This post is inspired by Chairish.com‘s September Blogger Challenge, which was to envision and decorate a space using one of their accent chairs. You can click that link to peruse their entire collection of unique, vintage chairs available. They’ve got some really cool, different pieces and then some gorgeous colorful, traditional ones like this beautiful French blue Ikat armchair. I’d love to have that in my living room. via
It was fun looking through them all.
They wanted us to take the space from White to Bright decorating with bold colors! Okay, I think I can handle that. I love my white furniture, but I also add splashes of color to brighten the space and then mix in natural tones and wood to warm it up. Stark white and grey furnishings can leave a room feeling cold and drab. They aren’t very inviting to live in and welcome guests into either. But the clean, crisp look of whites and greys make a space feel more open and lighter.
So how do you tie it all together? How do you decorate with whites and brights and make it work? My key is to use white or neutrals for the primary pieces of furniture and for the paint on the walls to ground the space. Then add in your pops of color with accents – accent chairs, rugs, lamps, a feature accent wall, artwork, pillows, etc. I like to pick a color family and stick with it, but not everything has to match with the same exact shade.
When they asked us to decorate a room around an accent chair, I immediately knew I wanted to create a home office space. A home office is a great room to really go bold with color. Bright colors like orange and yellow actually help you think and be creative – they get your brain juices flowing! So it’s a great space to really put those bold colors to work for you. Plus I absolutely love the look of a crisp, clean white desk with pops of color sitting on top of it. So fun!! Who wouldn’t love going to work in such a happy space?
This beautiful vintage orange arm chair would be just perfect as either a desk chair or accent seating for a client or guest. So I went with it with the bold dark orange in the chair and white modern style office furniture. A few more fun elements in the art work and office accessories make it a happy work space. What do you think? Could you go to work here every day?