Saturday, June 9, 2012

In Living Color

With all of the exciting color combinations in fashion this season, we are loving how this look is being translated to home decor as well.  No more "blah" rooms, instead, bright and vibrant spaces that are cheerful to be in. 

From the May cover of Southern Living.  Why we love it: The white tufted sofa and settee are brought to life with the colorful fabrics chosen for this room.  The citrus color pallet of pinks, tangerine, citron yellow and aqua all come together to bring the basics to life.  Side note: if you haven't checked out this magazine in a while, give it a try.  The fresh content is inspiring - it's definitely not your mother's Southern Living.

We enjoyed so many of the design elements in the House Beautiful feature of this prewar apartment designed by Christina Murphy.  However, our absolute favorite room was the family room.  Why we love it: today's go-to neutral, grey, was brought to life with a pallet of blues and greens.  The emerald green velvet sofa is the star of this show and this bold color is repeated in small details throughout: from the pattern on the chair, to the trim on the roman shades, to the flowers on the mantle.  For the traditionalist, this room is a perfect example of how to twist up your design a bit, but still stay true to your roots.

This space designed by Miles Redd is definitely not for the faint of heart, which is exactly the reason we are so enamored with it.  Why we love it: blue lacquer walls, pops of red, black & white accents - this foyer screams sophistication.  It's bold & brash, but in a good way.  Even if you just took away one inspiration from this room, you could liven up your space.  Try painting a pair of doors high gloss black to create drama in your entry way.  Or paint a console in this striking blue and add bright red pagoda lamps.  Hang a white lacquer starburst mirror above and you've got instant drama.

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