Good day, design friends. Peggi here. Happy July! We’re kicking off the month with a peppy, punchy moodboard. If you have noticed that I don’t shy away from color (hints here and here), you won’t be surprised to find today’s post presents not one, but two lovely hues- red & blue. While this pairing is aptly timed for a certain US holiday, let’s think beyond that patriotic association. Imagine perfectly faded denim and a cherry wool blazer. A bold ruby lip and bright cornflower eyes. A brilliant autumn maple under the clear cerulean sky. Now are you with me? Click through if you’d like to see this vibrant duo featured in classic interiors and find inspiration for incorporating red & blue into your own home.
First, let’s discuss the range of reds and blues that I’m especially digging. No way around it, we need a true red for this look. The color can lean slightly warmer or cooler depending on the context (and your preference!),but bold is what we want. The blue is where you get to play! I like everything from chambray to turquoise to cobalt. Two shades of blue make a scheme extra rich. The final element is the neutral which helps solidify a style. Bright white reads high-contrast preppy or coastal. Creamy ivory moves toward cottage or casual. Black brings the drama. Warm woods, wicker, and sisal balance this palette perfectly. Do any of these red & blue designs speak to you?
If you can tear your eyes away from the stunningly dramatic entry above (that Fornasetti wallpaper?!), check out the red & blue moodboard below.
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01: suzani tablecloth // 02: striped pillow // 03: toile pillow // 04: artichoke quilt // 05: linen dots napkins // 06: op art poster // 07: vintage pottery vase // 08: leather tassel keychain // 09: vintage drip glaze vase // 10: vintage italian bowl // 11: protea tray // 12: checkered rug // 13: mark d sikes slipper chair //
Zingy, right? Ready for my top 3? The suzani cloth (#1) would anchor a show-stopping tablescape! If you’re worried about food stains, drape that gorgeousness over a headboard or the back of a sofa. The lovely drip glaze vase (#9) is pretty enough to style even without flowers, but imagine it filled with a loose lavender and white arrangement! And the piece I find completely mesmerizing? The op art poster (#6)! I am picturing three different spots in my home for it right this minute. Ha. Tabletop, vessels, art. My favorite effortless (read temporary) ways to experiment with new or intimidating colors.
Would you look at all of the glorious variations on red & blue in this wallpaper? Add some caramel, gold and brass, and boom. Powder room perfection.
This very traditional bedroom above illustrates several genius ideas for adding punches of red to a blue and white zone. Tape trim! Typical placements include pillows, duvet, drapes or blinds, and lampshades. Bonus points for outlining the entire room with it! Seriously, I need to try this. Another fab trick? Painted frames! What a simple but impactful way to unify collection of (thrifted) frames. I adore this lively look for a group of black and white photos or charcoal sketches. Simple touches that add kick. What do you think?
I’ll end our colorful sojourn today with this primo example of our winsome twosome- red & blue. That outrageous blue lamp against the red wallpaper and millwork fairly glows. The shape of the light slays me, but the room’s palette makes the vignette next level. Tell me what you think, friends. Heck, yes…or not a chance? I’m here for the discourse, of course. Have yourselves an outstanding weekend; enjoy your extra day if you get one! May your barbecues be sunny and your neighbors’ fireworks be finished by 11pm. Ha. Until next time!