The modern or minimalist space practically begs for bright color, even with cherry wood as the key feature. Hint at country-meets-city with Kelly green walls. Striking yellow strums a sunny, fresh-air note. If your home is Asian or Mediterranean inspired, take an adventurous color journey with bold orange walls highlighting red focal walls as the backdrop for culturally correlating artwork, tile and textiles. Before committing to any paint, sample it on opposite walls for color trueness, and to see how it visually cooperates with the cherry wood. Cherry red and green are natural partners. Cool cherry beds have a pink beige undertone that creates complementary contrast with carpet in warm greens, like olive or spring green. Soft contrast ensues by pairing a bed in warm cherry with olive carpet, while carpet in cool mint green contrasts with cherry beds of either tone. But a cherry bed with carpet in robin's egg blue has a fresh look. Medium purples are too close in color, but when paired with lighter shades, such as lavender, a cherry bed contributes to a harmony of red bedroom hues.
In this eclectic living room, warm-tone charcoal provides the backdrop for different colors, patterns and lines. It gives the room a nice weight and feels a bit more formal than white would. Using cool charcoal as an accent in a lighter gray room is the perfect way to create a focal point. "Light gray walls feel crisp and airy, while darker tones create a sultry, sexy, cozy mood. Charcoal with citrus: The warm gray sets off this bright orange, making it stand out even more. The high-gloss gray cabinets from Ikea set off the white and give this kitchen a nice visual landing place that white cabinets would not provide. This gray is about as achromatic as it comes. The Lava Teak melamine chipboard by Cleaf from Italy and launched by Poggenpohl is both modern and earthy (think Big Sur).
Sage color, for a muted, earthy feel try out a shade of sage in the bedroom. It's relaxing enough to be comfortable and can have a bit of a masculine feel as well. Using a complementary palette creates a soothing environment. If your primary colors in a room are shades of medium green, sage accessories can lighten the room without creating a strong focal point. Sage blends well with white or pale yellow as well as other grey-green colors. Consider sage bed sheets and a soft floral bedspread with sage-green leaves to add sage to the bedroom. In modern rooms, there are almost always metal objects. In bedrooms, lamps, jewelry boxes, furniture legs, drawer pulls and even televisions have a metallic trim. When working with sage, focus on silver-metallic items where possible, for the best fit. Add a sage lampshade to your pewter side-table lamps and sconces.
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