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cocokelley.com · Feb 5, 2015

ACCENT WALL INSPIRATION :: GIMME COLOR

With the never-ending sea of white walls in interiors these days, whenever I find space with color – especially color done well – I feel particularly inspired. And it just so happens that Lucy Feagans at The Design Files does this amazingly well every time she host her annual Open House….

The 2013 house featured super bold walls in shades of blue and coral. The house is created to show off current designers and artists – sort of like our show houses here in the states – but she completely curates these herself.

Normally the term ‘accent wall’ makes me cringe, but with the right architecture and the right setting, it really seems to work. I like that wherever there is color in this home, it’s on paneled wood. It breaks up the saturation a bit. And of course, these bold walls just happened to be covered in perfectly coordinated art too…

I’m insanely jealous of the design coming out of Australia these days – my next travel goal is to hop a plane for a month’s visit. Perhaps I should time it around this Open House…

The 2014 Open House colors were a bit more subdued with shades leaning towards pastels, and a palette that seemed to flow between rooms a bit more…

Here you can see that light blue leading into a room with an awesome green accent wall. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of work that goes into putting this all together, but it’s quite inspiring! I’d love to hold something similar (on a much smaller scale of course) in our own studio space at some point – or find a warehouse that would let us take over for a month. Hmmm….

This grey-blue is actually a very similar shade to what I’m considering for painting the new dining room and I really love it with the lighter wood accents. That combination of light wood dark walls has been calling my name lately!

All photos via The Design Files – please see her posts on the Open Houses for sources, artists, and more!

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