|It's so rich and pretty, you almost want to eat it.|
Immediately my mind wandered back to this room from the book Big Easy Style, which I posted about a long time ago (still one of my favorite decor books of all time).
And then I seriously thought, "hey, I have a gray kitchen with toile wallpaper ...."
But you will be proud. I gave myself a big "NO MA'AM"
Because, well, my kitchen would not look like that. It would look ridiculous.
I blame Miles Redd and his completely inspiring use of color. He does the unexpected and makes it not only fun, but really elegant. Like the next room, which truly makes me so happy when I see it.
Even now, there are some wheels spinning in my brain "mayyybeee in the guest room..." But really, if you take away the styling, the purposeful pops of color in the vases and lamps and accessories, you have a room that is really very neutral with a pop of color in the chair. This is why it works. It's layered with a thoughtful eye and when you are tired of yellow, you just move the vase.
Another room that really tricked me, is this glossy red room with the tan (brown) velvet sofa and antelope carpet by Todd Romano (via The Peak of Chic).
I love this room despite the fact that it showcases the two colors I really can't live with. Pink or peach flowers in a room will always trick me. On top of that, everything is so well-done. The ever-classic Stark antelope carpet, the sofa is perfectly upholstered with the bullion fringe trim, the walls are the type of high gloss that takes lots of sanding and 8+ coats to achieve, and the Le Lac fabric on the chair, well, let's just say, it's not from Calico Corners. Tricky.
Magenta, coral, leopard, pale blue and gold. "Do it," says the little hot pink, red and cheetah print devil on my shoulder (who looks like Miles Redd).
Miles Strikes again. I can have tiger pillows toooooo.
Oh hey, citron yellow walls! How can I do that in my house? (this room is brought to you by Nick Olsen, who used to work for Mr. Redd).
Tobi Fairly is another designer who likes to trick me with her brilliant, fun use of color. Red frames? Don't mind if I do!
Until then, I think I will leave my experimenting to spaces like the guest room and powder rooms ;)