I like color. I’m generally not afraid of it. But for a small moment, I seriously wondered what in the world I’d do with our orange dining room. Tom’s been on a mission to re-paint it since the last coat dried. But I asked him to give it a chance.
Let me get my decorating hands on it and see what I could do.
So, we started with a big, shiny, neutral mirror. Then we added a trio of abstract paintings.
And now, a few finishing touches later, the dining room decor dilemma doesn’t seem so daunting.
Orange, meet Teal. I think you two will really hit it off…
I may be completely making this up, as I have no formal training in decorating or design, but I believe that sometimes, to make a color work, you need to add more of it! Just in a completely different hue, that is.
When I put together this mood board back in March, I was envisioning much more neutral art and accents. Black and white photography, monochromatic frames, brushed nickel. But something about this felt too cold. And so I added those tiny splashes of blue to the board. As Orange’s complementary color, I figured they’d play nicely together.
After I painted up this little canvas inspired by the blues and teals of the Gulf of Mexico, I wandered around the house trying to find a good place to display it for the summer. As I passed our dining room and did one of those stop-then-walk-backwards moves.
I held it up next to the orange wall.
>insert lightbulb moment<
I screamed for Tom to come and see. He probably thought I’d seen a spider.
And just like that, my whole design vision shifted. Instead of black and white and neutral, this room needed more color! It needed peacock-y teals! It needed deep blues! It needed azure and aqua and turquoise!
And that’s exactly what it got! Plus a bonus of brass, gold and mercury glass.
Because you can never, ever go wrong with flashy neutrals. At least not in my design book 😉
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