Decorating & Organizing by Color

Decorating & Organizing by Color

Sonia Zjawinski
Jun 1, 2010

Remember back when organizing your bookshelf by color was the thing to do? It's ok, we totally did it at our house too. It wouldn't have been so popular, after all, if it wasn't so pretty to look at. Our love of bright hues is why the color studies of Swedish graphic design student, Hilda Grahat, caught our eye (and got us thinking).

Hilda recently did a project, which she published on her blog Forever Is Today, where she created snapshots of everyday spaces; each tied together by one hue. What makes each photograph so successful is that she avoids making each space look like a gallon of latex paint exploded in the room, and instead found pieces that are primarily a single hue, yet have dashes of another color sprinkled throughout.

Her beautiful snapshots got us thinking about real world spaces that could be infused with a single color. What if there was a way to decorate and organize your home office or media room by hue -- you know, something other than black, silver, or white? Imagine a robin's egg blue desk with matching computer monitor, desktop speakers, laptop and keyboard. Unfortunately most consumer electronics manufacturers don't like to experiment with pigments -- portable gizmos such as cameras and MP3 players tend to be the only pieces to get a shot of color.

One way to add color to gadgets you already own is through skins, customization companies like Colorware, or dye plastic computer parts. But one important tip to take from Hilda's images is that you can bring color to a space with just about anything -- a Bob Dylan record cover, a vintage canister of curry, the top of a juice squeezer, etc.

So, if you're looking to brighten up your work or entertainment space, find a color within your gadgets that you can then add to with trinkets, artwork, or vintage items. If black, white, or silver are your only options, Hilda shows you can even make that beautiful.

Check out more inspiring photos at Forever Is Today.

And if you're looking for colorful gadgets, may we suggest taking a look at our hue-specific gizmo roundups?

[Images: Forever Is Today]

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