Et Tu Cadet Blue?
by Miriam Schulman
|Pantone Fall 2011 Color|
Cadet, the perfect marriage of blue and gray, is another indisputable classic color for the home This Pantone color was featured for men's wear on the fall 2011 runways but is timeless in the home. This color is decidedly gender neutral that is neither juvenile nor feminine so works in bedrooms for both sexes.
Cadet Blue Bed Linens
Get the whole sheet set or just a decorative throw pillow in this easy to live with organic color that is not too girly. I would love to see the Donna Karan duvet pictured here mixed with the unusual throw pillows by etsy sellers pictured below. The brown and blue polka dotted throw pillows add a contemporary masculine punch while the Brunschwig and Fils toile pillow would add instant old world style.
Update your old furniture to look like new.
Slate and Oyster White by Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.
All it takes is a new coat of paint in cadet blue. Interior Decorator Brian McCarthy advises "Find a piece that has good lines and trick it up. I've taken a plain pine chest of drawers from a junk shop and done a simple, cottagey finish with milk paint. Start with a base in Swedish blue-gray and lightly brush over it with white, pulling back with steel wool in spots to reveal more color."
You can also repaint kitchen cabinets Decorator Sandra Nunnerley complains "I'm so tired of all those off-white cabinets. I'd paint them this dark Swedish gray-blue and make the whole room very Gustavian, with chalky white walls, Carrara marble countertops, and stainless-steel appliances." When I repainted my own kitchen cabinets for a secretly budget saavy makeover, I had considered this advice but decided my kids would ruin white counters in a month and painted the brown cabinets bone white and went with slate gray countertops and saved the white marble for the backsplash.
Keep the Walls Beige and Let the Artwork Shine
|In a bedroom by Royce Pinkwater all the colors are soft and restful. Eric Cohler designed the custom cadet blue upholstered headboard. Artwork by Miriam Schulman adds the finishing sophisticated touch. Buy the original canvas online! Blue Twisted Trees 24x24"|