This new feature is designed to inspire you to look at the world around you, to take note of the season at hand and to capture it – in memory or on film – for posterity. I will be choosing five photos each week for Beekman1802.com with this aim in mind. We’re calling the feature, The Five Most Beautiful Things In The World This Week

 

Chromophobia

One of my goals this spring is to incorporate more color into my life. I have always been a staunch supporter of neutrals, believing them to be calming, grounding and simple to use.  When it comes to the palette of my rooms, neutrals have always been my safe and predictable refuge. And I know I’m not alone. (Are you a chromophobe?)

What I didn’t realize until quite recently is that many of the world’s most cherished colors can be used as neutrals, or at least used as supportive accents to neutrals – green, for instance.

Green is often called “nature’s neutral” because of its proliferation this time of year. Green is summer’s beige, acting as a cohesive backdrop to the landscape, grounding its otherwise vibrant colors in a context that is pleasing to the eye.

So, green is where I will begin, transferring its summery effect indoors in little installments: a cushion here, a vase there. I’ve gathered some inspiration photos below that I will use as a guide. Here, green is used as a pop colour in otherwise neutral spaces. In each example, the green element is vibrant enough to be noticed but cool enough to be calming: a brilliant compromise for a trepidatious beginner!

 

 

Photos:

1. Desiretoinspire.net

2. 24.media.tumblr.com

3. Dwell.com

4. Sheltermess.com

5. Crushculdesac.tumblr.com

 

Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.

by Andrew

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Irene Garner

My main areas – living/dining/kitchen – are basically black/red/white. I like the contrast of the black against any color. But I'm really digging on the green and white contrasts. Beautiful.

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