Sunday, July 4, 2010

{a dash of color: my living room}

I’m so monochromatic! I always find myself using neutrals, grey, and white in my own spaces even though I am drawn to lovely punches of color in other people’s rooms! So I thought is was high-time I get myself out of my 'boring-in-beige' box and throw a dash of color into my living room, the space I inhabit most often. You might have taken a peek at this room when I posted about making over my living room with paint, so here is the space now, with a lovely shade of turquoise added in:


It all started with this cute little artichoke-inspired vase, what a perfect shade of turquoise! And at only $12 {from HomeSense}, I had to buy a pair!


Then came my sweet little side chair, isn’t she pretty?


The turquoise floral pattern on this chair changes during the day depending on the lighting, look how punchy it is in the evening:


Mix in some Moorish tile pillows, and 2 side lamps with turquoise shades, and I’ve added color to my room without breaking the bank! Just a few accents and the whole space reads in a totally different way.


And I chose lamps with a white base rather than lamps with a turquoise base so that when I inevitably change up my color scheme, I’ll just pop off the shades, and voila! A new life! I’m thinking they would also look great with a black shade and white piping…uh oh, that’s my monochromatic-self trying to come through again … ha, ha. But seriously, I am thrilled to finally be surrounded by this lovely dash of color!


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26 comments:

theLENNOXX said...

GORGEOUS!! I cannot express how much I love your home, it's total perfection! Love the pops of turquoise combined with the cerise on a neutral background. And that mirrored cabinet? give.it.to.me haha!!

Things That Inspire said...

Love the little dash of turquoise!

My designer keeps saying that we need some color in my new house, so now the library is going to be the most beautiful shade of French blue (with green undertone). Like you, I usually prefer neutral with a dash of color, but I suspect that my designer will take that blue and run it throughout the main floor of the house as the dash of color - we will see!

I love your house and your decor!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Nancy....it looks amazing!!!! You have a great style! I love love your new turquoise touches :) Of course I do....my favourite colour! :) That little artichoke vase stole my heart! I NEED one! Might have to make a trip to HomeSense and try my luck

Dale at Hospitality Design Inspirations said...

Looks great! The little hits of turquoise really lift the space.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love the pale turquoise color. It works well with your room and keeps it light and bright.

Karla {Kerrisdale Design} said...

A lovely summer update! I'm guilty of being too neutral too, though I never get sick of it. Was thinking the other day that some blue accents in the liviing room would be nice..... we'll see ;)

Karla

Anonymous said...

Love..love your home Nancy, your living room looks so Elegant, love the dash of turquoise, love the chair, perect choice.
Well done
Margo

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the new accents! Your place is beautifully put together. I haven't been to Homesense in ages, must find myself some colour inspiration. I too tend to be drawn to a monochromatic scheme and love the serenity it brings. I always talk about adding more colour but end up with something black or white! Funny, I think I have the same leather sofa but in black!

Lisa said...

It looks great - those little bits of turquoise make it sing! I know what you mean about being drawn to monochromatic schemes it means we can change it up easily but then we don't change it up...

DesignTies said...

Everything looks so fresh, fun and lovely Nancy...love the hits of turquoise!! My favourite of your new additions would have to be the artichoke vases. Seems I'm not the only one!! ;-)
Hope you're well...
Victoria

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Love it! The turquoise really does make it all look really fresh and fun. That artichoke vase w/ the pink flowers is lovely--I think I need one! :-)

Wallpaper said...

Awesome job!! I love how colour can change a room!! :)

Jen of Made By Girl said...

LOVE the blue! :)))

Kathysue said...

Nancy it looks wonderful and I love all the touches of blue it just makes the room so fresh and inviting. Great job!!Kathysue

Kathysue said...

PS I just came from Emilys blog and your entry is stunning!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Amazing how a little turquoise goes a long way! Looks great and I loved your entry on Emily's blog too!

Leigha said...

If you don't mind - I would like to come and live in your living room! Seriously gorgeous space with just the right amount of pop.
Those Moorish tile throw pillows are charming.

DesignTies said...

Love it!! The turquoise accents are perfect, and really give your living room a whole new life :-) You could change things up just as easily for a warmer look in the fall & winter.

Kelly

Sumi said...

Colour looks great Nan!!!! I can't wait to come over and check it out :)

thelennoxx said...

oohh, I just had to take a second look at your gorgeous living room. Sooo gorgeous! I'm literally dreaming about that mirrored chest of yours =D

Victoria said...

Can you tell me the author of the Chanel Book? I've been looking for this specific one for a while now. Thanks! (vdocter@gmail.com)

dooverdecade said...

This room is beautiful! I'm a monochromatic/turquoise girl myself, so it really appeals to me. I adore the chair! It's a great size, and the fabric is lovely. I also love the white cabinet. Nice updates!

Kelly@40isthenew30

Kelli said...

I love love what you have done, i am just doing so remodeling and i just love your white console and side table, can please email me where you got them, they are just what i have been looking for. oh i would really appreciate it.. thanks, kelli
carlson.kelli@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

LOVE your room makeover - you have great style! Is the white side table Oly Studio or is it another great find? Please do share!! Thank you! -Tracy

Anonymous said...

Love the room. Can you please post the paint color? Thanks!

Marcus Design said...

Thanks for your lovely comments everyone! Here are a few of the details:
The white mirrored cabinet is from HomeSense {or HomeGoods in the US}, and was a steal at $250!
The small white side tables were actually built buy my uncle-in-law and were passed down to me and my hubby.
The paint color we used in this room is Benjamin Moore's Escarpment, it is a lovely warm gray with somewhat purple undertones. I love it!
The author of the Chanel book is actually Assouline {a publishing company}.

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