Last year, I wrote a post showcasing the before and after of my home, and I received an anonymous comment asking, “Do you hate color?”.
My Guest Bedroom
I thought this was funny, because it depends on one’s definition of “color”. Bright colors? Dark colors? Neutral colors? To me, gray and beige are colors, and they just happen to be my favorite colors for interiors. However, this could change at any point.
My guest twin bedroom
I really do like the occasional use of a bright color. I recently added 2 orange Hermes “H” pillows in my gray guest bedroom. It gives the neutral room a “pop” of color.
Last year, I was bored with my gray TV room. I still loved the walls and sofa, but it was a little bland. I decided to add bold orange touches to brighten the room.
I added an orange and gray Hermes Throw, 2 pillows in Schumacher’s Betwixt, and many orange books.
I placed stacks of books in shades of orange on the console below the TV to add an extra “pop” of color.
I bought as many books with orange covers as I could find at the BD Jeffries store in Charlotte. They have an amazing collection of coffee table books. The rest I ordered from Amazon.
And what do ya know? “Tangerine Tango” is Pantone’s 2012 color of the year! According to the Pantone website, “Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring”.
It’s true. Sitting on the sofa in my orange and “tangerine tango” accessorized room makes me feel refreshed!
I recently added aqua accents to my living room by painting the back of the bookshelves, hanging aqua sconces, and placing aqua colored pillows on the linen sofa. The room is still very neutral, but the added “pop” of color makes it feel very fresh.
I went to look at my pinterest boards, and I saw that I had already “pinned” many fabulous neutral rooms with “pops” of color.
Massucco Warner Miller
Jacqueline Derrey Segura in House Beautiful
Lorraine G Vale
WAYS TO ADD A “POP” OF COLOR TO YOUR HOME:
Frame art in different sized colorful frames
Add a few throw pillows to your sofa.
Add contrasting bold trim to pillows.
Cover a baking sheet with fabric to make a fun (and inexpensive!) tray.
Add contrasting trim to furniture.
Add bright pillows in contrasting colors to beds.
Caitlin Wilson Textiles
I’ve made some design mistakes in my homes in the past using color (i.e. bright yellow walls and red sofa in my old townhome in college… liked it for about a day).
My advice would be to keep big purchases in neutral, classic colors (sofas, rugs, bedding, etc). This way, you can add different colored accessories according to your moods, the seasons, or even pantone color trends. Believe me, it’s a lot cheaper this way!
So I guess my answer to anonymous’ question is NO, I don’t hate color, but i do prefer it in moderation and usually just a “pop” of one bold color.
I’ve been living in Charlotte for over a year and moved into a new home about 6 months ago. I found a great newly renovated home with all hardwood floors, top of the line appliances, built-ins, and plenty of room! I liked what the previous owners had done, but I was excited to do a few updates.
The front door opens to a living room on the left and the dining room on the right.
This is the previous owner’s living room.
This is my living room when I first moved in. I decorated this room around the Hickory Chair Oliver tufted sofa from Circa Interiors. Next, I bought an Oushak rug from my favorite rug dealer, Sayid, at Metrolina Expo. I used two bamboo side tables with jug lamps.
Last week I hung the 1920’s burlap painting similar to Picasso’s “The Beautiful Fernande” (1906). I bought it in Aix-en-Provence, and I was originally going to sell the painting but couldn’t part with it! In France I purchased an old wooden tray and 19th C boule balls and put them on my tufted ottoman. You can’t see it, but I put in crown molding, and I also painted the built-in bookcases the same color as the walls.
Dining Room Before
I painted the dining room the same color as the living room, and used the same paisley fabric for the draperies as the tufted ottoman in the LR. The dining room is small, so I used a narrow, painted sideboard with a few vintage candlesticks and hotel silver. I bought the cane back chairs from Interiors Marketplace, where I also sell my French furniture.
The chandelier is from Circa Interiors in Charlotte, and I found the sconces and wooden bowl in Paris. This painting that was originally in the living room is by Charlotte artist Libby Smart.
From the dining room you enter into the kitchen. The first thing to go was the valences!!
I had the kitchen re-tiled with a neutral beige, because the original tile was light blue (not my colors) and had butterflies and dragonflies (definitely not my style!!) Side note– love the Viking Stove (used about 3 times :)
The kitchen opens up to a den. I didn’t like how the previous owners had their sofa blocking the French doors leading to the deck.
