I know there are too many choices when you’re looking for just the right paint color. I’ll make it easy for you by sharing the blue shades and white shades that I use over and over again.
I wrote about part of this project recently, so now let's look at the whole thing. It's quite a change:
Above is the Before of one corner of the Family Room...
...and here's the After! The room was always attractive, but it was time to lighten things up.
I showed you this entertainment center in this previous post, but I can't get over the difference between then....
...and how that same wall looks now. Are you loving that accent rug? Me too. Meeee-yow!
Here's another camera angle of the room. Since these photos were taken, the coffee table has been replaced. No pretty objects have been placed on it yet, but I want to include it:
Pretty fandabulous! The metallic finish on the top makes my heart beat faster!
We took down the sheers on the back windows and replaced them with my favorite roller shades that go up and down with the touch of a finger. When rolled completely up, they just disappear.
Such nice nailhead detail on the Sherrill sofas! Custom accent pillows, window treatments and that fab rug add color and pattern to an otherwise neutral room.
The Family Room is open to the adjoining Kitchen. Above is a Before that gives you an idea of how it looked. I need to find a pic that shows the old light fixture....
Here's the After:
Morning coffee in here will really put you in the right mood to start the day!
We used french returns on the metal rods for the custom cafe curtains. Tres bien!
Then we tackled the formal dining room. The Before will show that it was already a gracious, traditional space with lively colors, custom window treatments and a gorgeous table. These clients were just ready for a change. A general updating with a calm vibe was the goal.
Here's the Before:
And here's what we did:
The heavy top treatments came off the windows, a new custom rug was designed and the dining chairs were reupholstered. This room is still formal, but in a lighter, brighter and more modern way.
I always try to use 2 upholstery fabrics on dining chairs. It's a subtle touch. When you're in the room, I want you to find little design surprises slowly but surely.
This entire project was a treat to work on. We were able to make big and small changes that added up to a refresh that flows from room to room and really reflects the personalities and lifestyle of the clients.
Life is good!
The fact that it's January seems to make me focus on color. I really miss my leaves. So I scrolled through my photos and look what I found:
When you see that purple, don't you want to just fall into it? Wouldn't you like to see some of that color every single day?
When I heard that Pantone had named Ultra Violet as their Color of the Year, I was thrilled. The world needs more purple. I probably wouldn't paint my walls with it, but I definitely look for this kind of purple--strong, vibrant, saturated--in accent pillows, on throws, in art and definitely in fresh flowers.
But maybe I would paint my walls with it. Here's some serious inspriation:
It's the prettiest kitchen I have ever stepped into and I'll never forget it. Those walls! Look at how they're balanced with white, light wood finishes and sparkling natural light. Using soft neutrals: gray, taupe, cream and white gives the eye some relief when using a showstopper color. The eye always needs some relief, otherwise it's hard to take it in for a sustained period. At least that's how I am.
After the flowers in the first picture were gone, I still had a reminder because...
I painted an old frame to create a vignette with art! That pop of purple on gray walls sure does make me happy. That's what vibrant colors do--they make us happy.
Then there's this:
A friend is using color to put his own stamp on a beautiful old home and the above pics show two of his rooms. is this something you could live with? I didn't think I could when he started painting, but now I can see they would make me incredibly happy. And creative. Like, all the time. The picture on the left lets you peek into an adjoining space. The moldings in that room are painted the orange you see in marigolds and they're gorgeous with the red walls. The guest room (pic on the right) is softer, but still unexpected.
You can get vibrant colors into any room with accessories, paint or fabrics. Whatever suits you best.
The top photo in the above group shows drapery panels in a vibrant pattern on red wall - I need to tell you about that color-happy client in another post. I wrote about those sassy office chairs in this post and the blue chair with the cute-as-a-button orange pillow was in this post. The gorgeous blue walls showed up in this very recent post.
Look for a favorite color that gives your brain a little jolt of happiness and put it in your house!