Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pops of Color at Lark & Lola House

Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I love color. There was a time when I tried to jump on that shabby chic, white-washed bandwagon...but as much as I love the Swedish white look, I just can't. I don't have it in me to ban color from my life.

When I picked our master bedroom paint color, the Lola inside me was screaming, "Nooooo! Don't do it!!!" While the Lark side of me was grinning mischievously and egging me on, "Do it. Do it! You know you want to." Sometimes I'm glad I listen to Lola, but this time I was glad I listened to Lark. Check it out. TEAL.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
One thing I learned last year while reading decorating blogs: paint color should almost always be your last choice when decorating. While I knew I wanted Seal Gray for our living and dining area, partly because I already knew of my colorful decor that would be furnishing those rooms, the master bedroom was troublesome to me. I have that light blue antique vanity. Then there is the yellow chenille bedspread. Our green and blue area rug, dark floors...what would be the best paint color for all this?

Finally, I remembered how lovely yellow and teal look together. In fact, I've long had an entire Pinterest board dedicated to "Teal & Yellow". I knew that teal would look awesome against the light blue vanity. I imagined the color: like the darkest shade in the shadows of those antique blue Mason jars. Yes!
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
I haven't finished the trim or put up wall decor yet, so I'll get full-room shots for you soon. But for now, here's the color reveal, now you know: I went with teal. It's darker in person than in these photos too. I've read that 2014/2015 style trends are leaning away from all these pastel blues and greens, and heading more toward jewel tones. So, perfect.

Also, I love navy paint, and that's the hottest new color to paint, it seems. I almost chose navy for this room. But I knew teal would look better.

I've also recently learned, much to my surprise, that brass is making a big come back. Not like the shiny gold/yellow brass that was in for a while in the 1990s, this time we're seeing antique, brushed brass. The more patina, the better. Old brass. Our master bedroom was the one room in our new home that was fitted with brushed brass outlet and light switch plates. I cringed when I first saw them and ever since...until I saw how they shine against my new teal paint. Now? I love them. Me? love something brass? Well, shoot.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House Color Pops @ Lark & Lola HouseColor Pops @ Lark & Lola HouseColor Pops @ Lark & Lola HouseBetween the gray walls, the white trim, and all this new-found LIGHT we're enjoying in the new home, my love for color is more obvious than ever.
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Maybe this part part of why I love the vintage block color look of paint-by-numbers? They pop too.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
Vintage glassware, jadite, milk glass, and Pyrex looks fantastic against the gray contrast. It's all about contrast, if you ask me.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
Sometimes even I am taken back when I see photos of all the different colors. No matchy-matchy here. I believe my dad once said my decorating looks like "a sugar-coated candy land". Haha! It's true...

I recently joined the Houzz community--great fun over there, by the way--and posted our pre-move renovations over there. We got a lot of kind comments, just a couple "you ruined its" and "that furniture is hideous" posts. Mostly kind things, but it's fine, I can take the criticism too. I'm a big believer in showing yourself in your decorating, and in that way it shouldn't appeal to everybody. My sister and I recently had a discussion on how Pottery Barn-style catalog-imitating decorating can sometimes look so "soulless". Put your soul into your home! Just be okay with the fact that not everyone is going to like it as you do.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
Speaking of fresh color, my mom got us a Lodge enamel stock pot as a housewarming gift! I couldn't decide which color, so I told her to surprise me. She picked Pumpkin. I love it. We've always wanted a Le Creuset--and have lusted after them many a time while watching Cook's Country--but then after reading this post I learned: the only difference between a Lodge and a Le Creuset is $230. Anyway, love the color of the Lodge and the flashy updated metal knob.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
Here's one room, again with that bathroom, where I just can't manage the color. I mean, how do you deal with yellowed window inserts, a pink toilet, and pink and white swirled sink? It's not me. I threw my silhouette collection in there for now {though truth be told, I'm growing tired of silhouettes}. I'm just going to sit on my pink toilet until the time for some real $change$ comes.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
{Suds in Your Eye pops in there, at least.}
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House
Most important of all, the people who live here look good to me too. Like my Violet, with her red hair and blue eyes. She pops.
Color Pops @ Lark & Lola House

Your style reflects you, what color schemes do you have going in your house? There is no wrong answer, so tell me! Or better yet, show me. Do a color post.

Cheers,
Heather

4 comments:

  1. Dear Blogger,

    I love the new paint colors.

    My hubby loves black furniture. I love quilts full of color, crazy throw pillows, granny square everything. I want to respect both color and the clean look of black. Help!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs I'll Compromise For That Man Any Day

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  2. I love all the colors! That teal is gorgeous! We just painted our bathroom a light grey, and painted our bathroom vanity a dark grey. I loove grey so much, and now I'm stuck trying to figure out what colors I want to put it there.
    My kitchen is all turquoise/aqua and red. I love it.

    xo,
    Kay
    www.whitetrashfairytale.com

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  3. I really love your teal wall color! I also went with a similar color in my new dining room and I'm so pleased with it! The color I used is called Blue Nile and it's so cheerful and looks so lovely with all of my Pyrex.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful colors!

    -Beth
    morepyrexplease.blogspot.com

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  4. I don't know why, but grey just makes me feel relaxed. Thanks for the tips!

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