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Friday, September 16, 2011

Brightening Things Up With a Coat of Paint

I have been playing around with our family room for a couple months now, trying different furniture arrangements and accessories.  I made new curtains for the windows, and I love what they do for the room.  But the yellow walls just weren't doing it for me. 

Because there are so many trees in our backyard, our family room doesn't get good natural light at all.  It's such a challenge to make it bright, which is one reason why I chose such bright fabrics (and lots of mirrors) for the room.

But the yellow just started to feel a bit depressing.

So I decided to paint the walls.  After three sample-buying trips to Sherwin Williams, I decided on a light bluish aqua that is a few shades lighter than the bluish aqua in my ikat sofa fabric (Robert Allen Khandar Jewel).  The walls are paneled, so between the paneling and the lack of natural light, it was a challenge to find the right color that reacted the way I wanted it to.  But I finally found one!

I didn't take any pictures while the painting project was in progress.  When I take a lot of pictures of a project so that I can blog about it, it never turns out the way I want it to.  So I figured if I didn't take any photos, it would turn out great. 
The room feels so much fresher and bigger now!

We are coffee table-less until the little ones get older.  I know the room needs one.



This room has more than 2 walls, I promise.  The unphotographed side is weighed down with unattractive toys, and I don't have the time or energy to move them out to take pictures.  Before children, I used to say I would buy only pretty wooden toys and avoid all the ugly plastic ones.  HA.  If only.



Have you tackled any painting projects lately?  Have a great weekend!  I'm so excited for the cooler weather that's headed our way!

21 comments:

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Hey my "Irene" twitter friend; you have a beautiful room!! Love the re-purposed dresser mirror over sofa. I have been looking for one of those.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

love the color change!

Melissa said...

We had pretty much the same paint progression, only I ended up with a linen-color-- matched off the backing of some art. Yellow and bad lighting is a bad combo! I'm so glad I'm not the only one in coffee-table limbo-- all the cool ones are death traps, so we had none, and now have one I hate that is safe. Grow up, babies!

Debbie said...

Love the blue! Now that you've painted it, I feel it's safe(r) to say that I was never a fan of the yellow. The blue is fresh and fun and happy.

I'm also loving the mirror you put above the couch. And then seeing the black shade on the lamp in the window - have you thought about switching the other lampshades for black ones? Think it would add a nice bit of drama, especially with that mirror. The four dark things would be a frame for your couch.

Betsy said...

Looks gorgeous! Love, love that color.

EKM said...

i just want this whole room. love the new cooler!

Melanie said...

what is the color from Sherwin Williams? I have yellow walls in my family room and been dying to switch to blue. love this shade...

The Matters of Style Girls said...

Melanie- I can't remember off the top of my head but will look this weekend! It took a few tries to find the right one, and I can't remember which color was the one we actually used. Will let you know!

lizziefitz said...

It is so gorgeous! It makes everything look so fresh and new. Great job!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Looks fabulous! I can't believe you made those curtains -- they are amazing. Happy weekend! :)

The Belvedere-Alyssa said...

I've been tacking a ton of projects lately too, that little pick my up they bring is so worth it! Love that pale blue you chose.

Evie said...

LOVE the color choice...the power of a fresh coat of paint never ceases to amaze me!

Kerry said...

Your fam room is lovely! My husband and I have older (19 to 14) kids and now a 2 yr old of our own and we have avoided the "toy bomb" this time. After years of wading through seas of toys we opted for far less and it is happily working for all of us.

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

This looks great! I did something similar in my kitchen. It was tan and I had to paint it white to brighten it up. I love it now! I'll be showing before and afters on my blog when it's totally finished, but it's fun to see someone else do something similar!

Keely said...

Very, very pretty!

Alixandra Zapolski said...

I had yellow on my walls too! My living room was a brighter yellow than yours and after a while I started to feel like it was making the room look a bit dated. Maybe it was all in my head, but I painted the walls a muted turquoise and my black and white furniture popped again! Sometimes a coat of paint can do wonders :) Love the new look, and I am so glad I found such a great blog!

Melanie said...

thanks so much! let me know when you find the color. There are SO many blues to choose from! you can email me: mel.knopke@gmail.com if it isn't too much trouble for you.

Anonymous said...

Your room looks beautiful! Would you mind letting us know the name of the fabric that you used on the drapes?

Lauren Kate said...

Just stumbled across your blog after searching for the Robert Allen fabric that is on your sofa. What is the name of fabric on your curtains??? I've been looking for a coordinating fabric for chairs and it would be perfect! Thanks!

Lauren Kate said...

Just stumbled across your blog while searching for images of the Robert Allen fabric on your sofa. I've been looking for a coordinating fabric and would love to know the name of fabric on your curtains! Thanks!

Matters of Style said...

Hi Lauren Kate, it is Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis. Hope that helps!

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