Colors from Your Closet for Your Living Room
Indigo and chartreuse are among the hottest colors in interiors right now. While both may look wonderful coming down the runway on a dress, many people find them too unusual to use in their home. The key to using these vivid colors is to adapt them to a neutral room. No one does neutral rooms better than the French, so I took inspiration from Paris to make these colors pop:
- Avoid stark white walls. Ivory or gray are much better choices. Not only will they help the bright colors stand out, but they keep them from overwhelming the room.
- Keep decorative objects like picture frames and vases neutral, too. A mix of metallics can be a nice touch, and you can incorporate them easily with items you already own and a can of spray paint.
- Don’t fret about furniture matching. To capture that truly Parisian spirit, buy pieces you love. It’s your house. It should make you happy.
- Hang curtain rods close to the ceiling to add height to the room.
- Mirrors will help add light to the room. Remember, Paris is called the city of light.
Two more colors to consider are the ever-trusty navy blue and its fun friend bright pink. I took inspiration from Lilly Pulitzer to put together this look that I think would make a room feel like summer all year long. The key to giving a room a fresh, preppy look is simplicity and practicality. Keep furniture and other objects used often simple, with clean lines. Incorporate key pieces. Don’t be afraid to hang family photos all over one wall. Display not only your bowling trophies, but your grandfather’s, as well.
- While whimsy is openly embraced, keep it limited. Fun embroidered pillows, a seat cushion, or a quirky rug will make a better statement that an entire zebra print couch.
- Tortoiseshell is increasingly popular in home décor. Look for classic pieces to add to your collection.
- Navy blue is perfect for those wanting to add a darker color to their home.
Don’t be afraid to add bright colors! Chances are, if you like a color in an outfit, you’ll love it in your home.
Katie Liz is a Huntington native and the blogger behind West Virginia Fashion, the state's longest running fashion blog. A graduate of St. Joseph high school, she went on to double-major in Printing Management and Moonshine at WVU Tech. She is a fan of eye shadow palettes, Chanel nail polish, leather handbags ballet flats, and the Russian language. She is currently stuck in traffic on I-64 westbound at the Nitro exit.
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