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).
Using purple and lavender in a bedroom can evoke a sense of romance, femininity and creativity. Like a beautiful sunrise or sunset, purple and lavender are a soothing choice for a bedroom. Purple is also associated with royalty and opulence, which lends itself toward a glamorous environment in the bedroom. There are many shades of purple and lavender to choose from to create a stylish color scheme. Balance these hues with neutrals such as grey or beige for sophistication. For a soft look in a bedroom, paint walls a creamy white and use lavender drapes and a coordinating bedspread. Paint your bedroom walls a light lavender and use deep purple fabrics, paired with white accessories, for a tranquil mood. Add some sparkle using mirrored furniture for a glamorous effect. For a modern look, paint the wall behind the bed deep purple, pair it with lavender fabrics, and add a wood dresser for an eclectic touch. Lamp shades made with purple fabric will add dimension to the ambient light. Use varying shades of purple and lavender on silk and linen accent pillows for comfort and texture.
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