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3 Ways to inject Colour without going Bohemian

By 07/04/2011May 10th, 201810 Comments
Flowers on the grand pianos in the middle of the room (they don’t miss a detail here)

It’s Elizabeth’s 38th birthday weekend and after a little shopping at the Fashion Show Mall in Vegas yesterday we stopped into the Encore Hotel to have a cocktail in the lounge overlooking the pool.

Elizabeth Jacobs
Photos by Maria Killam

You know the general rule of three when it comes to colour selection? This entire hotel was a riot of colour and yet it still looked classy and elegant.  The millions it must of have cost for the mosaic floors alone (above) is incredible and over-the-top but as we sat in the lounge with our cocktail I couldn’t help but notice the colours here.

I was once standing at a bar alone and a guy walked up to me and asked me if I was a designer. When I responded “Yes, how did you know?” he said “Because you’re looking at the ceiling”.  And I do have pictures of the ceiling for you 🙂

Too many different colours in a space starts looking too folksy and bohemian.  Of course there’s nothing wrong with that if you love it!

Here are 3 ways to keep colour classy:

Focus the colour scheme around one wildly colourful piece

Just like the rainbow patterned rug in this space.

Repeat only one Colour

Notice the orange sofa has been repeated again in the upholstered valance, drapery and the ceiling.

Keep the rest Neutral

Brown, black, and white are the neutrals repeated in the rest of the space. The mosaic pillars, black and white chairs, white marble topped coffee tables and brown upholstered chairs piped in periwinkle.

There’s about 8 colours in the rug. And the orange all alone would start looking like halloween without all the white mixed in with the black and brown!

I really need this white end table for my living room.

The ceiling is brown and it’s repeated again in the sofa tables and in the upholstered valance which actually goes more green with the light from the windows.

This was the view from our table which included the pool beyond the fountain.
The chandelier in the middle of the room.
Here’s a view of the entire room.
Elizabeth & Maria
When we walked outside to look for a cab we were quite impressed with the fans above the line and the water misting all around the perimeter of the roof to keep us cool in the 100 degree heat!
Happy 4th of July to all my American readers!
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  • Kristie at The says:

    It looks like you guys are having a blast – love the photos and that fabulous carpeting! Happy Independence Day 🙂


  • traci zeller designs says:

    So fun!! Love that the guy asked if you were a designer!

  • Karena says:

    Maria what a gorgeous hotel to stay!! Really gorgeous and the color explanation is perfect!

    Art by Karena

    Come and join a very Fashionable Giveaway from the Shabby Apple!!

  • Wendi @ Classic Chic Home says:

    You're so right, Maria: The hotel is saturated in beautiful color, and yet, still looks classy and elegant.
    The brick walls and the solid color upholstery are essential elements, providing a subdued and sophisticated balance in the space.
    Thanks for another great illustration and color lesson!

  • Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} says:

    What beautiful color! Yes, I'd love that white end table too! Enjoy the heat…there's plenty of it in California, if you'd like to come visit me! Fortunately we were able to escape the roast in San Francisco for the weekend. Take care, Barbara

  • Anonymous says:

    These are delightful! Don't you think we all bear just a smidge of bohemian deep down inside? I know I do!
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  • Anjali says:

    Can't get tiered of repeating that I love your blog 🙂

    My company has recently purchased a new office of about 12,000/- sq ft. As the HR lead I would have a big role in deciding on the final look and feel. We are a young start-up with the average age of employees about 27 with a open and fun work culture. Needless to say, facebook and google office images on the net are our inspiration……

    Could you please recommend some good blogs which talk about office interiors? Any other pointers/help. I need to close on the details in the next 10 days or so…whatever we do, want an open, cheerful and colorful space 🙂

  • Maria Killam says:

    Hi Anjali,
    That's a good question, I have never hit a single blog that talks about commercial spaces, I love where you're going with it though!

  • Christina Rodriguez | Diva by Design says:

    Love it, love it, love it!

  • Donna says:

    Wow!!! I LOVE this hotel! (I really do go for bright colors. :o)

    Great photos!


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