September 29, 2010

dreaming of a turquoise accent wall

Somehow, I have stumbled upon an apartment complex that allows tenants to paint! As I count down the days until my potential new landlord calls me with a fresh new lease to sign, I dream of what color I can paint my new living room accent wall. While this may not be the most mind-blowing thing ever, I am finding myself getting (predictably) nerdy about the array of colors that could go on my accent wall. While the teacher man has suggested I go all Jackson Pollock on the wall (which, I admit, could be really, really fun), that sort of color chaos doesn’t lend itself to the soothing atmosphere I yearn for after a long day’s (and night’s!) work.

Finding inspiration has been simple. While red excites me (and is my favorite color, hands down), turquoise soothes me. I think it would be refreshing to come home to this every day:

orange roses on light turquoise background

{Fresh, fragrant, fiery orange roses add fun contrast to a turquoise wall.}

Although I live in the middle of the country with no ocean in sight, gazing at a blue-green wall takes my mind beachside, if only for a moment.

orange boat on blue-green water

{Sail away with me.}

The rich color and rugged texture of chunky turquoise jewelry adds depth and character to my dreamboat living room inspirations.

raw turquoise

{I'm imagining a vase full of turquoise rocks and bright orange flowers.}

Next step: Find the best shade of turquoise (and enlist a few good friends in this painting extravaganza!).

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  • Kirsten Hudson

    It might be a good idea to test samples first. I was going to paint my living room turquoise and bought some paint. When I put it on the wall it was waaay too bright. It looked like a baby’s room gone bad. I think if you go for a more pale shade, it would work out well!

    • kimberlyloc

      Good call, Kirsten. I wish I would have seen your crazy turquoise wall! I have a couple shades picked out…gotta decide. I’ve never painted before!

  • Megan

    I love this idea, Kim! Turquoise + bright orange creates an eye-catching yet calming ambiance. Another good thing about these colors is they seem to look good no matter the season. I have a turquoise vase on my dining room table with bright orange flowers in it. I originally thought the orange, autumn-y flowers would only be a fall thing, but I found that, paired with the turquoise, they fit right in year-round. And they make me happy :) Thanks for another excellent post!

    • kimberlyloc

      Thanks Megan! Can’t wait to make this happen ASAP :)

  • Gina

    I can’t wait to see your new place! (Especially since I never got to see your old new place. Haha.) Good luck with the paint colors!

    • kimberlyloc

      Thanks Gina! I am excited. Maybe I’ll snap a few pics of my old bedroom…:)

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