we tinted it turquoise so it became part of the color story what made you paint the molding in this space so yeah that's a great um a great questions so just something different just something to make it look architecturally interesting. So this was a hotel that was renovated um that had been built probably in I can't remember if it was built in the eighties or if it was re modelled in the eighties, but it wasn't especially architecturally interesting. It didn't have a lot of character and moldings and a lot of things going on, so we painted all the doors this charcoal color and then we started creating some of our own interest architecturally with the bookcase and the cabinetry fronts and the moldings but making them stand out, yet they became sort of the story really of the space two so that it felt like plastic architecture because we wanted a classic feel that's a good question here's the one of the bedrooms of the space so again almost totally neutral space light walls light everything with these punches of turquoise, which you're really fun here's the master suite of this it's a big hotel suite so has like a master in the and the guest um all shades of neutrals and then here's the suite next door, which is very collegiate it's in a college town so well uh, a drawing of one of the historic buildings on campus but instead of be having it done and like the formal like blue print sort of stodgy way we did in this loose sort of water color red which is really fun um and red is the signature color of this university and so we wanted to use it but we didn't want it again to be hokey we didn't want it to be forced or contrived or I feel like it was you know, silly it needed to be um more, um sort of like a study or a library and more intellectual and more, you know, sort of masculine so that was the execution and then all the way to more black and white in new york city for me with pink and these emerald lamps um what you're fun any questions? We have it so it like we were all, like, mesmerized by this transition, okay, let's have some questions. How asks are you more into layers of design and texture has noted that you've evolved from hard color to stuffed color around designs and so I guess, is wondering how you see your evolution in terms ofthe that early a hod popping into this more textural um I think, um, I think it can become more beautiful when you look beyond the paint deck and when you use a lot of other things to achieve color as opposed to that flat two dimensional surface on the wall not that I don't use paint on the wall too but I think to me everything is fair game for color now every single thing from a little stitching on the edge of a sofa or a welt to the way I paint and re re user vintage piece of furniture to bringing it in an original artwork or these fabulous the nation the antique lamps even to the little details like the grow grain on the sofa or the embroidery down the drive that repeats the wallpaper pattern so I think it's just um it's not just about the color too may but it's uh I mean it's definitely about color but it is color and wiring and um and that whole complex relationship of all of it together that I enjoy and I think it makes the room most unique right so it's really hard to start replicating this if you want something that's really a representation of you or that unique the more little details and tricks and tips and you know welts and putting wallpaper on the ceiling and maybe not all in the same room but all those little details that make a space truly connected to you in a representation of you um and so if you brought all those details in and they were all about color it would get really crazy noisy so they can't all be about color but I think sometimes the most important decisions about color or when not to use color the restraint piece in the editing peace, and sometimes I'll decide to take a piece away. Sometimes I'll say and, you know, I might have said, well, I was going to do pinks, uh, pillows on the sofa, but maybe I just decided to make him white for a reason. Sometimes those air, the decisions that are most important of knowing when not to have color into space. This is my living room now. So look at the transition of when it was just green and white, we re partly revived it a little bit because I was going to shoot it. It had been photograph so many times, I was even getting tired of it as much as I love this space and I adore those green chairs. But we were shooting it again for a book that it was going to be in. And I had noticed that I had all of these have a great collection of coffee table of design books. And for some reason, I had a lot stacked up one day, and I thought, look, they're all blue. Uh, and so I thought, might that be fun? And then a friend of mine went to paris and brought me that air mass scarf as a gift, and so I made it into a pillow. Because I thought I may not wear it, that often I'll forget about it, but wouldn't it be fun to see it every day? Because it reminds me of her and it's really special said, those became a new jumping off point for me tow layer in ah, and here's the before and after. And you could just see whether you like it or not. It's really, really subtle, but at the same time look how much different the space feels. So it went from monochromatic green on a white base to more of that analogous blue green. So I just had some depth, and it adds interest books and a pillow and a blue white chinese vase. But the pillow and makes it look so much more modern doesn't think everything looks very complete and beautiful in the little picture. And then when you look at this with that bush that's that's not, and to take it a step further when you go, okay, and this is toby's unique personality it's not like I just went out and found that pillow at, you know, tj maxx or something it's, that this has some significance and meaning to me. And every time I look at it, I have an emotional attachment to this space. Um and that's. Why? I want you all to start thinking about that in your own homes. It's not just about how can I take what a designer told me is in and mimic what they did or it's more about this whole evolution of and collecting if things you love and things that work with people in your household and colors that make you happy and creating a mood and certain energy in a certain space and my gosh, think of how many things were talking about that's what becomes complex, it's not just what color you gonna pick? What mood do you want, who's going to use this space? And is there anything that you love that you want to go in here and it's gonna be warm or cool and analogous or try out our, like, monochromatic er, you know, for goodness sake, it's neutral and this is giving me a