When I bought my house years ago, what sold me on it was the great room and open kitchen nearby. The spacious room with a super high ceiling and big windows really appealed to me. The room seemed light and airy, good for summer and for gloomy winter days too.
I joke that I painted the rooms of my house colors that set off a redhead to good advantage. But it’s probably true. I have rooms that are deep red, pinky salmon, coral, and green.
Not everyone is a fan of green, but I chose a soft shade of green for the great room because it’s a calming shade for a large space. It also helps bring the outdoors in. In Massachusetts, we are stuck with a grey-brown-white landscape for 6 months or more, so having color inside my home makes me feel less depressed during the long winter.
Once the walls in the great room were all green with a big white ceiling, I had to decide how to decorate. I like the combination of green and blue (two cool shades) with pops of red (warm shade) to perk things up. I also brought in different shades of green including chartreuse (yellow-green) to brighten up the room. I bought a deep blue leather couch, and found two chartreuse Chinese end tables.
Next, I thought about pattern. I love polka dots, stripes and patterns of all kinds. I inherited a traditional Martha Washington barrel chair that my mother bought in the 1960s, and I had it covered in a fun eye-catching blue and chartreuse polka dot fabric.
I bought patterned area rugs to create different conversation areas throughout the big room. Most are rugs that were hand woven in Nepal. But the Klimt-inspired rug from ABC Carpets in New York that was made in China still remains one of my favorites (see photo below). At the Clark Gallery in Lincoln MA where I have purchased many of the paintings that I own, I bought three fabulous statement chairs from two different Massachusetts furniture designers. The big chair designed by Jay Stanger is made from dyed satin wood that feels like silk. Although I think it looks like a big surfboard, it’s surprisingly comfortable to sit on.
The other two colorful chairs from Mitch Ryerson are indeed comfortable as well as fun to look at.
A recent purchase is this set of multicolor striped candles that I bought at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
For $6.95 each, they tie into the big striped chair as well as other multicolor patterns throughout the room. I love them.
I think that museum gift shops are a terrific place to shop for interesting and often unique pieces.
How about you? Are you a fan of patterns and colors or are neutrals more your thing?
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