August can be a tricky time in terms of decorating: we're trying to squeeze the last bits of inspiration out of the bright, warm days of Summer, but as September approaches, our thoughts can't help but turn to Fall colors. Orange is the perfect color to help bridge the gap between seasons; the vibrant, citrusy hue simultaneously evokes warm Summer days and crisp autumn afternoons. And it's surprisingly versatile — if you know what to pair it with. Read on for five perfect complements for this chameleon color.
While red and pink are considered essential colors for Valentine's Day decorating, red is a perfect color to use in your home every day of the year. Red is the most potent of all of the warm colors, and in some cultures is associated with purity, joy, and celebration. It's also the color of happiness and prosperity in China. Wherever you use it in your home, it will add warmth and energy. Check out some beautiful rooms that use red to varying degrees, and see how different each of the rooms feels based on the volume, shade, and amount of red used.
I'm in the mood for a warm cup of tea, thanks to this sumptuously colored dining room setting, which I spotted on Living Etc. From the rich Persian rug to the pops of color that frequent each item in the room, it's absolutely fun, warm, and wonderful. I love the way that the wire vanity stools' wrapped metal is reflected in the red bowl on the table, as well as how the dahlias' colors pick up the colors of the rug and candles. It's just beautifully executed and manages to maintain an easygoing vibe all the while.
Want to get the look? I'd first start with those feminine vanity metal chairs. While the High-Wire Act Chair used to be available at Anthropologie, it's sadly out of stock. I've seen this design at various homes, though, including in Ashley's bathroom, so keep snooping at flea markets or on eBay to find an option.
Painting always seems like a major commitment, but in a smaller room, such as an entryway, it can be a minor undertaking that won't eat up an entire day or weekend. Choosing the first room that guests usually see also makes a huge visual impact. So, if you've been tempted to paint a room in your house with a warm color, take a cue from interior designer Birch Coffey, who painted this small entry in Benjamin Moore’s Navajo Red 2171-10. The rich color gives this space a warm glow, and is certain to offer visitors a welcome view on their visit to this home. Why not try it in yours?
Though I've told you time and again that I won't be redecorating my home for Fall, I can't seem to keep autumnal palettes off of my mind. First it was these colorful Fall wallpapers and now I'm dreaming about the warm color of copper. The peachy metal plays well with silver and gold (the two other elements in its family in the periodic table), so it's quite a versatile finish for your home.
I love copper against deep eggplant and midnight blues. In fact, I think these Roost Copper Clad Mirrors ($212) would look smashing against this plum-colored chrysanthemum wallpaper. But if you're not sold on integrating so much of the dapper metal into your décor, there are plenty of smaller accessories and furniture items to choose from. Check out my picks below.
Reading a remarkable Lithuanian house tour, I found myself surprisingly gravitating toward these rust-colored curtain panels. I'm not generally a warm color kind of girl, and the deep orange hue, in particular, is quite masculine (and I'm a girly girl!). But for some reason, I feel the need to rave about rust! I guess it's reminding me of Fall. And since the rest of the room is quite pale, with a glam glass chandelier to boot, the hue looks dapper rather than rustic.
I thought I'd round up some more rustic-colored décor, in case you're loving the hue, too. Enjoy!
I just painted my living room a deep peacock blue, and I've been looking to integrate some new throw pillows and other accents to bring more color into the room. The other color in the room is bright lime green, so I want something that will work with both. When a friend brought me a bouquet of persimmon roses, I instantly thought, "I have to have this color!" So I've been looking around for pillows and other accessories in that must-have persimmon shade. Take a look at my finds and let me know which ones you like!
In this 700-square-foot Tribeca loft designed by Ghislaine Viñas, precision and simplicity rule the roost, along with one particular: pink. The owner, a life-long pink enthusiast, wanted to give her family home some personality with her beloved bright pink and magenta hues. So the focus of the living room is this bright '70s-style corner sectional, and white and light oak give the space lightness and a neutral background to tame the vibrancy of the furnishings. The kitchen boasts a fuschia backsplash and counter stools, which make the industrial concrete countertops and steel elements seem more playful. When you move into the bedrooms, bathrooms, and children's playroom, the color palette changes, with neutral background tones still dominating but blues and greens introduced as focal points. Take the full tour when you read more
My boyfriend and I are about to move into our first house and I couldn't be happier! I can't wait to get in there and start putting our touch on things! The only problem is that I am having a tough time picking a paint color for the living room.
A few years ago, I bought a set of three prints that I absolutely love. I want to hang them above the sofa in our new place, but I'm having a tough time finding the right paint color to highlight them. When we first bought the prints, our living room was white and they popped beautifully. But now I'm a little sick of white and want to add some color, but I'm not sure what direction to go. The living room in our new place opens onto the dining room, so whatever color we choose will have to continue into the dining room too.
Thanks for the help,
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