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I love rooms that have balance and tension. One of my tricks is to take a somber, earthy, or dark palette and wake it up with an unexpected color. For a home office, I combined handsome materials like perforated stamped suede, charcoal-gray pinstripe flannel, chocolate-brown wool carpet, steel curtain rods, and deep brown textured wood cabinets with a very pale, slightly grayed lavender for the walls and a more vibrant violet for a closet interior. The cream and brown ikat fabric was chosen for curtains.
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