Color Palette: The Best Blue-Green Paint Colors

That wall color in the Room of the Week really gives the room a calm feeling, and even though it is a color it still acts very much like a neutral.  There’s something about a soft blue-green color that is almost universally loved.  I’ve used this wall color in my own home and in clients homes always with great success.

Rather than show you tons of options, here are two blue-green colors I’ve used for myself and clients with successful results all of the time.  Sherwin Williams Sea Salt & Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments are both that perfect blue-green-gray color.  Sea Salt can read a little more green while Quiet Moments is definitely a little more blue and gray.  Either way, if you’re looking for a calm, ethereal color, both will do the trick!

Here are some pretty examples to help sell you on the colors (not that you need it!).

The Best Blue-Green Paint Colors | www.theanatomyofdesign.com

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And, for a few pictures of sea salt in action in my own home, I used it in my dining room here and my daughter’s room here.

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Housekeeping: A Dining Room Ikea Curtain Update

I mentioned last week that I am focusing on completing finishing touches throughout my house this year.  My first project was to finish my dining room curtains.  I’ve had a pair of these Ikea curtains for several years that haven’t ever been put to use. I knew I wanted simple white curtains that would let maximum light into my small formal dining room and thought they would be perfect.

I cut off the tabs at the top of the curtain and edged them with a band of Calais Blue Linen from Calico Corners.

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Of course I didn’t realize until I was completely done sewing the first panel that I had sewed the pattern on upside down.  Argh!  I decided to leave the pattern and from far away it doesn’t really make any difference.

diningroomcurtain3The banding helps the curtains drape nicely, and I like their slight puddling on the floor.  And, the nicer fabric edging really elevates the simple Ikea fabric.  diningroomcurtainAnd a few close-up details.

diningroomcurtaindetails copyAnd, in other housekeeping news…I’ve started a pinterest board to gather inspiration and information for my basement family room re-do.  I’ll share my first steps in the design process with you next week.  Have a great weekend!

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My Home: My Dining Table Set For Christmas Dinner

Growing up our candlelit Christmas Eve dinner was one of my favorite traditions.  We had a lasagna dinner and always used these homemade felt poinsettia napkin rings, and I have such fond memories of them still.  We don’t live near family and we’re spending Christmas Eve with dear friends, so I am planning a candlelit lasagna dinner for Christmas day.   Here are my simple plans for setting my table for that special dinner…I hope my kids enjoy it as much as I did growing up.

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I’ve been looking for ideas the past few weeks to keep my kids crafting and busy these next few days until Christmas, so I plan on having them help with the simple paper snowflake table runner and some poinsettia napkin rings just like I had growing up (though I plan to make mine from paper and hot glue!).

Do you have any special Christmas/Christmas Eve dinner traditions?

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My Home: The Dining Room Makeover

You may have been wondering what happened with that dining room makeover I was planning for my own home.  I’m not planning much, but it’s sure taking me a long time to get anything done!

Well, I finally changed the paint color in the room, and it made such a huge difference.  I knew I wanted a really light blue, with some gray in it.   One of the colors I was considering was Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.  It was blue, with just enough gray and not too dark.  And, this Curbly house sunroom makeover by Emily Henderson sealed the deal.

Here’s the boring brown before (disclaimer:I did not choose this color it was here when we rented the house):

dining room before copyThe brown color make the room look so small because the flat paint color didn’t reflect any light.  But, the new blue color does the exact opposite.

dining room after1 copydining room after2 copyI smile every time I walk by this room.  Can’t wait to hang some curtains and art.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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