To start this week which is very rainy looking here in Belgium, I decided to share a fun and bold color scheme with you. The spring might not be there yet, but it’s getting closer and I won’t let a little bit of rain ruin this feeling. On the left is a fabulous picture taken in London by Nicole, the author of the fabulous SoHaute blog. Seriously where else but in the UK would you find two house doors like those? The Brits are certainly not afraid of color in high gloss finishes and this picture is a wonderful example of it.
The living room on the right could have been designed right after seeing those two doors. I don’t know if Mary McDonald ever saw this picture but the Los Angeles based interior designer has a definite flair for color. Consistently ranked one of House Beautiful “Top 100 Designers” she creates colorful interiors with strong lines and geometric patterns.
When you look closely you realize that this living room features rather classic elements: Navy upholstered guilt sofa, daybed and coffee table, white curtains, navy walls with white trimming, and a white mantel piece with Carara marble. What makes this room pop is the very large navy and white geometric rug and the hot pink accents. A few cushions in a floral and geometric print, a solid cushion roll trimmed with a black and white Greek key ribbon, a large almost solid print above the mantelpiece and a few pink books are all it takes to go from a classic navy and white scheme to a revisited navy and hot pink one. Or how to go from classic to preppy. The element to keep in mind when working with those two strong colors is that you need to keep lots of white which allows the entire scheme to remain fresh and modern instead of more classic.
What do you think of today’s color scheme? Do you love it or hate it? Share it if you like it!