I have one thing in common with one of my favorite interior designers Sarah Richardson, I like to use fabric as my inspiration piece, but in this room I started with the paint color. I picked out two colors that would blend in with the adjoining rooms: Sensible Hue And Cornerstone by Bahr. I also knew that although I wanted a neutral palette I want to use burgundy-red as my accent color, along with some metallic gold . When I saw the fabric below I was looking for something to back the walls of the bookcases and originally was going to order it for that...but it is so gorgeous that I really didn't want to cover it all up with books and accessories and immediately decided to use it for the draperies instead. I love the way that it has been 'antiqued' to give the feeling of age.
This little check, a companion fabric to the one above will be used to upholster a pair of bergere chairs in the alcove of the room. I think this will play off well with the natural brick floors in this area; in the main part of the room the floor is a dark hardwood
Instead of fabric I decided to use this damask wallpaper to line the walls of the bookcases, the lighter color matches the wall paint and the darker color ties in with the background color in the drapery fabric. I wanted something that provided richness but didn't standout too much. I think I will paint the interior sides of the bookcases in the darker color to add more dimension and interest.
And here it all is altogether, along with the cream and gold stripped fabric that I already had...it was originally going to be used in a bathroom remodel; I am going to use it now to slip-cover an existing wing chair. The only piece of furniture I will be purchasing is a new slip-covered couch in a cream color similar to the walls.
...just this morning while going through a special issue of Victoria magazine that I received a few weeks ago I saw this picture and was fascinated to see many similarities to what I am trying to achieve in my room. This room is more Victorian in feeling and quite elaborate, but the patterned drapes, the dark wood furniture and especially the color palette is very much the same. Fun!
So...what do you think...should I quit my day job?