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Choosing an Accent Wall

Part of our design project here is to choose new paint colors for our kitchen/living/dining room combined area.  I’ve written quite a bit about my struggles with choosing paint colors in the past, and the thought of choosing color(s) for one large space is causing my head to spin.  Part of the problem is that I know we should have an accent/anchor wall.  Also, while I want to show the division of say, the dining room and the living space, one continuous color will have to work for both as there is no structural division that would allow for a paint shade change.

I’ve been doing some searching of images for inspiration and have come up with the following:

An accent wall from House Beautiful:

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This gold-leaf wall from HGTV is interesting to say the least, but leaves me wondering what choosing a paint color with a bit of a metallic hue to it would do…. maybe a deep bronze?  Could be very pretty in the evening with the right lighting.  Actually, the more I think about it, the metallic gold leaf is growing on me.

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As the author at Sunset describes here, very dark accent walls provide a dramatic backdrop for artwork and the other items in your room.

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Our very 90’s style condo doesn’t have many architectural details to show off, so maybe in situations like these you are better off using an accent color inside built-ins or other nooks (also from Sunset.com):

accent wallspaint-ideas-turquoise-cupboard-1009-lThe more I think about it, I’m more inclined to stick with one “safe” color and perhaps do smaller accent spaces like the shelving above.  Maybe some stenciling or paint just a few shades darker than the base color on a few walls to define space.  We clearly have a lot of thinking to do in the next few weeks!  To be continued…


No more stress over paint colors!

I am very excited to announce the debut of the new line of Perfect Palettes from Gibson Design Group.  Really, the palettes couldn’t be more ingenious – as soon as I heard about it from Alexandra Gibson I was on board and ready to purchase a palette for myself!

The idea is simple:

The talented and experienced team at Gibson Design Group has chosen eight proven, fool-proof palettes of paint colors and wallcoverings.   Each of the options are carefully chosen to evoke a unique look, whether you feel at home in the chic, sophisticated hues of Central Park or are drawn to the rustic, natural tones of Lake Tahoe.

Kalorama Paint Palette from Gibson Design Group

Kalorama Paint Palette from Gibson Design Group

You will receive a digital version of the palette of your choice as well as a hard-copy by mail.  Both will give you all of the information you need to order the paint and wallcoverings.  The version you receive by mail will include the actual paint and wallcovering swatches so that you can see them in your home.  You can also opt to receive sample cans of paint for all of the colors in your chosen palette for a very reasonable price.  Also available is expert assistance from the team at Gibson Design who will consult with you to determine color and wallcovering placement in your space.

So be done with the stress of the difficulty in choosing paint colors make your home look like you hired an innovative interior designer.   Simply choose a Perfect Palette from Gibson Design and finish your space in a beautifully polished and cohesive way.

Central Park Paint Palette

Central Park Paint Palette

Contemplating Color

I came across this article on the importance of color and how to choose it at just the right time – when reading it struck a chord with me.   Perhaps it is because I am a self-proclaimed committment-phobe, but I find choosing a paint color extremely intimidating.  So much so that I will often live with lackluster walls to avoid deciding to semi-permanently change the shade to something potentially more exciting.

Right now, we are contemplating whether to update our two bedroom condo to be more comfortable for the short term – our efforts to find a bigger place that fits our needs in preparation for a new addition this January has not fully panned out yet and so it appears we may be staying put.  However, it’s not the major kitchen updates or decision on built-ins that has me quaking, it is the silly paint colors.

So reading this posts suggestions to think about the places I’ve been that stick in my mind and determine what colors I would like to see as I move through the day have turned something that I’ve made so difficult into something logical and straightforward.

Thanks to The Calm Space for the infusion of sanity saving logic!