1.29.2010

WILD BEAST

Orange + Pink. Hot? Or a hot mistake?

I picked up a set of these very orange tufted velvet chairs (I'm thinking Victorian?) at the thrift shop a little while ago.  I have a love/hate relationship with the color; it reminds me of fauvist paintings.  So, I did the fauvist thing and threw on some pink. Now, it's a wild beast.  IT SCREAMS!

Love? Hate? Yes? No?


Styled and photographed by (IN)DECOROUS TASTE. Pillow/ottoman upholstery also by (IN)DECOROUS TASTE.

17 comments:

Trouvais said...

Hi Lauren.Kinda like the orange velvet...some nifty buttons ensconced in the tufts, a tassel off each arm? Bleach the legs? (Love their shape and wheels). The pink and gold definitely helps. Very cute. Trish

Jaeve + Things said...

I love tufted anything. The color is ok, depending on where you put it and what else is around. I like it.

Liz said...

I LOVE orange. And ruffles.

anastassia said...

Like it! They styles match, but for some reason the pink on the chair itself is very headache inducing. Try using a sheep skin.. I think the feeling would still be there.

magnaverde said...

Eastlake Wannabee Victorian slipper chair + pillow, Yes, because A) who doesn't love clashing Fauvist colors in the first place? and B) I really like the way the pillow's looping ribbon rhymes with the chair's tufting. It's a chair that comes with its own witty commentary.

The little stool doesn't work as well because, with the aggressive colors (and otherwise attractive piecing of the various fabrics) the piece barely even reads as a stool anymore, just a pillow with legs, and not even very interesting legs, although if they were, say, hoofed feet, they'd be great with the very PC zebra floorcloth. We are, at least, still allowed to use zebra pattern without calling down PETA on pur heads, right?

Anyway, to really pump up to full Fauvist throttle with these pieces, that neutral-colored background needs to be the color of Heinz mustard, or sea green, or larkspur blue. Maybe all of the above. The more colors, the merrier. This is a great way to enliven a dignified old piece without, oh, I don't know, painting its handsome wood white.

little augury said...

yes, Victorian,likely lowish with the arms- accommodating little ladies and those skirts they wore like the hiprest set. here is what I would do if I had Your talents-make a skirt to add from a heavy canvas and paint a riotous range of colors the fauvists would approve in bullion,tassels all the passementerie the chair will allow-which is A LOT. go to it girl.that is what this chair needs-no color with the color I love it.

Theresa Cheek said...

Well....it is an Eastlake frame so, yes, VIctorian, but it looks like it came from a Salvidor Dali rummage sale with all that color!!

Fairwood Haven said...

Hot Pink YES-!
The Black & White will Keep it TAMED-!!

Haute,Hauter, Hautest said...

Love. There's nothing so indulgent and tacky and fabulous as pink+orange.

home before dark said...

I think you are showing way too much restraint here. It an over the top moment. Go for it.

orange said...

ORANGE&PINK it's wonderful...
you are the queen of the interior design!

Rebecca R. Dyer said...

Love the chair. Looks comfortable. Don't like the pink addition. . . .but I love your creativity! You dive in with such abandon :-)

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

Thank you EVERYONE for your suggestions! And encouragement to attack it with even greater abandon, haha. I appreciate it, I really do.

Magnaverde- The stool is actually a piece of crap, good call. I hate the legs, hence the covering that completely obscures it. Aggressive? Yes, absolutely!! In fact, I think it looks like a snappy little dog on the prowl. Perhaps it needs a tail. As for the zebra, if I could find an actual antique hide for the cost of less than a small country, my day (no, life) would be made. PETA, be damned. Right now, it's sitting pretty on a backdrop of burnished old gold and chartreuse, looking very lively.

Little Augury- I love the skirt concept. Especially this-->"tassels all the passementerie the chair will allow"...

Lauren

Laura said...

The chair is fantastic. That "pillow" is a monstrosity.

Gwen said...

Mm. Not so much *that* pink, which is a little sickly for me, and the orange can't stand up to it.

Maybe more a pink with a little less blue to it...

soodie :: said...

like the orange but different type of fabric. too bad the patent leather craze was quick -- it hit strong, then fizzled out. i liked it because you could clean up spilled wine or chewed up gummy dog treats so easily. but i'm seeing something shiny and snazzy with that orange juxtaposed with the walnut of this eastlake style chair.... omit the buttons and perhaps just a fanned or channeled back and a just tight seat.

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

Soodie- Good idea...I still love patent leather, especially on older furniture! Even better that the trend has passed.

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