Color Guide: How to Use Red Ocher

Red ocher is yellow ocher’s fraternal twin. Both are ancient colours initially derived from clays and minerals. Both were utilized extensively in ancient artwork (Cro-Magnon artists used it to paint caves), and both are still utilized in traditional artwork and layout from Africa to Australia.

Red ocher is the color of the clay the Namibian lady squirt in their hair and skin. It is the color of the cliffs of Sedona, Arizona, along with the dust in Kauai, Hawaii. It is red and orange and brown all wrapped into one — almost burnt orange, almost barn red, almost terra-cotta brown. It is burnt umber, sienna, copper. Almost.

Like its yellow sister, red ocher is rich, warm and mellow. There is not any such thing as a cool ocher. Nonetheless, it’s the dramatic of the two and not as able to blend in the background. It is earthy and organic looking, reminiscent of autumn and flame and grime (and I mean that in the nicest way).

It goes nicely with warm whites and yellows, and all sorts of fall colours. It also looks amazing with charcoal gray, which tames it somewhat (think slate and terra-cotta together). I also enjoy it with grass green and azure blue — also colours of the planet.

As you can see in the 17 illustrations below, it’s versatile too, playing nicely with all manner of styles — from Southwest to traditional to contemporary.

FORMA Design

Red Ocher about the Walls

Red ocher accent walls flank a dove-gray chimney and also add a lot of warmth to this understated, contemporary room.

Zuniga Interiors

An extremely bright, very orange red ocher causes this conventional room sizzle. Dare I say sexy? Who would have thought?

ARTISSIMO – Idit Deutsch

The real red ocher is that strip right above the mantel that looks almost brown, but these fall-friendly ochers are all in the exact same household and look good together.

McCroskey Interiors

Another formal room in red ocher. Maybe it’s because it’s so ancient and elemental, yet this color really does go with each style. I mean I can envision John Adams sitting.

Mark Newman Design

A brown and orange variant — like a sunset against the reddish faces in Zion National Park or Ayers Rock in Australia — in a modern setting. Like other warm colours, red ocher is supposed to stimulate the appetite, which makes it ideal for a dining room.

Abelow Sherman Architects LLC

The brick wall along with the timber flooring are red ocher.

House + House Architects

A red ocher. Warm and earthy but still contemporary.

Welch Forsman Associates

Red ocher glass tiles. This kitchen is crisp and clean and wholly contemporary. Nonetheless, it is not chilly, in large part because of the tile.

Burnham Design

Decorating With Red Ocher

Red ocher accents within this diverse room — take a look at the window therapy — add a little flame to the room. Notice the hot white and the blue.

Chloe Warner

Some call this midcentury modern favorite orange. But we know it’s really red ocher (an orangey one).

Valerie Wills Interiors

Gray, white and red ocher. I just love this color combination. It might look great in an outside also.

Rikki Snyder

A layered mess of ochers, oranges, reds and browns makes for a bohemian-chic little napping area.

The dashes of red ocher add brightness and warmth to this large contemporary room.

Jay Vanos Architects

Adobe. Now this is the real thing: reddish dirt.

House + House Architects

Red ocher adobe from purple. This has Mexican layout written all over it.

The building zone, ltd..

The mountains of Sedona glow red ocher, and the paneling on this home almost gets there also.

Tom Hurt Architecture

Red ocher accents on the outside of this modern house bring its bones out and also look good with green.


Roycroft Copper Red 2829 Paint

A dark red version.

Benjamin Moore Brick Red 2084-10 Ben Paint – $35.95

Lighter and having a little more brown.

Benjamin Moore

Tea Paint

A medium brown version, with lots of pink.


Spicy Hue SW6342 Paint

Quite orange — this really is the red-rocks-at-sunset color.


Rookwood Terra Cotta SW2803 Paint

A light, brown version.

Benjamin Moore

Egyptian Clay CSP-1140 Paint

A Great Deal of pink. This is almost like a brown salmon.


Red Cent Paint

An even lighter variant of red ocher, still with lots of pink.


Decorous Amber SW0007 Paint

Nearly terra-cotta. But still ocher.

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DIY Project: Slick Oilcloth Tabletop

Did your grannie ever lineup her kitchen cabinets with oilcloth? Perhaps she even had a desk covered with peppy polka dots in white and red or a cheery cherry print. Most of us have seen oilcloth, although a lot of may not understand what it is. It is absolutely not the first material we consider when considering home improvement these days, but it is thick, durable and perfectly cute. Could there be any better credentials for a children’s table, crafting bench or throwback furniture detailing? Nope!

