The images are flying in with questions and I’m so excited about this Saturday’s FREE Webinar happening at 4:00 PM PDT.
Please continue sending in your questions because even if they don’t make the webinar, I’ll have lots of photos I can use for ongoing Ask Maria blog posts!
Here’s sense of what you’ll learn:
The first question is from a lovely reader in Ireland.
Before I go on, can I just say how much your emails have cheered me up! So much love and so many great photos! Hooray, thanks so much!
“Good luck at your webinar, I’m in Ireland so I think I might have to get out of bed for it ☘I have just painted our hallway Manchester Tan and the woodwork simply white.(There is only one BM supplier in all of Ireland and he posts me the paint here)I like the colour, but the hallway is now a bit dark, (please excuse the photos, I have not fully put everything back up and the dolls on the stairs are not mine I swear)I fell in love with a navy blue carpet a few months ago and am now wondering would this now work with the new paint.Be honest I can take it (even though I LOVE the carpet)walk softly because you are walking on dreamsWarmest regards to you all from Colette in Ireland.”
So first, Colette, I love what you’re doing here. It’s such a great idea to introduce colour into your entry with a fabulous accent rug like this! And while replacing the red and purple rug with the navy and white one would mean you could keep your paint colour, you could also re-paint so that your existing runner would look right as rain.
I would test both of these violet greys from my system.
By the way these can be found in the large colour samples that are RARELY on sale here.
I know it sounds like an obvious plug and Colette you don’t need them, but for anyone else in the business of choosing paint colours, it is kind of miraculous that what might seem like a random purple in a striped rug can actually be found in my large curated paint samples. Just sayin.
Okay where was I.
If you keep the existing rug, here’s an idea of what your decorating could look like:
It’s a room done by one of my favourite colourful decorators. You can see that the purples are not the same, but you get the idea. And frankly, since purple is the trickiest colour to decorate with (because unless you NAIL IT exactly, it can look off) when the room is this colourful, we forgive the mis-match.
Image via Dulux
Hey, here’s a fun idea, paint the banisters black and along with the purple walls you could install a bench in the hallway and paint it red!
If you install the new navy and white runner, the same principles apply.
Creating flow is easier than you think! But when you choose a statement rug like the one you have, you simply have to be prepared to continue those colours in the adjoining area!
Here’s a question from Carol Ann and Stephen:
“What a sweetheart you are. Thank you for recognizing that while we’re all doing our part and self-isolating, we’re itching to make changes in our homes.
You have been a godsend in my life, and with the guidance in your books, the reason why our recently-renovated open concept living, dining, kitchen is painted Simply White when I’ve always been a dark and bold colour person.
We are a waterfront home and although everything says inspiration should have come from the blues and greens outside, I also love red and took inspiration from our antique red cabinet in the dining room. Overkill?
The space is calm and wonderful but the fireplace wall gives me heart palpitations. Everything is out of balance to start with. We are obligated to maintain 18” of clearance from the top of the firebox to the bottom of mantle so that space is too massive. The mantle itself is live edge black walnut but too puny. We have never seen a tile that we thought wouldn’t look too busy with grout lines competing with the interior of the firebox but couldn’t decide on what interior firebox backdrop would look better. We thought about painting the walls behind the shelves on either side of the fireplace too.
We have a small Persian rug in front of the fireplace that the dog appreciates. I would love to hold out for the perfect big Persian rug for the living room and take inspiration from that for colour, coffee table, throws and pillows, but that expense may never be my reality. Wayfair perhaps?
Help. We need you Maria, to tell us what to do with this fireplace wall.”
Carol Ann, Your fireplace wall doesn’t bother me at all, in fact because it’s so modern, I would leave it. Also, I like the asymmetrical arrangement of your bookshelves, I think a colour would hide that and I prefer the warmth of your walnut shelves against the white walls.
The bigger issue is definitely that you need an area rug.
Accent colours should be distributed in small, medium and large gradations in order to not look ‘bitty’ if you know what I mean.
Your decorating is lovely. Warm and welcoming with just enough black but not too much. I would add some coffee table books to your bookshelves to act as pedestals to some of your decorative objects as well.
One of my favourite sources for rugs these days is Lulu & Georgia. While a lot of stores are still trying to sell rugs that went out in the 80s, on their site, you don’t have to wade through piles of ugly to get to the pretty.
Here’s a one-of-a-kind rug that you need to snap up right away if its the right size!
Great questions and I have so many more good ones that I’m currently working on to make Saturdays webinar fun and very informative! I’ll have some kitchens and bathrooms in there too!
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