Can You Really Decorate with Aqua and Red?

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A vase filled with pink flowers on a table  

This past Christmas blogging wise didn’t turn out like I expected. I had lots of great ideas and even a lot of photos but no time to put it all together. (You can read the crazy story here.)

I put together a beautiful aqua and red Christmas tablescape but blogging about it just didn’t happen. (You can always pin it for next year!)

Aqua and Red Christmas Tablescape - Marty's Musings

Funny thing, though. I loved the color scheme so much I decided to incorporate it into my kitchen makeover.

Our kitchen has been a work in progress over the last couple of years, beginning with our chalk painted hutch.

Then there was the mason jar chandelierpainted kitchen table, fence board backsplash and kitchen buffet.

Our latest DIY has been new countertops, kitchen sink, faucet, backsplash and painted cabinets are all part of the reveal I’m working on, but let me say how much I love it so far!

I absolutely adored our bright yellow kitchen, but the color didn’t go at all with the countertops we picked. 

Small Kitchen Details - Marty's Musings

My handy hubby painted the walls not once, but twice (and that’s a whole ‘nother story!)

Here’s just a teaser of the dining section of the room. I can’t wait to share all the details on the chest I found on the side of the road and the burlap no sew curtains.

A bedroom with a bed and desk in a room

I loved this room before but I’m just crazy about it now!

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Can You Really Decorate with Aqua and Red? from Marty's Musings 

I’m now working with a neutral palette (no more in your face yellow that I absolutely loved go bold or go home longest run-on sentence ever!) 

Bringing red into the kitchen just makes my heart sing. I’m definitely more of a bold color girl but I’m learning to use it more in the accents and accessories and not always in wall color.

A vase of flowers on a table

(Except for the purple here. Yes, I still love it. No, my husband isn’t repainting it anytime soon!)

Since I’m not a decorator for real (I just play one at home ~smile~) I’m still discovering what works and why.

When I first mentioned where I was headed in the kitchen Tim just rolled his eyes but said nothing. He’s learning to trust me to figure out what I love and how to make it work in our home. 

This centerpiece was so simple to put together with spray painted aqua and red mason jars. I used branches clipped from our Christmas tree, sticks and red berries from a neighbor’s bush. 

A bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table

I’m going to replace the chair covers when I find the fabric I’m looking for but for now this end of the room is done.

A vase of flowers on a table 

I left my Christmas Joy sign up because it reminds me to seek joy everyday.

 A kitchen with a sink and a mirror

What do you think? Do you like it better now or before? 

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  1. You sure can! 🙂 I remember seeing red and aqua decor during the holidays. Im a total aqua addict! Ha ha. Ive used red for years in my decor too.
    My first visit to your blog, fun reads! 🙂 I enjoyed the trip trough your home make overs!

  2. I love aqua and red. Have you ever seen the “Tilda” books? They are so cute and show all kinds of adorable ways to incorporate aqua and red.

  3. My old house had this great reproduction wallpaper in the kitchen–aqua, red, pale yellow and white. I loved it!

  4. It looks so put together, and warm and cozy. I feel the yellow was a little “strong” in that room with the rest of your furnishings. What is the paint color now on your kitchen walls? It looks like a very creamy white. It’s beautiful! Love it!

    1. Thanks so much for the compliment, Stephanie. The yellow was pretty bold but was such a happy color. I have grown to love the more neutral kitchen now but I still have to have some pops of color!

  5. I like it now, but I’m a huge fan of yellow. It is a happy color and it warms a room up verses whites or creams. Touches of red is also a favorite of mine.