Finally… my “color of the year” office is complete!
In January, I had the bright idea to tailor my office to Pantone‘s Color of the Year. Originally, I thought I would paint all the walls a neutral color and reserve one wall as an accent wall. My thinking was that each year, I could just repaint the accent wall with the color of the year. The 2011 Color of the Year is Honeysuckle:
Well, you know what they say about “the best laid plans.” Last year, in 2010, the color of the year was turquoise. I love turquoise… have always loved it. So much so, that my office was already painted that color. Here is the before:
Five years ago I loved this. But since then, my head has been flooded with information and inspiration. And, there comes a time when you just have to paint. That’s when I came up with my “color of the year” idea. Problem is, I’m just not crazy nuts about Honeysuckle. I had to think about this a little more.
One of my first thoughts was that if I’m going to go with such a bold color, I need to keep things monochromatic. No matter what color I painted the other 3 walls, there was going to be a sharp contrast with the accent wall, creating far too much energy for this space. Plus, when I really started thinking about working in a room with a giant pink wall…. well, I just wasn’t feeling it.
But then I found my raspberry pink velvet chair. (Boy do I love Home Goods!) And the decorating fun began. The chair is a bold red-violet…it’s kind of pinky, honeysuckle-ish, right? In my eyes, a little more edgy than Honeysuckle…and I like it. What’s really great is that the color is the exact compliment to my yellow-green living room walls. (I’ve always hated that when I look into my office from the living room, it didn’t quite go.)
For the wall colors, I had already eliminated the thought of an accent wall because there would be too much of a contrast. I wanted to create a calm environment and infuse it with that bold raspberry of my chair. I went to my Sherwin Williams color deck and found a red-violet with a lot of gray in it. The best part is it’s name: Imagine. Don’t you love it?
All of these decisions were made about 6 months ago. Let me tell you, I’m happy to be so busy… but where oh where does the time go?
Here’s some more before and afters:
I love this new look. The new color on the walls really make my watercolors pop. Also, by painting the ceiling the exact color of the walls, the room is so much more inviting.
My office also doubles as a guest room. When I first bought the trundle, I kind of liked the unframed look. Looking back, it just looks unfinished! I purchased a frame for the bed online and got the linens from Home Goods. The window treatment was easy-peasy… I bought the fabric and fashioned it together…just don’t look too closely! And adding a larger, darker rug further warmed up the room.
One thing I always liked was my Mirror Mate framed white board by my computer. It looks even better against these purpley-silver walls. And I finally got rid of that old desk! Love the new one. I got it online at Wal-Mart. (And in case you’re worried… I did not get rid of the dog! She just wasn’t in the after picture.)
Here’s a few detail shots:
Now that my office is complete, I spend so much more time in it! I’m surrounded by the things that I love and I feel so very fortunate to work here!