Fireplaces and Color

My new home has a fireplace. I’ve wanted one forever. I’ve given a lot of thought as to what makes a stand-out fireplace. In terms of intricate, carved, period fireplace surrounds: wood, marble or plaster… there are myriad. They grace homes of every imaginable style. The mantle is a prized location to add an ever changing array of bibelot to match your season or your mood. But three things really inspire me in a fireplace: modern, austere, low fireplaces on plaster walls which have no surrounds or mantles, colorful ceramic fireplace tiles like those made by the Moravian Tile Company of yesteryear and artful stone work like that of master stonemason and artist Lew French. And if you’re going to add paint color to a fireplace surround…I vote for black!!

minimalist fireplaces

Striking fireplace design

kiva, brick, ceramic fireplaces

Outstanding fireplace designs

minimalist fireplaces

Ultra modern fireplaces

unique firepaces

Beautiful fireplaces

Tile fireplace

Tile fireplace

 

 

 

 

 

A Shutter Story. House Shutter Colors.

One of the most appealing details on a home, shutters work with so many architectural styles . They were first used in ancient Greece to provide light control, ventilation and protection in that scorching environment. Eventually, the concept of shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, and the form began to change. Soon movable louver types were born to allow varying amounts of light and air into a room and provide privacy when needed. With the louvers pointed in the downward direction, the shutters also shed rainwater. Solid varieties provided more insulation and were able to prevent insects from entering the home.

As the Spanish started colonizing in the Americas, they brought shutters to the New World. Mansions in the south almost always used them. The term “plantation shutters” is derived from this area. These usually had wider louvers than shutters used earlier, and they were almost always white.

Traditional shutters often found in the New England states trace their roots to England, where the narrower louver was used. They were often black.

The process and principles which apply to choosing house, trim and door colors for home exteriors apply to picking shutter colors as well. What coloration is emblematic of your house style? Is keeping within tradition important to you? Are you looking for contrast or a more subtle blend of colors on your home? Do you live in an area of bright, harsh light which will stand up well to using bright colors on your shutters?

Green, blue, black and white are extremely popular choices in the US.

Green echoes the landscape around most homes, blue ties into the colors of sky and /or sea. Black and white are classic and traditional for so many architectural styles. Below find a survey of popular color choices.

Green shutters

Green shutters

Green shutters and Blue shutters

Blue Shutters

Black shutters

White shutters  and pale shutters

Wood stained shutters

Thanks to  http://www.shutterland.net for the historical background on shutters.

 

 

 

 

 

A Caribbean palette

Mea Culpa. I escaped. One week away from the brutal temperatures and the winter wonderland I profess to love. (But I do!!) The colors are emblematic of the blue green seas of the caribbean we all love. If you’re going for this kind of palette in your physical space, you need to live in a hot, bright environment. It lends itself…..

tropical fronds

tropical feathers

caribbean pinks

caribbean pinks

 

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