5.16.2011

The Mustard Ceiling




I have some exciting things happening here this week (I'll fill you in soon) so I asked Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling to guest post for me today.  She has a great blog and fabulous style.  You will want to mosey on over there and check it out, once you've read this post, of course.

Go for it, Elizabeth.......

Thank you for having me Andrea, I am excited to be here!

Andrea emailed me last week and asked if I would stop by today to share some easy tips on how to incorporate "pops" of color into a neutral room.

When I design a space, I tend to use neutrals for the wall color and large upholstered pieces, items that I do not want to change often. I then add drama to the space by bringing in a couple of accent colors.

I recently did this in our dining room. Originally, the room was completely neutral. Gray walls, brown drapes, white chairs. I felt like it needed a pop of coral to liven it up a little.

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Isn't it amazing what a difference that small pop of coral makes?

I am currently working on a new project where I am stenciling an ikat pattern onto cream linen to reupholster my dining room seat cushions.

This is the first piece


I just finished it yesterday and had to share!
My goal is to have the project finished to share on Wednesday.



Adding a punch of color can create a focal point and add an element of surprise
to a neutral room.
When adding color to a neutral design it is all about balance. You want to add enough to make a statement, but not overwhelm the space.


It can be as simple as...


A decorative vase


A pretty pink throw

An upholstered seat

Dramatic Window Treatments


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Decorative pillows or an ottoman

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An upholstered headboard

Painting the back of bookshelves or
adding colorful accessories and books


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A painted piece of furniture
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Colorful lamps or...

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A bold upholstered piece


A easy rule of thumb to follow when adding color to a room...

Pick one accent color and bring it into the room in three small doses.

Sprinkle the color around the room. This will keep the eye moving throughout the space and will make the space more interesting visually.


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There are so many ways to add color to a room, the possibilities are endless. I feel like I did not even scratch the surface here today, but I hope I was able to provide you with some easy ideas and inspiration.

Thank you Andrea for having me!

15 comments:

  1. I just came over from the Mustard Ceiling. Great ways to add color. I've been on a color kick myself lately, I'm tired of neutral.

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  2. I can't wait to see that fabric on her chairs! That coral is so pretty!

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  3. great post! Glad to have found your blog!

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  4. Great post Mustard Ceiling! Love your blog Andrea!

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  5. Great post! I love the white living room with the orange tulips on the mantle, the orange pouf and throw. It's very striking.

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  6. Great tips Elizabeth. Glad to have found your blog as well Andrea.

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  7. Love Elizabeth's blog and so glad to have found yours. The pops of color are pefect in the featured rooms!

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  8. I love the coral trim on the curtains! Great post! These colour combos are beautiful!

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  9. LOVE the inspiration photos, as well as the coral detail on the "after" curtains--beautiful!

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  10. Elizabeth, you are quickly becoming my style guru...I'm loving all the inspiration you are giving me! (c: And Andrea, this is a fantastic blog, so happy to have discovered it and looking forward to more fun here (c;

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  11. amazingly beautiful pops of color against the white backdrops! I am particularly in LOVE with that kitchen!!! :D

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  12. Visiting from Mustard Ceiling and I am just in love with this post...great advice from Miss Elizabeth!

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  13. Just came over from the Mustard Ceiling! Great tips and inspiration pictures Elizabeth! Looking forward to following you in your adventures Andrea!

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  14. Love this post, Elizabeth! Great job! And, love the coral that you added.

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I love reading each and every one of your comments!