DIY Room on a Budget – Warm Pink and Slate Grey Living Room
I’ve had this room and this color combination on my mind since I stumbled across it on @angelsinteriordesign’s Instagram feed earlier this week. Soft pastel pink and grey (or, grey and pretty much any soft pastel color) is a pretty classic combination. But I’m really liking this more masculine, slightly more natural, clay-like color combination going on with this room. The pink is a rusty, almost terracotta pink. And the many different greys (the couch, the blanket, the table legs and the black and white botanical print in the background) really add a lot of depth. They almost have a hint of green in them, but their soft, matte finish keeps it neutral. Basically, I’m obsessed and need more house so I can do this somewhere ASAP.
So, I’ve challenged myself to try to re-create this room on a budget. Now I just have to control my need to buy all of this stuff….eeep…
Okay let’s just start with the lamp and get this out of the way. The lamp in the above “model” photo is called the Grasshopper. It is absolutely gorgeous. It is also $875. Even if I had $875 to spend on a lamp, I would not do so because I have animals. And will one day have children. And I bet one of them will figure out how to ruin $875 worth of lamp in about 8.75 seconds.
Unfortunately, this color lamp pretty much only exists at a high price point. (Target! Walmart! Ikea! Someone make a mid-century, modern floor lamp in this light salmonny terracotta color! I promise it will be a hit!) So, to keep with the theme of this room, I’d suggest going with a copper floor lamp, like this one from Urban Outfitters, currently $159:
Or, if you want to get a little funkier or a little more glam, you could go with this one from Wayfair, currently on “closeout” for $148.95.
Or this one, also from Wayfair, 5’2″x7’6″, $153.60:
This one is my absolute favorite, though (I’m not big into geometric prints). I think it brings in the hint of teal in the featured room really well. It is available in a number of sizes:
Table time: It’s hard to tell what the top of this table is made of. However, I think a marble-topped table is a good idea here. You could also go with a solid light-grey or white table. Word to the wise – I’d stay away from anything with silver. For this room, to keep the “zen-like” vibes rolling, the copper accents should be the only shiny metal in the room. Here are some options I found. (Note – I looked for a marble-topped table with grey legs… couldn’t find one at a reasonable price… but I think that would be beautiful in this space. Bring in a nice natural element with a slightly more luxe feel.)
Personally, though, I’d keep it sleek and simple and go with this set, also from Overstock and for only $179!
And the sofa. I think the sofa is a slightly less important part of this room – as long as you have a lighter, neutral color, you should be able to make it work. If you have more of a beige sofa, make go a little warmer with your grays and maybe get a rug with tones closer to the couch color to tie it all together.
Left to right, we have this light grey, almost futon/bench-like sofa first, then the slightly blue-ish grey sofa (note that the sofa in the feature image has a hint of blue), then a light grey, modern sofa with tufted back, and then the warmer grey sofa, and finally another light grey denim-like sofa.
Here are some similar throw pillows. I’d also throw in some solid grey pillows in varying textures (or, you could do the opposite and go with gray chevron and then solid rusty pink or more solid gray pillows). It is important to vary your grays so you avoid looking too sterile. Since gray is such a neutral color, having the varying tones will give it more depth and make it look much easier on the eye. Left to right, here are the more orangey ones, here is the pinker one in the middle, and here is the one on the far right.
Finally, here are some chunky grey knit blankets. The “super chunky” knit blanket is totally “in” right now – but they are rather pricey (even if you want to DIY – trust me, I looked for reasonably-priced ultra thick yarn because I really want to knit one.. but I couldn’t find any. If you’ve got the hook up, please let me know! I’d love to buy some!).
So, there you have it! The main pieces to making the above featured room! Some last minute pointers – Keep the accent pieces (the coppery-pink) to a minimum. One of the reasons this rooms works (having a bolder color like this coppery-pink) is because it is toned down with a predominantly neutral color, keeping it cool, calm, and relaxing. THAT BEING SAID, if it were in my house, I’d probably have a bajillion terracotta pots on that back table filled with plants because, for me at least, plants are always relaxing even if there are a ton of them.
What do you guys think? Do y’all like chunky wool blankets as much as me? Do you really want a room with these colors now (I sure do)? Is spring finally there where you are yet (it finally is here – 70s all week!)? What do you want to see next on the blog? Do you have a room you’ve found on instagram, pinterest, Houzz or elsewhere that you want to submit for the next feature room? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! Or tag me in the photo on intagram (@francandeli)!