Monday, April 18, 2011

color, color everywhere…which would you choose?

I am work­ing on a new mas­ter bed­room design, wherein the only given is the exist­ing tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture. The major­ity of those pieces are nat­ural cherry or black, so that reddish/orangey shade needs to be worked in/around. I've been see­ing a lot of gor­geous deep blue lac­quered walls lately, influ­enc­ing me to con­sider a blue-based scheme which might not have been a first con­sid­er­a­tion. But blue and orange are nat­ural com­ple­ments, as evi­denced here by Miles Redd:

miles redd room in hague blue

miles redd room in hague blue

This stun­ning room also incor­po­rates a vari­ety of greens and pat­terned neu­trals — an eclec­tic mix that is end­lessly engag­ing. For these clients who love color, I've also been delv­ing into some large scale prints, includ­ing Chi­ang Mai Dragon from Schu­macher. This peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar pat­tern is avail­able in a num­ber of intense col­or­ways — open­ing up a lot of avenues lead­ing toward an eclec­tic look.

chiang mai dragon in alabaster

chi­ang mai dragon in alabaster

I'm espe­cially par­tial to the alabaster col­or­way, with that juicy cit­ron accent and hints of black. Per­haps with these lovelies from Arte­ri­ors?

kaleigh from arteriors home

kaleigh from arte­ri­ors home

The lac­quer col­or­way is intense!

chiang mai dragon in lacquer

chi­ang mai dragon in lacquer

Maybe pull out the teal to cool off that red?

paddy from arteriors home

paddy from arte­ri­ors home

There are inter­est­ing shades of blue in each of these col­or­ways, along with enough choices in accent col­ors to make heads spin. But the china blue col­or­way is the most traditional:

chiang mai dragon in china blue

chi­ang mai dragon in china blue

And could develop a mono­chro­matic all-blues scheme for peace and serenity.

paulette from arteriors home

paulette from arte­ri­ors home

If you were tired of tra­di­tional, which direc­tion would you head? Shake it up with col­or­ful eclec­tic? Or wake it gen­tly with sooth­ing but mod­ern blues?

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  1. Keska george says:

    I would cool it down. I feel like col­or­ful would be too over the top for a mas­ter –espe­cially since it's sup­posed to be peaceful.