Right time for some gentle colours this week. It’s nearly time to go on holiday and I’ve reached that point where I’m metaphorically crawling towards the finish line so I want to be looking at restful images and calming colours.
Like this for example. I love this space. Right now I want to be in this space but I know, because I have tried this before, that I couldn’t live in it. Not because I don’t like it but because I would gradually start adding more colour. A Persian rug here, a stronger art work there. And then, after a little while, a year or two, the paintbrush would come out.
So I will admire this and it will soothe my soul to look at it but I know that it’s not my house. That said, I love lots of the furniture and, in my fantasy house there would definitely be a white linen sofa. The kitchen chairs look like Thonet Bentwood, if your budget doesn’t run to these – a lifetime heirloom investment – then there will be similar in junk shops and charity shops or eBay so keep an eye out.
For similar low chairs to these ones above you can try this cane version from H&M or Zara have also just launched a one and finally here is a leather version from home barn shop. It’s a great look, although more for occasional sitting and chatting rather than hours of reading or tv watching. A pair of these would look great in The Mad Library but I’m not sure they are the right chair for purpose so I shall leave them in the shops but they might be right for you.
Talking of Persian rugs, this room belongs to the business partner of Kelly Vittengl, aka @francesloom, who sells amazing vintage rugs in all colours and sizes and, as I am always being asked where mine came from, this may be a contact that is useful for you – it is $100 flat shipping rate for the UK, $25 US and $40 Canada by the way, so know that before you fall in love with something. Which you will if you look….
And another pale, cool room with a patterned rug and some olive green accents. You see how it starts…. This is exactly what I would do in an all white room after a while.
Sticking with the theme… I never start these posts with a fixed idea of where they are going but I do often find that one develops as I go along.
This rug isn’t Persian but it’s faded and vintage-looking and works perfectly against the floorboards in this dining area. Now I know many people don’t want a rug under the table, but if you have a wooden table and floor a rug is a good way of breaking up a fight between the two if they don’t go or of just having too much of one thing. I can also tell you, from experience, that nothing disguises mashed weetabix, spilled red wine, splashed white wine, yoghurt and marmite quite so well as a vintage patterned rug.
Earlier we looked at a neutral room with an accent of green for a softer more relaxing look but what about this with its red velvet armchair. This is all about getting the right shade of red but against a barely there pink wall it looks perfect – this is a soft pinky red but terracotta would work well too.
Or what about this? There’s a lot more going on in this room but the principles are the same. Pale walls with a hint of colour on the ceiling, pink seating that is echoed in the gorgeous scallop rug by Jennifer Manners and then, whoops, takes a closer look at the coffee table legs. Not for everyone I’m sure, but the principle of adding something unexpected is definitely one to aim for.
Remember, there’s no such thing as bad taste; a far worse crime is no taste. Indeed, as Diane Vreeland, former editor of Vogue, once said: ” A little bad taste is like a splash of paprika…it’s hearty, it’s healthy… we could all use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”
So like it or don’t like it, it’s entirely personal, but make sure you include a “wow, look at that” or a “whoa look at that” element in every room.
Finishing off where we came in with shades of white and those low slung chairs. Now I’ve shown you where to get the chairs and tomorrow we’re going to be looking curved sofas because the new collections include a lot more of them and they’re much more versatile than you might think.