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Hot Pink & Kelly Green

By 10/03/2009February 21st, 201718 Comments

One of my lovely readers sent me an email suggesting I do a post on pink as a reminder to everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

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A client called me last week to pick a new colour for her guest room (one of her daughters had just moved out).  She had some art with kelly green leaves in it to use as inspiration.  At first she seemed overwhelmed with the whole idea of doing anything but painting the room but after we discussed furniture placement she said “Well if all I need is a chair and 2 end tables in here (with a wall of closet space she didn’t need a dresser) with some drapery then put something together for me!  I must have had pink on my brain because last night I went by her place (she lives close to me) and presented her with this combination and she loved it!

Fabrics from Robert Allen (I love them all here in Vancouver, the service is so amazing and they even read my blog!  Thanks Grace, Leila and Russel!

The linen sample on the upper right (is a perfect match to the linen colour in the modern bamboo print on the lower right) will be the bedskirt, the bamboo print; queen pillow shams, the pink and yellow stripe are railroaded which means it will be a horizontal drapery treatment (my fav) and the solid hot pink fabric will be European shams.  We’ll do a white duvet cover (I’m not a shiny polyester bedding person) and I have already bought a fabulous kelly green chair (with black arms) and 2 black matching end tables to go with all of it!  

Remember my post “Warning, you are the colours in your home”?  Well I looked up these two colours in my Aurasoma Sourcebook and here is what this combination means:

This bottle is called The Wanderer.  Letting go of what is behind us to come into the moment enables us to see or to feel something is in front of us that holds the promise that lies within our heart.  The possibility of having the direction and trust to find the love within ourselves. 
To feel at home wherever we are.  Caring that is given the space to expand.
(Green means space and freedom, pink is unconditional Love) 

Perfect colours for a guest room don’t you think?

And this little angel was sent to me along with a pile of other photos headlined “Tired”.  That’s me tonight after my long and busy week!

Have a Happy Weekend!

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  • Jane says:

    Lovely fabric choices. Normally, I do not care for anything "pink" unless it has a lot of orange in it.
    (Maybe this aversion to pink has something to do with the giant pink roses on the wallpaper in my room when I was little. They scared me! The centers looked like eyes!!!)
    But I have to say that I truly like the hot pink for the Euro. pillows.

    What a sweet photo of the sleeping child!
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  • Marlo says:

    I love this tone of pink and it looks beautiful with the green. She's going to love her room when it's all done – and I hope we get to see the reveal!

    It doesn't sound like your client gave you any preferences for colour so you must have good intuition for what she'd like.

  • Ideezine says:

    Empty nesters are very vulnerable. They are in a discovery mode of who they are now, with a nest that's changing. Colors and patterns that represent vibration absorbers and healing properties benefit the people and the space they are placed in.

    The beauty of this is subconsciously when colors, textures, patterns and paint are selected, approved and put in place to do the job of healing the space. What a wonderful selection, it will be stunning and heartfelt and a wonderful comforter. Maria thank you for sharing your projects.


  • Chic Coles (Cole Design) says:

    My mom designed my whole freshman year dorm in pink and green! Everything was in the two colors from the trash bin to my sheets, my comforter and anything else you could think of! It is such a fun and fresh color combination! The meaning "To feel at home wherever you are" was definitive what my mom was going for and whenever I was in my room after a long day or if I was missing her (which I did every day) I would think of her special room she did for me! "Green means space and freedom and pink is unconditional love" is what being on your own is all about right?

  • Annie@A View On Design says:

    I think pink is divine, and when done strongly like this I truly think it is a relaxing colour…

  • Lyn says:

    Hi Maria,
    I have posted about my daughters room which features this scheme. I was so pleased to see the meanings of green and pink…exactly what I wanted for my special little lady. BTW your blog is a firm fave of mine xx Lyn

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Love this combo and what your plan is for this guest room. I love pink, green and black together; it's going to look great!

  • Mary says:

    Great combination of color & texture. Very fresh.

  • Karena says:

    Beautiful! Great combination. Maria, Meg over at Pigtown Design may need your thoughts! Go visit!

  • Velvet and Linen says:

    Almost every room in my house has accents in pink and green (including my garden!
    I was thinking about making a change, but now that you shared with us the meanings of these two colors, I may have to reconsider!
    Another beautiful post, Maria.
    Hope you got some rest.


  • Ivy Lane says:

    I really like this colour combo..! Hope to see the room when it is done…please! :)…..

    Happy Weekend!

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    I saw this woman the ohter day wearing the nicest kelly green sweater and top it looked so good. I wanted to stop he and tell her how fabulous she looked. Instead I stared and she gave me the hairy eyeball. She probably thought I was some scary stalker type. Thanks to you I notice the kelly green things. It's becoming a problem!

  • Renae says:

    Excellent Maria. Two of my fave colours! Now, go put your fee up and relax a bit!


  • Pragya says:

    Love the fabric!


    One of my favorites combos for sure! Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

  • Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says:

    One of my rooms growing up were those two colors…always a fave of mine.

    I'm really feeling the need for pink these days!

  • The Thrifty Stylist says:

    i really love your fabric choices and plans. sounds like it'll keep it from being too preppy, which is what this color combo sometimes brings to mind, and just crisp and lovely and summery.

  • Annie@A View On Design says:

    darling I stole this pic too! I couldn't resist!

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