A common rule of thumb when decorating a room is to choose all of your furnishings and accent fabrics first and then choose a wall color. After all, it's a whole lot easier to match paint to fabric then the other way around. Of course it's always good to have your color palette chosen before selecting that all important wall color. But me, I'm not so good at following all of the rules. I chose the wall color for my great room before giving much thought to accent colors for the space. Hey, I figured, my furniture pieces are all neutral, I can chose anything my little heart desires and my heart desired chocolate brown walls.
The walls have been painted for an entire month now which gave me plenty of time to look for inspiration for colors that would work for accessories like pillows, decorative items and art. I may have just found my inspiration. Last year I printed a series of butterfly prints found at the New York Public Library Digital Gallery and had them hanging in my dining room. The colors, shades of blue, coral, orange, black, brown and white, not only work with what I currently have in the room, they would coordinate well with the furnishings in adjoining rooms of my home.
Now that I'm fairly certain I settled on a color palette for my accent pieces I'll be keeping my eyes opened for fabrics and accessories that will bring the room together. I'm already picturing something large hanging on the wall you see in the background in the image above that contains pops of orange and blue on a white background.