Color Inspiration: My grandmother's house, which is a 1970 gem featuring exposed brick and wood, wall-to-wall caramel-colored carpet, orange Formica countertops, and bright custom wallpaper. The painting above the television is by Matte Stephens, whose work has inspired almost every color in my house.
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Color Inspiration continued: Clearly, I'm also obsessed with wood, and I embrace the myriad of shades provided by the pine wall, the trim, the floor, and the furniture. I wouldn't dream of painting any of it. Everything in the room (and the whole house, for that matter) was either gifted or thrifted for $200 or less, so it took a long time to assemble coherently. I sewed the curtains and the chair cushions myself, which may or may not have been a mistake.
Colors Used: The wall color is Deep River by Benjamin Moore (I used their zero-VOC Natura paint, which is awesome). The wood and the sofa provide the deep golden browns, and the flea market finds like the curtains and wall art provide the brighter dose of yellow.
Color Tip: Use color.Not too much. Mostly neutrals. Neutrals don't have to be beige or white; navy blue, gray, pale peach, or natural grasscloth or wood can count as neutrals. I mean, jeans are blue, but we think of them as neutral and can wear almost ay color shirt with them, right?