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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.


Margot Austin

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