One of my favorite house tours on BHG.com is this stunning colorful California apartment. Each space has a distinctive feel and look but it remains cohesive with the way the homeowner used bold colors throughout. But the standout room is undoubtedly the navy-walled dining room. With pops of gold and a mix of patterns, it screams California cool. So let’s break down the elements to help you get the look.
While it looks like there’s a lot of color going on, there’s really only three used primarily: navy, emerald green, and peony pink. White is the neutral that grounds the space and gives the viewer’s eye a place to rest which is necessary when you’re going with such statement-making colors all in one room. The chair rail and other details like the silver tea service on the shelves keep it feeling somewhat formal, but the real stylistic magic comes with the way the owner mixed and matched some fun and funky glamorous pieces to make it one of a kind.
With an interesting mix of patterns and prints, the rug is the perfect scale to ground the room. Had the chevron-esque print been any larger, it would have skewed the entire space as far to busy, and would have competed with the large-scale floral print on the dining room chairs. As it is, your eye views it as a fine print that adds texture and not just a visually-jarring pattern.
Top tips to get this look:
1. Stick with a tight color palette, no more than 2 to 3 colors at most. Other colors can be added in but only in small doses.
2. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, but do consider the scale.
3. Do decide on a neutral to give your eye a place to rest.
Painting by Jenny Prinn
Vintage Hollywood Regency buffet
Dash & Albert chevron rug
Jonathan Adler chippendale chair