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My Little House Design: Blue, Baby Blue.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Blue, Baby Blue.

I did a crazy thing the other day. I painted my room super blue. Not just regular blue, it is seriously super blue. When I moved in my room was a creamy white. The walls were clean and the paint job was pretty new so I didn't touch it for the first seven months. In fact, for those seven months I tried to convince myself that I liked white walls. Why you ask? Because white walls are so artsy and cool. See proof: --
Source: https://www.ikeafamilylive.com/en/room/uncluttered-bedroom-779 --
Source: http://www.countryliving.com/homes/decor-ideas/bedroom-designs-gallery#slide-49 --
Source: http://ticktockclock.tumblr.com/post/5934694451/uydurrukcu -- I mean seriously, so fresh, bright, and classic. Here is my attempt at white walls: --
-- ...eh...kind of depressing, right? Somehow my 'white' didn't translate as cool, hip white. It was more like 'I'm a renter white' which is silly since I own the home and can do whatever I want. So after months of convincing myself I liked it, I changed my mind and decided to just go crazy. I'm really drawn to super saturated colors. Like these: --
Source: http://www.mixandchic.com/2012/04/home-tour-stylish-victorian-rowhouse-in.html#comment-form --
Source: http://prettystuff.tumblr.com/page/9 -- I was especially inspired by designer Emily Henderson's office space. I loved this blue.
Source: http://www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/?currentPage=2 -- That isn't the best image but from other photos I could tell I really like the color. And since one doesn't want to mess around with shades that extreme, I color matched the exact color she used. It is Loyal Blue by Sherwin Williams and I had it color matched from Behr. It was only slightly scary because, hey, it's paint so it's an easy fix if I don't like it.
What do you think? I really like it! Is it crazy bold? Absolutely. But I lived with "tranquil" white for a while and it just wasn't me. I'm no photographer so the color reads weirdly in some of these photos but the truest likeness is the photo of my bed. It's very royal blue. It's deep and my art and furniture really stand out now. In the future I'll add some lighter curtains or Roman shades to lighten it up a bit. I also may switch out that black bookcase for something lighter, but for now to darkness doesn't bother me. In fact, I feel like I'm in a warm cocoon of blue.

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At November 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM , Blogger Kim said...

I think the blue looks great! Did you do all the painting yourself? It's only me in my house and I'm afraid to paint. I'm worried about picking the right color and doing a good job. I need to just pull the trigger and overcome the stage fright. You're right, I can always change it.

At November 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Yes I paint by myself. It is a little scary but I recommend getting those small test pots so that you can see which color you really like. It shouldn't take you too long to paint a room... I can usually do a small room in a few hours. Good luck!


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