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Laura's "Sunny Days" Living Room

Sunny Days




Washington, Washington D.C.



Colors Used

Yellow Wall - Pratt and Lambert Burnished Gold (11-13) White Wall - came with the apartment

Color Inspiration

It all came together organically over time - I bought the sofa on a whim first for my last apartment, as I always wanted a chesterfield, which inspired all the yellow and orange tones, and the chairs were a later whim. I was going to get them reupholstered, but after living with them for a while and noticing how they really picked up the green in all of my plants, I decided it was a really nice counterpoint.

Color Tips

Don't be afraid and just go for it! Paint is an easy thing to change, but there is no easier and stronger way to make an impact. I wanted a cheerful, sunny space, and I was able to do so by taking a risk with the bright yellow.

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Comments (35)

Very pretty, but am I the only one wondering why an entry from DC is in the South category??

posted by tonia502 on October 25, 2011 at 7:23pm
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Lovely Apartment!

posted by George1st on October 24, 2011 at 11:00am
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WHERE did you find the rug? Loving it!

posted by michellejo on October 24, 2011 at 12:36pm
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I normally don't like accent walls, but in this case I love how the wall behind the couch was left white so the beautiful couch stands out.

posted by alahoop on October 24, 2011 at 1:35pm
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Laura, I love yellow and orange too! That's what I've got going on in my living/dining area. Really nice job on this one!

posted by TKPKgirl on October 24, 2011 at 4:27pm
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i usually don't like accent walls and have a mild hate for yellow, but I love this!

posted by Muesli on October 24, 2011 at 5:19pm
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i surprised myself when i said, "i love this!" maybe it's your couch! love!

posted by sesteadman88 on October 24, 2011 at 7:17pm
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I couldn't relax, it's so energetic, but I love it for you!

posted by KristinaKS on October 25, 2011 at 2:26pm
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So so nice!!!! You've got my vote!

posted by bdosgal on October 24, 2011 at 9:30pm
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Although I like yellow, the boldness of the color makes all the other walls look as though they are simply lacking. Very pretty color.

posted by bfergie13 on October 25, 2011 at 4:30pm
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I want that rug!!!

posted by Gwen from ChloesWindow on October 25, 2011 at 9:32pm
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Love the rug!!

posted by vdyat on October 26, 2011 at 12:45am
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Love the couch. Is that a WestELm rug?

posted by MartieMartie on October 26, 2011 at 2:49pm
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You are my sunshine..my only sunshine. A happy nappy room

posted by House Voyeur on October 27, 2011 at 12:00am
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This is just stunning! I've always loved orange and yellow together and that rug is perfect for the room.

posted by LittleMissSunshine on October 27, 2011 at 1:15am
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Thou Im not vary into sunny colors such as yeloows and oranges, I favorite you because THAT is really a colorful room :) Congrats and good luck!

posted by csmoura on October 27, 2011 at 1:07pm
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Absolutely divine! Adore the sunshiny warmth of it all! Great color choices!

posted by A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie on October 27, 2011 at 1:20pm
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I adore this room. So warm and stylish.

posted by herong on October 27, 2011 at 1:59pm
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great use of color! it makes me happy just to look at it.

posted by sturdydesign on October 27, 2011 at 3:02pm
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Orange I happy I voted for you!

I honestly love it to bits. Well done!

posted by Cei-face on October 27, 2011 at 3:18pm
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Thanks so much for all the compliments! I'm glad you all enjoy it as much as I do. The rug is indeed west elm but I had bought it on Craigslist for my boyfriend's house a few years ago and decided to try it out after he moved and didn't need it any more.

Um normally not a huge fan of accent walls myself, but the living room, kitchen, and entry are all connected and I didn't want to overwhelm the space with that much yellow. I also liked the white background to set off my photos.

posted by Sassyladie on October 27, 2011 at 5:29pm
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What a great space. I would not have cared for the kitchen cabinets, but you completely worked them in. I love the way the colors come from the same general area on the color wheel. I don't even like yellow, but I could live here.

posted by RobinD. on October 27, 2011 at 6:37pm
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It's the green chairs that make the room. They are so great with the yellow and orange.

posted by realcalm on October 27, 2011 at 9:05pm
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..So attractive and inviting...Looks like a happy place to be. It's so well put together.

posted by MEBJohnson on October 28, 2011 at 10:27am
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Very pretty and warm. I bet it glows at night.

posted by bejeweled on October 31, 2011 at 5:55pm
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love that couch ! what a bright and cheery place :)

posted by pizzapi on November 1, 2011 at 5:51pm
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love love love this space, but not in love with your sofa... sorry.. if you reupholster it I would be impressed

posted by ncaccavo on November 6, 2011 at 2:34pm
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I have both your sofa (in that color) and those bar stools. Needless to say, I love your style!

posted by ashley.c.cline on November 7, 2011 at 6:44pm
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So bright & beautiful. I especially love those two green chairs--where did you find them? Love your room!

posted by Starrigger on November 7, 2011 at 11:19pm
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I LOVE this room! The colors together is simply spectacular! :) Good Luck!

posted by mahzer&vee on November 18, 2011 at 6:43pm
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I tend to not like orange tones and warm colors, but this room proves me wrong - well done!!

posted by amy good house on November 20, 2011 at 10:31pm
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I have those side chairs, got @ a ReStore... Where did you get yours? I'm curious because I've never seen them anywhere else. Also, I used to have almost the same exact couch. Funny. I love your style!! :)

posted by contessab on November 22, 2011 at 2:34pm
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My boyfriend's office was moving and selling a bunch of their furniture, so I was able to snag them for $5 apiece. I've seen the same chair once on Craigslist, but other than that, I've never seen them. They are super comfy.

Thanks so much for all the support, everyone!

posted by Sassyladie on November 22, 2011 at 5:32pm
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I'm just outside of DC. Maybe they're local!

posted by contessab on November 23, 2011 at 9:35am
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posted by Belissa Best on November 28, 2011 at 9:20am
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