Pursing Persimmon

Recently Pantone announced “radiant orchid” (read: pinky purple) as the colour of the year but personally, I’m on the hunt for persimmon (read: red-orange. It’s a fruit, who comes up with these names?). My pursuit of persimmon began with this Robert Allen fabric:

Robert Allen's Ming Dragon in Admiral

Robert Allen’s Ming Dragon in Admiral

Love. Love Love his twist on florals. I plan on using the fabric for some throw pillows to bring a splash of bold, but not bright, colour to my couch. I’m a serious colour-phobe but it is my ambition to introduce colour into my very neutral home. I’m going to rely on indigo blue (the background colour of this fabric) as another neutral and have some fun with green and persimmon accents (you can spot just a bit of the red-orange colour in the fabric in the top right corner). I’ve been searching out products for bringing the persimmon out in my living room and I love these curtains from Crate and Barrel:

These curtains from Crate and Barrel would be a subtle nod to my accent colour with their red stripes.

Okay, so they are still mostly white but baby steps you know.

The rule of thumb for accent colours is that you are supposed to have at least three hits of the colour in a room so I’m on the look out for a couple more. In the meantime I’m inspired by these beautiful rooms:

Wish I knew where the persimmon knick-knacks on the bookcase are from. Love the

Wish I knew where the persimmon nick-knacks on the bookcase are from. Love the bookends.

Painting the window frames: a funky and low cost way of introducing colour to a room. And that couch! Gorgeous.

Painting the window frames: a funky and low cost way of introducing colour to a room. And that couch! Gorgeous.

I'm contemplating going a bit wild in my powder room and painting it a colour like that wall. We'll see...

I’m contemplating going a bit wild in my powder room and painting it a colour like that wall. We’ll see…

If only there wasn't a tot kitchen under my bar counter...I'd have stools like these.

If only there wasn’t a tot kitchen under my bar counter…I’d have stools like these.

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Ooh la la, if I lived a different kind of life I wouldn’t mind a dramatic dining room like this.

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