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I’m kind of obsessed with all things 1950s: houses, furniture, dishware (this is my dream collection!) and even motels. Some might prefer shiny new hotels, but to me there’s nothing cooler than a well-kept time capsule along the side of the highway. This atomic-era motel caught photographer Paul Vanzella’s eye, and the amazing combination of pink and aqua caught mine, too. (The pink Cadillac doesn’t hurt.)

A slightly more muted version of this palette takes on a sophisticated tone in this living room created by Portuguese designer Maria Barros (spotted via House of Turquoise.)  I especially like the way Barros used bright orange accents to add a little bit of vibrancy to this easy-on-the-eyes room.

Coral and Aqua Living Room Color Palette - Tuesday Huesday on HGTV's Design Happens

1950s Motel :: Aqua + Coral Living Room

What do you think? Would you try this color combo at home?

Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.

5 Responses

  1. Lili_HGTV says:

    This was like a little vacation for my eyeballs.

  2. Miriam says:

    Your dream dishware collection is great. I love all that too.

  3. MaryCarolyn Stoy says:

    I was raised in a "cabin camp", later called a "motel". It was a great place to be around…meeting people from everywhere, etc. My mother, who, of course, helped run the motel, looked for objects that could be put in the motel rooms that might bring a bit of color to the lives of the people who were travelling. Most often they were "repurposed" , or very simple, but they made an impression of me that has lasted.

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  5. cynthia says:

    I am going to paint coral in L R to add a bit of pop to go withe the gray dinning room and adjoining kitchen. Cabinets will be a white white and counter tops a black granite site pretty blast of silver and grey hues . Nice I hope.

Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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