We’ve been talking about color during this month of shamrocks. So far, we’ve looked at decorating with houseplants, adding color to your decor with accessories, and how to add warmth and mood to your rooms with natural wood elements.
In today’s client spotlight, we look at color from a different perspective: How you can use neutral accents to complement strong hues on the wall, floor, or in furniture.
Our friend Dave lives in a 19th-century rowhouse, filled with inherited antiques from the 1920s. Luckily, Dave loves that era in general — and Art Deco style in particular.
As you can see, Dave isn’t afraid of color! His bold, red walls really make a statement. But while all that red could be overwhelming, it isn’t. That’s because Dave knows how to use neutrals to balance the vibrant hue of his walls.
Note how the crown molding, mantlepiece, and built-in bookshelves all are painted white. This serves to “cool down” the red and define the shape of the walls — especially the lovely bay window at right. Dave also uses white sheer curtains on the windows to lighten up the space.
More cooling accents come in the form of blue-and-white plates hung on the wall, along with the neutral-colored marble Art Deco clock garniture set Dave purchased from us.
As a stone, marble exerts an intrinsic cooling influence on an interior. In this case, the marble’s tan and taupe colors also work to balance the warmth of the red wall. In fact, the red wall helps highlight the beautiful clock, acting almost as a frame around it.
I love it when people take a fearless approach to color. And this wonderful design scheme by Dave shows you can successfully use even the boldest wall color as long as you tone it down by using neutral accents. Well done!
Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with Aimee on Google+ or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!