Sometimes we box ourselves in creatively meaning a beach house must be blue/yellow/green…a kitchen should be neutral, and a bedroom should be soothing. Why not mix it up a bit and create the unexpected?? These two photographs from Elle-décor ( Top Photo, Bottom Photo) showcase a renewed beach house look using tones of apricot, magenta, and burnt russet. I know, your mother (and mine) always said not to put orange tones with red/magenta tones…. but that was in the fifties!!! Today we have the color freedom to combine tones, tints, and colors as we see fit. We are now given the freedom to create our new color combinations.
And with that new gift, let’s look at a new environment for our monthly featured pillow “Folk Art Fantastic!” These two photos show a beach house on New York’s Long Island. The designer has forgotten about the usual “beach” colors and created a new look using peach, magentas, and burnt orange tones for a new and updated beach house look. Although this is an eclectic space, it comes together replicating colors throughout the space which create a warm and cohesive feel for anyone entering the guest house.
The two photos show different views of the room…. the sitting area and the sleeping area. Apricot wallcovering on the wall panels and the upper slanted panels create a warmth for the room and a cohesive setting for the apricot color. Accents for the apricot are purple/magenta and burnt umber…. all coming together creating a unified environment. Go ahead, be creative, let your imagination run wild. REMEMBER, LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS!!
Many rooms in our homes have the right “bones” …they just need the right accessories. A pop of bright primary colors softened by a neutral gray could be just the answer. Two photos of very different living spaces show the design range Kaleidoscope can enhance.
The first photograph from Traditional Home has walls painted in a medium intensity gray. Although the room is well laid out using only white and gray color tones, a pop of “energy” is needed. This space combines a textural grouping of eclectic items such as the hand-carved wood sofa table in warm yellow tones on the left wall lending a sense of warmth to the room.
Additional materials from nature including the art piece hanging over the fireplace, the stone/metal side table plus other smaller eclectic items throughout the room bring texture and nature together to create an interesting feel to the space. With the addition of Kaleidoscope designer pillows, the nature/neutrals of the room will have yet another accessory accenting the gray tones with primary colors coming together for a real POP!!!
The second room again from Traditional Home designed in neutral white is a perfect backdrop for colorful accessory ideas. The lines of this richly designed traditional living space with black accents could enjoy some color… the set of Kaleidoscope pillows is the answer. The cleaner lines of the sofas and side tables create a welcomed backdrop for the room’s architectural drama plus the unexpected surprise of the gold/black chairs anchoring the rear of the room. The tall brass lamps near the chairs add another level of boldness with the black shades. The matching sofas on the left and right in the room have a set of comfy pillows and by placing a pair of Kaleidoscope pillows on each sofa we are adding another element of interest to the middle of the room.
Notice the fireplace surround is a Carrera gray stone and the mirror over the fireplace is in darker gray tones again supporting varied intensities found in the room. The sconces on the fireplace are in brass carrying through the warmth brass accessories in the room. Who says a neutral room needs to be boring….it is the accessories and the placement which make the difference!!!