Sunday, December 11, 2011

Splash of color...Need your opinion


Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 2010



Can we talk? Lately I’ve seen rooms in magazines that have a simple pop of color, a pop of color that says look at me! Mainly a rustic orange/tomato a color I happen to love and seems to be a simpler, fresher version of red.


Carrier and Company

It’s used on everything from drapes, lampshades, wall hangings to upholstery.

Carrier and Company

The bright vibrant color is tempered by cooler more neutral colors……

Elle Decor

Giving a room a focal point to draw the eye in and add a bit of warmth.

Traditional Home

Veranda

Veranda

But as you can see it can still be a bit of a bold color

Traditional Home

But warms a room up so much

Atlanta Lifestyles & Homes

Veranda

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Being a textile dealer I get rolls of fabrics shipped to me to use in my business. So when I received this roll of rustic orange silk velvet I had no idea what I was going to use it on since antique textiles don’t come in this color. Then it happened, a yard sale beckoned me and a chair was purchased for the sum of $25 but with the most God awful 1940’s flowered fabric so an idea struck me……

My image

Cover the chair in the tomato red silk velvet!  (Please ignore the sage green wall color because that color is going in January and will be replaced with a lovely gray.) The color was a bit bold and really had a POW factor so I tried to tame the color a bit with an antique tapestry pillow. But I don’t know while beautiful the chair is sort of screaming at me. So what do you think keep it or recover it?  



48 comments:

Richard Cottrell said...

Oh at least there is some color, I am getting a little wore out of all these void of color rooms you see on the blogs and in the magazines. I for one, love color. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Revi said...

I'm lovin' it! If you feel the need for toning it down, maybe a smaller pillow in an all-over print? (How do you feel about a Cheetah print of camel with tiny black dots?) On the other hand, you WERE going for a pop of color, a jolt of warmth. Maybe you just need a little time to "warm up" to it. :)
-Revi

lvroftiques said...

Well I really like it, but it would really depend on the context of the room in which it would be residing. Could you show us more of that?
Love that pillow Debra! Vanna

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Debra,
Are you kidding me!!!??? I tore through my fabrics last week trying to find a similar silk to make some pillows. I've had a pic of some on a gray wool flannel settee on my inspiration board since September and have made myself nuts over it! You would love it too!

The chair looks amazing, what a great new outfit for your find!

The enchanted home said...

Debra........I have to say I love it, I really do. Thats such a beautiful gorgeous rich color and its in velvet nonetheless!! Keep it! It will give you that 'pop" you are looking for.
25.00? WOW!! Can you go shopping for me? Beauitful find!

Splendid Sass said...

I LVOE IT! Don't you touch it! I am a vermillion/orange kind of girl, and this is stunning.
Teresa
xoxo

Cote de Texas said...

i love that color. its a beautiful accent color.

i like to bring pops of color with plain velvet pillows. that's my new thing - i love how the velvet absorbs the color and looks matte. plus i love 24 inch or 26 in pillows on sofa - plain velvet.

5th and State said...

go ahead, stay with your initial thoughts. go forth and unleash your inner color girl!
BTW, love the chair and fabric, bravo!
debra

michele said...

know which image made me stare the longest? yours with the bolts of fabric. i think the upholstered chair's a keeper whether you attempt to tame it or not. yum.

michele

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I love it and it's one of my favorite colors...I think you done good!!!

Sharon (Roses and Rust) said...

Your chair looks beautiful Debra! The colour is so warm and inviting. I am usually a lover of neutral colour schemes but I love the pictures you've used here and I think your chair will have the same effect in your home. x Sharon

Boho Farm and Home said...

I agree with Richard...I am getting bored of color less rooms too. Bring on the color Debra and in a silk velvet?! what is not to love about that! Beautiful!
xoxo
Caroline

la Brocanteuse said...

Keep it...cannot imagine it other wise and you are spot on with what is NOW! Colx

bernardina said...

Definitelly keep it!
But then... I'm biased. I have an entire wall of my living room painted in this colour, hehe :-))
Warm greetings from Greece!

Room Seventeen said...

Very warm and special color, don't change!

Thoughts on Design said...

Your nevousness about the color comes from the chair not having a context. Trust your instincts! The chair just needs the right "home'.

We just finished an installation of a dining room in 1670 antique colonial and Sally used high back chairs upholstered in a very similar fabric for the chairs at each end of the dining table and a tapestry like fabric in the rooms drapery. The room looks fantastic!

Cheers,
John

Victoria said...

I am voting in the "love it" category. It really is a subtle orange, not at all flashy. The fact that the fabric is a silk velvet -- my favorite velvet -- gives it a look of quality that, I believe, will not seem trendy in a few years.
Best...Victoria

eclecticrevisited.com said...

I'm subscribed by email and needlesstosay, everyone posts show up a day late in my box...
but about the chair, absolutely love velvet and the chair is divine..I think it looks fabulous recovered in the velvet but I also think it's important to evaluate a piece in the context to other decor and furnishings in a room...if you look at the images you've selected, all are juxtaposed with other colors, shapes and styles lending a bit more interest and tempering the tomato soup color a bit...
btw,Love all your rolls of fabric..so gorgeous!!
maureen

pve design said...

I love it....and against gray it will look so perfect.
Perhaps the wood might be painted an aged gray with a touch of gold or silver....I know I like to create trouble.
I love the images you have so carefully gathered.
I also love the pop orange can give to all white.
pve

Anonymous said...

If you really want to "tame" the color of the chair, remove that pillow, and replace it with one that has no white/beige/cream/pale yellow in it at ALL. The lighter colors in your pillow are amplifying the orange, not toning it down. Try a pillow with khaki/black/brown/navy tones, I think the darkers will tone down the "noise."

