Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Dark Side.

This post isn't nearly as ominous as the title sounds.  I'm simply referring to the fact that I painted our master bedroom...again.  Third times the charm, right? ;)

The first time we painted the room, I chose a gray that read not-gray-at-all on our walls.  I loved the color, but it just wasn't what I wanted for our room.


After living with it for a while, I decided I needed to go more gray...and I did.


I liked that color a lot, and then I even rearranged and painted again.


After all that, I liked our room, but I didn't love it.  I wanted to love it.  And apparently, step #1 in loving our room was switching up our nightstands.  Our old ones were great, but looked too small next to our king-sized bed.  I fixed that situation by making over some Craigslist finds.

Step #2 was choosing a new gray for our walls.  I had a major itch to go dark in our bedroom.  I thought it'd really up the cozy factor and give the space that extra something it had been missing.  I headed to Home Depot and brought home a bunch of swatches.  Once the swatches were home and against the wall in our room, I easily narrowed things down to my top three.  Those colors were then taped to our bedroom wall for a few days.  It was obvious to me which color was my favorite {gut reaction based on undertones that showed up once the swatch went up on our wall}, but I was scared to pull the trigger. I never painted any wall that dark before.


Eventually I got sick of staring at the swatches and wanted to see results.  I headed to the store and bought a gallon of Martha Stewart's Zinc {made with Glidden Duo paint}.


I had hubby kindly remove our mounted TV, which I hated because of the positioning, thanks to some plumbing in the center of that wall.  I also patched up some holes with quick-dry spackle.


Then I cleared out furniture, pushed the remaining stuff to the middle of the room and started cutting in.




After all that fun, I got to rolling...and really saw things come to life.


The darker color took two coats to cover completely, but it was worth it.  I love how our white trim and light furniture pop against the bold walls.  I haven't even started to accessorize or put our room back together, but I couldn't wait to share our new wall color with you guys.  I didn't want to wait a few weeks until our room is "reveal" ready.  What can I say...lately, things have been taking me foreverrrr to finish. ;)





Anyone else get so excited to share something that you break all blogger rules and post un-styled photos taken at night?!  {Please tell me I'm not the only bad blogger!}

How do you guys feel about dark walls...yay or nay?


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  1. I think it makes it more cozy :) xo Kristin

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    1. Totally agree! Love up'ing the cozy factor in the bedroom! :)

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  2. The dark walls look good! & it reall shows off the your pretty credenza better :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think it totally pops off the wall now! :)

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  3. Love them! There is such a richness to them! Do you sleep better now? I know I would...perfect color for sleeping! ;)

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    1. I'm not sure if I sleep better, but I definitely enjoy the space more. It's so rich and cozy now! :)

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  4. So pretty! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has to show off a project, forget styling! This is real life :) and if you're like me, the actual styling may take a hot minute.

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    1. You totally get me, Mary! I could not wait...I had to post it ASAP. And I'm not going to lie...it's still not styled haha. Life gets in the way sometimes. ;)

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  5. Oh, I'm terribly about styling. I don't know if I'll ever style a photograph "correctly." I like seeing the progress photos more anyway. It brings it to life and I feel more a part of the process rather than turning the page of a lovely, remote, not-at-all-like-me magazine.

    The new color is gorgeous! Very sophisticated and pretty against the white. I love it!

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    1. I'm the same way!! I'm glad you get me! :)

      Thanks so much!!

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  6. Do you think you'll darken the color on the turquoise/teal wall now that you have that luscious shade of grey on the other walls?

    I love the new color, it's just so cozy - perfect for a bedroom!

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    1. I'm not sure. Most likely it'll stay that way for now. It's a nice pop in the room.

      Thanks Ashley! :)

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  7. YES...yes...and YESSSS! Love it. And you are not a bad blogger because you totally nailed it! Looks awesome. (Love Perny)

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Julia! <3

      Heck, he's the only thing I need for styling. ;)

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  8. Perfect color! It makes things pop and gives it such a cozy feeling.

    How do you like that painting technique?? I always felt that if I cut in I had to do the roller right after it before it dried. No idea where I got that idea but it makes painting a lot less fun when you're by yourself. Would love this method if you think it doesn't show marks or anything!

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    1. Thanks Caroline! :)

      I actually always paint like this because I'm usually the one one painting a room. I've never had an issue with doing it this way. It's the method that works best for me. I hope it works for you!

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  9. um hi charcoal gray walls, my name is cassie and i love you. YES. well done!

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  10. Oooo, me like! I'm really digging that color. Makes me want to take a nap with Perny.

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  11. Yes, I like the darker gray with the accent wall! Sometimes it takes some living with to decide if you don't want to settle!

    Laura
    House Envy

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I totally agree. As I live with things longer and longer, I find a bunch of things I constantly want to tweak and evolve. I think it's all part of the process. Or at least that's what I convince myself of. ;)

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  12. Love the darker color! Looks nice and cozy. Would love to go dark in our bedroom but natural light in the room is basically zero, and I don't want it to look like a cave during the day!