Amy Renea

Oilcloth is made by attaching printed vinyl into a webbed cotton cloth. Traditionally oilcloth was created by adding layers of linseed oil to cotton fabric to make it water resistant. Aren’t you glad you reside in the era of modern production?

Amy Renea

Oilcloth is attached to any surface to give it a stronger finish and also to include design with cute prints, modern designs and innumerable variations of solids and patterns. The layouts are generally retro, but modern designers have produced some gorgeous new prints as well. You can find an idea of the variety available on eBay.

I found my roll of oilcloth at a local auction, selling for under $1. There was enough cloth to cover two tables still have lawns left over.

Amy Renea

That is what my desk looked like until it had been given a fresh face. Once upon a time, this table has been painted with chalkboard paint and utilized as a kids’ table. Then it had been given a coat of standard latex paint and utilized for art and meals. It had gotten its fair share of markers, scissors, scissors and skillet and needed some help. Below are the steps I needed to give it fresh life.

Amy Renea

1. Measure and cut on the oilcloth.
It couldn’t be easier to measure and reduce oilcloth. Simply lay it flat on the surface of the table and then slide a pair of scissors around the perimeter, leaving 2 to 3 inches of surplus.

Amy Renea

2. Examine the overhang.
After you’ve cut the cloth, organize it on the tabletop so that all the edges have the same amount of overhang.

Amy Renea

3. Smooth out any wrinkles.
Can you see bubbles in the edges of the cloth? Out those out before attaching the cloth to the table.

Amy Renea

Start at the center of the desk and smooth out any bubbles or lumps with your hands. You can use a credit card to smooth the fabric if you wish, but hands work just fine.

Amy Renea

4. Attach the fabric.
You can attach the fabric with adhesive, staples or even tape. Adding the cloth to a tabletop requires exactly the same method as attaching a canvas into a frame or re-covering a seat seat. Imagine you’re looking at a clock. Start at 12:00, then pull on the fabric tight and then attach 6:00, then 3:00, then 9:00. You want to make certain these four crossing points are as tight as possible.

Amy Renea

5. Pull the fabric into pleats.
Using a table, there’ll be pleating if you attach the cloth. Once you’ve glued or stapled the fabric at four equidistant points around the table, you can start pleating. Only fold down little pleats of fabric, attempting to minimize any wrinkles along the edge of the desk. Glue, tape or staple in the very edge of the fabric (where my thumb is) so that the fabric doesn’t hang down beneath the table.

Amy Renea

6. Double check and secure.
After you’ve worked your way around the table, return and make sure there are no wrinkles. I hot glued the fabric on the desk but then moved back on the final product and secured any loose pleats using a staple gun.

Amy Renea

When the cloth is secure, you finally have a brand new, washable surface, using a great pattern to boot up! This project requires a total of 10 minutes and cost less than $1. It is a challenge to beat that for an afternoon job.

To find out more about oilcloth jobs and possibilities, you may want to check out Oilcloth Addict.

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Decorating Guides

The Formula for Perfect Pillow Arrangements

When decorating with throw pillows, I’m a loyal believer in the 2-2-1 ratio. It’s a simple notion that accomplishes spectacular results. Simply decorate your couch with two square pillows of one size and pattern on the ends, two smaller pillows in another pattern next to them and one jazzy rectangular pillow to the center. The graduated sizing generates height intrigue, while the contrasting patterns and colors add whimsy. It’s especially endearing when one cloth sets the tone and the others are chosen with its color scheme in your mind. Use this styling trick to spiff up your couch quickly, easily and affordably.

Caitlin Wilson Design

Celerie Kemble’s Hot House floral pillows set the tone to the other cloths chosen here. You can observe that the blue and rust colors of the middle pillows were pulled out of the floral scheme.

The Decor Fix

Heather Freeman made the art above her couch to match the color scheme and patterns of its five-pillow arrangement.

LDa Interiors & Architecture

The 2-2-1 ratio also functions on beds. Rather than organize the pillows from the outside in as you would on a couch, organize them from back to front.

Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ

Both couches within this modern Texas living room feature exactly the same throw pillows in the 2-2-1 arrangement.

Studio Marcelo Brito

While this is technically a 2-2-2-1 arrangement, the effect is exactly the same. Take note that the middle cushion is in exactly the same cloth as the room’s striped upholstered seats — this really is a great way to tie things together.

Caitlin Wilson Design

Think about using only two materials for your own 2-2-1 arrangement. Here you might find that the center bolster pillow’s toile fabric smartly matches that of their finish pillows.

Michelle Hinckley

Michelle Hinckley produced these striped pillows from Target’s DwellStudio baby blankets.

