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The Woman Who Stares At Walls

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Alright, so I'm no George Clooney, and I can't make goats fall over dead with my psychic mind powers (thank goodness!), but I have been testing my staring capabilities lately.

Yep, just like Georgy, I pulled up a chair, and focused all of my concentration on a single task.  For George, that task happened to be four-legged animals...

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...but for me, it happened to be shades of color, and my challenge to find the right one.  Over the past few weeks I've been on a mission to find paint colors for the guest bedroom and the studio. 

To really get a good idea of how a color will look in the room, it's important that you test the shades at different times of the day so that you can see the shade with different lighting.

Week One:  I stared and I stared at color swatches from my Dunn Edwards fan book.  Gray for the guest bedroom, and teal-blue for the studio.  From dawn, until dusk (not consecutively because I do have a job, and a life for that matter) I stared at these colors from multiple viewpoints in the room.

One-by-one, the swatches were narrowed down.

Too dark...too light...too blue...too purple.

Once I had the colors narrowed down, I had the colors matched at Lowes so that I could get some samples.

Six colors all together, four shades of gray for the guest bedroom, and two shades of blue for the studio.

Week two:  The shade samples are up on the wall, and the staring begins again.

After all of this staring, I think I've narrowed it down to the final colors.  Which ones did I pick?  You'll just have to wait and see. I'm hoping to paint at least one of these rooms on Memorial Day weekend.  Can't wait!

I'm really wishing that color stayed true to form when I take pictures.  It's difficult to get the right lighting, especially in these back bedrooms, so I'm sorry if you think I'm crazy with my color choices.  I promise everything is looking good on my end!  haha.

Is anyone else planning to paint something on our next three-day weekend?  Fill me in with the details!

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I'm not sure it will happen that weekend, but hoping soon to paint two bathrooms and my laundry room. Laundry room is going towards a lavender with some gray in it. more rustic than bright. The bathrooms are probably going to be two colors i got for free from a friend that isn't using them. :) Can't refuse free! Oh ya! I love painting. My Dad recently came to help us paint our downstairs walls. I like the colors but whish i would have done one of them different. It was stepping stone brown. You'd think brown would be brown. But brown can be purple, red, green, etc. This one went malt brown and i don't really like it. I'm trying to think of how i can still use it and paint a texture on top of it to make it what i was wanting. ideas? Love your site! I'll be watching/reading! :)

May 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercuzin Kerrie

Hey Kerrie!

It really doesn't get any better than free! I love the sound of a purple paint that has gray tones! I feel that gray can make a color look more natural and less overpowering.

Send me some pictures (ahappyplacecalledhome@gmail.com) of the brown paint. There really are a lot of tones for any color, and lighting plays a big role too. You could use the same exact color in every room of your home and it would look different in each room due to the natural and artificial lighting of the space.

The good news is that you can balance out any color with the right combinations throughout the rest of the space. Contrast is the best medicine. You don't want things to look matchy-matchy, or the eye has nowhere to go. For example, you don't want a beige sofa up against a beige wall unless you don't really want people to be looking at your sofa...and if they're not looking at your sofa, then what are they looking at? Determine what you want your focal point in the room to be, and work your contrasts from there.

If the color still feels like too much, you could always use a wainscot (painted white) on the wall to balance it out. I'm anxious to see some pics, so I can give more specific suggestions, but I hope this helps for now.

Thanks for posting!

May 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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