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- Alexandria, VA
- Inspiration for my palette:
- Necessity is the best inspiration. It's not a large house, so the living room has to be used for relaxation, entertainment, and even work-from-home -- and every room in the house has to accommodate some of the thousands of books. And although I can admire a dramatic room design, I don't wish to try to live with one. I wanted a restful, meditative background that was not boring; I needed a space where every surface serves some purpose or other. I love the look of layered neutrals -- cream, gray, soft green, tan, woody browns -- and the foyer, living room, dining room, and kitchen are all visible as you come in the front door, in a sort of enfilade. The obvious solution was to choose an overall neutral palette, then emphasize one of its colors for each room. I used mostly tans and browns in the living room. Copper tones as accents throughout also help bring the rooms together: in the living room, copper urns and trays and a copper-colored cotton throw.