Have you ever had a notion that was SO crazy that you never even gave it a whirl? What are some of the ideas that you dream about trying? Over the years I’ve had journals, computer folders, and Pinterest boards full of ideas that I have never dared to attempt! One bit of design inspiration just wouldn’t let go of me – and I am so happy that we finally took the plunge!
I first fell head over high-heels in love with the idea of a dramatic room while drooling over decorating inspiration pictures – long before the days of Pinterest. I saw a gorgeous black wall with open white shelving against it and pops of color in the accessories. I was hooked! It simply had to be mine! My ex dismissed it as a crazy pregnancy idea – I was expecting Baby Aiden at the time – but I never lost my vision for a black wall in the 7 years that it took to become a reality. I can’t pinpoint when my infatuation with the color black began. Maybe it was the rich look of the black grand piano at church when I was growing up. Or maybe it was seeing my reflection in the new pair of patent leather Mary Jane shoes I had in the first grade. Either way, I love the sleek sophistication that it brings to any occasion!
Joe and I purchased our house nearly two years ago. When you walked in the front door and up the stairs, you found the entrance to our kitchen, (between the wooden screens), and a blank wall that just kind of sat there. Like a lazy bum. I know that it’s holding up our kitchen cabinets on the other side, but it didn’t even bother to highlight our vaulted ceilings that we loved so much! How could we make this problem wall a feature instead of something that we just put up with?
This photo is from my first visit to this house when it was on the market. We made an offer the very next day.
You know how it is when you have a decorating problem area in your house:
Joe gradually came on board with my crazy color obsession and we decided to go ahead with painting this one major wall. This area kind of stands alone, so we knew if we absolutely hated it we weren’t committed to having the entire room painted black. We tried out so many shades of black paint samples! You’d think it wouldn’t be too difficult to find a good shade, but holy smokes it took a lot of tries! Too baby poop brown. Too navy blue. Too Army green…Too many wrong colors.
Finally the skies parted, angels sang, and all was right in the world when we found the perfect shade of black! Enter: Martha Stewart “Silhouette” to the rescue! We had it mixed with Behr Ultra at our local Home Depot, and we were finally in business. Let me just sing Behr’s praises for a quick second – I love working with Behr Ultra paints! The days of using more coats of paint than you can count are over! This project took only TWO coats and a few tiny touch ups here and there! TWO! This means that Joe and I were able to tackle it in one weekend when the boys were with their dad. We moved the credenza and the pink couch – (“Pink?” you ask. That’s another story for another time) – away from the wall, prepped our space, and dug right in! I was a little nervous that my Beloved and I wouldn’t like the wall when it was all said and done – but guess what? He liked it so much that he was the first one of us to post a picture of it on Facebook!
I managed to put off hugging my long-awaited black beauty until it was dry, and then we hung up the cherry blossom artwork that Joe brought back from an Air Force work trip to Japan. *MWAH!* Perfection!
A few months later we still love it! With windows facing south and east, we haven’t noticed a darker feeling in the room. We love the character that it’s brought to the space and how it draws your gaze up to the high ceiling! In fact, we are considering wrapping the paint color around onto the adjoining, (as of now empty-ish) dining area! Stay tuned for further updates – I’ll be chronicling every step of the way!
The odd thing about me trying such a bold color for my room is that I’m not one that tries to stand out very much. Sure, I like to be just a little bit different than everyone else, my own tiny version of unique, but I’m usually not one to “put myself out there” with such drama. This kind of ties in to my new blog – I am one of those quiet introverts. My mind is constantly whirring, but I don’t often speak up and tell people what is on my mind any deeper than a status update. I’m slowly learning to embrace life challenges little by little. The idea of a dramatic wall color, sharing your heart on a blog, making new friends, or whatever is stirring inside you – if you let them, these experiences can add so much growth to your life! When I walk into our new black living room, I can’t help but let out a little happy sigh as I drink it all in. And I am also grateful that I pushed myself to start this blog. The fact that you are using your valuable time to take a peek at my little corner of the world is such a gift – Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Neutrals are all fine and good, but sometimes a little jump into the scary can pay off – big time! Nothing gives you more bang for your buck when it comes to decorating than a can of paint and free afternoon. What about you? Is there a decorating risk that you’ve been considering? What color are you itching to use in your dwelling? I love that our house is unique to us. No one else can tell our story – and no one else can tell yours. What would you like your home to say about you? I’d love to hear all about it!
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