Color Theory

  • Color Theory: Navy Blue and Mauve

    Mauve, Mauve Grays, and Navy offer the perfect blend of masculine and feminine, a balance I am always seeking when working with a color palette.  Simple, classic and very elegant.  The anglophile in me always associates this timeless combination of colors with all things British.  Whether its the feel of a navy silk velvet paired with a mauve felted wool or the color of cherry blossom blooms against a night sky.  This combination is cool modern and crisp but very restrained.
    A deep navy blue can be so much more interesting in a space or in a wardrobe than black.  It has a certain warmth and complexity that black seems to often fall short on.
    And while mauve and mauve grays often bring to mind bad fabric prints and leathers from the 80’s, when used in the right texture and in the proper context offer a rich backdrop for creating a warm inviting space.
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  • Color Theory: Yellow


    Year after year yellow remains one of my favorite colors.  It is always warm and inviting and inevitably plays well with other colors from white to black, lavender to green.  Be it a paler calmer tone or more acidic tone.  I love all of its electric and muddy variations.
    I will never forget the first time I layed eyes on  the yellow/black and limestone boutique of designer Bijan with his ever present yellow Bentley parked out front.  Slightly over the top, of course,  but unforgettable and quintessentially Beverly Hills.
    Whether in nature, fashion, food or interiors something about yellow makes me smile.  Perhaps it speaks to our constant need for a little sunshine?
    Long live yellow!
    Balenciaga Couture.  Spring 2011
    Interior Design:  Christopher Gaona, Inc.
    Designer: Bijan


    Florsheim by Duckie Brown
    Architecture:  Studio KO
    Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato


    Interior Design:  Christopher Gaona, Inc.

    Lego Art
    Artist:  Nathan Sawaya

    Interior Design:  Christopher Gaona, Inc.
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  Las Vegas


    Yellow room

    Armani. Spring 2011

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  • Color Theory: Brown

    Some where between yellow and eggplant on the color wheel is that most magical of colors, brown.
    Warm, inviting and decidely NOT black.  Amongst my favorite combinations are brown with gray, brown with eggplant, brown with ochre, brown with cream, brown with camel.
    1963 Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso (From the estate of Steve McQueen..who had the car custom painted to these specifications no less)
    (Image Courtesy: Christie’s)


    The 584/g table lamp by Gino Sarfatti for Arteluce with brown Perspex shade
    (Image Courtesy: 1st dibs)
    Classic combinations.  Gray/Brown/Black


    I often use brown in projects and am certainly partial to it at home. Here are a few favorites:


    Chocolate stained custom walnut cabinetry with chocolate wall to wall carpeting.
    The gray walls:  Pratt & Lambert / Gossamer
    Interior Design: Christopher Gaona, Inc.


    LA Mart Design Center Lobby
    Palette:  Black/Brown/Taupe/Charcoal Gray
    Interior Design: Christopher Gaona, Inc.
    Palette at home:  Cream/Brown/Mustard Yellow/Red
    Interior Deisgn: Chrsitopher Gaona, Inc.


    Brown accents typical at home.
    Interior Design: Christopher Gaona, Inc.


    Guest Bedroom
    Brown Linen Headboard with Red Lulu DK coverlet
    Interior Design: Christopher Gaona, Inc.
    Walls in my first apartment.  Brown of course.
    Interior Design: Christopher Gaona, Inc.

    A few more chocolate baubles….

    Alexandar McQueen  Fall 2007 Leather, Brocade and Fur Dress.
    All the best colors.  Even the back drop is perfect.
    (Image Courtesy:  1st dibs)
    1970’s signed Verdura, platinum, diamond and brown zircon earings.
    (Image Courtesy:  1st dibs)


    As my friend Marty might say of the dress or earings…perfect for a day of grocery shopping.

    So go ahead throw on some black and brown and don’t feel ashamed.

    Bye for now.