Jul 30, 2012

Master Bedroom Paint Plans

Ok, I promise - I'm going to ante-up the frequency this week.  :)  I'm officially unpacked, minus the garage (which doesn't really count as my turf, right?).  I have so many ideas swarming inside my head, it's about to pop.  I want to do it all RIGHT NOW, but the budget doesn't meet the will, so we'll spread projects out for a good while.  Like my wise husband says, "We're going to be here for 4 years, so take your time."  I'm not so good at that though...

I visited our local Benjamin Moore paint store this afternoon and picked up a paint deck.  Few people are as excited as I am when I get a paint deck in hand.  To me, it's like a rainbow of inspiration...know what I mean???  I'm new to the Benjamin Moore brand, but I always see it featured and referred by designers/decorators in shelter magazine so I figure it's worth a go.

Here's what I'm thinking for this blank canvas of a master space... (keep in mind, minimal budget and no permanent changes allowed)

My paint plan?  Operation Accent Wall.  My target?  The wall the headboard will sit on - the right wall above.

My key color restraint?  Our bedding - a duvet and shams in the Simone fabric from Pottery Barn.  I bought it a couple years ago and I still think it's classically beautiful.  It was a splurge, so it's worth a re-use in this house.  Here's a swatch of it...

My other restraint?  I'm keeping our bedroom furniture that I put some new knobs on a few months ago for a quick pick-me-up.  This furniture was a major investment we made after we got married, and while it looks a little country with a distressed cream-colored finish, the new knobs freshen it up quite a bit.

I'll use our other relatively-neutral, already existing accessories as much as possible - i.e. sunburst mirror, acrylic lamp bases (new shades though!), an eclectic collection of throw pillows, and my turquoise chinoiserie-style bench.  I'll save those for the future reveal...

Based on the fabric and furniture, here's my accent wall color inspiration story:

Strong start here - an iPhone pic.  From HGTV magazine's Jun/Jul 2012 issue, Benjamin Moore's "Iron Gate (1545)" shade inspired me to use what I call "otter gray" - somewhat gray, somewhat taupe, somewhat purple, and somewhat brown - all combined into the perfectly rich, but neutral shade.
It's beautiful how subtly bold it is and how it makes anything hung on the wall come alive.  Plus, it appears to look great with white furniture/trim.

The most perfect raisin color...warm but not too brown.
 via SmallShop

Again, look how the artwork radiates and how pretty the coral hues look with it...
via BHG

This gorgeous shade (much like the above color) is "Mountain Ridge (1456)" from Benjamin Moore - however, it's not in their current paint deck.  I'm sure they could mix it up for me though...

This current Benjamin Moore shade - "Smoked Oyster (2109-40)" - is a tad lighter but I believe it will look like the above shade up on a wall.  Plus it has a very north-easterly name...maybe only "Nantucket Fog" would be better.

What are your thoughts?  Is Smoked Oyster a "go" or "no-go" with the Simone fabric...

While the other walls will remain white, I think the accent wall will make the room more inviting and sophisticated.  Please let me know what your thoughts are.  I'm open to other color recommendations, but need it to be somewhat "neutral".  Thanks for your input and have a happy week!  (BTW...it's so good to be back)


Mindy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's greige! I'm all over the greige these days too. I think 95% of my Pinterest paint colors board are in those hues. The funny thing is, they don't really go in our house. Ah well, a girl can dream. I'll live vicariously through you. :o)

Kirsten said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ohhhhh, love this color! Can't wait to see what it looks like in your new room:).

Kristen @ Inspired Whims said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Mindy Who would have thought we'd like something with a mauve-ish undertone. What's next - a new found love of peach??? Last year my prof. interior designer friend told me we were moving back toward 80s colors, and I scoffed at that. But it's somewhat true!!!

Kristen @ Inspired Whims said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Kirsten Kirsten, I'm excited too. I'm glad you like it. It looks more gray (than purple) in person. The computer is channeling the more lavender tone in the color.

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