Elizabeth's "Rose & Clover" Room
"Rose & Clover"
Paint is a mint to sage depending on the light, with pink but not bubble gum pink furniture, warm neutral accents in the rug and other chair and dark wood.
All of our furniture is second hand, so we'd already had the pink arm chair for over a year when we got the couch. We then suddenly became "the people with pink furniture". The green contrasts with it nicely, and keeps the furniture from looking like Barbie's Dream House. We really wanted to use fun unexpected colors since the pieces themselves are mostly so traditional, and sometimes period pieces. I think color has been a powerful tool for us to express what silly, creative people we are, even with more traditional pieces. It also keeps our space bright and fun even during Seattle's long overcast periods.
If you want to use bright, rich, non-neutral colors, pick something a little off from the standard. For example: If you want red, try a brick or terracotta, if you want blue try one a little more aqua or periwinkle, if you want green try one a little chartreuse or sage. I think not hitting colors right on the crayon interpretation lets a space look more sophisticated, while still being able to bring in strong colors.
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