Well, the new furniture is here and it completely changes the downstairs dynamic… unfortunately, I just don’t have the pictures yet to prove it. But there’s a good reason the photos have been delayed, which shall soon be revealed.
In the meantime, I’m pondering what to do with the awesome gray color we have in our den. I want to lighten it without repainting the whole room, which means I’m coming up with ideas that are probably over my head. To wit, I’m contemplating “art” painted directly onto the walls. And since the inspirational Kristen Davis is in Atlanta, I might be the one wielding the brush. Yikes. Here’s the inspiration:
Or something more whimsical:
But this is my favorite interpretation:
It’s not exactly… traditional, and I’m not sure I have the gumption to follow through. On the other hand, the design could be more temporary if we spill a few beans for a wall decal instead of paint. Speaking of “we,” I should probably let David in on my scheme at some point soon.
Our goal is always always always to create a space that feels inviting, comfortable, and functional rather than a design that feels unapproachable and prevents people from “settling in.” Maybe that’s why bringing a little bit of the outdoors inside appeals to me — some of our greatest memories involve hikes in the woods with friends. We’ve been caught in downpours, forded through gullies, crossed broken bridges, done a little bouldering, even found a geocache several miles off the path when we weren’t looking for it. So, rather than filling up floor space we don’t have with huge plants, maybe a 2D tree will find its place on our walls as a fun reminder of the adventure right outside our doors.
Our gray walls are a bit darker than the ones in the last picture, which means the design would pop even more in our house. Sounds like some cheap artwork to me…
What’s the verdict? A design do or don’t? Would you go with white paint (assuming you have the confidence) and just paint over it later if you hate it? Wall decals? C’mon people, I need some feedback on this one.