Designer Palette: Moon Over Marrakech

Moon Over Marrakech

Exuberant and colorful, this palette invites the exotic locale of Marrakech and Morroco into your space.

Designers: Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke, Madcap Cottage

Getting Started:

Use a ratio formula to help you put together a color scheme. Choose one main color to serve as 40-60 percent of your color palette, then one to two supporting colors to comprise 30-40 percent of your color palette, and fill the remainder with one to two accents. Thinking of color this way can help you determine how much of each color to use. Go to the next slide to see how this scheme breaks out.

The Colors

Lay a foundation of coral pink on the walls via paint or a fun wallpaper. Avoid rich, deep shades -- keep the look airy. Next bring in a barely melon shade, in the form of a sofa or pair of armchairs, as a secondary color. Incorporate accents of soft sky blue, lime sorbet green, and ivory.

Bonus colors: Hints of purple will also bring the room to life and dark wood floors will ground the look.

Moon Over Marrakech: Get Glowing

"Coral Gables is a fantastic primary color to employ in a room, as it is warm and makes a statement," says Jason. "Plus, the pink is terrifically flattering, so you will look dewy and delicious in the room."

Moon Over Marrakech: Pattern Mixing

This palette is meant to make a statement of exuberance. Be bold in mixing patterns and keep scale in mind. In this bedroom, pink-and-white gingham and a whimsical floral and animal-figure print start the mix as the large-scale patterns. The damask-print comforter and lattice-motif bolster pillow play the role of medium-scale patterns, and the chevron throw and striped bed skirt finish the mix as small-scale patterns. Even though these prints aren't tiny, they are small in relation to the other patterns. If they were extra small, they might have been lost in the shuffle. Patterns that are to scale in relation to each other will come together and make a room sing.

Moon Over Marrakech: Accessorize

This palette is designed to bring travel home. Accent the room with antiques and flea market finds that exude a global vibe.

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Coral wallpaper: Guadeloupe in Pink, Thibaut;

Use for: Accent wall

Ikat wallpaper: Island Ikat in Pink and Green, T9168, Thibaut;

Use for: Accent wall

Pink-and-white fabric: Lattice Bamboo in Raspberry, Calico Corners;

Use for: Window treatments

Purple-and-green abstract fabric: Pradish in Kiwi/Grape, Calico Corners;

Use for: Cushions or accent chair

Floral-print fabric: Kazoo in Ruby, Calico Corners;

Use for: Pillows or window treatments

Light orange paint: Melon Popsicle, 2016-50, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Accent furniture

Coral paint: Coral Gables, 2010-40, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Walls

Cream paint: Ivory Tower, 2157-70, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Ceiling or trim

Blue paint: Jamaican Aqua, 2048-60, Benjamin Moore;

Green paint: Fresh Cut Grass, 2026-50, Benjamin Moore;

Use for: Molding (use one color)

Chair: Sunnyland Sojourn Chair, Madcap Cottage;

Using color in decorating can be tricky. Make choosing a color scheme easier by using the color wheel, a tool favored by designers and decorators.

More Tips

Use the color wheel to help you pick out the perfect color scheme.

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