Last Updated on July 17, 2020 by Kristi Linauer
I’ve been plugging away on the guest bedroom, and I finally got the accent wall painted yesterday in that gorgeous dark blue that I had color matched to the headboard fabric. I was ready to do the hand-drawn design, so I got out my overhead projector, turned it on, and it lasted for about five minutes before the light bulb burned out. Ugh!!
And of course, no local store carries the particular light bulb I needed (a tiny thing called an EYB 360w bulb), so I had to order online, and they won’t be here until tomorrow.
In the meantime, I’m having a hard time deciding exactly what I want to do. The mural design itself has been settled. I’m doing the line drawing floral design that I showed in the last post.
But what I’m not sure about is if I want to do the “wallpaper” on the entire wall, or do a framed accent area on the wall, which is what I had originally planned.
So here’s how the wall looks after I got it painted yesterday. The wall doesn’t have any trim on it because if I do decide to do the entire wall, I need my fat gold marker to be able to get to the edges without bumping into trim. But here’s how it looks…
The rest of the room (including the closets) will be Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, which is what I have on the stripes in the hallway, the background color on the stenciled design in the music room, and the walls in the living room and breakfast room. It’s a very light warm gray with just enough color to give contrast to the white trim. You can see the color here in the hallway. And while the hallway doesn’t look quite like this anymore, the new layout will still have these stripes on the wall when it’s finished.
So that darker stripe color in the hallway is what will be used on the closets and three walls in the guest bedroom.
Now what I’m trying to decide is if I want to stick with my original plan for the bedroom walls, which included picture frame molding. Since this room has two opposing walls that are completely solid — no doors, no windows — I think having trim on them that kind of mirrors each other would be very pretty. Since I want the headboard wall to be an accent wall with “wallpaper,” the two walls wouldn’t be trimmed the exact same way, but they would coordinate with each other.
The headboard wall would just have one large rectangle of “wallpaper” surrounded by the Classic Gray wall color that is continued on all of the other walls. It would look something like this, but with trim around it. And of course, you have to imagine the flower design on the blue.
It’s pretty much the same idea that I did on the entryway wall with the grasscloth a few iterations back. In fact, this shows what a dark blue (teal in this case) with trim against a wall of Classic Gray would look like…
But if I do this on the bedroom wall, I’ll take the “wallpaper” closer to the edges, and then I’ll mirror that trim design (kind of) on the opposite wall. Except on that wall, rather than doing one large rectangle, I’ll do three rectangles like this…
It would all be painted the same color, so there wouldn’t be any jarring contrasts or anything like that. Just some simple trim to add some dimensional interest to the walls.
What I really love about this panel idea on the headboard wall…
…is that it has the Classic Gray areas around all four sides that relate to the other three walls in the room. That really appeals to me. But when I did that idea in the entryway, a couple of people said it just looked like I had run out of wallpaper and didn’t have enough to do the whole wall. I don’t want it to look like an afterthought or like it’s a mistake or unplanned.
So what say you? The whole headboard wall with “wallpaper” from top to bottom, and side to side? Or a panel of wallpaper with trim around the edges, and the Classic Gray around that, with the trim mirrored on the opposite wall?
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