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Decorating for an Autumn

I'm responsible for finishing two rooms in my bosses home while he is away and unreachable in Argentina. The workers are about finished with the guestroom and are starting work on the mudroom/laundry today.

The problem I'm running into is that his home is decorated for an autumn, and all of my thoughts are running in the opposite direction! I've noticed his palette is quite muddy-- burnt reds and oranges, terracottas and tans/browns. Would you be afraid of adding a pastel green(over dark beadboard and black walnut fake wood floors) or a watery teal blue and fake slate linoleum?

The kitchen and bath have linoleum(sheet-vinyl, whatever ya call it) floors, but I was going to get one step cheaper vinyl for the mudroom to make room in the (not even set, but expectations seem to be high-- AND with little cash outlay)budget for the nicer floor in the guest bedroom. I'm liaison to the handymen, and have to do well with this, but the workers are expecting linoleum in both rooms-- is laminate flooring hard to do? I'm pretty handy. D.I.Y?

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Kitchen/bath and mudroom contiguous to each other?

How big are the rooms?

How large is the house altogether?

The last two questions have to do with how busy it may look when three different floor materials come together, especially in a smaller house.

Slate (black, graphite to even green) and terra cotta colors go well together, though watch out for which particular shades you choose; you'll run the risk of making the interior look like something out of Miami Vice set. If the palatte seems muddy, introducing (fake) slate will provide a nice counterpoint. If you must introduce pastel greens and aqua-teal, try introducing the colors via soft furnishing (drapes, cushions, towels etc.) -- they're removable and can be replaced without much fuss.

Duck egg blue against dark wood such as walnut is very effective. Although it may look somewhat cliche as Restoration Hardware has been thriving on that combination for quite a while. I like the green on the ceiling of Grand Central Station's main hall.

You have an extensive training in visual arts and art history. Trust your instincts, but always be sure not to disregard client's request -- some starchitects can get away with pressing their aethetic demands over client's proposal and program, but many who will do so will see their career quickly fade away after the fad has passed.



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