Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Decorating With Hot Pink Furniture

If you want some furniture painted in a fun and eye-popping dose of color that can make a even a traditional room feel more modern, hot pink should be at the top of your paint sample. Hot pink is a fabulous color that can be quite elegant as long as you limit it's use in your interior so that it whispers "chic" and doesn't scream "gaudy".

This blog features hot pink furniture and hopefully will convince you that adding a piece will provide a charming and contemporary jolt of energy to your space. The perfect color to blend classic and eclectic styles, hot pink furniture can be that focal point that litterally transforms a room. 

If you are ready for a bold statement in a classy way, think pink.

A piece of hot pink furniture looks chic mixed in with neutrals and other bright colors such as blue and green.

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Someone has created a great look with this hot pink chair and grouping of tropical and Chinoiserie pillows.

Hot pink colored furniture and accents can certainly liven up a room. This pink chest of drawers and those fabulous lamps give this space a trendy, youthful feel.

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If you like classical interiors as I do, you can still incorporate  hot pink furniture. The right piece will bring a modern refreshing to a traditional space while complementing both classic shapes and dark woods.

Even though hot pink is a bold color, a subtle touch will keep it classic.

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Hot pink is a great pick-me-up color that works on furniture in every room in the house. The bedroom is a great place to start by painting a bed, chest, or side table.

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A little hot pink can go a long way, so make a statement with one good piece of furniture in a room. This way you won't run the risk of turning the space into Barbie’s Dreamhouse.

Contemporary hot pink furniture looks great in a classic setting.

Or if mid-century modern is your thing, try a set of four hot pink fiberglass chairs by Charles Eames.

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People are enjoying painting and transforming their old furniture like this hot pink vintage desk. If you are crafty why not try your hand at a project that will liven up your interior.

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There's nothing subtle about hot pink but this bold, brash, beautiful color should never be pigeoned holed as a "Barbie" color for little girls only.

Be sure and don't overdo with this color. One pop and let that be it. Think of hot pink furniture as an exclamation point.

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Hot pink paint provides a stylish twist on an old classic

I adore classic pieces of furniture such as this French fautieul and bombe style commode all dressed up in hot pink. I am a bit more of a classist but would also love to have a home where I could incorporate something this bold.

A funky, eclectic mix of mid-century, contemporary, and classic French pieces. The hot pink sofa is right at home in this fun space. I'm not loving the houndstooth window treatments but give the rest a thumbs up.

Modern and chic, a singular piece of hot pink furniture is perfect if you like the look of a Paris apartment.

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Consider a piece of hot pink furniture to give a much needed burst of energy to a monochromatic space.

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This fresh and bright interior is brought to you by the pink. The color palette of pink, light blue, gray, and white is very nice.

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When used thoughtfully hot pink furniture can look amazingly cool.

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There's nothing subtle about hot pink and a piece of furniture in this bold color will definitely wow you guests!

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Decorating With The French Cabriole/Cabriolet Sofa

The gorgeous French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa was popularized by Louis XV in the first half of the 1700's. Cabriolet (where our term cab comes from) is a term that was used to describe a carriage or a cab in the eighteenth century and this sofa mimics the carriage's seat that had a curved exposed wood back which swept into arms in one seamless line. They also stood proudly on sinuous curvy legs called cabriole legs.

This style of sofa looks marvelous in a French Provincial, French Chateau, or classically ornate French home. It all depends on how it it upholstered and whether the wooden frame is left natural, painted, or gilded. If this style decor is your desired look than consider the Cabriole as your sofa of choice.

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The beautiful craftsmanship of the exposed wooden frame, and the legs that curve outwards and down are the main distinguishing features of the French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa.

The French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa is the extended version of the French bergere with its enclosed sides, lack of back cushions, and single loose seat cushion

And whether you gild the exposed wood,

paint it,

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or leave it natural, the French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa is a lovely addition to your seating arrangement.

There is a great demand for the Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa as a focal point in the French Provincial style interior.

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Of course if you want instant French flair try covering a Cabriole sofa in toile de jouy.

The French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa has a beautiful shape that is ideal for creating an ornate and classical look. They can be quite glamorous depending on your upholstery selection.

This beautiful gilded French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa is covered in Aubusson needlepoint tapestry.

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However this great sofa can also look chic and refined.

As elegant as they appear they also have a cozy feel especially when covered in velvet. I guess it's the arms, they seem to engulf you. I could definitely curl up in a Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa with a good book. Yes, I still like electronic reads for me.

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The Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa has a lovely back as well and looks good pulled out into the center of the room.
Some have a bit more squarish arm placement but still have the wooden frame that extends all the way down the arms.

The wood trim on a French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa may be elaborately carved and come across as Baroque or Rococo. However, it can still pull off a more simple look because of it's tightly fitted upholstery especially when painted and upholstered in the same color.

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If you crave luxury and elegance, the French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa is stunning in damask.

Romantic and charming, this Cabriole sofa provides an invitation for cozy conversation. Its sweeping arms, undulating back, carved wood frame, make it a lovely place to linger.

Painting the wood of these Cabriole/Cabriolet sofas has become very popular. I am not quick to paint wood especially when it is a good piece but I can see the fun in these painted sofas.

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Add some fun new upholstery and this timeless sofa can look fresh and modern.

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Even though the Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa originated in France, it is still very much at home in an eclectic or traditional interior.

There is just something special about a Cabriole sofa upholstered in cream linen with it's wood left natural. I think this is my favorite look. The pillows give a nice pop of color.

But then again this pink French Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa is so stylishly fashionable.

The Cabriole/Cabriolet sofa works well in a cottage style living room. 

And if your style is shabby, this French sofa is a must have piece.

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Of course there is alot to be said about the French Cabriole/Cabriolet settee. This smaller version of the sofa is one of those pieces you can use in so many different ways.

The Cabriole/Cabriolet settee is the perfect piece fora small conversation area if your decor is French chateau.

Or you can dress this iconic seat down for use in charming and rustic French farmhouse interiors.

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