Anna Lattimore Interior Design

The N.4 Blue Coral Pillow takes center stage whilst attractively coordinating with the wall color.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Both sets of square pillows feature a trellis pattern in different colorways, while the center pillow is at a brand new pattern but features both colors.

Spinnaker Development

While the pillows on the endings are not exactly the same pattern, their similar coloring and size contribute to the 2-2-1 effect.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

Using only two colors, Tracy Murdock place the ratio to good use with solid cloths and embroidery details.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

The 2-2-1 ratio matches daybeds, too.

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Coastal Style

New Classics: the Coral Pendant Light of David Trubridge

The complex construction of Down Under coral reefs inspired this spherical pendant light. Produced by New Zealander David Trubridge, the Coral Pendant begins with the natural kinds of coral, gives them a more streamlined geometric shape and reassembles them in a spherical lamp. Concern for the environment also influenced Trubridge’s layout; the light fixture is made of bamboo plywood that’s sustainably forested, and it is flat packed to decrease the carbon footprint of shipping.

The light is a terrific pick for transitional, contemporary and contemporary rooms. See how well it mingles with cowhide, networks with stripes, flirts with Ikea throw cushions and loosens up preppy plaids.

Mid Mod Mom

Because the light is flat packed, you will have to do a little bit of work to put it together once it arrives. The good thing is, there is an easy-to-follow video that teaches you how to build it, available online.


David Trubridge Coral Pendant, Aqua – $360

If you’d like to bring some bright yet subtle color, the pendant can be obtained with the interior paint rendered in cheerful hues like aqua, orange, lime, yellow, salmon and green (shown here).

Three Legged Pig Design

While a single orb is certainly sufficient to stand by itself, two seem striking together, especially when they’re different sizes. The ring is available in five sizes: 15 1/2, 23 1/2, 31 1/2, 39 1/2 and a whopping 63 inches in diameter.

Hint: You can highlight a room-dividing component with lighting.These pendants have been hung directly over the bookshelves that separate the stairs from the main living area.

Rachel Reider Interiors

Within this breakfast space, the ring navigates the distance between the large wood ceiling and the crisp white table.

We’ve also noted these seat as New Classics. Learn more about these

Dyna Contracting

The Coral Pendant looks excellent from a large window; its own form is architectural and organic, so it ties into the buildings and trees in the space.


David Trubridge Coral Pendant, Natural – $290

My favourite aspect of this pendant is the honeycomb of shadows it casts all around a space.

Thom Filicia Inc..

You needn’t limit use of the ring into a living room or above a dining table; it looks fantastic in a bedroom, out of a nursery into a master suite.

Hint: Remember that you don’t have to hang a pendant light at the middle of a space. It is possible to bring an otherwise dull corner to life using a pendant light or two, because you see here.

The Ikea Maskros Light

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How to Apply Window Tint

The quality and appearance of installed window tint depend on more than just the price of the film you’re using. Proper window repair application requires that you keep in mind the type of window that you’re working with, as well as the type of window tint film, because different types of film require a unique application.  

Here are a few tips on how to successfully apply window tint:


First, you should give your window a thorough scrub down with whatever tools you typically use to clean them. Once dry, measure them carefully so that you know how much film is required for each. The following step is to cut the film, making sure to add an extra ¾ to every inch of the window you measured so that there’s extra film on each side of the window. Next, you have to expose the adhesive coating of the film, ensuring that the adhesive coating is kept separate from the protective liner. This way you can prevent the film from getting damaged.

Applying the Window Film

Now you’re ready to apply the film. Prepare the window by spraying a type of wetting solution to loosen the adhesive and then carefully start installing the window cleaning onto the window. For a really smooth finish without any wrinkles or bubbles, flatten the tint onto the window using a squeegee. You can also apply a wetting solution on top for a really flawless look.

Then trim off the edges to get rid of any excess film that may be peeking out from the sides so that the window looks consistent on all sides. Once you’re done, you have to allow the window tint to cure. This process usually takes anything from several days to even a month, depending on the type of product used.

Pros and Cons of DIY Window Tint Installation

Applying window tint by yourself has many benefits, but also a few disadvantages as well.

Pros – DIY window tint application is definitely more cost effective than calling a professional to do it for you.  Typically, professionals charge $35 for every square foot of the window on which the tint is being applied. The cost can escalate even higher when installing other forms of highly specialized window tint film, which often require professional expertise in order to be installed in any case. On the other hand, a basic DIY window tint application usually costs about $1 for every square foot of the window, saving you a whopping $34 on every ¾ inch!

Cons – On the downside, installing your own window installation means that you’ll be limited in terms of the type of film that you can apply, because a wide range of window tint film brands can only be purchased from professional installers, with the catch being that you won’t be able to install it yourself, and you will have to pay an installer to do it for you.

