Painted Ceiling and Reader’s Choice: Which FLOR?!

May 2, 2012

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Let me just take a moment to say, you readers are doing a fabulous job designing my studio.  Painting a ceiling anything other than white was a first for us and we are thrilled that you all voted to see that happen.  When it came time to cast your vote as to which color to paint it, even more of you virtually showed up to let your voice be heard.  In the end,  Martha Stewart’s Hummingbird Blue won with 111 votes or just over 34%–it was close!  Last night, Chris got busy while I had to run to a meeting and when I got home–I was ecstatic.  Here’s the white-washed room (which I was actually growing fond of):

And after two coats of Hummingbird Blue:

Although the ceiling looks a little shiny in the photo above, it is just the sun blaring through the windows.  We went with flat paint which is recommended for ceilings and had it color-matched to Glidden since Martha’s paint isn’t sold anymore.  The color is just as 111 of you hoped it would be. It’s a soft, but energizing greenish-blue.

Since the smoke detector in this room followed suit with every other appliance previously existing in our house–sporting an almond-beige color–I researched whether I could safely paint it so it wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb (errr…ugly almond detector).  Turns out, a coat of primer and paint is completely safe for smoke detectors—and thermostats….and doorbells.  All of which we have painted in our home. :)

While we obviously can’t wait for you all to vote on our new light fixture, we are still narrowing down your options (get a sneak peak here), we are excited to get the flooring done now that the painting is out of the way.  I don’t think anyone would argue the new aqua ceiling is making the old maroon carpet look even worse:

So while we’re hunting down the perfect wood laminate to lay, we’re leaving the final area rug choice completely up to you.  We’ve been working with our friends at FLOR (who are just as excited as you to be involved) over the last week to narrow their huge selection down to a few options that would look best in the studio.  The end product will be a 7’x7′ area rug that will cover a nice chunk of the floor. With such a bold ceiling, we ended up on more neutral FLOR tiles.  Here are your choices:

1, 2, 3

Update:  It has been brought to my attention, that #1 looks a little different in this alternate photo on FLOR’s website.  Of course it all depends on lighting, but the colors are accurately less yellow-golden than they appear in the first option:

Three amazing choices–Chris and I both have favorites this time, but we can’t wait to see which one you love the most, because that is ultimately the one landing in the studio.  Eeee!  Promise you won’t pick one by its name alone (I know, it’s hard) and vote now:

FLORed with all the options, but I gotta go with:

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What do you think?

  1. Oh no! I am not sure shabby chic is my thing.

  2. The painted ceiling is SO FABULOUS!!!
    I voted for FLOR & 2. I just love the combo of teal, white, and gray (as evidenced by lots of my own home decor choices).

  3. Katherine Quick says:

    While I’m actually partial to #1, I voted for #3 because I think it will compete less with the bold ceiling

  4. I noticed that, too. It’s more of a light tan.

  5. The room is only 9×10, so it’ll be just the right size

  6. Nicole says:

    So after seeing the sofistikat on your pinterest boards, the color looks a lot better. Here it is showing up really mustard for some reason? I like it much better once I saw it on their website.

  7. Kismet says:


    7×7 is pretty danged small.

  8. MissMegK says:

    I’m actually thinking about the sophistikat for our living room!
    the ceiling looks amazing!

  9. Nicole says:

    I am seriously beyond in love with this room. really truly. I want that ceiling!!! As for the floor, sheesh I really can’t decide. #1 is more bold and artistic, but I like the warmth & subtlety of #3. You guys were smart to let people vote, I can narrow down easily to a few options but actually choosing ONE is SO HARD!! Loving this room!!! You rock. :)

  10. Elisa says:

    OOh, I love how this looks! I’ve had the same vision since week 5 for our to-be nursery, and this just gets me waaay more excited. As for the rug, I’m still dutifully voting, and I’m going for the Sophistikat! Wouldn’t have originally picked gold/barley to go with the ceiling but now that I see it I’m totally digging it.

  11. meaganbriggs3 says:

    That color is making me cry it is so beautiful. Ok, I know I’m being dramatic, but no seriously, it is heavenly. Perfect choice, readers! And SO interesting about the smoke detector!!!! What a neat thing!!! Go girl.

    I picked the ikat. I love that one. Gives some attention to the floor and some artsy design! I mean it IS a studio right????? :-)

  12. Ok. This is SOOOOOO fun! I feel like I’m decorating my own space! Loved all the rug options, but the third just FLORed me. I love it!

  13. The guest room is open! Hahaha. ;)

  14. Ashley says:

    Uh Julia, when can I move in? Your studio is going to be gorgeoussssssss. So jealous.

  15. i think roadside attraction is the perfect pairing with the hummingbird blue! it’s got a totally cool shabby chic look to it!

  16. Andrea Perona Westover says:

    I love that you’re letting us vote :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oh I love the first one!

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