When we think of French interiors, we think of pale blue, gray and white, yet French decorating isn't just one a one-color palette. Pink, salmon, and coral are often associated with the Rococo period and was in fashion until the end of the 18th century. Today we don't see many interiors based on these colors alone, and I ask myself why? Pastels are some of the most beautiful colors that a person can work with, and yet most of us gravitate towards the neutrals such as the gray and beige tones. I think for the most part, many of us are scared to use color, because we don't know how to incorporate color.
The Rococo developed in the early part of the 18th century in Paris, France as a reaction against the grandeur of Baroque where most of the pastel tones came into fashion. If you enjoy the bold shades of scarlet, cerulean, pacific blue, or shamrock green, consider working with the sibling colors such as seashell pink, peach, sea green, mint and sky blue as your main color shade in your home, while incorporating the bolder colors with accessories. The combination of pale blue and coral are great matches for one another.
-In this picture we see a combination of a pastel pink with an ice blue. Both colors look terrific together.
-Fushia table cloths are paired with cinnamon and saffron in a French Provence cafe
-Menton Provence shows wonderful architecture in shades of coral and pink. Shades of blue in the sky and ocean work so beautifully together.
-Ceiling arches in the Royal Arcade in London. Brighter orange is paired with peach and gray ornaments. The look is amazing. Go Statue On Ebay is the number one place I purchase my molds. I have found so many great designs that could work on the wall from this store.
-A Courtyard with a fountain in Aix-en-Provence, France shows a building painted in shades of peach with sky blue shutters.
-A village in Provence shows beautiful colors of orange and blue in the architecture.
-Vibrant pinks are seen in the street of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur, France
-Take some color combinations from nature. Combine earthy oranges with punchy greens in your interior color choices.
-Here is an excellent example of using three base colors in a room. The rule many designers go by is using no more than three main colors. In this photograph we see that rule play out nicely. Earthy orange is used as a base coat, followed by a sky blue, and a vibrant shade of orange is used as the second accent color.
-Here we see an unusual combination using pink as the base color, and blue as a secondary color. Emerald green is chosen for an accent color, nicely fitting in with Provence style.
-Here is a beautiful combination of colors. Here we see a chapel with lavender field. The chapel is painted in a light peach color with a vibrant color of orange for the roof. In this instance, lavender and green are accent colors to peach and orange.
-Orange is wonderful when it is paired with dandelion yellow, bone white and copper. Use brighter sunflower yellow with a muted pastel salmon. Muted pastels work nicely combined with electric vibrant colors.
-Consider sticking with the same shade tones for greater impact. Apricot, tangerine, and sienna are all wonderful shades that could play off one another. Consider painting a wall in a light apricot, and layer in painted french furniture in tangerine with copper hardware.
-Pull together the details of your home in your fabric selections, upholstery and throw pillows. I believe it was Kelly Wearstler who insisted that the pink china she saw displayed in the kitchen of the home she was touring, had to come with the house as an agreement of the sale of the home. Display your china on gold or white sconces and collect several tones of the color that attracts you most.
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-Rethink pink as an accent color in your house that you can showcase in different ways, other than the wall color. China is the perfect way to display brighter colors. Line them up on your wall using plate hooks. Throw pillows are great ways of adding pops of color on your sofa and beds. Lamps can be painted, and custom shades with fabric to match your interiors can be customized. Painting furniture is the best way to incorporate several shades of color into your home.
-Paint your walls a shade of mango, and layer in frames in copper or gold. Consider painting picture frames a burnt ochre orange, with picture mats that match the wall color. In this picture you see several shades of orange, and a brass pitcher makes a nice centerpiece.
-If you plan on working with a bright color, consider accenting it with either copper or brass. It is amazing what either metals will do for tones of pink or coral.
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-The paler pinks are feminine and pretty, while the more intense shades such as raspberry, are dramatic and exciting. Shell pinks find their true complementary shades in the pale, blue-greens, but also work well with the lighter shades of blue and lilac. Use the stronger colors of such as scarlet, Persian red and crimson as accent colors.
-Color-washing the walls is an excellent way to tone down a bright color on the walls. Light gray, or pastel yellow can produce a mottled effect against a bright tone on the walls. The faded, sun-bleached corals also look great on exterior patio walls with terracotta floor tiles and plant holders to give a Mediterranean look.
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-Shocking pinks aren't always the easiest colors to decorate around, although they work really well teamed with pastels in the same color tone and greens. Fuchsia pink works nicely with accents of apple green, warm golds and coral pinks. Raspberry and mulberry shades work well with pastel shades. Pale shades of bluish pink are a excellent choices for bedrooms, while the boldest, vivid colors tend to work best on accent pieces such as a painted console table, china on the wall, or seen in paintings with several other pinks combined.