Wednesday, June 8, 2011

*:AQUA & CHARTREUSE:* A combo that has me giggling with excitement...

OH! Hello there!
It's just me....
your long lost blogger....

I feel like all I have been doing at the beginning of each post has been apologizing lately for not posting NEARLY frequently enough...
So this time I won't go into it too much.

I'll just give you the short version:

New job, bought house, in wedding, house stuff, another wedding, more house stuff.... and well, you get the picture, right?

So since my husband and I went today to pick out all of the finishes for our house scheduled to be built this November, I have (again) been thinking about design..

Since we have been keeping the upgrades to a minimum....and by minimum I mean we have almost NO upgrades that were not a bonus of some sort, it has been somewhat limiting as far as design goes.
If you are a follower of this blog then you already know that I have been pining after a Retro Red and Aqua Kitchen.

Since I won't be having aqua cabinets any time soon, I'm going to have to improvise.  We picked a dark brown for the wood cabinets and a light unoffensive counter.  we also chose a very dark stain for our hardwood throughout the main floor. (all woods have no red in them...)

So I figured I would be doing punches of red and aqua throughout the kitchen and therefor was thinking...
How am I going to make this make sense with the rest of the space?... Since it is a very open concept floor plan.

So I was browsing some design pics and came across an awesome combo..that is..


I am suuuuper into this combo right now.
It looks fresh, it looks retro and best of all it is NOT beige.

So I figured I would share some of the awesome living rooms that I have come across on my search for inspiration.

I think both the aqua or the chartreuse green look fantastic on the walls...but I haven't decided if I am ballsy enough to do either....

The aqua is very fresh and cool...where as the aqua is daring and vibrant.

The above pic is a good example of a very subdues soft version of this colour combo...

I'm thinking it might be good to keep the walls fairly toned down so that I can add some statement pieces that have pops of colour... like the ottoman in the above pic or the chairs and curtains in the pic below...

I really only have discovered my love for this combo quite recently and haven't really figured how I'm going to work it out.  

Perhaps soon enough down the line I will post pics of my living room all "worked out"!


for now I dream...and I wait.

and I share!


  1. You could always make the walls a very, very pale shade of either of the colors and then use brighter versions for the accents.

    Personally, I like the one picture where the walls and the sofa are light lavender with the aqua and chartreuse accents.

  2. If you go with aqua for the walls, I would suggest a very very very toned down version of it. As an example, our old apartment had the aqua walls which looked awesome, but they were really bright and gave it a very "university student" vibe which I was a little tired of by the time we moved out...........I'm currently thinking of updating our living room accessories to pops of chartreuse and fuchsia
    It's amazing what a few THROW PILLOWS will do hahahaha

  3. Thanks for the comments! They are definitely helpful :) I think it's a beautiful but tough combo to pull off.

    I'm really into the balance of the very first pic... it's fresh and sophisticated. I'm thinking of going maybe a little bit more toned down for the aqua walls so that I can get some punches through the curtains and some retro reupholstered chairs... and I throw in a few rustic touches too, so it feels slightly less perfect and a little more inviting...

    Love the feedback! Thanks again guys :)

  4. This is like my place Melissa! Except add in lots of teak coloured wood and splashes of red. Another wall colour that works really well with these colours is Benjamin Moore's Whalebone, which is very toned down, more of a grey.

  5. oh that's definitely a great choice of colours. it's quite bold but seems to work.

  6. Sounds lovely Katie! I was thinking of maybe keeping the walls to more of a grey shade because its so open concept....

    And thanks Yasmine! I think so too :) It's nice to be bold sometimes in todays world of beige...

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