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A design dilemma of my own prompted my latest article [Rust for All Seasons] for Houzz. I’m looking for accent pillows to transition my titanic rust-hued sofa into spring. Clearly…

A design dilemma of my own prompted my latest article [Rust for All Seasons] for Houzz. I’m looking for accent pillows to transition my titanic rust-hued sofa into spring. Clearly replacing the sofa is not an option, but finding colors that cool the room’s atmosphere sounds like a more realistic plan. I’m looking forward to getting rid of the pillows with the fringe on them. The kids pull at it constantly and our new pup likes to get in on the fun, too. *sigh*

As you can see the room hasn’t changed much since I posted about it last year. This room for me is like a leaky faucet in a plumber’s home. You get around to it when you can.

Here are a few examples from my article on how to decorate using rust in the spring.

Nordquist modern bedroom

Rust colored bedding in combination with a geometric patterned comforter and crisp white sheets makes for a modern aesthetic that lasts for al seasons.

Niche Interiors: San Francisco Interior Design Services eclectic family room
Niche Interiors

Darker hues paired with bright white yield a look that is clean and unabashedly modern. Dining chairs and the neighboring room, complement the rust wall color and freshen the color scheme.

library and entry hall contemporary entry

Rust built-ins provide a warm welcome to visitors in this entryway and library. Surrounded by pristine white walls, the color combination leans more toward eclectic than modern with the introduction of rich antique furniture.

Houzz readers recommended adding turquoise and cream to the mix. I’m definitely interested in hearing your thoughts, too!

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  • The colours that have been big here in Oz for Spring have been the pinks,greens and blues…peach and mint, Watermelon and navy.
    Although you are into Spring..we are into Autumn here and this post has been great inspiration for me to get ready and rugged up.
    Having said that…its still so warm here in Australia…warm enough for a dip in the pool ; ) Hope you have a wonderful weekend lovely x

  • As soon as I heard rust I thought blue as a compliment to cool it down a bit. It is hard to tell true color on a monitor but I found a suzani at Fabricadabra that has a rust, gold, white,brown and a cobalt blue in it that could be a good jumping off point to add some pops of color. here is the site if you would like to see it. Good luck on addding some Spring!!!

  • Lori @ Lori May Interiors
    March 24, 2011 9:47 am

    I use a lot of warm colors like red, rust and orange in my home. As much as I am drawn to them, I experience this same issue every spring, when I think it would be nice to lighten things up a bit.

    I like the idea of adding white and a bit of blue. I have also adding some green into the mix.

  • classic • casual • home
    March 24, 2011 11:37 am

    Nice that you have so much light. A cream and rust pattern would be pretty.

  • How about a bright eggplant/raspberry type color – orange and purple are close to being opposite on the color wheel so will make things pop. Dashes of white will help lighten this combo as well. I'd consider changing out that picture above the windows seasonally – a bright white frame with a fabric inside that has all the colors you choose would help tie it together.

    Consider changing out the dark feathery plants in the sconces and perhaps go with some white painted long twigs…can even get nutty and glue some fun purplish berries – sparingly.

    That being said, I like turquoise as an option too.

  • Janell @ Isabella and Max
    March 24, 2011 1:00 pm

    like a leaky faucet…that is too funny. What a great ideabook topic, rust is not a color that screams spring, but with the right accessories and colors it can look fresh for the new season!

  • Niki McNeill
    March 24, 2011 5:36 pm

    I would suggest a graphic print pillow with chocolate & white/cream!

  • First of all, I love the space! So very pretty and soothing. If you want to brighten the space and update I would add lilac (light purple) velvet pillows and silvery (possibly sequin) pillows. I would also add a large green plant, a fig tree or something tropical with large leaves.

  • Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle
    March 24, 2011 7:59 pm

    I was intrigued when I read the post title as I just had my great room painted a dark chocolate brown and was thinking it might feel a bit too warm in the spring/summer. Like you Houzz readers my first instinct would be to add turquoise to your space since oranges and blues always look well together. Maybe even a cream pillow with a design in another color would brighten up the room and make it feel cooler.

  • I think a nice print may be nice. I saw a pretty print by Duralee in a sample book earlier this week with a creamy background, the rust color you're describing and blue birds. It was prettier than my description and nothing says Spring like birds to me.

  • Erika at BluLabel Bungalow
    March 26, 2011 9:41 am

    Sorry so late catching up with responses! Had exciting things going on this week that I'm looking forward to sharing with everyone.

    Such great suggestions for my rust sofa dilemma!! Reader Christen emails me some fabric options and ironically I already bought one of the prints she suggested. New post forthcoming!!

  • I-5 Design & Manufacture
    March 30, 2011 8:28 pm

    I enjoyed your examples of how contrasting colors with white can give a room a crisp feel. It is amazing how much colors affect the design and feel of a room.

  • I like all pictures in this article.


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