Post # 1
We are redecorating a guest bedroom in our house and have decided to go with a “greek” theme. This means blue walls, black/white furniture (which we have purchased new, black bed frame, white nightstands, etc, in a contemporary design). We plan to have a picture frame wall like on young house love with all white frames and pictures of the greek islands. Our duvet cover is solid white from west elm.
We have fallen in love with Benjamin Moore’s color “blueberry.” The problem is that we are aware that dark colors make rooms feel smaller, and our parents have all advised us to do an accent wall, or maybe 2 dark walls, and 2 light walls. We can’t decide whether to follow their advice, or do the whole room blue. What do you think? I’m attaching a picture of the color. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I’d do all the same. I personally hate accent walls, as most people seem to pick the wrong wall and make the room look closed in.
I think that some dark colors in a smallish room can make it look smaller, but I’ve done it several times and loved how it looked. I just changed my DR from chocolate brown and my LR from a brownish red, so I’m definitely a fan.
How many windows in the room and how much lighting will there be? I’d buy a sample size of the color first,paint on a large area and look at it for a few days. It may not look in person like something you can live with.
Post # 4
I only use dark colors in small rooms. Colors which would be over the top in a large room give a small room a jewel box effect. Also, accent walls are a huge pet peeve of mind so I can’t recommend that. I think the color would be fine, especially with a lot of white in the rrom.
I have to ask what is a “Greek” theme? Is blue/black/white a popular decorating scheme in Greece?
Post # 5
I like all blueberry. And re: making it look smaller? When I was living in Vancouver going to college, my apt was a converted storage area. The living room had no windows. I did the walls a dark grape purple, with only one small wall that had a built in shelf and closet left white, and it was fine. I just went with it. It looked small, but it was small, and really didn’t look smaller, imo, but at least it was lively and in a colour I wanted!
PS: Love the colour!!!
My college… closet: 😛
Post # 6
I say go bold and do the whole room! I am also not a fan of accent walls, especially when the other walls are white. Plus, that color is a really nice jewel tone. I wouldn’t necessarily consider it really dark.
Post # 7
dark colors can actually make small rooms look bigger as long as you get the right furniture. that’s a gorgeous color too!
Post # 8
The colour is the same as your shoes!
Post # 9
Thanks so much! Good to hear that other people would do the whole room too and we aren’t crazy for wanting to. The room is an average size guest bedroom. It does have a 1/2 bath off of it that we will do in a lighter color. It has two decent sized windows on two separate walls, one wall is taken up by a closet and then door to the bathroom, and then the other wall will be the one with all the frames.
As for the “greek” theme, my husband has been wanting to have a dark blue room for EVER, and we are both Greek so we thought it would be appropriate. The only thematic stuff we will have is some greek key patterened crown molding, 2 throw pillows I got from Etsy that are white with the black greek key, and then just the photos of Greece on the one wall. Also the blue and white theme is very greek. The black isn’t so much but it gives it (IMO) a more contemporary/modern feel. I don’t like the old school traditional just blue and white stuff. We don’t want to go over the top with it but are taking our inspiration for the room from key colors and designs you see in Greece!
Post # 10
love it! I voted for all walls the same colour. It’s such a bright vibrant colour and I can tell you first hand that it looks great on the walls. We painted our dining room this exact colour and our furniture is similar to that in the picture. My Darling Husband and I are both greek also, we weren’t really thinking of that while picking the paint, but I guess its in our blood to be drawn to the colour. If you decide to go for it, post some pics.
Post # 11
I’m gonna go against the grain here and say do the accent wall! I just think it’d make the room seem bigger and considering you want dark furniture too I’d be worried it’d just seem so morbid and dark and tiny! But that’s just me. If you wanna do the whole room, do it! 😛
Post # 12
I would say accent wall (behind the headboard) and use the blue in accent pieces on other walls (it’ll be in the pictures you hang anyways). I wouldn’t even paint the other walls a lighter blue. I’d do a bright clean white on the other three or a gray-blue if anything. A neutral for sure.
Post # 13
I would say go with all 4 walls.. but only if..
You have white crown molding, or white wainscotting along the bottom, or both.
I think all blue walls could look really odd, esp with black furniture.
What color are the floors?
I’m just not a fan of this look:
Post # 14
@albertagrl: Seriously? Are we long lost twins?! You are the one who posted about ttc in Aug and got your phd in psychology right? I am also graduating with my psyd in june, ttc in aug, and Darling Husband and I are both Greek! and you have blueberry walls?? how nuts is that?!… haha.
@thefuturemrsrowe: Yeah, I am not a fan of the bottom pics either. The floors are going to be new carpet in an ivory color. We will do white crown molding and white trim around the 2 windows, closet door, and bathroom door. I wanted the white headboard but Darling Husband really wanted black so we compromised and are doing the mismatched color thing, though the pieces are from the same collection.
I think we’ll start by doing two walls and see what we think. Now I am really leaning towards doing the whole room like we wanted but I still want to stop at 2 and make sure. I’ll definitely post pics!! Thanks everyone!!
Post # 15
Do it all, that’S a great color and I love the Greek theme! I had a friend in college who lived in a rented blue room and despite being sparsely furnished, it never looked small and was always a nice change from white. Although, I must advise, his landlord painted every room a different bold color and that was overwhelming.
Post # 16
@ monalisa670- I guess I’m your long lost Canadian cousin!