The den has completely changed! I had a flat screen hung over the fireplace. I bought the Swedish Cabinet last week and filled it with vintage mercury pieces and old vellum and parchment books. I bought this Oushak rug in Dallas a few years ago, but I have decided to go with something a little more casual and youthful, so I just ordered a Fibreworks jute rug. I get the most compliments on this reclaimed wood coffee table with an iron base from BoBo Intriguing Objects (purchased at B.D. Jeffries in Charlotte). I met BoBo owner Mark Sage (also creative director for Restoration Hardware) last week in Atlanta and he gave me great tips for my next Europe buying trip!! I used Lee Jofa fabric for the draperies, and the sofa and chairs are Hickory Chair (my favorite company and next post topic!!!)
There was a downstairs playroom, and I obviously won’t be needing that for awhile!
I turned the playroom into another den/tv room and painted the walls Benjamin Moore HC-87 (Ashley Gray– my favorite color!!) I originally ordered a Lee Industries one arm loveseat and an attached cornering sofa, but the large sofa section wouldn’t fit through the hallway!! Since it was a special order, I couldn’t return it. I had to order the smaller one arm chaise instead and gave the sofa to a friend. This was my first lesson as a new designer– always measure the doors and hallways!!!! I used the 1920’s Louis Vuitton trunk I bought in Paris as a coffee table (thanks for all the suggestions about putting a piece of glass on top!) The bamboo side chair is the Gillow Arm Chair from Hickory Chair. The custom bound rug is from Robertex.
I hung a flat screen on the wall above a 19th C console table. The Lee Industries ottoman isn’t there anymore, because it is too big (another lesson!), so I have 2 smaller ones on order.
Down the hall from the new TV room is a guest bedroom.
The guest bedroom is a work in progress, and I wanted to do all neutrals. I painted the room Benjamin Moore Powell Buff and ordered a beige rug from Robertex, which makes the room a lot more cozy than the previous owner’s guest bedroom. The draperies, bedskirt, and Euros are made from a Schumacher fabric. The bedding is all ivory from Sferra (the best bedding ever in my opinion!) I just ordered a small neutral check Highland Court fabric for the skirted side table. I’m also waiting for my tufted headboard with the same Hickory Chair fabric as the two Camp Ottomans at the end of the bed. The wall behind the bed is going to be completely covered with framed 1800’s botanical prints I bought in France. They are so hard to hang and there are at least 30 of them, so I’m only halfway done! I still need to find a Swedish dresser and mirror to go between the windows– any suggestions?
In front of the two windows I used the Hickory Chair Kit Chairs with the same neutral fabric as the ottomans and headboard. I saw this Louis XVI side table on Vintageweave Interior’s Facebook page and loved it, so they sent me two from L.A. (I have an extra one I’m not using — anyone want it?) I purchased these lamps made out of vintage candlesticks. This wall will look so great once I finish hanging the botanicals!
This is previous owner’s study/sitting area upstairs…
And now its my cozy sitting area! My mom had this Hickory Chair check ottoman she wasn’t using, so she gave it to me. I based this room off of that check fabric! I have to admit I copied her by using the different sized checks, which was really her designer (and my mentor) Will Merrill’s idea. I love the comfy daybed (and I even painted it myself!) I am obsessed with these 19th C painted Trumeau Mirrors I bought in l’Isle Sur la Sorgue, France. I was originally going to sell the mirrors, but decided I can’t live without them!
Down the hall there is another guest bedroom, which was decorated for the previous owner’s daughter. First thing I did was paint over that green! I decided on Benjamin Moore’s Ashley Gray (of course!)
This is the guest bedroom now! I based this room off the gray tufted twin headboards from Interiors Marketplace. I never even thought about doing a twin room until I saw these headboards! I knew it would be a tight squeeze (the previous owners only had one twin bed and up against another wall), but I thought it would be cute. The pleated natural linen bedding is from Pine Cone Hill and the white cane coverlets are from Neiman Marcus. I bought the reclaimed wood lamp from B.D. Jeffries.
In France I found these botanicals that were already framed in an old window. I’m obsessed!
My favorite thing I did was turn this nursery off the master bedroom into a summer closet!
I now have a vanity… in my closet!
Hands-on-Woodworking in Cornelius put in the racks and shoe shelves, which I designed! And there are 3 other walls like this!!
Master bedroom before… SO much dark wood!
This is my bedroom a few months ago. I have since added a Robertex rug to make it more cozy, and I recently put up crown molding.
This was the back of the house.
I painted my home Benjamin Moore Copley Gray (HC-104). My mom gave me the Restoration Hardware Antibes table, chairs, and umbrella for my birthday! Unfortunately I had to already put the cushions away until Springtime. You have to overlook the fall leaves and the landscaping that is in-progress!
Had to get rid of the play set…
I put in a few trees and more grass instead.. Which is now going to be taken out again for my new driveway and garage (see my previous post below!)
Hope you enjoyed my before and after photos! I have really loved decorating my new home!