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    1. Thank you, Kate! If it makes you feel any better, we don't get a ton of natural light in our room either. It's one of the reasons I was worried in the beginning, but I decided to go for it anyway. I'm so happy I did! :)

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  13. That's a great color! Deep and beautiful.

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  14. I think Copernicus makes the perfect "accessory" for the paint color reveal! The color looks great, I wish I was brave enough to try something so dark!

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    1. Yes! So true...he's all the styling I need. ;) Thanks Rebecca!

      PS-Don't be scared...go for it! It's just a little paint! :)

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  15. I like the look better of the darker paint. I am biased because I have a brown bedroom with white trim. Love this look!

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  16. I also love it! I have the same color in my bedroom and just happen to have an extra gallon, I feel another project coming on. I currently have a similar grey to your lighter grey - it looks kind of lavender in my room but is perfect in my spare room. Sigh. Time to try again!

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    1. Thanks Jolene! Isn't it such a great color?! I'm in love.

      Good luck finding the right grey! :)

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  17. Your walls look great! Your room looks pretty big though so I don't think this would work in my bedroom - darn! I love the turquoise accent wall too. Great job!

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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  18. I like it too! Very velvety looking. Love the rug too!

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  19. i really love dark walls we have them in our bedroom...(i guess i havent shared that room yet...see BAD BLOGGER RIGHT HERE!)
    it does make the space cozier and even..sexier. (HEY, it';s the bedroom afterall!)

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    1. Hehe...I want to see, I want to see! :)

      Oh yeaaaaa. ;)

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  20. I love it! We have a similar dark grey in our master, and I, too, love how it pops against the white woodwork =) If I ever took pictures for the blog they would probably be at night too!!

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one! :)

      Thanks Kelly!!

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  21. Ahhh!! I LOVE the dark walls! They totally make the turquoise and the white accents pop! Good choice girlfriend!

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  22. The walls are great! Everything looks great, but I think you need wider curtains. They look very skimpy, almost like they were cut in half.

    Nice job, though! It's a beautiful room.

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    1. Thank you! The curtains aren't final...like I mentioned in the post, absolutely nothing is styled for these pictures...except for my fur baby laying on the bed haha.

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  23. I love the way the darker color looks, very pretty!

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  24. I love this moody dark color!

    As for nighttime pictures, until we hit the lotto, we still work during the day. It looks great!

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    1. Thanks Kim! I knew you'd be a lover of the dark color. ;)

      FOR REAL! Can we win the lotto just once?!?!

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  25. I was a little nervous as I was scrolling down but man, those came out amazing! Now I want to paint our room!

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  26. LOVE IT!!! I think dark walls in the bedroom are so cozy...I honestly don't think I want light walls in mine ever again. Perny seems to approve too.

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    1. Thanks Kristel! I figured you might give the walls your stamp of approval. ;)

      And yes, he definitely approves. I mean, that's all that matters in our house, anyway! Hehe.

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  27. YAY! I think it's beautiful. Just like you. :)

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  28. I love it and wish you would come decorate my house!!!!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! That is such a wonderful compliment...means a lot! :)

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  29. Love the dark color!!!! I love white, but I'm really starting to dig some dark dramatic rooms. IT looks beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lindsay! I was really craving some drama in our room...and this color definitely delivered! :)

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  30. Is the turquoise accent wall still Behr's Balmy Seas?

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    1. Yup, I didn't change the accent wall color....just the grey. :)

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  31. should paint the doors black, it grounds everything

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    1. The charcoal gray and black doors might be a bit too dark for me. Thank you for the suggestion!

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  32. I have to admit it looks really good. Usually I'm all blah blah it sucks... but in this case, you may have some serious talent.

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  33. Love it. And I have to know what color that teal paint is!

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    1. Thank you, Malena! The teal is Behr's Balmy Seas. :)

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  34. Gabbi, I absolutely LOVE this room. Where did you get your headboard/bed frame?

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    1. Thank you so much!! I our bed frame and headboard are from Overstock. :)

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  35. Where did you get the ceiling fan. Specifically , the light part of it. I really like the look of it. michelegmoynihan@gmail.com. Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks Michele! We actually purchased that all together from Lamps Plus during a sale. Here is the link for the fan...hope it helps! :)

      http://www.lampsplus.com/products/52-inch-casa-optima-white-flower-ceiling-fan__86646-32431-k9774.html

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  36. Love this room! Can you tell me the color of your accent wall?

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    1. Thanks so much, Taylor! The accent wall is Behr's Balmy Seas...hope that helps! :)

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  37. Love it! Can you tell me where you purchased the rug from.

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  38. Do you know what color paint you used in the 3rd picture from the top? I love the turquoise and grey. Thanks

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    1. Yup! The teal is Behr's Balmy Seas and the gray is Glidden's Pebble Gray.

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