I can’t believe it’s already September and summer is coming to an end. I enjoyed many lazy days of summer, but there’s something about the change in seasons that makes me want to dive into a new project or class. My Get Out of Your Box Challenge for this month is to update a room with a new paint color. If you’re the type who still loves all of your paint colors on your walls then more power to you. However if you’re tired of staring at the same boring beige walls, get out of your box and be bold.
I’ve lived in the same home for 17 years and every room in my home has been repainted at least once. Needless to say, I’ve given painters a lot of business over the years. My personal style is always evolving. We’ve gone from neutral colors to dark and warm tones and then back to somewhat neutral colors again. I enjoy staying updated on colors that are current.
Grays are the new beige according to the design world. When your home is filled with warm and dark tones it can be tricky to switch to gray. My neighbor Kyra (who also happens to be an interior designer) helped me select many of my current wall colors. We picked gray tones which still work with most of the furniture and rugs I already own.
My most recent wall color change is in my dining room; however, my prerequisite was that everything had to stay in the room. I rarely use my dining room and didn’t want to invest in new items. Lately I’ve been drawn to dark teal colors in rooms after coming across several home interiors on Pinterest. One day I decided to look at my dining room with new eyes. I imagined the teal color in that room and was pretty certain I could pull it off without changing anything else.
I asked for Kyra’s advice and she helped me pick out the perfect shade of green, Benjamin Moore’s Narragansett Green . I have a little bit of blue in my area rug which it picks up and I love it with my black and gold accents. I also love it against my moss-green drapes. The best part is I didn’t have to buy or change anything else and the paint updated my room to 2016. I also had the bottom portion painted a semi-gloss white to match my chair rail.
I can see my dining room from my office and every time I look into now I love it. The color changes during different times of the day. Sometimes it even looks navy. It’s amazing what a can of paint can do to change a room.
If you love Narragansett Green you might also like Newburg Green which Kyra has used in a lot of rooms. The possibilities are endless. For more inspiration, check out Joanna Gaines five favorite paint colors here. For help in selecting a color palette for your room check out this post.