Picture Perfect Design – Tulips
Okay, so I cheated…a little. I can do that; this is my blog afterall, so I get to make the rules, right? Right. This week’s Picture Perfect Design is not inspired by an image so much as an item. You see, recently I was watching an episode of HGTV’s Design Star (which is super boring and lame this season, BTW). The challenge was to design a space inspired by a flower. The judges stressed that the design shouldn’t be about the colors of the flowers so much as the emotions they inspire and their basic essence. I instantly knew which flower I would choose. From the title of this post, you probably know which flower I picked. You’re right, it is the tulip. Smarty Pants! The tulip isn’t my all-time favorite flower (it is a Stargazer Lily in case the hubby is reading), but the tulip is a flower I love and one that lends itself nicely to this challenge IMHO. Here’s a tulip snapshot for you as an appetizer.
For me, tulips scream four basic things – spring, simple, fresh and structured. Those key words were what I tried to keep in mind when I designed this living room.
1. The lines of this sofa remind me so much of a tulip, structured and curved. I chose this color because I think it will work well as a neutral in our spring room.
4. This ottoman in white will serve as the coffee table for our space. I love an ottoman as a coffee table because it offers dual functionality and allows your space to be more flexible. In fact, we have an ottoman as a coffee table in one of our living rooms.
5. Hard to tell from the picture, but this is actually fabric. They call the color lime; I call it spring green. Either way, I think this fabric would be fab throw pillows. For me the sea blue and crisp green color combo is always a winner.
6. I really tried to keep this room from feeling at all heavy. That’s why I went with white lacquer tables for the ends of the sofa.
7. The curve of this lamp reminds me of the shape a single tulip takes when placed in a bud vase.
8. White floor pillows will help keep the living room relaxed, inviting and flexible.
9. This chair is called “the Tulip chair”, I kid you not. So, it was an obvious choice for the space. I also think its lines work well with the sofa without being too matchy-matchy.
10. The wall color is the same spring green I referenced earlier when discussing the fabric. I think it would really pop in a room with white crown molding and trim.