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Color Trends :: Olive Green

I’ve been thinking adding a contributor for along time, but it wasn’t until I met Megan Bachmann that I decided to do it. Megan is a mother and has a great sense of style and aesthetic. She has a background in fashion, passion for interior design and writes her own blog, Otomi Home. I’m thrilled to welcome Megan to Simplified Bee!


Thank you Cristin for the sweet introduction. I am so excited about olive green as an upcoming color trend for 2015. Elle Decor recently did a feature on up & coming colors and I’m particularly excited about this one. Olive green is so lovely in interiors because it borders between being a neutral and a color, depending on how you use it. It can be bold or subtle, modern or traditional. It looks amazing paired with a multitude of colors include white, black, navy, orange, and turquoise. And of course it looks incredible paired with brass accents. Olive green just feels new again. Here are some inspiring rooms using olive green…

The olive green walls and velvet sofa feel luxurious and moody in this room in Barnaba Fornasetti’s residence in Milan.
barnaba-fornasetti-elle decor green velvet(source)

The deep olive green tub anchors this bathroom created by Melbourne based Architects, Hearth.desire to inspire green tub(source)

The olive green walls and upholstered ottoman are totally on point in this room from domino.domino olive green ottoman(source)

An old standby room, also from domino, the olive green curtains act as a neutral and help to keep the turquoise painted room sophisticated.domino olive green(source)

Olive and green and deep navy = perfection.green velvet sofa(source)

Loving this olive green kitchen paired with white marble by Sydney based Architect Greg Natale.Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 9.49.08 AM(source)

And last but not least, Jenny Komenda from the Little Green Notebook, recently designed a bathroom in olive green which looks amazing paired with those brass and black accents.jenny komenda olive green bathroom(source)

jenny komenda olive green kitchen domino(source)

As you can see, there is good reason to have olive green on your radar for design trends in the next year. You can read about another color design trend at Otomi Home today, Glossy Blue!

Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera

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Read full story By on October 21, 2014 in color, design trends, Features, interior design, Interiors

Color of the Year 2014 :: Radiant Orchid

dining room with radiant orchid chairs

Pantone’s Radiant Orchid (18-3224), an  intriguing shade of purple associated with joy, love and good health, has been selected as 2014’s “it” color. The captivating tone is quite a contrast from last year’s Emerald Green and 2012’s Tangerine Tango.

Pantone Radiant Orcid - Color of 2014

An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid draws you in with its beguiling charm.” – Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®

Radiant Orchid in Home Decor - 2014 Color of the Year

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight

What do you think? Will your be embracing Radiant Orchid as the color of the year 2014?

Happy decorating,


*first image via Pinterest

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Read full story By on December 17, 2013 in color, dining rooms, interior design, Interiors

Designer’s Custom Table Lamps with Lamps Plus

Finding a table lamp in just the right hue has never been easier, more affordable or fun. The Color+Plus collection from Lamps Plus offers a whopping 100+  designer colors with custom-coordinated shades, bases and finials. The combinations are endless. And best yet you get a designer look (each hand-made to order) without the price-tag… Color+Plus lamps start as low as $39.99 and go as high as $299.99.  I know. It almost makes your heart skip a beat, doesn’t it?!

Lamps Plus asked several designers, television personalities and design bloggers to create a lamp (I was thrilled to be included!) and the results were recently released. Here are just a few of the colorful creations. Can you tell which one is mine?

colorful, custom table lamp // designers picks // Lamps Plus

In addition, a new lamp I  just created in minutes was thrown in the mix (top right) and it’s base color predicts what I think will be a big color, if not the Pantone color of the year in 2014 … Pantone 18-4434 Mykonos Blue!

Okay, I won’t keep you guessing. The pastel green ovo table lamp with gray dupioni silk shade was the lamp I created fro Lamps Plus. I loved the bold chartreuse paired with the classic gray. But, to find out who created the other lamps featured above, you will have leaf through the lookbook.

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Read full story By on August 28, 2013 in color, lighting

The “it” Color for 2013 :: Emerald Green

The hue most associated with nature, harmony and growth, is ramping up for a big year because last week Pantone announcement that Emerald Green (17-5641)  is the official color of 2013. The jewel-tone is quite a contrast from last year’s energizing, Tangerine Tango.

Emerald Green Chairs

Leslie Lundgren Interiors

Emerald Green Velvet Sofa

Palmer Weiss Interior Design

Emerald Green’s a beautiful hue for interiors and you can’t go wrong pairing it with blues, oranges and yellows. Incorporate this harmonious color in your home by adding an emerald textiles – upholstered chairs, area rugs or throw pillows. Use the color as an accent by painting dining chairs, a chest of drawers or the front door in this rejuvenating hue? – Benjamin Moore’s Emerald Isle is a close match.

Kitchen Nook with Manuel Canovas Wallpaperemerald green front door

photo credit: the decorita

“The human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Emerald Green Home Decor Pillows

Charm Home Design

Emerald Green DraperyKay Douglass via Veranda

emerald green color of the year

Oompa Fabric in Stem // Zebra Pillow // Murano Lamps

Will Emerald Green be your color of 2013?



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Read full story By on December 12, 2012 in breakfast nooks, color, Interiors, throw pillows