I bought a one bedroom coop not too long ago and decided that I wanted to really to make the place my own. Especially after living in a studio for 13 years. I wanted bold colors on the wall instead of being surrounded by white walls like before. I wanted to turn around and see things that made me happy. During the buying process, I decided I would have painting done before I moved in so I had to map everything out. You may laugh, but I ended up making a diorama.
I even used paint samples and painted the walls. And tried out furniture placement and rug choices.
So I didn't buy the rugs yet, but I was thinking of those. Oh and I would like to get a flat screen TV for that wall across from the couch with a white electric fireplace mantel underneath. One day!
So, paint colors.... While watching Sex in the City first movie, I fell insanely in love with the beautiful blue paint used on the walls of Carrie's redesigned apartment.
I went on a search to find who the set designer was, I even got a hold of his number and left him a message. I told you - insane. Needless to say, I never heard from him. But he gave an interview which I found online and apparently I wasn't the only one asking so he mentioned the color was closest to Benjamin Moore's Electric Blue. The color is gorgeous and changes in the light. Then I found a purple that would look good next to the blue - Benjamin Moore's Gentle Violet. Here are some more pictures to illustrate.
As you can see, I went bold. It's been a year and a half and I still love the colors! BUT, wait until you see what I picked in the bedroom. I wanted red ruby walls and I searched high and low to find the right red to no avail. I finally asked the mixing expert at Janovic to try to match a rolo red cup. I know what you must be thinking but its my vision. The mix master came through with a red sample which I then dubbed "impossible red" because it was impossible to find. And for all of you naysayers out there, while picking up the paint several people noticed the swatch I was holding and asked which color that was. Anyway, let me first show you my inspiration for the red room before I show you what it looks like now.
Okay, so I'm not quite there yet, but here is a bit of my red bedroom. As you can see, I have had my ceiling painted metallic gold and what is really missing is the white crown molding. Here I have taped up some paper to see what it will look like and to try out different thicknesses. See how the white molding makes the ceiling reflect differently. Alas, I am not able to have the work done yet, but it will be fantastic when its done. I might even do something more like the picture above. Not sure. BTW, do you see the orbs in the picture? I get those sometimes. What do you think, ghosts?
Okay, one more area to discuss. This post will make future posts make more sense. I have a "dining area" and I wanted to keep it white since all of the other walls were bold. But white doesn't mean it has to be plain. Okay, so before I moved in, I had the walls painted white and I had a chair rail put in. Above the chair rail will be wallpaper...at least one day. Here are a few visuals for the dining room. The chair is from homegoods. I love them and I love homegoods! Hey, just remember, everything is a work in progress.
Need a new table!
Thanks for stopping by again and stay tuned for more creativity!