Madigan made… a way to add a little faded CMYK to the family room.
How do you bring color into a space? Do you boldly paint the walls? Or do you use fun accessories?
I am slowly working on a few projects for our family room that I hope to show you in the coming months. We painted the room, got some new gray furniture (eek, I haven’t shown you that yet!) and now I’m at the ‘decorating’ phase… and it is getting really fun! I love having a neutral backdrop in the room so I can bring color into the room with accessories.
I don’t know if I told you this, but my jumping off point for the room was this plaid fabric that I found a couple years ago… I loved the CMYK (that’s cyan-magenta-yellow-black) colors in the silk. It felt fun, fresh and modern to me. If you remember, I already made some painted glass coasters and splatter painted vases inspired by this fabric.
To temper some of the modern aspects in the room (and because I love them!) I plan to bring in some vintage elements like the vintage handkerchiefs and plates that I found this year. Did you know that there are a lot of pinks, yellows and turquoises in vintage prints? The tones are a little muted… but the nod to CMYK is there!
I also wanted to use these concrete DIY bookends in the room. My brother made them for me a couple of years ago. Aren’t they awesome?
My brother knows I love quotes and typography… so quotes are the perfect motif for me! The boxy shape and gray color of the concrete remind me of our new gray couch, too.
The bookends ‘just fit’ in our TV console. I wanted to place a few books in between them… and I considered this an opportunity to bring in more color and pattern into the room. A little CMYK, natch!
So I grabbed some pretty paper from the craft store that had a vintage-y (it’s a word) flower or plaid pattern to them in the CMYK realm… pinks, yellows and turquoise. The colors of the paper are not very saturated but I think that soft effect echoes some of the colors in the vintage plates and hankies that I have.
I covered a few books with white gift wrap and left some books plain red. Then, I trimmed and cut the printed paper to fit over the spine area of each book and glued the paper down with a glue stick.
This was an easy-peasy way to add a little color to this area of the room.
I love how the clean lines of the furniture and bookends contrast with the traditional aspects on the shelf (the prints in the paper and the milk glass and ceramic containers).
The books are pretty, colorful and a wee bit vintage-y (there’s that word again)… using faded CMYK… love it!
I love finding simple ways to add a little color into a space, don’t you?
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