Posts Tagged ‘color schemes’

February 18, 2014 1:16 pm

NEW! Color Consultation Video Series

What’s your favorite color?

Decorators, let’s be honest – color theory is tough. There’s color schemes (adjacent, complementary, what the heck?!) and the color wheel, all while keeping up with the latest trends (we’re painting all the walls Radiant Orchid now, right?).  We know! Here at QC, we get your questions about color all the time, and we wanted to do something about it.

We’re offering a brand new video series – all about color – to our existing and new students. This 3-part series can be found in your Online Student Center. In the videos, interior decorator extraordinaire Darlene Hall-Barrett talks everything color, starting with the theory, and putting it into practice in a client’s home. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll learn…

How to Use the Color Wheel

Learn how to use the color wheel

The color wheel is the decorating tool. It looks simple, but that little piece of cardboard is jam-packed with information…and it’s your job to be able to use it. The wheel can help you choose your primary and secondary colors as you start to plan for the new decor. Darlene walks you through the process in this video.

Interior Decorating Color Schemes

Yes, there are a lot of color schemes to remember, but once you have the basics down, you’ll have an intuitive understanding of how to use color schemes in your designs. That’s what color is all about, after all! Depending on your color scheme, you can change the mood, atmosphere, even temperature of a room. You’ll get a great foundation with these videos.

Color Decorating Ideas

This video series will walk you through the color consultation

A young decorator’s first consultation is always intimidating. In this video series, Darlene walks us through an entire color consultation, starting with the garage door and ending with the family room.

She explains how to listen to a client’s concerns, likes, and dislikes, and use that as inspiration when coming up with ideas.

Want access to these great resources? Become a QC student now!


October 20, 2013 2:08 pm

The Very Latest Fall Wedding Trends

Fall weddings can be wonderful. The colors of nature make a beautiful backdrop for photos, and the food is amazing. To top it all off, we’re seeing some truly lovely trends emerging this fall that we wanted to share with you. We really hope these ones stick around for a while!

Colors: Jewel and earth tones

Fall color scheme

We can’t stress this enough – just because you’re planning a fall wedding doesn’t mean you need to decorate in the colors of autumn leaves! This season is all about pairing rich, saturated jewel tones with the more traditional earthy shades. Emerald green continues to be the it color, as well as deep magenta, rich oranges and reds, and deep purples. Combine these dark colors with subtler tones like cream, ivory, or beige to create some depth in your color scheme.

Flowers: Full blooms

Wedding flowers for fall

This summer, wildflowers were a big trend. Where that focused on creating a bouquet or arrangement filled with smaller, wispy flowers, this fall is all about the big blooms. The look is fresh from the garden, and many of summer’s most popular flowers are sticking around to fill these bouquets, too (we’re looking at you, garden roses!). Other popular flowers are dahlias, peonies, and chrysanthemums. In addition, a lot of non-floral elements are being used to fill the gaps, like feathers, wheat, barley, and gems.

Decor: Fruit and greenery

Decor trends for fall weddings

Outside, the fall harvest is in full swing. Why not bring some of that goodness in to decorate the space? This season, decorating with seasonal fruit and greenery is getting popular. You can use so much more than just pumpkins! Use fresh, hearty fruits and vegetables like fig, persimmon, kale, and artichoke to add richness to the decor. Add garland swags to the chair backs, or table runners made from moss.

Play off the natural beauty of this decor with soft candles in mercury glass. Choose flameless candles to make sure they last the night! Vintage accessories will keep the whole scene looking rustic and autumnal.

Cakes: Bare and elegant

Try a bare cake for your fall wedding

This season, cakes are getting simplified. We’ve been seeing a lot of fondant-less ivory cakes decorated only with textured buttercream, and maybe some fresh flowers. Gold accents are also making an appearance for that extra touch of glam. To push it even further, some cakes are being left completely bare, like the one above without any icing at all! The traditional round shape is also giving way to the oval, or more geometric shapes like hexagons.

Food: Fresh from the farm

Farm fresh food for an autumn wedding

Autumn is harvest time, and that means a wide range of fresh, local foods are readily available. Wedding planners are taking advantage of that – a big trend this season is local, organic food. This fall is all about miniature versions of comfort food (like gourmet sliders). That means more courses and more variety, a trend that we are totally okay with. When it comes to drinks, the fruity summer cocktails are out in favor of ciders and pumpkin beer.

What’s your favorite fall wedding trend? Let us know in a comment!