In the early 1970s, there were several home decor styles increasing in popularity, including the trend of starting with all-white walls and ceilings in homes where the display of paintings would be a major decorative feature.
In many cases, including this modern white living room, colors from the large abstract picture determined the entire room’s ultimate scheme.
The sea blue wall-to-wall carpet established the cool base of the room, drawing the shade from the primary color in the artwork.
Yellow, the secondary color in the painting, was the course for the perfect accent shade, which was used on the room’s puffy cubic ottomans, throw pillows, flowers, and fruit.
Color met function in the final vital shade pulled from the wall decor: the deep cocoa brown of the long wood bench running along the wall, that could be either seating or a table.
Minor shades got a little play for variety: the green from the plants, and a pillow on the far sofa was in a rosy hue that imitated minor colors used in the painting.
The white of the modern-style leather love seats repeated the clean, fresh white of the walls and ceiling, while the chrome and glass coffee tables reflected the surrounding colors, and boosted them with a little shine.
2022 editor’s note: This painting may have been a work by artist Harold Shapinsky