Côte d’Azur Inspiration: Mood Boards, Color Schemes & More!

I’m excited to share all of the wonderful experiences I had as part of my Leaders of Design Côte d’Azur Summit. So much inspiration and beauty happens when we travel and it’s always important to me to bring this back to you. We visited several museums, one being the Museum of Modern Art in Nice which was highlighting two French artists in particular, Yves Klein and Nikki de St Phalle. The other was The Matisse Museum (Musée Matisse) in Nice.

Color evokes a certain feeling and we had the pleasure of viewing the Yves Klein Blue Collection using his (IKB) or International Klein Blue. We learned about how he viewed color and the meaning behind each. Yves wanted blue to represent more than the “feeling of sadness” so he transformed it from it’s meaning of sadness to the feeling of inspiration through his works, representing his spirituality and religious upbringing, the essence of natural elements like water and sky, and the vast expanse of the universe.

Nikki de St. Phalle was an early feminist who kept a diary throughout her life which she included in much of her artwork. She first received worldwide attention for angry, violent assemblages which had been shot by firearms (One specifically at an ex-lovers button down shirt). These evolved into Nanas, light-hearted, whimsical, colorful, large-scale sculptures of animals, monsters, and female figures. Her most comprehensive work was the Tarot Garden, a large sculpture garden containing numerous works ranging up to house-sized creations.

We also visited The Matisse Museum which has the largest collection of his works, taking us through the timeline of Matisse as an Artist in his early years to his death. He was a very sickly man throughout his life and spent many years indoors hence, most of his paintings depict interiors of rooms looking out windows and also works of his models. He is most famous for the colorful cut out paintings, parts that were used in his last project, the Chapel of the Rosary in Venice.

I thought it would be a great idea and fun to create some color scheme mood boards based on what I saw at the museums and show you how what I see inspires me with color and pattern for a client’s home.


Hi, I’m Kristen Rivoli. I design premium homes customized to your tastes and needs. I live with my husband, two sons, and dog just outside of Boston.