My style is ever-evolving. Rooms in my home are ever-evolving. The inspirations for my room designs evolve as well, even before the room is complete. Design is not a singular activity for me, rather it is an ongoing process.
When I originally created our family room mood board, I was swooning over a yellow and grey color combo with touches of turquoise. As I started implementing the design I started craving changes. I painted the walls zinc grey from our whole house color palette. We refreshed the room with new furniture. I added some fun pillows, including an on trend yellow chevron pillow. But the room still felt flat to me.
I think the main contributing factor to the flatness was the large expanse of beige carpet on the floor, topped with an equally beige ottoman. I needed to break up the beige. The easiest way to break it up was to put something in between the ottoman and carpet. I hunted high and low for the perfect rug to fit in my yellow and grey color scheme.
Contrary to my color plans, I fell in love with the Moroccan Trellis rug in navy from RugsUSA. I was inexplicably drawn to it. I found myself so drawn to it, I ordered it during a 50% off sale and proceeded to revise my plans for the whole room. Luckily, I had already made some progress on that front when I refreshed the family gallery wall with our fall pictures. My son’s plaid shirt, which inspired the photo session wardrobe, had a lovely mix of navy, red, and turquoise. My new color scheme was born. I shared it first in NikkiNacs 2 Bills 2 Blow series with a fun roundup of decor to fit the new color scheme.
After ordering my dream rug, I quickly ordered some new pillows for the couch. I generally believe if I know how to sew, I should never pay for someone else to make a pillow cover. However, I made an exception around the holidays, because I knew I did not have time to make a bunch of pillows and I just fell in love with this oversized turquoise chevron pillow from NenaVon. To offset my purchased pillows, I made a few additional pillows myself (lots of pillows is a must for our 101″ couch). I went super bold mixing the turquoise chevron with the Twirly American Red print from Premier Fabrics.
My bold pillow and rug choices were helping bring my ”Modern Americana” color scheme to life. I think the room is about halfway complete. With the drastic changes in the design, I thought it was time to do a revised mood board. It includes some actual pictures from the room, plus recent new purchases. Notice the family photo that launched the new color direction.
The biggest remaining item for this room is additional seating in front of the windows. I really like these ivory leather slipper chairs from West Elm. I plan to put two near the windows with a side table in between. I honestly cannot tell you why I have not thrown one of these $70 metal side tables from Target in my cart yet. I love the style, but not the black color. I plan to get one and give it a little makeover. (Thank you Thrifty Decor Chick for the pic, because I cannot find this table in Target’s online store.)
My goal for this room is to keep it grounded with neutrals and then punch it up with color through accents. A dark grey couch, a classic white Eames chair, and the future ivory slipper chairs are all timeless neutrals. They come to life with the addition of bright pillows in trendy patterns and a bold rug for some personality. The colorful accent pieces are easy to swap if our style changes in the future.
What do you think? Would you have ever have thought to make a room navy, turquoise, and red? I know I hadn’t until I started falling in love with the colors individually. I think if you put a bunch of things you love together, it almost always works. What is the craziest color combo you have ever used that turned out fabulous?
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