Arcadia LiteModern Living Room, Phoenix
Red Egg Design Group | Mid Century Modern home in Phoenix, AZ | Courtney Lively Photography
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2. It stands to reason that a neutral sofa allows for the widest possible assortment of pillows, draperies and paint colors to satisfy a hunger for constant novelty in one’s decor, but if you’ve been a lifelong fan of orange, a pumpkin-colored leather sofa may be less of a risk to you than others.
Mixed/colorful. If sticking to a warm, cool or neutral palette doesn’t excite you, go for a colorful mix. But use some care when selecting the pillows, since you can all too easily create a visually uncomfortable space. The photo shown here is a terrific example of adding colorful pillows to a colorful room in a way that is pleasing. Orange and blue are complementary colors — opposite each other on the color wheel — so they offer the most contrast when used together. For this reason it’s good to allow one to be bold (the orange sofa here) and let the other go softer (the light blue wall color). The pillows support the color palette with a mix of hot and cool hues. The patterns are different, but the colors match the intensity of the orange sofa, so they are a good fit, and because only three fairly small pillows are used, it doesn’t look overdone. I find this space edited well. It’s super bold and colorful, but tastefully done.
Eclectic mix. When it comes to patterns, an orange leather sofa demands a bold mix. Here three bright silk pillows hold their own against the bold background. Using blue (orange’s complementary color) as an anchor keeps that pillow center stage, while its shimmering companions play supporting roles.
In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that mixing it up is my favorite design rule, and one that must not be broken. Uh-oh, there's that word — "must." Let me amend that. Mixing styles, colors, patterns, textures, finishes, scales and even shapes is an excellent way to give your home warmth, interest and a confident, welcoming feel. Take the mix of fabrics, colors and patterns in this room. The fabrics seemingly have little to do with one another, but the overall effect is magical. So what makes it work? The grayish geometric wallpaper nods to the pattern on the gray and white pillow. The soft blue wall behind the sofa repeats itself in a marvelously unmatchy way on the center throw pillow. Even though the warm pumpkin color of the sofa does not appear again, it invites you in and is the focal point of the room — at least from this angle. Note that all the patterns in this room are geometric or linear, giving the space a clean, contemporary feel.