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      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      Color Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

      When it comes to color, I haven't written the book but I sure have READ the books. One thing I know for sure, color is so much more than what can be gleaned by the naked eye. Color influences our perceptions, touches our deepest emotions, and moves our decisions.

      We have always existed in a color-filled world but we are rarely aware of the impact color has in our daily lives. Through books we can take a deep dive into the ways in which color has influenced our understanding of our global community, our differences and our commonalities.

       

      The MET

      From the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean to the works of Impressionist artists, these books are both tools for expanded knowledge and simply yummy reads.

       

      I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

      Curl up with these books for a little trip down colorful highways and byways or display them on a coffee table to entice your guests. Here are 9 favorites from my personal library:

      Colorful Craze: 9 Must-Read Books for Every Color Lover

       

      1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay - The author is a genius at expanding our knowledge of color through the ages.
      2. Pantone: The 20th Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman - The quintessential book on how color has expanded our horizons from the "house that color built".
      3. The Rainbow Atlas: A Guide to the World’s 500 Most Colorful Places by Taylor Fuller - Travel takes on a renewed importance when you take in the beautiful bucket list places profiled.
      4. Black Is A Rainbow Color by Angela Joy - Not necessarily a book on traditional colors, per se, but one of the best children's books on skin color, race and culture written from a child's perspective.  
      5. Interaction of Color by Josef Alber - The literal bible of color theory, this book has helped shape my color career and continues to be a guide for my jewelry designs.
      6. The Colorful Kitchen by Ilene Godofsky Moreno - Plant-based foods never looked (or tasted) so good! A vibrant book of vegan recipes from a fellow New Jersey native (and somewhat of a neighbor).
      7. The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer - A must-have book for a map to bringing new life to any room through color and other home decor inspiration.
      8. Bisa Butler: Portraits by Erica Warren - Artists who use color in a manner that evoke strong emotional responses are my jam! Bisa's work not only speaks, it shouts loudly and with passion.
      9. Flower Color Theory by Darroch Putnam - Ever wonder how floral artists create such seamlessly elegant flower arrangements? This book will have you heading to the nearest farmer's market or flower stand to grab a few bouquets to play with.

         

        Until next time, may your life be filled with rich, beautiful color!

        Love, Juliet

         

         

        The MET

        Color Craze: Limelight and Sulphur Spring

        Limelight and Sulphur Spring - JulRe Designs LLC

        You can depend on this color combo to bring the summertime sizzle. Limelight and Sulphur Spring bring new meaning to brightness! They're eye-catching but never gaudy. Always current and filled with the promise of life at its most vivid. 

         

        I hope you love the products I recommend! This blog post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

        We've been seeing variations of this color duo in fashion for years. Glowy neon yellow-greens have become a staple in activewear and accessories. I designed these Lemon Tree Earrings using these vibrant shades and will always have this palette somewhere within my jewelry collections. But I'm seeing it pop up more for home interiors lately and I love the trend!

         

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        I'll admit, I'm not brave enough to incorporate it into my home in a substantial way but I will use it to accent in an area that craves energy. The kitchen below has a proportionate balance that refreshes the senses and doesn't overwhelm. This highly functional room is a natural fit for such "health-conscious" colors.

         Green Color Schemes - Better Homes & Gardens

        image: Better Homes & Gardens

         

        Bathrooms are unsurprisingly another perfect space for colors that pop. I adore the floor-to-ceiling tiles as a bright focal point. Green and clean!

        Energy Green Bathroom - Elle Decor

        image: Elle Decor

         

        The color palette is so appealing that I've used it in our company branding and incorporated shades of Limelight and Sulphur Spring into my design studio. Although the slippers chairs you see below are no longer available, this one is a new favorite!

         

        JulRe Designs Studio

        image: JulRe Designs Studio, South Orange, NJ

         

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        If you're not filled with the audaciousness that the tones of Limelight and Sulphur Spring require, then I've selected 6 fab, fun home decor items that will let you dabble with these high volume shades without a huge, long-lasting commitment. Have fun shopping below!

