Interior Design w/ Color

Go color crazy – Living room idea

Alright, go down this rabbit hole with me on this living room idea and how I got there. By now you know that I, QuianaRose, love color. I began to wonder just how much I do love color. Could I push myself to include alllll the colors? So I specifically Googled “Rainbow Kiwi”, and this is what I got.

I’m gonna do it. I’m going to turn this rainbow kiwi into an interior design challenge.

So here is where my brain started to tick. The seeds stand out. Well they aren’t even a color. They are black. But they touch every color. They are a common denominator. They are each bathed in white to make them stand out. They form a shape which looks like lips to me (and you eat a Kiwi with your mouth, come on!)

So I look for black lips. Yup. That is my starting aesthetic. There’s a lot of pictures of people’s lovely lips out there. Didn’t necessarily hate that tangent. But here is where I ended up.

So it begins… hospitality glam. What kind of room..? hospitality is always about sitting for some reason.., so living room it is. I typically start a living room with a sofa.

Typical sofa things. But we want something with the gleam of our lips, the exotic of our fruit, and also comfy (and maybe a little sexy).

I find this sofa set with the tufting (like seeds…… come on), lovely nail head trim and a beautiful, smooth, comfy, black suede… she wins!

Now we think, this all-color-encompassing room is only black. Can’t have that. Color. How are we going to bring in the color? Obviously pillows. But I don’t want to chicken out with just pillows. I then look for actual furniture pieces in color. To keep this from getting muddy and to stay with the feel of our rainbow kiwi, we look for solid, saturated hues: no patterns. All must fit our sleek glam and hospitality comfort.

Yay. Now we have a palette to mix with. I always start with one or two pieces (the lips art and the black sofa), find pieces to stay in that energy and silhouette, regardless of time or style (because I am at heart eclectic), and I then put the room or house together.

The last thing on my list is the paint color. I want a paint color that will help your pieces stand out. I select gray because it has a sleek elegant feel to it. It also does not take away from our rainbow pieces in any way. They get to shine bright. Random tip, don’t skimp on the crown molding. It can add value and character to any home in a heartbeat.

Okay. I created a living room idea out of a rainbow kiwi. If you like it, let me know. If you want a rainbow room of your own, shop Here. If you love my beautiful color craziness, shop Here.

Leave a comment. I’d love to know what kind of color challenges you run into. I call it colorphobia. Don’t be afraid.

Interior Design w/ Color

Color is not the enemy

I have never been afraid of color. Hmph, I am color. A rainbow is color and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful things in the universe, so don’t argue with me. Today’s color exploration is Red. Of course Red. Red is Queen. Red is lifeblood. Red means danger. Red rules. This is an #interiordesignblog so we are going to show lots of pictures, please.

I just had to include this picture because red is my power color.

So you’ve always wanted that one red wall or red washer/dryer.., how do you put red in your space for seriously?

I have a random experiment below with a red bird. My first thought was what’s something red and exotic. Most of us have seen a red bird–Get a little excited if she’s pretty.

I went through a lot of birds, but I felt she embodied what red means to me: strong, bold, and alive. So I began to pull the colors out of this image to see what was the most striking, and where was there room for subtlety.

Note the red infinitesimally turning violet. Is she red or purple? And her beauty is that she boldly presents a lot of the hue. The white is just a striking wisp to make the red and purple plumage even more red and purple!

So, Red and Purple without shyness will be my focus. Have to have the white juxtaposition, and the green is just there to calm your eyeballs down a little bit.


Now for the fun part. Sourcing (selecting) the focal points. Since this will be an eDesign, we source from retail. If you’re trying to stay on a retail budget, feel free to start with a Google Shopping search in your area. We’re building a #livingroomidea So the first thing I typically think of is seating. So if you’re risky and energetic and unabashed, go for the red sofa. If you think that is a little too much and possibly too expensive (because everybody wants red), then compromise and go for the red side chair. Here are a few fun pieces I thought harnessed her fierce intense coloring and contrast. If you’re full on with the bohemian look, we could get a purple sofa and do this for real.

And then you find a base: flooring, rug, paint. You honestly don’t want anything competing with our red hues, Our red bird is showcasing her red, thickly in one spot, so let the furniture be her and the surrounding room a backdrop of a canvas… Neutral colors, please.

I’m going to say that we steered away from the purple sofa, but we still need some drama. I found this stippled (like a featherless bird, come on!) coffee table in all silver. If you can explain why it works, then it works. That’s the rule. Didn’t you know that?

So here’s my mood board. Full with loving accessories.

I say we add the greenery with plant life, find a red wine glass or two to sit on the coffee table. get a fluffy white throw for the sofa, and we are in comfy, sexy, vibrant, cozy, heaven.

If you implement a space like this in your home, inspired by our red bird, please email QuianaRose at and show us your final images.