Color of the Month | Persimmon

Have you ever thought about the colours in your house?

Really thought about them?

Decorating with colour is more about visual balance than ‘equality’. Decorator’s often follow what is known as the 60-30-10 rule:

  • 60 percent of a dominant colour (like the wall colour)
  • 30 percent of a secondary colour (like the couch & chair, or the flooring)
  • 10 percent of an accent colour
If you’re at all like me, the 60% and the 30% are pretty easy…and pretty neutral. Shades of white, grey and taupe are relaxing and soothing. Safe.
But there needs to be that 10% too.
A little bit of colour. 
But what if you don’t want to go permanently bold? Or if you change your mind about accent colour when the wind blows or the seasons change?
Are you skeered of adding colour to your home?
Well, don’t be, you silly!

That’s what cheap and cheerful accents are for.

And that’s what our COLOUR YOUR WORLD series is all about!

Each post in the series will include a colour-themed mood board full of (mainly) cheap and cheerful ideas for adding colour to your space, along with the goods on where to find all the featured goodies.

We’ll help you see that you don’t need to be afraid of colour – because it can always be changed.

Colour Injecting Tips:

  • Toss pillows are the perfect accent to change up your colours. Buy inexpensive pillow forms from places like Ikea (their feather inserts are only $6!), and keep a stash of colourful covers at the ready. This saves space and money!
  • Just because your lamps came with white shades, doesn’t mean they have to stay white. Add a fun shot of colour by switching up a lamp shade or two.
  • Artwork in the form of inexpensive digital prints is another gorgeous way to add some colour to a room. Simply exchange prints in a standard frame when the colourful mood strikes.
  • Much like toss pillows, throw blankets can inject your room with a little colour personality – and add that cozy factor too.
  • A small rug or a group of diminutive ottomans ups your colour quotient on a slightly larger scale.
  • If you’re feeling really brave, you could paint an accent wall in a bright bold colour or even a dark moody hue. It can always be painted over later on.

Okay, are you ready?

This time, in honour of autumn, we’re featuring the bright bold orange hue


Where to find all the pretties:

1. Mill Creek Oskar Persimmon Outdoor Maze Square Decorative Pillow, Land of Pillows (etsy).

2. Chip It! by Sherwin-Williams. Coordinating paint colours include: Extra White, Raucous Orange, Inviting Ivory, Renwick Golden Oak, Roycroft Copper Red.

3. Chealsea Hotel, New York photograph, Eye Poetry Photography (etsy).

4. Dragon Tree, Committed Photography.

5. Persimmon Ruffled Drum Shade, Lamps Plus.

6.  Square Lacquer Trays, West Elm.

7. Fillsta Table Lamp, Ikea.

8. Paprika Mohair Throw, Serena & Lily. (Admittedly not cheap, but there are similar out there for less).

9. Dwell Studio Vintage Blossom Persimmon Throw Pillow, abc home.

10. White Bird on Orange Linen Pillow Cover, Sweet Nature Designs (etsy).

11. Punched Ceramic Pumpkin Luminaries, Pottery Barn.

12. Nail Polish, essie.

13. Quad Persimmon Stool, CB2.

14.  notNeutral Seasons Rug, Bobby Berk Home.


What do you think of decorating with colour? Are you all in? Or doing it in baby steps?


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    I completely agree with the 10% rule and this is where we get to have some real fun with our spaces I think!! We just painted our family room, dining room, foyer and kitchen in mid-toned greys and we love the neutrality of it….like you mentioned these neutral wall colors are perfect for accessorizing in different colors with the seasons and holidays! I love the Maze square pillow and the throw, persimmon is such a perfect color for fall and winter! Great design board here an what a great series!!! Totally luv!

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    I love playing with color but having grown up in a house full of neutrals it can be a bit scary at times. This post is a perfect guide! And it doesn’t hurt that persimmon is one of my favs :) Thanks!