When Sue and Bob Van Brocklin first contacted Emery & Associates about some help for their family room, they also mentioned wanting to re-paint the kitchen. After talking with them at length about their interests and their favorite colors, it became clear that they were passionate about travel, especially in France, cooking, entertaining friends and family, and the colors blue and yellow. The kitchen nook “before” did not really reflect those interests:
Sue had a large collection of Souleiado table linens, which were inspired by the traditional “indienne” patterns first printed in the south of France in the 17th century. When I came upon a Robert Allen Fabric in bright blue and yellow called “Les Jardins,” it inspired me to develop a color scheme that would pump up the volume, so to speak, in terms of color for this space, and also make it easier for Sue to incorporate her colorful French linens and other accessories. A striped fabric and cording for pillows in the corner would add a bit more coziness, so I added them into the mix:
We changed the wall color from an pastel blue to a warm yellow, and re-upholstered the banquette cushions in the new fabric, with contrasting sunny yellow trim. We used indoor/outdoor fabrics on the striped pillows, pillow trim, and banquette cushion welting, for added wearability. The kitchen nook is now more inviting, and reflects many of the homeowners’ favorite things.