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« on: October 19, 2011 04:18:46 PM »

Hey Craftsters! This is my first time posting in this particular board, but I have never had any opportunities to explore interior design before now! I am getting an apartment of my own, which is something I'm both very sad and happy to do, and I don't own any furniture of my own whatsoever. The apartment has that traditional beige carpet and white walls (which I am allowed to paint, thankfully!). Anyway, I'm currently working on a Roy Lichtenstein-inspired painting, a portrait of a friend of mine, and I'm so excited about its progress that I want to use it as a centerpiece in my apartment. I love modern art and design/pop art, and need some suggestions for how to decorate around this painting. What colors would go well with it? What color should I paint the walls? What color furniture would look good with it? The apartment I'm looking at has a fireplace surrounded in tan brick on one wall, so I wonder if it will be hard to pull this kind of aesthetic off with that there too. Any suggestions are much appreciated!

Here's a picture of my miniature study version of the painting. The actual painting is 3'x3' and the background is going to be just straight up yellow, not the orange yellow shown in this picture (I changed my mind after painting the study's background that color; that's the whole point of doing the mini-painting first!)

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011 06:15:57 PM »

That is a great picture!  I wish I had one of me! 
That being said, royal blue goes great with yellow.  But check with your landlord, sometimes they discourage bright or dark colors on the wall, because it's so hard to paint over. 
You should check out Benjamin Moore's website, they offer color combinations and other ideas.  You could find a yellow that matches the background in your painting, and look at the color combinations they suggest, and then look at the matching colors for THOSE colors, and sort of build off that.
I'm seeing grey walls, white furniture with pops of blue and yellow in the accents.  White furniture is a little hard though, so maybe leave the walls white, grey furniture with blue and yellow accents?  Or do the two-tone grey thing - dark walls and light furniture, or vice versa.  Hope you'll post pics of the apartment when you're done!

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