This weekend, Susan Fox from Love Where You Live will be featuring moi and my little private space: my office. I invite you to pay her a visit to check out my digs. While you are there, look around a bit. Susan is a field editor for publications such as Traditional Home, Better Homes & Garden, Remodel, Renovation Style, Kitchen & Bath Ideas, and as such she has access to some fabulous properties.
Meanwhile, in Shiny Pebble land, I have compiled a few ideas for my office. Its color came with the house -- standard builder’s blah. I originally thought about painting it a deep deep rusty brown, to make it nice and cozy. Then, this Summer, I was reminded of the hot, stuffy, humid days of Houston and decided I needed something cooler. Heck, I need something downright wet! Lacquered walls!!!
Notice how this treatment requires that the trim be also painted in the same color and shimmer as the walls. I am loving that! I think I would do the wood just one shade darker. But that is just me, it might not really be needed.
I probably would pick a tad teal-ish shade of an acqua blue, as I love peacocks and hopefully the look would turn out more regal than retro. The Peacock Blue from the first picture in the above collage is not much en Vogue in newer homes being built in my area, but I think it would look AMAZING! When paired with a lighter color, so I read, it takes its cues from the coast and becomes a bit more casual.
Or I could go with Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue a la Miles Redd, as it appears to reflect just the right amount of yellow when the sun hits its lacquered form.
Regardless of the actual color I end up choosing, the real problem with this type of wall treatment is the prep required for a flawless effect. The cost effectiveness of getting a masterful artist at my home to do the deed will have to be balanced against a commercial product like Phillip Jeffries Ltd lacquered wallpapers. I am in love with the striated version (top right) of these vinyl wallpapers. But I am thinking I could get away with Graphite (below) as well.
Now, if any of you have had a chance to work with either method (vinyl wallpaper or lacquering of walls), I would love to hear from you. I am open for any color choices as well. And for a better view of my space please go visit Susan at
Love Where You Live, and tell her I said hello!
Have a great weekend, everyone!