Retro color combination of red and aqua livingwithcolordesigns.comSometimes you will be surprised by what you find when you really aren’t  looking.  I found this cute combination of inspirational things the other day when I was out-and-about scouting out some of my back door resources (that’s what I call them, they are open to the public, but unless you know, you drive right by them).  I could just envision this little combination of things making a great big, creative, statement for a little starter apartment, taking a color plunge.

Aqua sectional with retro metal legs

Small barrel back chair in aqua

This cute sofa/chaise sectional came with a coordinating chair.  The aqua sectional has silver finished retro style metal legs and the matching barrel back club chair has wooden legs in a black finish.

Modern red leather chair

Right around the corner I spotted this modern red leather chair with legs similar to those on the sofa.

Red leather twin bed

Continuing our aqua and red color palette, this red leather twin bed would be great focal point and pop of color for a child’s room or the spare bedroom.  Love the pull out storage underneath.

Modern fabrics with retro style. Aqua and red combination.

Choose from the fabrics above and others to create draperies, pillows, bedding, or table linens to carry your color palette through out the spaces.

Tip: Using the same colors throughout unifies spaces and can make small spaces seem larger.  I would also break up the furniture pieces.  Use the red chair in the same room with the sectional and put the small aqua barrel chair in the bedroom with the red leather headboard.  Spaces feel more relaxed and welcoming to me when furnishings and other items appear “collected” instead of “matchy-matchy”.  So don’t be afraid to split things up.

Retro Vignette at Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom Atlanta

I just love this picture I took at the Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom in Atlanta.  This vignette welcomes you as you wind up the stairwell to enter the main floor of the showroom.  There is just something so charming and retro about aqua and red.  It immediately invites you to take a step back in time.   –  Marianne



Cool Tie Dyed Fabric

I am often asked about what makes a good starting point for designing a room and choosing colors for a room.  In many cases it begins with a fabric.  The fabric can set the tone and mood of the room and also dictate color selection. I found this fabric the other day when I was checking out the geometrics.  I just couldn’t pass up taking a picture.  I knew there must be a teen somewhere that would love this fabric and draw some inspiration here. This would be so cute on a bedspread and curtains.

I snapped a few pictures of some things you could pull together to complete the room. All items were found locally.  I will put a list at the end of the post.  So here goes…


This lime green table is great.  Put one on each side of the bed for end tables.

Add a pop of color on those tables with these hot pink lamps.

Add some Flower Power to go with your tie dye with this photography print in just the right colors.

A lime green flower shaped vase to display those spring flowers we are all eager to see growing in our yards.

Every girl likes a little bling and shine.  Bring it in with these brightly colored vinyl memo boards.

Organization is  a cinch with matching pink totes. You might as well make your storage pretty and have it right there in the open as part of your decorating.

For a little fun and to remind them of that little girl inside pick one of these darling handmade monkeys.  

And hang this in her room to remind her every day that she is loved and that beauty and happiness begin on the inside. So nice to see some cute faith based accessories.

Well there it is. Instant teen room. And it all started with a knock out tie dyed fabric.

Look for inspiration in fabrics, pictures, pillows, or other accessories that you love and build from there.

Happy Decorating  –  Marianne

Fabric- 1502 Fabrics  High Point NC
Table and Lamp-  Home Goods Store  High Point NC
Vase, Memo Board, Pillow and Totes-  Hobby Lobby  Asheboro NC
Handmade Monkey- Brightside Gallery  Asheboro NC

All photos property of Living With Color Designs

If you have been furniture shopping lately it would have been hard for you to miss the Ikat trend.   Real Ikat fabrics are woven fabrics.   Most of the Ikat type fabrics you find in the fabric store will be fabrics with the motif printed on instead of a woven Ikat.  I recommend that you go to this link Arch Academy of Design  to learn about the dying and weaving process because I can not do it justice by putting it in my own words.  Basically the process of tie-dying warps and wefts before weaving will result in the finished design.  Like I said, check out the excellent hyperlink for more info.

Here are some recent fabric finds available in many colors and a variety of designs.

Are you having trouble visualizing how it might work in a room.  Check out the combination of items below and see what you think.

                    For your walls try Valspar color:                               Smoky Blue  EB42-4

Happy Friday!  I am just loving interior installations that feature Black.

Sound scary? Check out these web sites to see how it may not be scary after all: Elle DecorHOUZZ, and Apartment Therapy.
There are many benefits of black. Accent colors pop on black. Shinny things just sparkle more against black.  Art work grouped together on it results in a gallery effect. Recommended paint choice: Valspar-black tie.
The combination of white and black is guaranteed to make a statement. The best way to soften a black room is to be sure to include a variety of textures and materials in the space.  Items that reflect light, like the chair above, are great additions to a black room. The nubby fabric above, would be great for window treatments, the bold geometric for a pair of club chairs, and the modern houndstooth for a sofa with pillows out of the white diamond patterned woven fabric. Round up lamps and accessories and you have an instant room.