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So what happens if we take a totally over the top editorial fashion photo and try to turn it into a room?
First, the background palette, which is basically made up of blues and grays. In this case, I’ve chosen Devine Denim, Macaw, Steamer, Foam, and Devine Buffalo. There’s a lot of texture and layering going on in this look, so you’ll want to keep that in mind when it comes to adding things to the room.
This look has serious gold bling and colorful accent colors. You can get actual sparkle by adding Devine Gold Dust to any color, or use metallic frames, lamps and accents in your room. Add small amounts of brighter colors like Devine Damask, Devine Shantung, Devine Blue Silk, Devine Spruce and Devine Encore to create a rich glow against the blues and grays.
The first room is soft with a gray wall, blue velvet seat, gilt picture frames and not a lot of bold colors. The sparkle comes from the crystal chandelier, ceiling treatment, and the gold. This one really does have the moody feel of the Pinspiration photo, don’t you think?
The next room is more modern and eclectic, with a darker blue wall (which looks a lot like Devine Denim), neutral gray sofa, and a gold framed painting that includes some green, blue, yellow and a hint of red to liven things up. Check out the layering of textures in the fabrics and rug. That white coral on the coffee table adds a nice point of interest.
The third room is bolder and brighter, with dark walls that really show off the lighter blue vanity furniture and gold accents. We find brighter pops of color in the purple and orange rug, the pink flowers, paintings, and aqua figurines. Again, lots of layers and textures.
If you want to forgo the Baroque aspects and strip this look down to its essence, you can go spare and modern with clean metallic accents and varied textures. The mood is preserved, but the translation less literal.
So you look at this and think, “girly, sugary and cute”. And yes, you can certainly go in that direction. But there are other options.
This cupcake image offers us pink ombre frosting and a much darker pink wrapper. Look more closely and you will notice gray/silver decoration balls, “white” (actually a light gray blue) in the background, and a much creamier yellow/white in the frosting.
Let’s start with the basic palette:
Devine Poodle | Mo Pink | Saffron | De Leche | Grizzly
First, a sweet girly room that still has interest and sophistication:
But, emphasize the gray over the pink, and you get a totally different room. I love how the light fixture echos the silver cupcake sprinkles.
This living room is a far cry from “cupcake”. It balances multiple muted shades of pink with various neutrals. It has complimentary green, too, along with the cream and white colors.
Finally, a vignette that represents a totally grown up version of a pink and white cupcake with silver sprinkles:
All room images via Pinterest.
Pinsperation Magic - From a Painting into a Room
Jesse Arme Botke (1883-1971) was part of the California School of Impressionism, but I would say her lush, detailed studies of birds and flowers have more in common with the aesthetics of the Pre-Raphaelites than the California plein air painters.
A couple of days ago I pinned this gorgeous painting by Arme Botke:
I see a palette of complimentary green and violet, mixed with creamy white, on a dark background with small repeating pattern elements in the feathers, flowers and greenery. See that hint of burnt orange in the flowers? She’s added bit of warmth to balance the cool greens and purples - the natural wood in your room will likely take on that role.
So how could we translate this to a room?
The color palette is pretty straightforward:
DevineMallard, Devine Gosling, Devine Jay, Devine Nuova, and Devine Shell.
And here are some examples from Pinterest:
This one is almost the painting turned into a room.
And a more tailored, less ornate interpretation, but the pillows still contain small patterns, and the natural fiber rug adds more texture:
The last two tend more toward brighter colors - closer to orchid than dusty violet, but the color theory and use of pattern still hold true.