Please forgive me. While I’m grateful to have these beautiful palettes which you’ve shared for the downstairs living spaces and then upstairs bedrooms, I’m still at a loss on how to put it all together.
I mean, how do you create cohesive room colors and furnishings that flow from room to room?
We’re purchasing our first home and can’t afford to hire someone. But, I really feel out of my element here and don’t want to make a lot of expensive mistakes.
Hi Guys. This letter from Jen Eric Rieder is not one specific comment or email, but one topic that’s been coming up a lot recently which is creating cohesive room colors; along with furnishings– AND, not having the foggiest idea of where to begin.
I know that we’ve been through this before, but since I can’t find it, let’s just say that I dreamed that. haha. I don’t think so, but it’s okay.
For those of you who read last night’s Hot Sales post, (and if you didn’t, it’s short and charming, I think), you’ll see that yesterday, after nearly three years, I FINALLY got to meet the incredibly talented Maura Endres at a luncheon with about 90 other people and Charlotte Moss who gave a wonderful talk.
If you want to see us, you’ll need to hope over and check out the post. It’s okay. I won’t go on until you’re back.
Are you back?
Maura’s giga-gorgeous instagram page should be required reading for anyone who’s in the business of interior design and is seeking to create timeless, classic interiors. And, now, after going through her pics all afternoon, I’m feeling rabidly inspired and obsessed all over again.
But, here, is every element required to demonstrate perfectly exactly how to get the color flow right.
One thing I love especially about Maura’s home is that it doesn’t have high ceilings, it wasn’t built a hundred years ago. And yet, it is loaded with charm.
Through a unified and exquisite palette of colors, perfection of scale, and the most stylish details possible, she has achieved something extraordinary. And her furnishings are largely items found at flea markets, vintage stores and the like. Not all, of course, but some of it. And some, she inherited.
Plus, she just happens to have super-talented children; One who’s created much of the art on that jaw-dropping art wall. Ahhh… remember when I deconstructed that one? You can see it here.
I know that some of you, desperately want me to do this post, only you want it for a home with an open concept floor plan.
And, the only thing I’m going to say about that right now is that it is very difficult, if not impossible to get this level of warmth and gosh-it’s-good-to-be-home feeling with a big barn of an open concept room encompassing a two-story great room, dining room, kitchen and entry. The echo alone, is difficult to kill.
But, I also know that a lot of you have homes like I just described and for a wide variety of reasons. I’ve worked in at least a dozen of these types of homes; it’s not hopeless.
So, what I feel quite strongly about, is that less openness is created. You can read more about some ways to go about that here. But, I can go into more detail about that, as well in a different post.
Let’s go back to Maura’s incredible home. We first saw her home, here and it was about 22 months ago.
Please go and take a look at it. I’ll repeat a few of the images, as well.
Now, I will attempt to deconstruct what Maura has done. She does make it all look so easy and effortless. And, maybe for her, it is!
First, she has created a backdrop of neutral colors in her wall colors and finishes.
I don’t know all of the colors and quite frankly, the exact colors are of little consequence.
Please let me repeat that.
THE EXACT COLORS ARE OF LITTLE CONSEQUENCE.
As a matter of fact, you can see for yourself how much they change in images of the same spot, but in different lighting situations.
The living room and kitchen are in off-whites and dark gray. That’s it. The little library appendage always looks green to me, but Maura says that it’s actually
I could not find a dead-on match in Benjamin Moore, but it is very close to Dash of Pepper 1554. Dash is just a shade lighter as you can see.
Then, Maura said that the dark gray kitchen cabinets are Benjamin Moore Bear Creek. Yes, that I can see based on the image below. That is a very sophisticated color which looks phenomenal against Maura’s pretty collection of dishes.
Those colors are very close to each other and Bear Creek looks right. But, I’m still having trouble seeing Tobacco for the little library.
However, I came across another image of an office painted Bear Creek and it also looked green.
In most photos it looks closer to Benjamin Moore City Shadow CSP-60 to me. However, I am willing to believe that it is actually what Maura says it is. After all, it is the reason I do not do paint consultations via the internet. It’s a bloody nightmare!
The lesson here is to get samples of the color you SEE and like, not necessarily what it is.
The living room walls look like they might be Benjamin Moore Linen White.
This is an older image of this vignette.
Nothing stays the same very long in Maura’s home.
This is so difficult. I love it both ways!
In an adjacent room, it is painted a brighter green similar to one of the Laurel Home Collection colors, Benjamin Moore Herb Garden, perhaps.
The upholstered pieces are all in pale beiges and cream tones. And each piece is beautifully scaled as well. Read about beautifully scaled furniture here.
Blues and Greens and touches of coral and red, art and lots and lots of books.
I also love that each of the pillows is different, but coordinated.
I don’t know what Maura’s background is, but her talent for styling is extraordinary.
And that silver footed gallery tray– with canted corners! I have tried to find another like it and well, there isn’t one. Like her gorgeous red cachepot, (you can see it here) this is the last silver gallery tray of its kind in the entire world. ;] However, all kidding aside, what stands out for me, more than any kind of formulaic flow of colors is a passion for creating these incredibly beautiful vignettes.
The blue and green colors all come together in the dining room which features this stunning mural.
Total show-stopper and a good reason to never move. Notice that the mirror has migrated to the new vignette and there’s a new mirror to take its place. (you’ll have to go her instagram to see that one. It’s gorgeous too!)
Maura’s palette is simple, but also versatile. It looks great in every season and with everything she brings into her lovely, warm family home.
Now, your home might be inherently different. But, many of the same principles will hold true.
Above is another place where we can see the cohesive room colors coming into play. We can see the room flow and how it all comes together in perfect harmony.
For more ideas, colors, palettes and palette families that can mix and match, if you don’t already have one, please consider purchasing the nearly 500 page Laurel Home Essential Paint/Palette Collection with 40 home furnishing boards with dozens of different pieces of furniture, rugs, art, lighting.
If you start here, there are links that will take you first to part I, the paint collection and part II the palettes. But, they are sold together.
And now, for what I hope is a special treat. I have done my best to channel Maura’s beautiful style and created a widget filled with home furnishings– most of which are on sale!
And for more cool furnishings, please check out the hot sales page. Dozens of beautiful new items this week and all on sale. And also, don’t forget to visit the holiday shop for ideas for decorating and gift guides.
Thank you again Maura for showing us how to do it. And please don’t forget to follow her on instagram!