Use just a little fuchsia as an accent to amp up a room.
The more I see fuchsia in home interiors, the better it looks. This hue hasn’t been back on the home décor radar screen for very long though I found some for my post on Fuchsia Flashes. Hand-in-hand with its cousin purple it seems destined for a strong future. While a lot of fuchsia may be too much for some tastes, bright pops of this shade — especially in combination with silver, turquoise, blue and green – looks wonderfully modern and immediately creates a hot spot that takes your eye to whatever it covers.
In most cases I’m not a huge fan of accent walls, particularly not with wallpaper. Yet the moment I saw this Graham & Brown leaf-pattern [top] I thought ‘wow, that would make such an elegant, fresh, young and exciting wall in a bedroom or even in a contemporary dining room.’ The paper, called “Midsummer,” features peony leaves but the frostiness of the background makes it a winter look, too. White and gray walls and furnishings are such natural partners.
Fuchsia, turquoise and purple act like high notes in color symphony in this room, which actually has pale walls and a neutral cream Berber carpet on the floor. But color meister Miles Redd puts opposites to work in a serious way by playing fuschia upholstery off against the gilded chair frame and sparking it with a bright yellow vase in back (yellow and purple are opposing on the color wheel). Chinese foo dogs (lions) are dowager style accessories updated by pairing with a fanciful purple crystal lamp. Then there are those amazing upholstered turquoise doors studded with nail heads.
The back of a fauteuil, a cozy throw and a wastebasket (of all things) show how little it took designer Joe Nye to get maximum impact in a writing-desk alcove.
(Source: Graham and Brown, Miles Redd, Joe Nye)
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Tricia Rose says
Love me some fuchsia! It is surprisingly easy to find in nature too, which makes me love it all the more. Zephirine Drouhin!