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This is probably going to come as a shock to you if you have been around the blog at all, but I like the color red.
This is not a “new” phenomenon for the Kim-meister. I pretty much claimed red as my signature color in middle school. Maybe before. If I could find my senior pictures, you would see two of my favorite things – red shirts and my GAP overalls.
I still love overalls, too. But that’s a post for another day. #90sforever
When I decorated our first few homes, I ignored some of my instincts. In the first few houses, I used red in small small doses … and at Christmas. But it just wasn’t enough.
The Internet told me to only use neutrals. Or yellow. Or aqua. Or white. And those are all really great colors. But the truth? I love myself a little (or a lot) of red. And just because the Internet tells you to do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Be a rebel.
In my case, I’m just happier in a home infused with my signature color.
And I’ve found that by listening to my inner voice, the one that tells me that my home needs more RED, I can find a signature STYLE.
As we have been settling into our house, it was clear we needed some rugs on the floors. And while I wanted pretty, this was also a giant part practical. That back door and the kitchen needed runners, stat.
To me, runners are great spots to work in pops of color – and in my case, pops of red. And since both of the rugs were visible from the open spaces in the home, I wanted them to coordinate but not match perfectly.
I’ve been swooning over Dash and Albert rugs from Annie Selke for years, considering them in our last kitchen and our stairway.
The kitchen and mudroom are hard-working spaces, and these are hard-working rugs. They are beautiful, durable and comfortable. (I added a few solid extra-grip rug pads to keep these rugs right where they belong. Nobody likes a slippy and slidey rug. Game. Changer.)
For the kitchen, I chose the Arlington Red/Camel rug – an indoor/outdoor rug that is as durable as it is comfortable. It feels like a plush wool rug underfoot, but it’s easy to clean and actually made from 100% recycled bottles. The subtle herringbone pattern is a beautiful addition to the kitchen.
In the entry, I chose a striped version – the Framboise Woven Cotton Rug, which brought a great deal of interest to a pretty bare walkway.
There’s something classic about the stripes. It ties everything together in the kitchen and the mudroom. And while it’s light, it’s easy to clean and hides a multitude of
I love that the rugs gave us a nice way to bring in our home’s signature color and are practical, to boot. It’s the perfect way to create our own personal style in our home. And it feels like a more happy, comfortable space just for us.
And for an added punch of this signature color, I chose to bring in my red metal cafe chair and a giant oversized pillow (the Lexington). This is my sidekick’s spot while I’m cooking.
I loved perusing the Annie Selke fall catalog for inspiration for my own home. And I love how I was able to bring that inspiration home to create a happy and unconventional space.
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Do you want to develop your own uncommon home with a signature color?
Here are a few tips:
- Begin by discovering the colors and patterns that truly bring you joy. (Colors you gravitate towards in clothing and art are a great place to begin.)
- Find a variety of inspiration images that brings that color to life.
- Start small – adding some details that bring that color into your space. I love pillows and window coverings for an easy starting point.
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