Not too long ago, a new customer – we’ll call her Kym – found us (thanks Google!) and entered the store with a bit of trepidation.

‘I have no idea what I’m doing or even how to get started…everything in my living room is beige and neutral. How do I add color?’

She went on to reveal a few treasured items – an antique rocker upholstered in dark green velvet and a pair of blood-orange Marimekko pillows acquired during recent travels abroad but wasn’t sure if they should be abandoned or worked in.

Yes, please. You had us at Marimekko and velvet!

In all seriousness, Kym’s quandary is a common one; setting a room’s look from scratch, the uncertainty of what to incorporate and what to leave out, can be challenging….but not impossible for the team at 1502.

Sometimes all it takes is one piece, or in this case, a small collection of items to create a jumping-off point. Kym’s pillows became the inspirational element, along with the dark green chair and our recommendation of adding teal. Not only are they colors that work effortlessly together, teals have been hot this year, are a big trend for 2020 and most importantly, they make Kym happy.


While we are on the subject of customer choices, here is another failproof fabric tip; use chenilles like Hitchcock – recently chosen for reupholstering a mirrored pair of tuxedo sofas.

Hitchcock Peacock is a customer and staff favorite thanks to its super soft hand, excellent value and incredibly durability.




All variations of teal have been part of our go-to palettes in recent years. However, on the precipice of 2020, teals have darkened like exotic peacock feathers; electric, refined. Pantone calls this sprucey, dark teal Quetzal Green.


Dark Teal Fabric Color 2020


Complementary Colors

Orange & Coral colors are complimented by teal and turquoise.

The takeaway: incorporate pieces you love that create conversations and tell a story. Expand on those pieces by using compliments, found within the color wheel. It’s a smart, easy designer trick.


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