Lydia's 'Swan Wing' Dining Room

Lydia's 'Swan Wing' Dining Room

Aaron Able
Oct 6, 2009

Name: Lydia
Location: UWS New York, New York
Type of Home: apartment in 1910 brick home

Color Inspiration: Economy was our guiding force. We bought the wall paint first, not knowing how we were going to incorporate it. As newlyweds, we had a hodge podge of different furniture on our hands. We used the paint to begin piecing together our individual lives into a playful, sophisticated color palette.

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Colors Used: Behr "Swan Wing" W-F-400 Behr "Marsh Creek" 480F-5 (was originally called "Corinthian Moss"

Color Tip: Like many young couples who are beginning to decorate their first home, it is hard to find a style and color palette that pleases both your visual and marital sensibilities. Rather than fight about what stays or goes, we decided to find similar aesthetic qualities amongst all our pieces. For example, I came with a buttercup yellow lamp and my husband came with heathered chartreuse colored pillows, which picked up my lamp perfectly in our dining room AND helped tie in the checkered Taffeta curtains (which we purchased together at a consignment shop in Manchester, Massachusetts).

Since our wall color was cool, we warmed up the place with draperies and my Imari china plates. The trick is to find colors and forms that echo each other, so that nothing seems out of place and yet nothing seems overly planned — this is an important lesson in our economy, especially when we cannot afford to buy new.

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