I like to browse the home decor catalogues that arrive in my mailbox for new combinations of color and fresh paint ideas. The Chloe Tall Chest (MSRP $399), is featured in the current issue Grandin Road and also on their website. It comes in five colors but I particularly liked the Antique Blue.
Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, it would be easy duplicate on a vintage piece. You could start by painting a first coat of Barcelona Orange and layering Florence and Aubusson Blue over it. You would have to sand back to expose the Barcelona Orange. I have a harder time controlling the finish that way because I seem to sand to vigorously and go through the paint and end up with bare wood.
The technique I use most often is to layer the most dominant colors, in this case Aubusson Blue and Florence, and add touches of Barcelona Orange in key areas of normal wear. I try to do very little actual distressing. This way I avoid sanding too much, repainting, sanding, painting….. It works better for me to add a little more paint here and there until I’m happy with the result.
What I love about this color combination is that orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel. It can be bold and eye catching and a finish you would use on a statement piece. Be careful of using contrasting colors in equal amounts, it can easily become too jarring. I like to keep it 90% main color to 10% contrast color (as in the Chloe Tall Chest).