HAH! I was supposed to take the day off the blog but I just had to share my thoughts on bold wall colors. I’ve read a lot of comments (a CRAZY LOT- thank you!) about how I’m so brave with color, or how people wish they could be so bold etc…
First and foremost, I am a white wall girl. I think I have something like 15 wall sections in the main living area and only one of them is painted. (See floor plan here.) I also am not usually a fan of the “accent wall.” Hearing that phrase kinda makes me cringe. So how did I end up with one in my loft?
Well the office nook is a dark corner of the loft. It has no natural light, no architectural intrigue… just not a lot going for it. When it was white it seemed depressing, awkward and empty. I NEEDED color there to set it apart and make it its own area. A soothing, safe color would have done nothing for the space. Going bold was the only way to go. Now, the nook is vibrant, happy and purposeful. It helps make a room out of an ambiguous alcove.
(My office nook. Last time I’m posting it, promise!)
I don’t know if I could handle the bright blue in a 4-walled room. That would overwhelm me or I might tire of it quicker. But in an open space it just glows without taking over. I think the accent wall works here because while it’s a statement maker, it’s not the only statement in the space. You don’t walk in the door and see it right away. Also, it doesn’t “match” any other element in the apartment. It stands on its own, while still coordinating.
(my office nook in context)
Here are a few loose tips I have for people who want bold color on their walls. Don’t repeat the wall color again in the room- let that blue (or green, or pink etc) be the special moment for that hue. Don’t be afraid to incorporate other colors into the room. Additional colors add depth and layer and can balance out the intensity of the wall choice. Mix in a good dose of white to contrast. Don’t forget to mix textures! If your wall is glossy, add in something rustic, or furry, or textural, or mirrored. (Both my shelf and the fretwork on my cabinets served that purpose for me.) Edit, edit, edit. Add items in and take items away- a good room should feel perfectly balanced. Note that I don’t mean symmetrical or matching.
Damn, this post turned long again! Obviously there are great designers out there who have broken all of the rules that I just listed and created stunning spaces. This is what works for me, but ultimately you have to create your own design rules.
images of my space by Courtney Apple Photography