Shilpa's "Poppy Gone Blue" Room
Poppy Gone Blue
Modern terracotta, toned-down turquoise, cream, dark grey, black, and stone
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.
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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