The good news is that if you’re planning on installing really basic window tint, then you can do it yourself because it’s quite a simple process, and we’ve provided you with all the tips you’ll need to get this job done right.

Decorating Guides

Materials to Steer Your Style Into Classic Coastal

Vintage coastal style has a pared-down simplicity which can be reached very easily. The most essential point to remember is that this is a classic appearance, so avoid driftwood shell or hearts garlands. That is all about elegance — a restrained color palette and blank lines.

That I live in Cornwall, a peninsula on the southwest tip of England, almost entirely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. With its marine heritage, history of smugglers and varied coastline, there is a definite coastal theme to insides here. But if you live from the sea or not, a classic coastal appearance can still feel at home in your house should you stick to a few simple ideas.

Blues — from heavy, inky indigo to classic powder blue — and neutrals — from pure white to ecru — supply the best starting point for your materials palette. Use matte finishes, both in textiles and paint. Pure linen, raw silk and even humble cotton ticking can look very sophisticated. Take advantage of these cloths for pencil-pleat drapes with a contrasting border on the top edge and bottoms, or pipe some cushions at a plain color to select up the stripe. If you would like to use a cheap cloth, calico is good — just make sure you make your drapes really full to find that luxurious appearance.

Here are some more substances to play on your very own classic coastal appearance.

ZeroEnergy Design

Nautical Prints

Take 1 model boat and combine it with a nautically inspired background, and you get a classic spin on the classic coastal appearance. I just love this mix — it’s easy, and it works in any area.

Fabric – GBP 52.80

Get the look: Taken from an 18th-century book of nautical drawings, this background and cloth from Lewis & Wood gives a distinct nautical feel to any area. With its sharp seaside feel, it’s ideal for beach homes and bathrooms.

Lewis & Wood is a cloth house I always turn to if I need something different; it’s quintessentially English, with eclectic prints in exquisite and odd colorways.


Trade Routes Wallpaper

Trade Routes, this background, is from Zoffany. It is a beautiful layout that would work in any area. Additionally, it comes in silk for soft furnishings. Mix it up with stripes to get much more of an eclectic coastal feel.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Blue and White Fabrics

Vintage coastal is simple to attain with a strict color palette of blue and white. Keep things clear with this magnificent contrast on furnishings. The borders on the top edge of these drapes add to the look.

Lighthouse Stripe Fabric – GBP 53

Get the look: Use this classic stripe anywhere in your room to get an instant classic coastal appearance. Mix up the management of the stripes to get visual layering. Designers Guild has a massive range of prints and plain weaves, which makes it effortless to set a soft decor strategy together.

Whitechapel Denim – GBP 31

This is the best blue for your coastal scheme. Additionally, it has a lovely texture, which makes it ideal for cushions and upholstery.

Visbeen Architects

Natural Floor Coverings

deep blue walls, white woodwork and also a natural floor covering gives this beautiful bedroom a traditional, contemporary feel. Try out coir or sea grass in your own floors.

Get the look: I am a big fan of natural floor coverings, such as sea grass, shown here. They can be hard wearing and work well in both contemporary and traditional settings.

The Little Greene Paint Company

Shirting Intelligent Matt Emulsion Paint

This is a fantastic white for your coastal color scheme. It’s a white with a lot of minerals that are natural rather than an optical brightner.

I always recommend using good-quality paint. Some of my customers have come unstuck when attempting to match a color with a cheaper brand, and they are disappointed as it appears completely different. Better paints often contain as many as five times longer pigment and much more binder than thinner paints, giving them a depth of color that is unique. My advice would be to use the best paint you can afford.

Bond Street Paint

This is a lovely deep blue to set off white upholstery or soft furnishings at a more refined classic coastal area.

Philip Clayton-Thompson

White Linen and Wood

Slipcovers in neutrals are great for a classic appearance. Create fascination with textured fabrics for cushions and throws.

If you’re lucky enough to have a house right by the beach, (or even in the event that you don’t) hardwood flooring not only are practical but look very tasteful. For an elegant look, use bleached wood floorboards. Or, if you would like to give your space a more traditional feel, then proceed for some dark wood planks in a wide breadth.

Avignon Fabric – GBP 44

Get the look: This beautiful textured weave is great for soft furnishings or upholstery. I love this off-white shade — it looks great with everything.

Exquisite Surfaces

Antique French Oak

These antique boards have a lovely patina, and also the broader breadth makes a room look very tasteful.

American White Oak, Lime Wash

These wide-width planks are wonderful for the classic coastal appearance. Look at utilizing a paler wood if your area is on the small side or doesn’t get a great deal of natural lighting.

More: Elements of Classic Coastal Style

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