headache, but but when you have a plan and you couldn't really actively think about an answer, all of those questions, I think you become so much more connected and happy in your space is, too, because there a very personal reflection, an extension of you, and I bet you'll look at a lot of projects differently now that you look at in a magazine or really read this story when they write the article because most of us just look at the pictures and start going, oh, look at that unique piece, I wonder, was that collected in their travels, or was that something that was handed down? Or did they just buy that locally because I needed a filler piece there? But it just causes you to be more intentional with your design style? Um, there's, another picture of that layering back in that black and white. And this is for this I have all those books. And before you saw the really edited version because I wanted a departure from the orange and black and white house, and I wanted all the clutter put away, and then over time, I was like this phil stark and lonely and empty. And now I need to root for teo surround myself with things I love and what I love, and I like to sit on that sofa and really look at my books, and I have my dog and my cashmere throw in my cup of coffee, and so I allowed myself to bring my personality back again. It doesn't mean that later on, I might not want to clean it up and took some things away, but that's the great thing about it, things can evolve to fit where you are at any given time. Um and just because you have eighty million family photos out that you don't even notice maybe you took those away for a while and bring out something else and then maybe you bring them back later you kind of don't know what you need and what you'll missus faras color and other elements until you put some away or you make some changes too so tell me have you painted across the floor boards on that in the end his lines painted on those are that's a bound carpet so that is a that's where I was saying I just took a carpet I think it was by caris stand that I loved and this was a really long room like it's about twenty one feet long on and I wanted to make the whole space really connected and two different seating areas so I made a rug that worked to support but we did there was a picture earlier which we'll talk about later I think tomorrow but you saw it our earlier where I did paint stripes on the floor for a client on dh then this is my kitchen and we just styled it for this shot um completely the whole kitchen is, um antique white everything and then the backsplash is basically another version of antique white but look what it does by bringing my vintage cake plate collection and jay died and all those turquoise pieces and don't you look at that space and suddenly think that there's it's a blue it's, a blue and turquoise room that's really just accessories in the cabinet? I could change all of those out the next day and they could all be white so how much fun you can have by just playing with things that you have and things that you love and it does not mean you have to paint the wall turquoise to make the room have a retro fund youthful exciting vibe uh it's a french detail and some cake plates and it looks totally different so just a tiny little recap of my then versus now thanks for going on that long journey with me ten or fifteen year journey I think then it was brighter high contrast let a high contrast less thoughtful mix less detail darker wall, stronger pattern and now more subtle color neutral base black and white classic pops of color textures and layer trent using trends like a pro. So bringing in those forward kind of trans like we talked about, um color as a neutral like in this blue space attention to detail on dh lighter wall colors so that's just what I learned about myself, which was a lot of fun and now think you can start learning about your own color style and really deciding what that looks like for you and being aware that as you just said it's all in evolution it is for each one of us that was really, really fun thankyou thankyou uh, lots of learning and little tidbits that people were picking up a cz well through through looking at that evolution yeah, that old and all that stuff every little lisa okay, awesome as we were talking about it so so help from when we started out the day talking about some theory but then going in and seeing over and over these examples I mean that's really how you you have one side there? Yeah, exactly understand that it's not about that's kind of what I was saying this morning it's not about putting cobalt walls and an orange sofa, it might be any variety of shade and texture and mix of a blue with a pop of orange and it's still the idea of using a complimentary scheme but in a different sort of way awesome. Awesome! So we're going to take our next fifteen minute break and let's talk about what we're going to do when we come back that we're going to highlight and zone in on some of those specific trend. So we've seen some of them just now on we're going to talk about really what? Because everybody wants to know what the latest color trends are right now whether or not you're going to use them you still want to know what's, cool and hip, and what everybody's using today, that's, trend forward. Cool. Well, another great comment from mad lizzie, who says she really loved. We shouldn't let paint have so much power over us, and this is such a great way to think about home design and pure design. Interiors in this section said, I really appreciate how your use of color lens to a less can lead to a less serious atmosphere. It takes traditional pieces, and space is and makes them a bit more whimsical. So it was great, you know, and yet sophisticated, whimsical and sophisticated that's. Very cool.

Class Description

Brought to you by House Beautiful Magazine, award-winning interior designer Tobi Fairley comes to CreativeLive for a special course.


Are you afraid of picking the wrong color for your living room? Selecting the right hues for your home can be a daunting experience. Tobi is internationally-renowned for her signature bold style and fresh approach to interior design.

Using examples from her extensive portfolio, Tobi will give you no-fail tips and techniques to help you turn your home into a space that reflects your unique style. You’ll learn about the psychology of color, how to pick the right color for the right room, and find out all about the latest trends. You’ll also learn how to pair colors and textures and help freshen any room in your home.

By the end of this class, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to embrace color in a big way.


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