Friday, February 13, 2009

Sky and Citron

Aqua and orange isn't a combo I see around too much (I grew up in the 80's, not the 60's!), but I am really digging it in this Nantucket guesthouse bedroom (painted Benjamin Moore's "Lido Green") that was featured in House Beautiful. I love the way the designer John Willey described how it manages to feel so peaceful:
Don't take this the wrong way, but that room reminds me of 1960s Howard Johnson's colors — that wonderfully intense orange and aqua — but modernized a bit. It's such a terrific vintage palette and I have to admit, I love orange. The reason this pretty Florida-orange orange is calming is that it's printed on a natural beige ground instead of white. It tones down the intensity, makes it less bright, less Marimekko, more bedroomy.

12 comments:

Beautiful Living said...

Wow, stunning! :D

Rick said...

How fun! I love the way he plays with color.

kathi said...

How cool is this! I'm looking for ways to add some punch to my aqua -
didn't really like the yellow, but this orange has possibilities...
Now to just find a drapery fabric like that or maybe one with some other colors too?

Decor Addict said...

the orange is sutle though, not too intense. i like it!

Tara said...

Great combo, not too overwhelming! Love the Southampton house. I live near there and did a post this week on thrifting in the Hamptons..maybe you'd like to take a hop over!

Nice blog! Tara

Melissa Lewis said...

Love this color combination! Hope you had a sweet and lovely Valentine's Day:)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I just saw this issue this morning with coffee! Love the pic with the driftwood and the sea urchin (?) print!

Rachel James said...

I love unexpected color combinations. It is so liberating to break out of choosing traditional matches for colors and just going with your instincts!

The Steel Magnolia House said...

Now that combo could have gone terribly wrong, but it really looks great. So fresh and modern.
xx
Kara

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Beautiful. I love aqua and orange. It is one of my favorite color combos and I actually used it my living room. It just makes me so happy with the pops of orange and they just work perfectly together.

Lauren said...

love it!! I love the combo too & used to have it in my bedroom...

My dream is to have french doors like that one day in my bedroom. ahh perfection

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

too stunning.......that second image takes my breath ...i love it !

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