To say life has been chaotic for the past month or so for both Kelly and I would be an understatement. Bear with us as we try to keep on top of our jobs, our obligations, our scrambled routines and continue to search for awesomeness to share with you on the regular. Part of what is keeping me busy these days is my big impending move to a new home! The good news for you is that this will bring many future posts to the blog about budget decorating and BBQ’ing and gardening and all the fun things I can’t wait to do with my new space.
Before I move in a few weeks, first thing is first: painting. I’ve decided to leave this task to trusty professionals and have been asked to pick out colours for each room as soon as possible. I’m a big fan of keeping spaces light, airy and bright in order to make the most of whatever natural light you have coming into your home. One great way of adding pops of colour without overwhelming your eyes are statement walls.
Be careful in choosing which wall you want to make pop. Selecting a wall with interesting architectural lines or one which you have a feature or piece of furniture you want to accentuate, such as a fireplace, bed or great couch is a safe bet.
Make sure you pick a colour scheme that will complement the rest of your space. A bold colour is great if your furniture is neutral and matches. Choosing contrasting colours can look amazing, just make sure it isn’t a colour palette that you’ll tire of quickly or one that will have you feeling overwhelmed when you’re in the room.
The following are some inspiring pictures from my lookbook, a couple ideas which I have planned for my new home. Think about how the patterns can help manipulate the eye to make a room appear taller than it is with vertical stripes or wider than it is with horizontal stripes.
Wallpaper is a great choice for a statement wall, too. There are so many options out there with any print you can dream up. New removable wallpapers also make the choice less daunting since it doesn’t have to be permanent. Check out websites like Spoonflower and TemPaper for thousands of patterns to help you make your statement wall. Heck, even Urban Outfitters carries removable wallpaper now! This is an especially great idea for rental units when you don’t want to have to paint your walls back to a neutral colour before you move out.