Reader’s Choice: To Pop or Not, That is the Question

Once upon a time, my studio desk had a great task lamp attached to it, and it has disappeared.  Which could be a sad tale, but I found this great lamp in the as-is section at Ikea and it was a perfect replacement.  It has a super heavy base on it, so I don’t have to worry about it toppling of when I extend the neck or if I tilt my desk slightly.

Not to metion, at 50% off just for being the display model, the price was right:

The only thing that may not be right is the color.  Which is a little strange, since gray almost always equals perfection in our home.  In the studio, maybe.  Or maybe this lamp could be one more little pop of color.  Either way, it’s up to you whether we paint it and what we paint it.

I don’t have a poll today because I didn’t want you to be locked into just a couple colors.  Feel free to sound off any color you would love to see the lamp painted (refer to this post to see a wider shot of the room as it is now) and I’m sure I’ll find the right spray paint to match.  Or, if you think gray is gold and it is perfect just the way it is, then let us know that, too!  Can’t wait to see where we land.

36 Comments

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Anne @ Planting Sequoias

    I think I’d paint it gold or perhaps aubergine/magenta! If aubergine is in fact purpleish. I’ve been known to mistake my color names before…

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    CarrieE

    I like the gray but the lamp could shine in chartreuse.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    meaganbriggs3

    Love the bright chartreuse! I guess it depends on what accent colors you draw from the curtains…..That is an awesome deal on that lamp! Curse you, Ikea!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Tracy2q4u

    Paint it to match the ceiling! :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Christie

    I was thinking aubergine or eggplant.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Rebecca

    Purple to match the curtains!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Michelle

    Pear green!
    What color is your desk? Are you going to paint that too?

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Meagan

    Turquoise!!! Just like in the curtains. perfection.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Kelly

    I’d go with bright sunshine yellow. Yellow and teal go together and it would bring out another colour in the curtains.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Nicole

    Pop it like it’s hot. Ok that was lame. I say red or a blood orange (persimmons?) would be the ticket. you already have a lot of blue going on in there, so why not bring out some of the other beautiful colors in your tapestry/curtains. Every room benefits for having a little pop of red in it.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Ashley W

    I’m thinking it would be awesome if you pulled the green out of the curtains. I think it would look great with the ceiling, floors, and rug.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Meagan Beck

    i think you should do the bright green that you have in the tapestry!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Meghan M

    I vote for bright yellow, like how Sherry at Young House Love painted her Mom’s old high chair!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lindsay

    chartreuse would look amazing!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Freezefire

    I think it would be awesome if you could match either the lime green or the turquoise in the curtains.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Suzyann06

    Purple or an orangish-yellow kind of color (very specific, I know) ;-)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Staci @ My Friend Staci

    I like the gray with the white walls and the colorful curtains.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    April B.

    I say PAINT IT and go BOLD!! I would pick out a color from the curtains so it matches the room without being too matchy matchy. Like the orange or the pinky purple color, I like either of those two because they aren’t the main/major colors in the curtains and it will totally POP.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Ashley Rae

    the bright green from the curtains. for sure.
    the turquoise from the ceiling paired with the lamp painted a bright green — a serious PERFECT match in my book.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Laura Priest

    I love either the lime green in the curtain, or the purple! I lean towards the green, though.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    R Grokan

    I like it gray, but think it would look better in the green or purple color of the curtain!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Dantzelle

    Chartreuse!!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Tiffany Constable

    Yellow!!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Casi

    Must paint the lamp! Any of the colors already mentioned, or in the curtains would be great, but I would go with magenta!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    michelle

    i think i would pull the orange color from the curtains to compliment all the blue.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jenn

    Definitely paint it gold!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Kim

    Paint it! A shade of yellow or purple (from the curtains).

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jane

    I think a bright yellow to match the curtain color . :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Kate

    Pickup the ORANGE from the curtains!! :]

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    erica

    I think that bright green in the curtains would look great!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Kathy

    I’m going with leave it grey and let those tapestries be the focal point for now. With the bold ceiling & curtains, I think another pop of color (albeit a smaller one) might be overload. Plus your art is going to be in there in the future (even if only on the short term) so there will be other ways to interject more color.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    I’d pull some coral or chartreuse. Make this room amazeballs. :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Alisha

    I vote for either the orange(ish) or green(ish) color from the curtains! There’s already a lot of teal and brown, so adding one of those colors would help to bring it all together!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Sarah Aldrich

    I vote for a happy bright yellow!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Keri

    i 110% think teal (turquoise) in fact..i might cry if you don’t. and you wouldn’t want a crying blog reader.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Awww, don’t cry shopgirl…I mean, Keri. I hate to break it to you, but turquoise is kinda out since the entire ceiling is painted that color. Don’t you agree it might be too much?

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