Sunday, March 17, 2013

Den Re-Do

 Miss A painted her den the color of cinnamon
then filled the room with soft leather sofas and antiques. 

But she wasn't quite content.  
Could I somehow lighten up the walls without changing the color?

Not an easy request!!
Finally I had a suggestion that would be
dramatic, lighten up the room while keeping the orange color.
Let's add a pattern to the walls.

 I chose the Mooish Trellis template from Royal Design Studio.
The pattern remains popular because it's so versatile.
It's a bit exotic but s in tune with today's trend for clean-edged geometric design.

The pattern was painted with Restrained Gold by Sherwin William.
It took about 8 hours to do the entire room,
 with the corners being the most challenging.
They always are!
With navy blue sofas and orange walls,
 this room is a great example of a complementary color scheme.
Blue and Orange are opposite one another on the color wheel,
These dramatic combinations are called complementary.
Red - Green
are two other complementary color pairs.
If you'd like to bring a bold design to your wall,
but hesitate to paint an entire room,
 you may want to create an accent wall.
The wall behind a bed makes a perfect spot.
Here's the same design in a neutral palette.
This lovely space painted by Michelle from Home Decor Budgetista.
Do you feel inspired?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Plastered in the Shade

Inspiration comes from a variety of places
and sometimes months pass before I act on an idea.
Is it laziness??
...maybe, but often it's simply waiting for the right opportunity.
That happened this week, when two plain-jane lampshades
in one of our own bedrooms begged to be dressed up.
I'd seen a friend's artsy lampshade. 
It was both plastered and painted -- something I do all the time on walls.
Why not give it a try? 
So I began with a hard backed lampshade,
and reached for some white plaster.
What did I use?
White Venetian Plaster.
Home Depot and Lowes carries a similar product.

The entire shade was covered with two thin layers of plaster,
and left to dry overnight.
Then, with large, swooping strokes  I painted some random scrolls.
Nothing planned, or precise.

More plaster was skimmed on,
because it's more interesting when the design fades in and out.  

The challenge was to make the two shades look the same -----but different!

I glued some flat braided trim was glued onto the edges of the shade.
It gives a finished look and hides any rought edges.


And the shades were ready to go back onto the lamps.


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