1.19.2015

Chairish Color Challenge: Designing Around A Rug

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Happy Monday, y'all! For today's post, I've teamed up with Chairish: an exclusive, curator approved, online marketplace for vintage and used furniture. If you're in the market for a one of a kind piece, you definitely need to check this site out! They challenged me to choose one of their fun rugs from a selection they provided and use it as inspiration to design a room full of color. {To see their current rug collection, check out this page.}

I stepped way out of my comfort zone for this challenge and chose this Grass Green Abrash Turkish rug (it's still available as of the publishing of this post!). Bright, overdyed rugs are definitely not my go-to style, so it was a stretch to start with that and design the rest of the room around it. Once I got going though, I must say, it was really fun to pull this living room inspiration board together. The style I decided to go for? Sophisticated and slightly feminine.

When it comes to designing a room - even a colorful one - I like to keep my "big pieces" neutral so that I can add pops of color in with things like pillows, lamps and other accessories. I tend to change my mind a lot about color palettes depending on the season (and my mood, ha!), and it's much easier to change out a pillow or a piece of art than a sofa. I chose a tailored, modern sofa from West Elm in a beautiful gray, and a whitewashed wood and metal coffee table (also from West Elm) as my base pieces. 

From there, I chose a piece of artwork from Minted that incorporated that beautiful grass green in the rug and used the rest of the colors in it as inspiration to add color to the other pieces in the room. Pinks, yellows, greens and blues dominate this space. That might sound like a lot of colors, but when used in proper proportions and mixed in with neutrals, they fit together quite nicely! And when you have something like that piece of artwork that includes many of the colors, it really ties the whole room together in my book :).

I absolutely love mix of colors and patterns in the pillows. Two are from one of my favorite textile designers, Caitlin Wilson, and the third is from H&M home - one of my favorite places for super affordable home items. I love mixing higher end and more affordable pieces together.

The other accessories in the room: the curvy gourd lamp, round mirror and woven storage basket complete the look by adding a little texture, sophistication, and softer edges to complement the sharper angles of the other pieces.

Putting together this style board really inspired me to add some more colors into our own living room. I'm in the process of changing out some accessories (hello, pillows!) and can't wait to show y'all some progress soon. Thanks, Chairish, for providing this rug challenge - I had a blast putting this room together!


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