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9.2.06

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Image from O at Home Magazine

i'm feeling really inspired by this photo from o at home. and the quotation under it. i'm trying to finish our bedroom and i want it to feel like a soft, comfortable retreat- like this picture. soft, warm and light. however our current space is cold- both temperature and aesthetic wise. im sort of feeling blank about color choices- does anyone have a great color for the bedroom that soothing and simple, without being white? thanks...im hitting a color wall...[photo from o at home magazine]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lavender.
Well, a gray lavender. Benjamin Moore WINTER GRAY is amazing.
Lavender is so underated. It's both cool and warm and really soft and soothing.
The right amount of gray makes the color very sophisticated.
Looks great with browns if you want soft, and you can punch it up with pretty much any strong color.
Use flat finish. The chalkier the better in my book. And don't forget the ceiling. White ceilings look unfinished with a great wall color. usually too much contrast.
We have friends who broke the no sheen on ceilings rule and used a satin to semi gloss.
Looks beautiful by candlelight.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Julian said...

Have you thought about a warm off-white and then playing with finishes? Perhaps alternating vertical stripes of matte/glossy matte/satin... or something along those lines. Keep the color palatte simple/neutral and unintrousive and let the finish ever so slightly add flair...

The great thing about working with different finishes it that if done well they go unoticed most of the time and only command attention when given attention.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous karen said...

I love a very soft sage. It has an amazing effect of being soothing, and somehow makes you feel cool in New Yorks ridiculous summer heat. It also pairs well with both richer and lighter accent colors, and is easy to dress up or down, and transcends different types of decor. I use it in my bathroom...hope that doesn't kill it for you.

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I don't know about color these days... lately I've been highly tempted by (nearly obsessed with) redoing my entire bedroom in white - all different shades, textures, with some creams thrown in for good measure. I don't know why, since white is the one thing I'm trying to avoid! It jsut seems like it would be so floaty and bright and beautiful - a white down comforter (IKEA has incredibly awesome ones), fliffy white pillows... FLOR "Morning Coffee" tiles in white...

Someone in Apartment Therapy posted their mother's bedroom, and she'd done the most soothing, gorgeous paint treatment - two of the same colors of paint, one in gloss and one in matte, painted in fat horizontal stripes around the room. So beautiful! http://www.flickr.com/photos/l2pics/

Sorry for the wordiness, it's just Bedroom Month at AT and I am all over my lame bedroom.

12:20 PM  
Blogger brookeraymond said...

one of my favorite wall colors in our house is called "golden fleece" by sherman williams. it looks like a nice light wheat beer was poured all over our walls. it is so warm and inviting and people love it!

12:23 PM  
Blogger katie said...

A friend of mine painted her living room with matte white and a pearly white glazed vertical stripes. She varied the width of the stripes and space between each stripe and would repeat the pattern. It is really subtle, but it turned out great!!!

12:36 PM  
Anonymous angelune said...

I agree with the 'wheat beer' colour. I just painted my room a sandy colour, it's very warm. It is called 'oakbuff' but I'm not sure which brand. It goes well with my chocolate brown duvet cover, and some turquoise & brown cushions I've got.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm on the verge of painting my bedroom - bought all the paint and everything, now it's just sitting in the corner until I can get the walls properly prepped. Anyway, I chose a warm off-white/ivory color for the walls and a lavender (grey-toned, not pinkish) for doors/trim. I think I'm going for that same effect/color family you're going for. I saw that marimekko fabric you listed down below (the first bluish/lavender one) and thought it was a perfect fit for my room...

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help but think that the color of seaglass -- that transluscent mix of aqua and green -- is the most soothing color (i.e., non-white) for a bedroom or any relaxing space. (I know seaglass, the real stuff, comes in all shades from light green to dark blue -- i'm thinking of the shade in the middle of the spectrum). Peaceful, calm, soothing in the heat, reminiscent of pale sunlight reflecting off water or filtering through green leaves...

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherwin Williams has a gorgeous color called "Twilight Gray" (SW 0054) that I recently used on one bedroom wall-- I am now considering painting the whole room, just because it turned out so well. The color isn't really gray at all, more of a champagne-y tan, with hints of light rose and a soft, chalky vanilla. It's really pretty with candlelight and even bulb light from a torchiere. It goes very well with lavender, sage, and crisp white accents as well, if you are inspired by the pallette of this photo. I'd give it at least a sample. :)

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sherwin Williams has this gorgeous color called "Twilight Gray" (SW 0054), which I recently used to paint one wall in my bedroom. I am considering painting the entire room because it turned out so well...it's not really gray at all, but more like a champagne-y tan, with hints of rose and a soft, chalky, vanilla, depending on where you are standing. It looks great with candles, and even bumb light from a torchiere, and if you are inspired by the photo, it looks wonderful with lavender, french blue, and sage accents as well. Or a very crisp white. It's worth a sample at least :).

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slipper Satin by farrow and Ball is the best color for every room. I only used it in my living room, and have been kicking myself ever since. It's a neutral but feels warm to me - a great white/tan color that you have to see to appreciate.
Suzanne

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about Benjamin Moore's "Linen White." It's actually a beautiful very pale yellow that makes the walls seem as if they're glowing. It's somewhere between warm and cool, so makes my room look warm when it's cold out, and cool when it's hot out.

6:35 PM  

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