Paint On Drama With Color Blocking

Color Block Mountain Screen from Craftzine

Craft on-line magazine just featured a video tutorial with a painting technique that any non-artist can do. The best part is, this gradient paint method requires only two paint colors combined to create varying tints and maximum impact. Paint a canvas for your very own modern art, apply graduated stripes to a staircase, or create a monochromatic mountain screen like the one above. The options are endless!

Paint Swatch Wall from Curbly

Still afraid of taking paintbrush in hand? Okay, then. . . try this overindulgence of paint samples. Color block an entire area by sticking paint swatches on a wall in a graduated rainbow of color. If that’s too much, just take the same idea and apply it to a smaller surface like a sheet of matte board displayed as art.

Color Blocked Bookcase from Apartment Therapy

You see the color blocking concept in everything from textiles to bookcases which add bold, graphic impact to a room. Whether it’s one pillow or a whole wall done in color blocks, the effect is always modern and somehow “organized”. And really, who couldn’t use a little more visual organization?

Lawn Candy!

Lawn Candy!

Sometimes the entire direction of a design can rest on a beloved object or color or fabric. Today look at this lawn candy that has me all atwitter! Do you have any lawn candy to share? Email me!

Design Series Finale – ACTION!

Design Series Finale – ACTION!

So you’ve been following the series, dreaming of your highest and best design, getting a clear picture of the style that suits you best, and gathering up your inspirational images. Now it’s time for action! Get out and get your hands on the finest Austin has to offer… Visit Natural Gardener for pots, plants, water [...]

Design Series #3: Heading to the Promised Land(scape).

Design Series #3: Heading to the Promised Land(scape).

Close your eyes… picture your favorite outfit in your closet right now. What do you love about it? Color? Texture? The way it fits? It’s one way to understand your overall sense of style and head off into the promised landscape. Minimal. No muss, no fuss? Try a minimalistic approach – you may find layers [...]

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Image from Austin home tour Spring 2009. Outdoor living is around the corner here in Austin, a mere few weeks away really. Tuscan retreat designed by Annabelle Lennox-Boyd Last week I asked you to dream big about how you want to live in your outdoor spaces. I requested that you burst through those self-inflicted constraints [...]

Chip in!

Chip in!

So Christmas is over for 2010 and New Year’s Eve is beckoning. Before all the parties kick in, make a resolution to chip in. If you had a fresh tree this year, please consider recycling your Christmas tree and turning it into a resource. Bonus! Trees collected in many cities are recycled into mulch, which [...]

Spring flowering bulbs… now is the time in Central Texas!

Spring flowering bulbs… now is the time in Central Texas!

We here at Spark are always discussing fresh ideas for design, color ways, and opportunities to support our clients in making meaningful shifts in their surroundings. At our delicious lunch yesterday (thank you, Blue Star Cafeteria), we talked about the joyful impact of spring flowering bulbs. We love the way they look scattered in drifts [...]

Fun Family Excursion will Beautify Your Life!

Fun Family Excursion will Beautify Your Life!

There is no better time to plant in Central Texas than now! Plants will have a long establishment time before getting socked with the searing summer heat. We can work happily in the garden without sweating ourselves to dried husks. And often times, nurseries will reduce the pricing on some stock to move it before [...]