It’s time for my Christmas home tour and this year I’ve created a lovely silver and gold colour palette. I’m also sharing a few details about my living room design transition – including how I settled on this lovely new leopard rug.
Whew, what a year 2020 has been! And it’s not over yet!
The pandemic arrived and if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll have seen Terreeia’s progress when she took on her health and wellness this year. It filled me with joy that as a result, she asked to be in the photos for the first time ever 🙂
Okay, as a recently mentioned, my decorating is currently in transition.
I’ve loved my raspberry and yellow living room but it’s looked the same for 8 years so it’s due for a makeover. But I’m keeping my sunflower yellow sofa, I still love it! Stay tuned.
I ordered this leopard rug (below) for my studio (reveal coming soon) but then I decided to try it in the family room which also needed a new rug.
I love animal print rugs because they read neutral (just like when you wear leopard) and work with so many colours!
I also love these Antelope rugs which are currently on sale!
How to identify the neutral in an area rug
Identifying the neutral in an area rug can sometimes be tricky because they are usually lighter on one side, and darker on the other side. This rug is green beige and taupe.
You can see that the background of the rug, picks up my new taupe gourd lamp (above).
What if you had this rug but had not chosen the lamp yet. How do you know which undertone is in the rug?
You’d narrow down the colours that look the best with the rug, with my System for Specifying Colour® colour wheel (included FREE with each set of boards). Then you’d place them on the carpet (with one of the colour samples turned around so you could create a blank background).
Then you’d take the colour you THINK is correct, and compare it to the other curated neutrals in my system.
If you don’t see a better colour, then you’ve chosen the right one. Just like magic! Hooray!
Then once you decided that the background of this rug was taupe, you could take that taupe paint chip shopping with you!
And the only way to compare is you need to have all of my system colours with you.
Please let me know in the comments if you’ve had an aha moment reading this. I had it written more convoluted until I shared it with my CEO Terrence Murtagh and he helped me clear it up so I think it makes a lot more sense now, haha.
I can be too deep in the weeds sometimes!
Silver & Gold Holiday Decor
Anyway, back to my Christmas home tour:
This room I switch up often. And this year my tree is decorated primarily in gold and silver!
I’ve fallen in love with flocked trees, probably because we rarely get snow in the West coast.
I also replaced the end table in this room, and now I have two places to create a vignette, hooray!
I posted the before and after of my previous table on Instagram. One of my readers said it was the perfect solution for a plug that sat underneath the table that she also needs to access!
And if you are a colour enthusiast, in the design business, or you want to master colour, having my system in large colour samples is the ONLY way to consistently get neutrals right!
“I use those every day! When I walk into an in-person color consultation, it gives me instant credibility. And of course, they are the best tool to pick colors for my clients.” Michelle Marceny, the Colour Concierge
If you want the complete, curated list of the colours that belong in The System, and you’d like to learn how to choose colours accurately, you’ll find them in either of my ebooks. They do not overlap in any way.
Thanks! I found the ebooks helped me when picking the white trim when we repainted. Loved having her lists of colors to narrow down the paint decks when picking room colors!
Also Maria put into words what I saw but could never really explain. She also confirmed that you do not go trendy in what I always call the hard surfaces because they are too hard to change. Wish she was around earlier before I learned the hard way. Elizabeth H.