It’s that time again- another round of the Fruit with Punch series. It’s a Christmas miracle I can get anything done these days, but who can resist a little calorie free fruit-as-design inspo? This week I’m covering all things Cran-tastic. So what do I love about cranberry style? For one, cranberry is much more lively than her Marsala sister, even though she is currently holding the crown as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015. I am still convinced the votes were rigged on that one, you can read more about my thoughts here. Cranberry is also top of mind because it’s seasonal and captures the spirit of the holidays. I love that the fruit itself is beautiful, shiny, fresh and surprisingly tart. At face value, it seems like it would be nice and sweet and then BANG! So yeah, cranberries pretty much sum up my interior design goals; to create a space that’s enticing with a twist!
But since we are not actually using fruit to decorate, just color inspiration, here is how you can work with cranberry in a living space. When working with a bold color, it is important to keep balance in mind so as not to overwhelm. You can go big, but it must be done right. Since it is a vibrant, rich color, it must be carefully integrated.
So let’s indulge this cranberry crantasy, shall we? Here are some of my favorite cranberry-hued rooms to get your juices flowing (pun intended).
Here the bold cranberry wall makes a big impact, especially with it’s high gloss finish. It’s rich and seductive, but this hue can be a great choice because it’s not either too masculine or too feminine.
Cran adds quite a bit of drama to this spa retreat. The chandelier adds the right touch of glam it needs to balance the wall color and otherwise modern and sleek bathroom fixtures.
This red bathtub accented with red wallpaper is a more subtle approach, but an effective balance. Clean without overwhelming.
The office desk takes center stage as a cheery pop of color as the red tones are also reflected on the wall art to keep it all in balance.
I particularly love this cranberry lacquered dresser. Note the subtle soft blue accents that keep everything in balance against this bold statement piece. It works in perfect harmony and although it’s a very bold furniture choice, it doesn’t feel shocking, it feels bright, fun and maybe a bit unexpected which is the goal.
And speaking of blue, these lovely walls adds a perfect contrast to the red-toned curtain treatments and accessories.
So now that you’ve seen some of my favorite uses of cranberry from around the internet, here is how I would use cranberry in a living space. I give you, the Crantastic Bath…
First of all, I love the gold fixtures with this color! Ok, well duh, I did pick them. But they do add warmth and shine to enhance our fave seasonal hue. By using subtle accents like the red accented wallpaper and accessories, it compliments without taking over the space. You are left with a clean, chic powder room that is not the least bit short on glam, yet not too dramatic either. All about balance, right?
So go for it and gussy up your space… or keep the Crantasy alive and dream about it some more, I won’t judge. Happy Holidays!