Jeffrey JohnsonTraditional Living Room
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What Houzz contributors are saying:
Whoa, Nelly. These red-orange walls with bright white trim are not for the faint of heart. A saturated, color-themed room like this has an old-fashioned feel. It reminds me of Napoleon's quarters in the Louvre — not the color as much as the idea of doing a single-color room.
People often think that a bold color on the ceiling will make the ceiling look lower. Sometimes that's true, but in this room the opposite effect occurs. If the ceiling were white, your eye would be drawn below the molding by the bright orange walls. Instead, the strong color lets your eye continue on up above the molding to actually make the ceiling look higher.
If you are hungry for orange, go all out, just be sure you have the big picture in mind. White architectural details help balance the impact of orange walls and ceiling, while neutral furniture grounds the space. Such a strong shade of orange with dark, neutral furniture may have felt too heavy: The addition of green velvet chairs feels fresh against the orange and helps the space feel less formal.
A repeated quatrefoil pattern makes for a dynamic Moroccan-style rug design.