1. I love color
2. We live in a rental home.
Living in a rental home means all the walls are a flat off-white. I get around that by adding lots of color to our decor like the master bedroom.
It is not that I am not allowed to paint the walls – I am – as long as we paint it back or pay for it to be painted when we leave. Given that it is (hopefully) a temporary situation, I choose not to put the time and effort into painting walls, even though I have been itching to!
Picking paint color for the dining room –
I have been slowly adding pieces to our dining room. It has its touches of color like my red sideboard and a few red chairs. I recently added this beautiful DIY buffet too! There is a dining table on my “to build” list too. However, in general, it was lacking the “wow factor”. It seemed too stark! I started dreaming about what it would be like if that wall was painted a fun color – something that would highlight that beautiful buffet!
You might not realize given my bold color choices on furniture but I am always skeptical about my color choices. Choosing a color for a piece of furniture is a lot less intimidating than a picking a color for a wall! There is no way to hide it out of sight of visitors if you end up picking a horrible color!
That’s where Dunn-Edwards has you completely covered! I was so amazed at their FREE profession color advisor service! I just made an appointment and showed up with all my inspiration, room pictures and an extremely indecisive mix of ideas! I wanted greens and reds and blue… he broke everything down so nicely and helped me clarify to myself, what I really wanted!
Let’s talk inspiration for the color choice –
As inspiration for the color choice, I used my favorite pillow covers from India. My living room has a lot of fabric, art and statues from India – think lots of color and brass – I wanted to transition that effect into the adjoining dining room.
I was so sure I wanted that green-blue to match the pillows but the color advisor also suggested looking at the dark blue with a purple undertone… the least occurring color – to make it the accent wall and bring everything together. I was very conflicted. If you have a few days, they can even render the space so you can see what it looks like with the colors on your shortlist! Good thing they do, because I hated my top choice of color in that setting!
Choice of color for the accent wall –
My final choice was – Tried and True Blue in their Everest paint line which is zero VOC and self-priming. Yes, I went with the least occurring color like the professional color advisor suggested! I picked it in the flat finish so we don’t get glare from the large windows next to the wall.
Dunn-Edwards has everything you need to paint in store. The color advisor even told me the exact process flow to follow to paint the wall!
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Time to paint!
Check out the video! It took me 3 hours to paint the whole thing including 2 hours of drying time. Just look at that amazing impact in the after pictures!!!
I was in love with my buffet and used just stand and stare at it 😉 Now I have a whole wall to stare! It looks amazing! All the decor looks so much more fun and brighter! The wall definitely ties everything together! Look at that rich color –
I would highly recommend you try out their Free professional color advisor service. It is such a great service, I can’t believe it is free!
I leave you once again with the before and after pictures to admire the power of paint and 3 hours!