Saturday, February 23, 2013


work in progress,  Lori LaBerge  2013

The color scheme for the above will include six different grays and was inspired by a journal activity this week.  I was walking by one of our too many bookcases and saw this:

I was reminded of all the times I had been told by instructors to avoid gray in a rug. "It will suck the life out of all the other colors." was a common statement.  An instructor once took a piece of gray wool out of my hand and tossed it aside as useless.  Though certainly not traumatic, as a beginning rug hooker it did have me avoiding gray for quite a while.  As I looked at the row of books, with grays next to bright colors, it was decided that this week's journal activity would be to work with gray.

I found gray items around the house and placed various items of color on or near them.  Love this bright green with the gray.  I can picture a white and gray background with a brilliant pop of green on it.  See more green and gray combinations here.

Red and gray make a great combination.  Gray is a calming color and red is active so there is some friction going on with these two.  See more of this duo here.

This turquoise pops against the gray and they are a beautiful design combination. Just look at these interiors.

Gray is known as sophisticated, intelligent and dignified.  We often see it used in modern interior design to lend sophistication and worn by business people as it gives a sense of authority.  By using more gray, we can appreciate the power of this true neutral.

The above photo is from the latest issue of Architectural Digest.  The flowers and book covers add pops of bright color to the decor.  I love this magazine.  Since it has been revamped, there is reference to all of the art in the homes.  It is interesting to see the type of art people choose and how it is displayed.

We don't always have to follow the rules.  Choose something you were told to never do with your art and design or something you questioned, break the rules and have a great day.

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