When Jeff and Michelle were building their house in California, he wanted neutral white rooms, while she was leaning toward gray and burgundy. But designer Alison Kandler encouraged them to try “happier hues” like purple and turquoise.
Michelle was pregnant with twins at the time and agreed that the rooms called for more “fun, kid-friendly colors.” It was designer Alison Kandler’s job to pull those colors together, which she did by keeping the furniture “classic” and most of the walls white (Dunn-Edwards “Whisper,” to be exact). Then the shades of purple and turquoise were added with fabrics, tile, and accessories.
Keep scrolling to see how the rooms turned out and see what you think of this colorful mix!
Decorating with Turquoise and Purple
Homeowners Jeff and Michelle said, “We were surprised at how the house ended up,
but you can’t argue with the awesome results.”
HGTV Magazine featured the house and describes the living room:
“The California-casual living room is anchored by a plum-color sofa upholstered in pre-rumpled linen and a 5-foot-by-5-foot alder wood coffee table with plenty of space for games and crafting. Adding pops of graphic pattern: a Suzani-print-inspired love seat, a skirted side chair, and heaps of pillows in eggplant and aquamarine. The tough-wearing jute rug hides dirt and echoes the neutral color of the F. Schumacher linen drapes.”
The white kitchen got a turquoise island that matches the front door.
I found a photo of the kitchen in the designer’s portfolio that was taken from a little farther back to show
the transom window framing the entrance to the room:
It looks like the island hadn’t been painted yet when that one was taken.
Here’s a closeup of the range from Kandler’s portfolio, too:
It’s hard to tell in these photos but the backsplash is “purple-tinged Moroccan tile,” a nod to Michelle’s Moroccan roots.
It wasn’t in the magazine, but I found this pretty bedroom featured in the designer’s portfolio:
The shades of purple continue into the Master Bath, as well:
Here’s a closeup of that gorgeous tile:
To give them a bit of a “cottage vibe,” some of the rooms have colorful painted floors,
like the bedroom for twins Asher and Rosie…
…and the pretty, pink and lavender guest room:
You’d find me whistling while I worked in this yellow and white laundry room, that’s for sure! 🙂
What do you think of the mix of colors they used? I’ve got to say I’d never think of putting turquoise and shades of purple throughout a house, but they made it work. It’s always refreshing to see something a little different.
Thanks to Alison for telling me about the project! For more photos and information, check her design portfolio and HGTV Magazine (story by Kathleen Renda and Jennifer Berno; styling by Liz Strong; photos by Mark Lohman).