Introducing a bold and colourful pattern to your living room can make it difficult to nail down your colour palette – especially if you’re moving from a minimalist style. Because bold patterns and jewel tones often blaze the trail toward a more maximalist style. And frankly, that makes my colourful heart happy.
See how I help this reader find the right colour palette from her colourful new fabric as she transitions to maximalism.
I recently received this question from a reader:
‘My great room has medium-tone oak hardwoods, solid black marble around the (painted) fireplace surround, and no other fixed finishes. Plan to continue with White Dove in my great room trim and ceilings.’
‘This room also currently has a cream leather sofa, a cream credenza, and a cream desk that might be in the complex cream family of SW Navajo White based on my Maria color boards. It’s previously owned, not bought for this space.
My “inspiration” and anchor for the color scheme of this room is Thibaut’s Honshu fabric in green, which will be my drapes. I love this floral’s happy pairing of pinks & greens with the splashes of orange.
I’m confused on what color family I should be considering for the walls with this (Complex Creams? Greiges? An Accent Color?) and in which undertone – green? yellow? orange? pink? taupe? ‘
‘This fabric has so many colors it’s confusing me!
The cream furniture is confusing me as well – I fear it looking dingy – since I know from your e-books and blogs that pink-beige doesn’t get along with yellow and yellow-beige.
Is it that my cream furniture really needs to be replaced since I’m continuing with my off-white trim? Or is there a paint color that could pull this furniture and fabric together with an off-white trim? ‘
That fabric inspiration is so beautiful. But, my lovely reader hasn’t realized yet that the drapery fabric she’s chosen has just taken her living room in a fabulous new direction. Here’s what I mean by this…
What is the maximalism style?
It’s not that her leather furniture looks dingy, it’s just not the right colour or style for the glamorous direction her living room is headed.
And that style is called Maximalism.
Kinda like this room. She also has some large walls to fill and they could look just like this:
Because incorporating colour into a maximalism style isn’t just for drapery. Your colour palette should be considered in rugs, sofas, throw pillows, and wall art to really bring the space together.
This means the creamy leather sofas should be replaced with a fabulous AND COLOURFUL tufted chesterfield sofa like this one:
Or the world of coral, so good. This colour scheme is my favourite.
The closest to a neutral this fabric has is the creamy orange tones, so if we’re not choosing a colour from the fabric, we could go with an orange beige complex cream (below). She also mentioned BM OC-95 Navajo white which is the same undertone.
Remember the complex creams are the palest of the beiges so DO NOT cut them in half or you’ll end up with a colour too light to relate to anything.
If you search the web for this maximalism, you’ll see lots of leopard and zebra prints (below). That’s because animal prints mix so well with other prints and of course contribute to the glam vibe.
It seems the pendulum of stark white and black minimalism might be swinging to jewel tones and COLOUR, and that makes me VERY happy!
And this doesn’t necessarily mean just adding colourful walls, but incorporating colour in decorating with bold prints, fabrics and accessories, like this room below (and like my reader’s beautiful drapery).
Of course, your wall colour should pull your room together – so there’s nothing wrong with taking inspiration from your sofa colour or throw pillows and popping that colour on the wall.
Over to you my lovelies, is it time to move on from black and white to COLOUR?
Remember you should NEVER shop for one item at a time without assembling a mood board just like I did (above) so you could see which sofa and area rug worked the best with the drapery! Learn how to do that with my Shop Online with Colour Confidence course today!
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