Pins #84-#90: Living Room Makeover: The Turquoise Wall
Wow, where to begin with our living room? Well, first of all you should know it started out looking like the wall had been painted light brown with dark brown poo colored paint sponged onto it. How anyone could have thought that was a good plan is beyond me! But who knows, I’m sure there are a good handful of people out there saying the same thing about my beloved turquoise wall. We have a great family friend who also is an amazing painter and color expert (by profession). We had her out to access the entire house when we first moved in and she gave us color suggestions on all the main living areas and our room. (Kids rooms and laundry room are all our choices – this said for future post about the laundry room color she will NOT take credit/blame for … it was all our ‘doing’…stay tuned on that one…) Anway, knowing me fairly well and things I love, she suggested a pallet of beautiful yet bold and daring colors for our main living space. The most notable color being Rivulet, by Sherwin Williams:
I had to think about it for a few weeks. When I saw pin #84 and all the energy from the wall color I decided to jump in…life is too short to live with beige walls.
Next, how to accessorize this wall. This actually took a lot longer to visualize. I knew I wanted to put up all white frames since they look so great next to the turquoise. (See above pin #85). But I couldn’t decide on photos, size, scale, etc. I feel like as I’m leaning more about photography, I want to change out all the pictures on my walls all the time since I can now have such better photos. (Yet, I’ll always keep up some ‘bad’ photos because of the people and moments in them and the time they represent). Then I saw Pin #86 and the picture rails. What a great idea and this would allow me to switch-o-change-o photos and frames around over the years without putting holes in the wall every time. I pinned about 100 more ‘picture rail’ photos for inspiration before I knew 100% this was what I wanted.
This pin also reminded me of one of my very first and FAVORITE ideas from Pinterest. Pin #87, Instagram posters framed in white frames. Of course, we all know my love of Instagram !! I couldn’t get the company that produces the posters suggested by this blog post to work, but luckily, through Pinterest, I found Prinstagram (Pin #88). It is a pretty cool site that allows you to print Instagram photos in various ways. I have to say, when I was working on this project months ago, there was hardly ANY places to print Instrgams easily. Now, I feel like it is a standard option – even Walgreens has an app for that!
The final touches for the wall were the white ‘expedit’ shelves from Ikea, we have two side by side. They are great for book storage we needed. Also, they are great for holding the toys we keep upstairs (or the ones that ‘bubble up’ daily as I say). I loved pin #89 because it was one of the few ‘expedit’ examples on Pinterest that didn’t have kids items stored in it. I was glad to see they could look ‘grown up’ too. Finally, similar to the story about finding the kids room storage bins at Home Goods right after pinning the exact thing, it happened first with Pin #90 and this awesome floor lamp. I think I paid less than half of what it was listed for via this pin online!
Here is a fun pic of our doggie with the lamp in the background. I love this picture since she looks like such a little prissy dog. And, since I mentioned her in the “About Me” section, I thought she should get some love here and there!
90 down…10 to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!