Meanwhile, you have a real winner there, you truly scored! I love what you did and any day now you'll probably grow to adore this brand new color in your life.

-Flo

judith said...

Yes, Yes, Yes! Yes for a pop of color! Love all those images!

Decor de Provence said...

You are my cup of tea!! I LOVE this look - especially your chair!!!!! You nailed it completely!!!!! Orange is one of my happy colors! My parents just recently moved into their Belgian inspired country home and hung the most beautiful vibrant orange Murano glass chandelier. This transformed their room and it's my favorite object in their home. Way to be brave - it paid off! Have a wonderful Monday!

lol,
Desiree

Anonymous said...

KEEP IT!Absolutely Fabulous!
Do you sell the fabric?I would be interested in about 8 yeards of that gold velvet!How much?

LA CONTESSA said...

That last post by ANONYMOUS was me LA CONTESSA in LAFAYETTE, CALIF!Opps...........in haste I guess pushed the wrong button.
PS>Congrats on winning on that other BLOG the other day!The guys with the gorgeous stuff from FRANCE and BELGIUM.I know them and have a few piececs from them too!

HAMPTON HOSTESS said...

I love that color, and I love the velvet fabric on your chair! Definitely adds a wow factor to a space while warming it as well.

Barbara

allumer * decor said...

Beautiful fabric! I think the chair looks great. It has such pretty lines too. Wait till you have those gray walls... you'll like it even better!

Ispirato Design said...

Oh my gosh- definitely keep it. It's gorgeous. This past weekend, I just painted a little table and chairs that exact color- kind of for a pop of color in our gray room- sound familiar, haha, I think you would like it :)

Taylor Greenwalt said...

I love the chair. You might need to add a little bit of the color around the room to balance out the boldness. Pillows on the sofa or flowers, something so the boldness of the chair isn't the only pop of color. Keep the chair.

Karen T. said...

By all means KEEP IT! And, $25 for the chair?! Are you serious?!

designchic said...

So pretty. Love the pop of tomato in the pillows...gorgeous!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Debra, I love it! Definitely keep it. A little dramatic touch keeps everything from being boring. Beautiful.
Also, thanks so much for your sweet comment. I do have the flu as does most of southern California right now. The only other thing I had this year was knee surgery and that was due to an injury long ago. Knock on wood I am an extremely healthy person. You are so sweet and I appreciated your concern. XO

Barbara@HausDesign said...

From the comments I just saw, seems like I am not alone in saying keep it! I love, love, love this color and think it will just take a little getting used to...keep it for sure! Every room needs an element of surprise and you've got it!

Debby said...

I would keep it... it provides a perfect pop of color!! xo

Cindy Albert said...

Hi Debra, you found lots of great pictures with that tomato-red color. I think I agree with an earlier comment about carrying that color around the room so it's not all by itself. That chair was quite a buy at 25.00. Don't you just love when you come across a deal? I think it's beautiful the way it is, but would be curious to see it with a pillow in the darker colors that someone in an earlier comment suggested. BTW how is your tapestry coming? I think you were working on it after breakfast the other morning.

Have a great day!

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

The chair looks stunning and will look even more so against the grey wall when you change the color. You just need to get used to it as it is obviously a new color for you. It is gorgeous! I like the inspirational pics, too..definitely impactful and interesting. It is such an earthy color that it works beautifully (as opposed to a more red hue).

SHERRY HART said...

Keep...Keep...Keep! Did I say keep. What I meant was keep. Beautiful! And of course the pillow is perfect!

special 'k' said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures I have been sitting here looking and looking I adore them. I will follow on my way out so I know my way to your beautiful abode, i hope you will find the time to come visit me soon and do the same. Whilst I am here I would like to wish a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to engaging more in 2012. Take care. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

sharon said...

I'm with every one else on this Debra, definitely a keep, it looks warm and elegant. If you're taking time to get used to the colour, how about a darker cushion that will tone down the pop factor? In any case that chair was a great find and somebody (you?) has done an even greater job covering it.
Sharon
x

Fashion-isha said...

Keep it! It looks awesome. And thank you so much for that sweet comment on my blog. The pictures were taken at a good angle I really am not that thin LOL! It's a battle every day and keeps getting more difficult as I get older...ugh don't even want to say that word!!

Have a great evening!
xo
Sharon

NikAntik said...

Hi Debra, I suggest: take your time and leave it as it is. It will find "it's" place when you are ready. Maybe you should soften the look a bit by draping a non-white (nature, cream etc. - don't know if I explain it correctly) shawl or plaid on the chair? I like the look. Hugs for you and Dylan-boy, Nik

jayneonweedstreet said...

I love what I call the cream of tomato soup color. I have an 80's print on my living room sofa and cant bear to part with my "Vreeland" look, so I've used the color for a long time. While I appreciate the calm of a neutral room, I need color! LOVE the chair!

Janice said...

I love the color and fabric...I say keep it. Maybe just change the pillow, I love the idea Revi had of a leopard pillow! Something in a chunky linen might be pretty too, just adding another texture.

quintessence said...

I'm not quite sure why you are considering giving it away? I think it's beautiful!! And if it's too much for you, what about draping a throw over the back? But I love that color!!

allumer * decor said...

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Ivy Clad said...

Oh, keep it, definitely! I love it and would have it in my own house.

Keri

Stacey said...

Are you kidding? Definitely keep it!!! I love how beautifully it contrasts against the wall color. Love, love it!!:-)

Tatiana Doria said...

Definitely keep it!
It is wonderful!

Marie Soderberg said...

Oh gosh I just LOVE the livingroom with the christmas tree and the piano..amazingly beautiful..

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