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I've been thinking about taking the plunge on painting a room deep blue for about two years now... OK maybe longer. This is the room above. It's the den in our place in Tweed (used as a location for this story styled by Joel Bray, which appeared in the May 2012 of House & Home). It's actually a third bedroom, but we use it as a TV room because we like the idea of keeping the main living room TV-free. It's furnished with the antique French daybed you see here, plus a pair of comfy armchairs. The walls painted by the previous owners remain the off-white, and the original Edwardian trim retains its original stain. The room is smallish, about 10'-x-11'. With two large windows and 3 doors, that's a lot of dark trim contrasting with white walls. The combination is busy and overwhelms the space.

So here's my first thought: take inspiration from this room designed by Lindsay Coral Harper and coat every surface with a deep moody hue with a touch of sheen — maybe eggshell or even semi-gloss.

I also like this colour — a bit lighter, a bit happier, a bit more cornflower. This is a room in the New York home of textile guru John Robshaw. I like the layered well-travelled vibe.

But then I just recently came across the smoky goodness of this image. So all of a sudden I'm reconsidering the idea of painting the trim the same colour as the walls. This white trim is just so perfect. Worth noting: having a sofa that closely matches the colour of the walls creates a sense of serenity. Hmmmm. What would you do if you were me? Do you have a deep blue paint colour to recommend?

Photo credits:
1. House & Home. Photograph by Angus Fergusson.
2. House Beautiful. Photograph by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
3. Elle Decor. Photograph by William Waldron.
4. AD Epsana via My Favorite and My Best blog.

Author: 

Margot Austin

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