Monday, 27 June 2011

Feeling blue.

This morning while eating my toast I was flipping through a magazine and came across a shot of a blue living room that piqued my interested. There was just something so calming and relaxing about a pale blue backdrop that I've spent much of the day contemplating the idea of completely refreshing my living and dining room palettes.
Right now I feel like I'm drowning in a sea of browns, taupes and beiges. I mean, there's nothing wrong with the colours - they just feel safe (and were approved by the owner's of my building) but they're kind of boring, kind of uninspiring and kind of well, meh. It's time to shake things up at Casa Dan...time to add some colour, a bit of personality and perhaps some blue. Blues are fun - they're versatile, playful and vibrant when you want them to be, yet calming, quiet and relaxing when you need them to be.

When it comes to this project, painting will be the least of my worries. I've done enough of it in my time that it's to the point where I can cut edges in my sleep. No, the hard part will actually be selecting the right shade of blue. I mean where do you start?
I love blues, but I've always had trouble picking out the 'right' blue for my project. I don't want my space to feel institutional, I don't want it to look like a little girl's room and I don't want it to look green or gray when the light hits it a certain way.
I also love that with the right blue, you can add a splash of colour into a space without it feeling overwhelming or out of place. Right now if I decided that I wanted to paint my bookcases red or add in some bright yellow & white ikat cushions they'd look completely out of place. With the perfect blue I'll be able to toss in a dash of colour - just like that! I might even throw in a yellow table like the one below - 

calming blue lilac bedroom design 4

So what to do? Where to begin? First off I dig out the giant tub of paint chips, the fan decks, the computer and the stack up stack of magazines to come up with ideas and further inspiration.

From there I'll pickup a couple of sample pots to see how the different colours look....this is the fun part. It's amazing to see how 'that perfect colour' can look so good in the pot and on the chip but be sooooooo wrong when you brush it onto the wall.
And of course you'll be coming along for the ride! I can't wait to start tackling this project!
So while I start to tear through my pile of paint chips and magazine pages, I'll leave you with a couple more great rooms that have me loving the idea of going blue -

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