This weekend I brightened things up in our formerly dark gray-brown bedroom. Now that we are getting settled into our style, we are revisiting rooms that we painted/decorated quickly (and cheaply) when we first moved in and…tweaking–which I actually highly recommend. Yes, you might end up painting a room twice, but when you’re just getting started by all means explore any color you think you might like. Get over the fear. That’s what I say.
I thought I wanted white, but after staring at white swatches on the wall for a good month, and not deciding on one, I pulled out some light blues and within an hour I fell for Farrow & Ball’s Skylight. You can (and should!) order a Farrow & Ball swatch book and catalog for free from their site. I did months ago and remembered I had it tucked away in my swatch basket last week and it came to my bedroom-color (ahem…colour) rescue.
(^Skylight is the third one down in the second row from the right.) It is a definite light blue–but sophisticated with gray, warm undertones. Here’s how it looks in our room:
When Chris first saw it (he was out for the day with Greta while I painted), he was a little shocked and I believe he called it, “baby blue” and I made him take it back immediately. He likes it, really, and we agree it has definitely changed the whole dark, heavy feel of our room in its previous state.
As for getting a Farrow & Ball paint color in our city without a retailer–I thought about getting it shipped to us ($$$), but called around to our Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams store to see if they had these color formulas on hand. Both did, but the Sherwin Williams clerk just sounded more confident–so I went there. I can’t vouch for the texture match–I’ve heard amazing things about Farrow & Ball’s paint–but the color is spot on and cost half the price.
I’m not diving head first into the bedroom–it’s just something I plan on working on as time and budget permits. Buuuuuuut, ripping out the carpet and old baseboards and painting all the trim and doing something about dressing the window and bed linens and adding a sliding mirrored door to the bathroom is all on the list. I am definitely using the Clare Elsaesser print as a color inspiration. I want to incorporate layered blues and a lot more fine art and just keep a relaxed, calm vibe. Also, new lamps might be on their way–and I think you’re gonna approve.