Okay, here’s the thing with our funny little nook. The only thing that has really stuck in that room is the paint color. Well, the Vittsjo, too. But what has changed is the rotating cast of chairs and rugs, and for the longest time, that room has sat mostly empty. Rugs were returned, chairs were banished to storage, and it seemed that we just could not get it right. There was no hurry, and so we were okay with our sloth-iness.
A few months ago, you might remember that we found this Milo Baughman chair at a vintage warehouse sale. It’s THE chair for the nook!, I said. Scott agreed, but we both knew that the nubby yellow fabric had to go. (In yellow’s defense, it is a pretty color, but not for us. And remember that vintage fabric we picked up at the same time? Sadly, it was confirmed that we don’t have enough.) With our living room being filled with rich shades of navy and red, the yellow added a sense of All the Primary Colors. Too chaotic. No, no. See our living/dining rooms in their entirety right here.
One day, I imagine myself reading books in the Milo chair while Scott carefully chooses a new record to flip every 20 minutes. We will find a fluffy rug in a neutral color, which will allow us to have fun with the upholstery of the chair.
That said, we’ve finally gotten to the point where we want to see this room how we envision it – the room where the kitties will curl up on the chair and the dogs will nap on a soft rug, all of them baking in the afternoon sun. I hunkered down and ordered countless samples of fabric. Velvet, outdoor and canvas swatches flooded our mailbox with pink, blue and green samples – endless shades of grays and almost-grays and super dark grays, too.
I began tacking swatches to the wall, and slowly, we pulled down the colors that felt too baby, too dark or too washed out. We ended up with two strong contenders, neither of which we expected, but both feeling so bold and so right.
Never did either of us imagine a fuchsia, but look at how pretty! It’ll tie into the rug in the adjoining room, and why not go hot pink? I have a never ending bank of arguments for pink, but even Scott agrees that this bright jewel tone works well.
And then there’s this deep teal. The monochromatic look will keep things subtle, and yet the fabric itself will still feel so rich. It’ll “go” with our navy couch, and perhaps it will feel more timeless for the long haul. Because, that’s important, too, right? But fuchsia. Oh, what to do?
Thank you to Sherri on Facebook for making mock-ups:
What do you think?