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Shilpa's "Poppy Gone Blue" Room

Poppy Gone Blue




Houston, Texas



Colors Used

Modern terracotta, toned-down turquoise, cream, dark grey, black, and stone

Color Inspiration

I fell in love with the turquoise reproduction antique low sideboard that I found at a warehouse sale. The subtle but strong color was so unusual and striking against all the other traditional browns and black that I had to have it. Then I found a gorgeous deep orange-red Thomas Paul rug online that matched the red hat of one of my favorite paintings, Kees Van Dongen's "The Corn Poppy." While I never planned for the rug and sideboard to be used in the same room, when I happened to unroll the rug in front of the sideboard, I knew it was meant to be. Most of the other items in the room are a more neutral - dark greys, black-browns, and shades of cream to balance the strong colors of the rug and sideboard.

Color Tips

Never assume two colors won't go together - put them next to each other and see how they work. You may be surprised at how well they look together! Even if the combination doesn't suit your taste but you love each color on its own, try a different value or saturation of one of the colors. Sometimes it just takes a little manipulation of the color to make things right.

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Comments (33)

awesome... but need more artwork

posted by ncaccavo on November 6, 2011 at 2:32pm
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thumbs up.

posted by Sylvia K on October 29, 2011 at 7:36am
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Perfect balance of bold and neutral colors. The sideboard, the blue chairs are stylish and chic.

posted by bettzie on November 5, 2011 at 12:00am
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truly awesome!!!

posted by Anirudha Manohar on November 5, 2011 at 1:13am
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Beautiful color combination and very homely feeling. Great Job.

posted by Udaya Lakshmi on November 15, 2011 at 5:27am
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I am so loving every inch of your living area! Beautiful :-)

posted by girlandthecity on October 24, 2011 at 4:42pm
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I like the subtle way you put the picture in.

But you forgot to straighten your rug before taking the pictures.

posted by potpie on October 24, 2011 at 12:45pm
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Seriously, can someone identify the maker of those fabulous dark grey/blue chairs? Pretty please??

posted by jess13 on October 24, 2011 at 1:06pm
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Yes, I too want to know the maker of those fabulous chairs.

posted by chesie on October 24, 2011 at 10:59pm
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Sophisticated & understated. You have a great eye.

posted by Bermuda51 on October 25, 2011 at 1:04am
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Absolutely love this room and you used one of my favorite color combos with the turquoise and red. I would love to see some kind of statement piece over the TV tho.

posted by Gwen from ChloesWindow on October 25, 2011 at 9:12pm
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This is stunning! Where is your couch from?

posted by SS212 on October 27, 2011 at 4:04pm
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I love everything about this room - the colors, the fabulous furniture (those chairs are sexy as hell!), the rug, and the arrangement of it all! Love, love, love it all!

@potpie - As a person that has a living room with 2 oddly placed doorways and wall heater that only allows for the area rug to be placed at an angle, the placement of this rug does not look accidental to me.

posted by styleinoakland on October 27, 2011 at 4:35pm
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Gorgeous composition of colors, proportions and shapes. I love your gray walls & crisp white wookwork that fade away behind the furnishings. I agree with SkylarkMelody about the coffee table, but such a minor quibble. Beautiful room and thanks for sharing

posted by RobinD. on October 27, 2011 at 6:35pm
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Love the color combination - really works! Great job.

posted by Blue Mom on October 27, 2011 at 7:59pm
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where did you get that piece that your television sits on - fabulous !!! great job on the space, yes - statement over the entertainment area would be schweeto !!!

posted by VLS on October 28, 2011 at 1:11pm
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The only word that comes to mind after seeing ur living room is CLASSY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep it up babe!!!!

posted by maddhu on October 30, 2011 at 1:53am
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Yes - Please share.. Where did you find those chairs?

posted by MelissaColabellaHomes on October 29, 2011 at 3:00pm
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Truly,elegant and classy decor. Loved every piece of furniture in ur drawing room esp the turquiose blue side board with the buddha. The bold colours of the rug and the sideboard rightly balance the other neutral colours of the walls,the couch. A BIG THUMBSUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by veena nadkarni on October 30, 2011 at 12:53am
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Hatsoff! Never in our wildest dreams would we think of this color combination..... U certainly have a creative eye girlie. Each piece of ur furniture speaks of ur classy taste. Looking forward to seeing u win this contest hands down.

posted by goldielocks on October 31, 2011 at 1:54am
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Stunning ,stylish and chic decor. Reflects your personality, your tastes.

posted by willieye on November 1, 2011 at 6:02am
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would love to get my house doneup by U... U seem to have a good eye for color combinations and a very stylish and sophisticated sense in furniture selection.

posted by catswalk on November 1, 2011 at 1:27am
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Thank you to all those who voted and for your wonderful comments and suggestions! My husband and I just recently moved into this house and it being our first, we thought we would take our time to find the right art pieces to complete the room. The space is definitely a work in progress. Many of you have asked about our chairs - they are from a no-frills jewel in Houston called "Chic Warehouse" that offers custom upholstered pieces at incredibly reasonable prices. Thanks again!

posted by samaram on November 1, 2011 at 9:10pm
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Love the turquoise TV sideboard. Beautiful!

posted by RowRowRow on November 3, 2011 at 11:42am
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Love that color combination! You did a great job.

posted by erin @ dfmi designs on November 5, 2011 at 1:29pm
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Amazing color coordination. U certainly have a great style...in home decoration. Wish u and ur husband 'All The best' in ur new first house.

posted by khurshid on November 9, 2011 at 12:59am
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So lovely! I like how you mixed together such eclectic pieces and styles. It all works together and your home seems so cozy and warm. Great job!

posted by JasmineIsDomestic on November 12, 2011 at 8:05pm
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Exquisite color combinations... Simple yet so stylish. Great job.

posted by maasrush on November 14, 2011 at 10:24pm
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great job with color combination. good luck in new home.

posted by swaraj Latchamsetty on November 15, 2011 at 7:52am
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Very elegant but colorful. Good luck !

posted by Padmaja Lam on November 15, 2011 at 8:31am
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Amazing color coordinations which gives your room a very stylish and sophisticated look.

posted by queeniey on November 16, 2011 at 6:44am
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Beautifully doneup.. with lots of positive vibes. keep it up!

posted by leesia on November 17, 2011 at 12:23am
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Love the colors and the beautiful rug! Where did you get it?

posted by Ali D on November 21, 2011 at 7:42pm
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