Transforming a Room from Dark to Light


This reader has a charming home, with arched doorways, hardwood floors and a chair rail throughout the house. I particularly applaud the bold choice in color. The deep navy blue is at once dramatic and classic. However, our reader is ready for change and I say, let’s bring this house into the light!

Here is the current room with deep navy walls and matching couch.

I think chair rails can be great. They are an easy way to introduce multiple colors onto one wall and also add a hint of architectural detail. I chose to leave the chair rails in place and take advantage of multiple colors and textures. Wallpaper¬† from Hang & Paste is the perfect choice for a chair rail.¬† The pattern isn’t overwhelming because it only covers half of the wall. It also sets a sweet and friendly mood in pale blue combined with Pratt & Lambert paint in Dried Moss. I also de-cluttered the side table by moving the family photos to the wall, in an arrangement from the Design Mom blog.

How about something bright and bold? The couch is such a dominant color in the room, a contrasting yellow wall really makes it a part of the palette. Pratt & Lamber paint in Golden Laughter and Dove White are a great backgdrop for a nautical theme. Accessories include a rustic beach print, an organized photo display, and a bright white lantern.

Lastly, a neutral room with a graphic touch is both modern and relaxed. I adore Pratt and Lambert’s Swiss Coffee (above the chair rail) and Taupe (below). So tasteful and calm! And of course, I can’t resist the wall decals. These Anise flowers from Blik are one of my favorites. For a slightly vintage feminine feel, a grouping of beveled mirrors completes the look.

Light and bright colors can have as much impact as dark and saturated ones. Don’t be afraid to lighten up!

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