Runway to Room: Valentino

I love translating fashion from the runway into interior decor- it really stretches my design muscles and allows me to think outside the box. When I saw this Valentino look I was SO drawn to the unexpected color combo! This look isn’t exactly one I’d rock to go to a meeting, but I adore the unique mix of light blue, merlot and leopard with gold and black accents. I wanted to try to replicate this interesting combination in a living room….





I typically don’t use the color cranberry/merlot in homes, it always feels so dated to me, but in this application of a velvet sofa against a grey blue wall anchored by a leopard wool carpet I think it works!  It’s a rich, luxe space that has a few statements and combines modern and traditional items. I never would have thought to try to put these colors together in a space, proving that looking to the runway can help your creativity when decorating!

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  1. Your Runway to Room posts are so fun! I don’t like cranberry, either,(especially on the walls), but the sofa is a nice punch of color and it’s not too overbearing. This combo definitely makes a better room than outfit.

  2. Love the post… these are some of my favorite posts!! Where are the horns from? Can’t find the link…

    Also, and totally NOT related… no SAG fashion post?? I LOVE LOVE your fashion posts and thought people killed a few looks!! SO much better than the Globes!!

  3. i think you do one of the best jobs on the internet doing this kind of thing….my only small observation–and not to put too literal a point on it–sometimes proportions and scale of the relative elements are overlooked–like the size of the coat print vs. the rug. The coat has a big bold print and the rug kind of doesn’t. Also the beauty of this outfit is that specific blue of the shirt which activates everything else and that swatch is muted comparatively.

  4. Before I looked at your decorating suggestions in these colours, my immediate thought was a pale blue velvet couch on a rich merlot carpet, and chairs in the leopard print. Different interpretations are interesting, and I love yours!

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  6. Thank you for this!!! I have a monster of an aubergine colored couch that I LOVE (not as merlot as above, but similar idea), but have been having so much difficulty decorating around it. I already have many similar pieces to what you’ve posted but my ideas on how to put it all together were pretty vague. Your post really gives me some concrete starting points and ideas! Thank you so much!

    I love your blog, by the way, and am an avid reader. I also really enjoy how fearlessly you bring up and tackle ethical discussions, and I really appreciate all the feedback and discussion you and your commenters engage in.

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