Today, In Brown And Black | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

The combination of black and brown has been one of my all-time favorite combinations. It is classy and smart, elegant and casual for all hours of the day. It gives out feelings of solidity and dependability, thus black and brown is perfect for business, daytime events, lunches and early afternoon cocktails, but brown alone it is not gratifying after five o’clock in the afternoon. Brown is not proper to look radiant at an evening affair. Under the nightlight brown becomes muddy, unless a lot of glitters incrust a brown outfit and black accessories, shoes, clutch, gloves and even some black-gold jewelry detail the outfit.

(Click on each photo to view it larger).

Brown it is also the color of the Earth and wood, thus we feel enveloped and secure in brown, adding black to it, becomes powerful and mature.
Certainly it is not a color combination for teenagers.

Pretend the color brown is chocolate and all of a sudden you feel sexy.

All the primary colors make brown: red, yellow and blue. Pairing brown with jewel tone colors is exquisite and playful. Today, as Autumn is approaching, I want to prepare the wardrobe with some brown and black, but that’s not all. I know brown will show all its beauty when is paired with sapphire, topaz, ruby, emerald, gold and silver, I just want to make sure I have plenty of these colors.

Today, we can wear brown shoes with a black outfit and vice versa, or even try the jewel tone accessories I just mentioned. Can you imagine a black and brown outfit, with blue sapphire suede shoes? I can.


In my photos, the brown and black outfit is the same, but it changes the feel just by changing the scarf and the shoes.
As you see it is that easy. Please feel encouraged to use colors the way no other will do, it is energizing. Ciao,
Valentina
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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear.
To better help people all over the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
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Autumn Leaves Inspiration | Valentina Cirasola | Interior Designer

http://myatozchallenge.com/2012/02/20/welcome-to-my-a-to-z-challenge-2/Welcome to my personal A to Z Challenge on the subject of Home. The goal, in a year time, is to elaborate and dissect topics regarding the Home not as containers of stuff, but as a cocoon for the soul, mind, and heart.
I will touch on decorations, style, trends, history of home and sometimes technical information.

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A new on-line client from France hired me to compose a warm color scheme complete with furniture suggestions that is in tune with her Autumn archetype. I went to my nearby park to get inspiration. The leaves are yellowish, brown, burgundy and if I stand in the right light I can see undertone colors like lavender, grey or chocolate. The jewel tones of the Autumn are amazing and really suit me. Fortunately, this new client likes them too.
I took many pictures of the leaves fallen on the ground and studied them in-depth. The yellow color in the  Autumn leaves, although beautiful,  indicates that the chlorophyll and oxygen are gone, therefore the leaves are lifeless and fall to the ground. The yellow has many undertones, from sandy color to golden beige and brown.  Some grayish leaves with lilac tones spotted with burgundy really intrigued me. Amazing how something lifeless as these leaves still retains an attractive beauty!

The palettes for my French client contains all the colors I saw in dead leaves transferred in the furnishing and accessories suggestion.  I gave her two solutions, one with walls in Grey and the other with walls in Chocolate Brown as shown in my video. Each background color sets a different mood.

Of course, I can go with a hotter color scheme in burgundy, light brown, beige and Sky Blue on the walls. With this third color scheme, I will substitute the silver console with a piece of furniture in brown or sand color.

While  I am waiting for the client’s response, I would like to know which of these color schemes is your preference?
Designing on-line is not any difficult than designing in loco. The challenges and the energy are the same, except that I am not physically on the project and a lot of things I do, become the client’s work, like overseeing the project development and managing contractors.

Sharing is caring. Ciao,
Valentina
http://www.valentinadesigns.com

Copyright © 2013 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValentinaBlueStampIt’s my hope that through my writing I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style and inspire you to live in beauty. I have loved my profession as an interior designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need it. Check out my latest book on colors
©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, available on

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