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!).

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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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Room Reveal: My Daughter’s Room

A few months (time has sure flown!) ago I shared my plan for my daughter’s room renovation.  I finally photographed the room to share with you here!  I hope you like it!A Patterned Girls Room | www.emilywignalldesign.comThe room is fairly small with a giant bed so our floorplan was a little tricky. We decided to put the bed in front of the window and make it a really strong focal point using color and pattern.A Patterned Girls Room | www.emilywignalldesign.comWe settled on a color palette of navy, mint and coral. And moved the colors around the room through textiles and artwork.

A Girls Patterned Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comLuckily Ikea makes the cutest $50 metal side tables in the exact minty color my daughter loved.A Patterned Girls Bedroom |

I found that great floral fabric on Etsy (in this shop!) and knew it was the perfect piece to tie the color palette together, so I had it made into a pillow.  I copied this same pattern in the rug on the floor, and the table lampshade I painted to match.

My daughter’s #1 request for the room was a canopy, which she saved for and purchased herself.  I dressed it up with some tissue paper balls.  It was a little hard to photograph, but I think you get the idea.  And, she is in LOVE with it.

A Patterned Girls Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comShe created her seashell collection artwork a while ago, and I just updated the frame with a coat of paint to match.

A Patterned Girls Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comI  like to add a little bit of custom art to personalize my kid’s rooms,  My daughter really wanted an owl, so I covered a canvas with gold leaf and painted this cute owl on top.  She also requested a tulip…her favorite flower.

A Patterned Girls Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comShe loves her bright room.  And, I love seeing her add little touches and rearrange her space daily.A Patterned Girls Bedroom | www.emilywignalldesign.comI hope you enjoyed this little peek into my daughter’s room.  I’m signing off for the weekend a bit early, and I’ll be back here on Monday with a brand new Room of the Week!

SOURCES: Floral Fabric | Crane & Canopy Shams | Target Sheets | Vinyl Gold Polka Dots | Ikea Side Table | Ikea Coral Fleece Throw | Navy Floral Rug | White Canopy | Teal Curtains

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A Painted Lampshade

Just popping in between working on client projects and projects for my own house to show you a little project I tackled this week.  As I’ve been working on my daughter’s room I knew I wanted a fun patterned lampshade for one of the lamps in her room.  When we settled on the plan for the room I knew I wanted to carry the pretty floral pattern I was using for a throw pillow onto the lampshade.

Blossom Print  Fabric by the Yard - MultiBut!  I didn’t want to spend another $40 on a yard of fabric to make that happen.  So, I decided I would try to paint the pattern directly onto the shade.  I took the fabric to Michaels and bought acrylic craft paint to match.

My first step was to paint the base colors on the shade…my daughter helped a lot with this part of the project as there wasn’t really a way to mess it up.  This was the point in the process where I was SURE I had just ruined a perfectly good lampshade. Oh dear.

lampshadefirststepOnce I started layering on the simple white curved brushstrokes to make the abstract flowers I was a little more convinced it was going to turn out well.

lampshademiddleHere is the lampshade finished and sitting pretty in the room!

lampshadefinalIt’s fun to have the pillow and lampshade coordinate and was a pretty painless project (i.e. it cost about $6 and two hours of my time).  I just have more detail to finish before I debut my daughters room…hopefully next week!

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Piece de Resistance: The Statement Headboard

The extra-tall and sculptural headboard in the Room of the Week creates the perfect focal point for the room.  Playing with scale and shape is always a great way to create emphasis and command attention.

If you’re looking for a similar piece for a little girls room here are 15 eye-catching options.

statement headboard copySOURCES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15

Just a heads up…#9 comes in four different colors and is the budget steal of the bunch at only $120!

I used the the same idea of creating a focal point headboard in my daughter’s room redo.  She’s had the same white headboard for years so I decided to paint it navy when she decided she chose the a new  navy, coral and mint color palette.  Her bedroom is quite small so the headboard really makes a huge statement in the room.  Here’s a peak…we’re still working on finishing up details before I show you the whole thing.

miasheadboard2I gold-leafed the little embellishment at the top for a little added sparkle.  And, here is the bed with a few pillows added.

miasheadboard3I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more favorites from this Room of the Week!

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My Home: A Plan for My Little Girl’s Room

My daughter has been talking about re-doing her room for months, so I introduced her to Pinterest a few months ago and together we spent a few hours looking for inspiration…you can see the board we created here!  She really only had two requirements, a canopy over her bed (which she bought for herself with her own money), and to banish pink from the room and replace it with navy, mint and coral.

We’ve been slowly gathering supplies, and painting the room and her bed and creating artwork together and we’re almost done!  Here’s a little peek at the direction we are headed.

A Grown up Little Girls Room | www.theanatomyofdesign.comUp until this point she hasn’t had any strong opinions about the way her room looked (I thought she liked the pink!).  So, it’s been fun to go through the design process with her and see her personality unfold in the room.   Do your kids care about the color palette in their rooms?


Have a great weekend!

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