Wayne's "Warm Retro" Room
Location:Buffalo, New York
I used a color called "lei blossom" from Sherwin Williams, a mint green and "egg yolk" from Martha Stewart colors for Home Depot. On the opposite of the room I picked a metallic green color from Ralph Lauren Paints. The metallic green acts a neutral in the room. Coral boomerang laminate countertops and green kitchen cabinet fronts dominate the kitchen area of the room. I used Rit dye in tangerine to dye the curtains a bright color for the living area.
I collect mid-century modern furniture. Many of the colors used by mid-mod designers are muted bright colors--golds, oranges and even the dreaded avocado green. I started w/ these standards but pumped them up a bit. The orange became a bright corral and avocado a bit more minty. The kitchen cabinet doors were salvaged from an old plumbing supply store in Buffalo. They have a great silvery green patina on them and I actually designed the kitchen around them. The wood floors and exposed brick of the orginal carriage house bring a lot of warmth to the room. I think adds to the cozy retro vibe of the room.
I like to choose wall colors in the same general color saturation but different around the room, then I let the artwork and other accessories be the contrast. I think it's best for the colors to not be too "matchy-matchy" but to bounce around the room. It's okay for things not match exactly.
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