Ask an Expert: COCOCOZY

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Hi Interior Collective Readers! Thank you so much for all of your great questions! I am so excited to be this week's Ask the Expert!

Using Patterns and Texture

Q1. Hi Coco! Loving your patterns and your throws are delightful! I have a bit of a Blue/Grey/Yellow scheme going on. Do you suggest adding another color or punching up the space with more vibrant saturations of these hues? - Corinn

A1. Hi Corinn,
Great color scheme. I would not add in another color. I think three colors plus white is more than enough in a space. I would just add in different patterns and textures to add depth to the design. Embrace your color scheme of gray, yellow, and blue by adding in different prints and patterns using those colors. A wonderful fine stripe on a pillow, a great trellis patterned rug, or even accenting the ceiling with fantastic demure floral wallpaper in your color scheme could add that extra design punch to your space. Don't go too crazy with pattern though... use restraint when adding in these textures and you'll have a visually interesting space.

Yellow Blue and Gray Twin Room
Image: Ali Schwarz

Adjoining Room Color Schemes

Q2. Hi!!! I just had my kitchen and keeping room redone with white cabinets and Carrera Marble counters. The walls are pale gray. The adjoining rooms are charcoal and light turquoise with pops of orange. I wanted to go with a different color story in the keeping room. Do you have any ideas? Thanks! - Mindy

A2. Hi Mindy,
I just featured rooms by designer Mary McDonald that have a gray, white, and lavender color scheme. I love the idea of adding lavender or subtle shades of purple into a gray and white environment. I think lavender can add elegance, style, and a bit of cheer to an otherwise neutral space. The lavender accents could be in the form of pillows, a white roman shade with a lavender grosgrain ribbon trim, or even some beautiful framed botanicals in shades of purple for the walls. Good luck with your "keeping room". I am sure it will be just perfect!

Gray and White Lavender Living Room
Image: Betsy Burnham

Sofa Décor

Q3. Hi Coco,
I just moved in to a new place with white walls and a white kitchen, so I have an opportunity to play with colors and texture. I have wood (mostly mahogany) furniture with metal accents. What are examples of what you would you use for décor or a couch? I usually lean toward blue or sea colors. I’m looking for a contemporary style with a warmer/more feminine feel.
Thank you! - Melissa

A3. Hi Melissa,
This is such a great question. Let's focus on the sofa. I love a great navy velvet blue sofa. I think a sofa in a deep dark blue, that is plush and nice to the touch, can add chic style to an otherwise regular space. The photo here shows a blue sofa against a blue wall, but I think what looks even better is a blue sofa against a white wall. The dark blue acts as a neutral color of sorts, and then you can have fun by adding even one more subtle accent color!

Sectional Blue Velvet Tufted Sofa
Image: House Beautiful

Adding a Pop of Color

Q4. Hi Coco,
I have a lot of chocolate brown, greyish blue, and eggshell colors in my space. I want to freshen it up with accessories that compliment but that are also a deep contrast in order to pop. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks - Djuana

A4. Hi Djuana,
For years, the conventional wisdom would have said to add in orange for that "pop of color" to a color scheme like brown, gray, and slightly off white. However, I would always turn to the blue or green family for that extra bit of color. I love the idea of adding a cheerful green into a space by using soft accessories like pillows or throws, table/shelf décor, and even a small upholstered piece like an ottoman would do.

Brown Gray and Green Living Room
Image: Reid Rolls

Decorating on a Budget

Q5. Hi Coco! I have a problem. I want to re-decorate my living room but don’t have the budget to do a full-fledged makeover. If you had to choose one or two items to help transform my room, what would they be? Something that will give me the most for the money. Thanks!! - Maddison

A5. Hi Maddison,
The two items I would recommend to transform a space on a budget are pillows and paint. There are so many cost effective decorative pillows with larger bold prints on them in the marketplace these days. Stack three colorful pillows onto your sofa and one coordinating pillow in a solid color on a nearby chair. Then there is paint. Do you have some wood furniture that needs a face lift? Paint it in an accent color of your choice. We recently painted a wood Louis XVI style chair in our COCOCOZY offices a matte finish navy blue (see the photo below), and I think it looks awesome. A little paint and a few pillows can make your space look entirely different in a short amount of time!

COCOCOZY Chairs and Pillows

This Week's Ask an Expert: Rachel Winokur

Award-winning Los Angeles Interior Designer, Rachel is known for her eco elegant solutions including the luxury spa at Casa del Mar hotel. In addition, she has appeared on HGTV and DIY, and in House Beautiful and Angeleno Interiors magazines. Rachel also managed $450M as Dir. of the Commercial Dept at Michael Smith.

This Week's Topic: Eco Elegance

This week Rachel will be answering questions about how to be elegant by being Eco friendly. Ask her a question here.

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Coco, founder of COCOCOZY interior design blog and home furnishings collection, loves anything to do with creating beautiful, functional spaces for the home. Coco started her blog back in 2008 with a simple goal of providing design inspiration to her readers. Three years after starting the blog, she created a luxury home textiles collection that she designs and manufactures here in the U.S.