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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sometimes You Just Need Color


     Today is wacky Wednesday at my kids school. We have a neon afro, mis-matched clothes, and marker mustaches. Crazy! 

     I kind of did something crazy for me too. I got a little bolder with color! I know, call the crazy patrol! 

     For many, adding color is second nature. For me, I'd prefer calm tranquil neutrals.

In our tri-level we have short stair cases and in the hallway going upstairs I did a small gallery wall of sorts. I loved it for a long time but over the past year the white frames seemed to yellow a bit and they just didn't look right. 

It would have been easy for me to just spray paint them white but friends, I went out on a limb!

My main level has a mix of neutrals {shocking, I know!} aqua's and I'm trying to add in navy. What a perfect color palette for my frames. So a trip to Lowes was in order.

Here's the before:




And the after:



 {don't mind the laundry by the fireplace, just keeping it real} ;)



I kept the same arrangement but added in the aqua and navy with just a pop of teal. The navy and teal frames are glossy so I felt that some rusticity was needed to offset this. In came my rusty finial which helps to balance things.

*Here's another tip: Mix up your frame arrangements by changing their contents. Add a mix of pictures, child's artwork and pattern. {I found scrapbook paper in my colors for the teal frame.} {For the finger painting I gave my son colors that matched my scheme and let him do his thing}.  This mix is unpredictable and keeps things interesting.



Here are may cast of characters that I found at Lowes.



I bought the clear gloss to go over the flat light aqua paint but decided against it because the mix of glossy and flat frames  just looked better. I ended up using the gloss to cover my subway art  tutorial that I shared with you a few weeks ago and it really gives it a finished look.


If you aren't feeling wacky yet, here's some more inspiration:


Happy Wednesday!


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