         BADASH CRYSTAL Evergreen Vase - Macy's PHILIPPE DESHOULIERES Arcades Green Dessert Plate JONATHAN ADLER Carnaby Nesting Dish
        InterDesign Spa Rectangular Trash Can | Amazon Jamie Young Small Curved Pendant Light | Bloomingdales
        MEDARD DE NOBLAT Ikebana Mug - Bloomingdales

         

        For more color and home decor inspiration, check out my Color Craze: Limelight and Sulphur Spring board on Pinterest!

         

        Until next time, keep living a color-filled life!

         

         

        Love, Juliet

         

         

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        Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue

        Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue - JulRe Designs LLC

        Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica BlueWe have a tendency to limit ourselves to colors that so-called "authorities" have deemed appropriate for a specific season. And when we do, we deprive ourselves of the joy of having all of the beautiful hues that we can visualize available to us all year round. That's not living a truly color-filled life and seems rather boring. While it's true that we are on the cusp of Fall and Orange is well known for being a traditional color for the season, few people wear it as freely as they may in warmer months when it is a bright, cheery, citrus-y symbol of the carefree life. Well, don't you want to be carefree in November too? I know that wearing Orange head-to-toe may be, uh...aggressive for some but when you add a rich blue in a light to dark shade to the mix, you get a wearable combination that can be mixed and matched regardless of the time of year.

        Orange and Navy Blue Leather

        For this week's Color Craze, I chose Persimmon because it is on the subtler side of the Orange spectrum and avoids smacking you in the face with it's vibrancy. I've coupled it with the deep, smooth Majolica Blue for a little softening of the slight edge that Persimmon may evoke. I feel it's a special pairing for everyday looks. Ask the New York Mets or the Syracuse University Orange!

        COLORFUL ENLIGHTENMENT: Persimmons are a fruit that is often compared to apples nutritionally. Majolica is tin-glazed pottery made in England and decorated in colors, like this blue, on a white background. 

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        Persimmon Smoothie

        COLORFUL SIDEBAR: Kindly indulge my ongoing obsession with Smoothies and allow me to share my first Fall recipe find with you. The Spiced Persimmon Smoothie is at the top of my list for Fall breakfasts. This fruit wasn't on my Top 10 list of ingredients until I discovered the recipe below from one of my favorite food bloggers, Lisa of Downshiftology. It meets all of my smoothie standards: easy to make, filled with flavor and of course, stacked with healthy goodness. Click here for the tasty recipe!

        BLOG DISCLAIMER: This blog post was not sponsored but may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!
         
        NORDSTROM.com

         

        I've put together a Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue style board with 14 of my fave fab fashion and beauty finds to give you a few options for consideration as you shop for the upcoming season. But if you just want to add a small touch of this color combo to your existing daily look options, the Thea Earrings from my new Handmade Luxe Collection are the perfect way to do it. Shop fashion and accessories in these great colors below!

        Color Craze: Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue - Style Board - The Color Lab Blog

        1.  EQUIPMENT Harmon Shirtdress

        2.  Christian Wisnants Karwat V-Neck Sweater 

        3.  JulRe Designs Jewelry Thea Earrings

        4.  Space.NK.apothecary Lipstick Queen Reign Shine Lip Gloss

        5.  Briane Bracelet from our exclusive Bangle Bar for JulRe Designs INsiders only. For access, click here to join us!

        6.  Sammitop Stiletto Heel Pumps 

        7.  JAGGAR Solace Slingback Pump

        8.  Tods Gommini Driving Moccasin  *STAFF FAVORITE*

        9.  Hugo Hatine Zip Detail Slim Trousers

        10.  Tory Burch Perry Bombe Crossbody Bag

        11.  Botkier Trigger Pebbled Leather Hobo

        12.  Naturalizer Tiana Platform Boot

        13.  Cole Haan Lesli Block Heel Pump

        14.  Sam Edelman Lior Loafer

         

        IT'S A PINTEREST PARTY! You can also shop my curated board dedicated to Persimmon Orange and Majolica Blue on Pinterest!

         

        Until next time, live a color-filled life!

         Juliet | Color Connoiseur

         

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        Color Craze: Salmon and Glacier Gray

        Color Craze: Salmon and Glacier Gray - JulRe Designs LLC

        Soft. Sensuous. Dreamy. All apropos descriptives for two colors that personify the comfy, cozy lifestyle. But don't be fooled. They have a sneaky way of punching up your home with a vibrancy that can only be described as alive.

