Cream stone and cream cushions, lovely | source
If you are not a colour expert or not even close, chances are, when you’re considering which colour is right for your interior, whether it’s flooring, carpets, furniture or paint, you might find yourself asking the question, do I go dark or light? Instead of the question you should be asking which is:
Does this ______ relate to this room? Does this ______ pull this room together?
Yes you should alternate contrast. So if your patio is charcoal, then you would not choose a charcoal rug, and so on, but that should only be one piece of your decision making process when decorating.
Allison called me the other day and said she’d just bought patio furniture and wanted to know if she should go darker or lighter for an area rug.
Allison is the gal I call when I need a facial. She has a lovely room in her house in Abbotsford, so her rates are much more reasonable than a spa. She gives such an amazing facial, that whenever I am somewhere else, like at a resort having one, I regret it almost as soon as I’m on the table when I start feeling the urge to just leap off the table and walk out, because it’s not Allison.
So now, I pretty much only go to her house when I want a facial. When I am having a treatment (except for a therapeutic massage) I want to feel transported somewhere because it’s so amazing. That’s what it’s like to be treated by Allison. You can email her here to set up an appointment.
Anyway, I asked her to send me a picture so that I could be more specific with my advice.
If your patio furniture is in an existing room like this one, note the colours and make sure they relate.
Allison’s chairs work with her house and trim.
Match the existing colours in the room to a paint fan deck. This way when you shop on-line or in-person you’ll know exactly which colours you are looking for.
Here her siding is a goldy orange shade and her cushions are a blue grey.
Because her exterior colour is gold which is from the Tuscan Brown trend, I chose a rug that picked up on the colour and a pillow that relates to the blue grey which is the only element that references the grey trend in this vignette. You could argue that the carpet is slightly more pink beige than the house but it’s as close as I could get given we are working with the brown trend and the grey trend here ; ) ; )
It simply looks more intentional to have your colours relate to what is happening in the space they are located in.
Notice in this picture (above) the cushions are yellow beige which relate to the gold/yellow beige stone and the cushions and carpet are blue. Simple, clean. Easy to live with.
I chose green, white and natural (which looks orange beige) because my garden is all white and I didn’t want my patio furniture to visually stick out, I wanted it to blend in with the garden. See how the natural pillow relates to the patio colour?
I love the way this outdoor furniture relates to the turquoise pool!
So instead of asking ‘Should I go lighter or darker?’ look at the interior or exterior, count the colours, match the colours to paint chips and find items that relate.
And then your patio will fill you with happiness when you walk outside with a glass of wine after a hard day.
Just like it should.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! I’ve been too busy to blog lately and it’s stressing me out!
I’m flying to Charlotte on Sunday to lead my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event to a sold out group and I’m so excited to meet everyone! Then I’ll be at High Point market after that, who will be there? Let’s meet up!
Linda Erlam wrote a post about her experience in Vancouver’s course this year here.
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