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

May 31, 2012

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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.

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What do you think?

  1. 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?

  2. Keri says:

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

  3. Sarah Aldrich says:

    I vote for a happy bright yellow!

  4. Alisha says:

    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!

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

  6. Kathy says:

    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.

  7. erica says:

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

  8. Kate says:

    Pickup the ORANGE from the curtains!! :]

  9. Jane says:

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

  10. Kim says:

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

  11. Jenn says:

    Definitely paint it gold!

  12. michelle says:

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

  13. Tiffany Constable says:


  14. Casi says:

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

  15. Dantzelle says:


  16. R Grokan says:

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

  17. Laura Priest says:

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

  18. April B. says:

    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.

  19. Ashley Rae says:

    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.

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

  21. Suzyann06 says:

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

  22. Freezefire says:

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

  23. Lindsay says:

    chartreuse would look amazing!

  24. Meghan M says:

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

  25. Meagan Beck says:

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

  26. Ashley W says:

    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.

  27. Kelly says:

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

  28. Nicole says:

    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.

  29. Meagan says:

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

  30. Michelle says:

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

  31. Rebecca says:

    Purple to match the curtains!

  32. Christie says:

    I was thinking aubergine or eggplant.

  33. Tracy2q4u says:

    Paint it to match the ceiling! :)

  34. meaganbriggs3 says:

    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!

  35. CarrieE says:

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

  36. 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…

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