        Salmon Pink Living Room - House Beautiful

        image: House Beautiful

        There's something so comforting about the elegant living room in the NYC apartment designed by Jamie Drake pictured above. While this color palette is far from traditional, its soothing vibe is warm and inviting. The walls were expertly painted using Salmon Peach by Benjamin Moore Aura and softened with a custom glaze. The steel and pale gray accessories could have made a hard,  sharpened contrast but instead complement the calming energy of the room.

        Benjamin Moore Paintsimage: Benjamin Moore Paints

        BLOG DISCLAIMER: This blog post was not sponsored but may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

        The Salmon and Glacier Gray palette get 2 thumbs up for versatility. While it may now be easier for you to envision these colors in an expansive space like a living room, incorporating them cohesively in smaller ways and spaces can be uncomplicated too. Refinishing a desk or uplifting a vanity (see below) can give new life to a home office or bathroom.

        Desk from Estuary Designs

        image: Estuary Designs

         

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        Vanity - Remodelaholic

        image: Remodelaholic

        Adding a few lovely home decor items in Salmon and Glacier Gray to your space or to give as housewarming gifts is easy because I've done the discovery for you! Shop my 6 fabulous finds below!

        Color Craze: Salmon and Glacier Gray Product Board

        1.  Nordstrom at Home Faux Fur Throws

        2.  Christopher Knight Home Club Chair

        3.  Baby Aspen Ceramic Shark Bank

        4.  Beatriz Ball Vida Alegra Bowl

        5.  Industrial Rewind Soap Dispenser

        6.  Jonathan Adler Charade Studded Table Lamp

         

        I've curated some more Salmon and Glacier Gray color inspiration on Pinterest! Tell me what you think!

        Until next time, live a color-filled life,

        Juliet's Signature

         

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        Tomato and Jasmine Green

        Tomato and Jasmine Green - JulRe Designs LLC

        Color Craze: Tomato and Jasmine Green

         

        On the color wheel, red and green are direct opposites, but opposites can attract and come together in a fierce partnership. That’s what my latest Color Craze, Tomato and Jasmine Green have done dramatically.

        when it rains, it pours | Tumblr

        Image:  Tumblr

        BLOG DISCLAIMER: This blog post was not sponsored but may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to bring you color commentary like this. You can find more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here. Thank you for your continued support!

         

        This color combo is a natural pairing for a pleasing lunch or dinner plate. Who doesn't love a crisp, green salad sprinkled with freshly sliced vine-ripened tomatoes? OK, maybe you're not a fan of the veggies but seeing these eye-catching colors at a meal are aptly appetizing. And of course I found an easy recipe for a scrumptious tomato salad (below) that can be put together in 10 minutes and served the next day! You can find the details here.

        Cherry Tomato Salad

        image: EatWell101

        Black Friday in July | Macys

        I've been making fearless color choices with my personal style for years thanks to my amazing Mom who used to sew brightly colored jumper dresses for me in bright hues when I was younger. So wearing such strong colors as Tomato and Jasmine Green is natural for me.  Shop what I'm wearing below.

        Color Craze: Tomato and Jasmine Green - Juliet Look 2

        Dress: This Lauren Ralph Lauren dress is no longer available but you can find a similar style here
        Shoes: Shop them here.
        Earrings: My own design. Similar styles can be found here or try this.

         

        You'll make a fearless fashion statement too when you unite the spirit of Tomato and Jasmine Green with my 8 fab finds (including an eye-popping nail polish!). Shop my Style Board below:


        Tomato and Jasmine Green - Style Board | The Color Lab Blog

        1.  Alphratti Fit and Flare Dress

        2.  LadyBro Straw Sun Visor

        3.  Eagle Eyes CELESTE Sunglasses

        4.  Lancome L’Absolu Lip Lacquer in Be Brilliant

        5.  China Glaze Nail Polish in I'm With The Lifeguard (WOW!)

        6.  Madewell Austin Crossbody Bag

        7.  David Tate Myrna Wedge Sandal

        8.  JulRe Designs Chloe Bangle Bracelet

         

        And just in case you haven't gotten enough Tomato and Jasmine Green magic, I've curated a Color Craze board dedicated to these brilliant colors on Pinterest. Follow me there too!

        Until next time, keep living a color filled-life!

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        Need Now: Block Heels | Nordstrom