Monday, February 6, 2012

Before and after: Turquoise living room

Two friends of mine are in the (wonderful) process of decorating their first home. They asked me if it's tough to make an accent wall by yourself. My answer: it's easy, fun and it gives you an incredible feeling of satisfaction. In order to exemplify, please take a look at my BEFORE photo:


Not bad (especially in this pic, ha ha!) but it's not really my style. I save tons of all-white interiors on Pinterest and in my inspiration folders. But in my actual home, I guess I need a punch of ....color or something! And those light-cream couches against the crisp white wall were not doing anything for me.

So here is the AFTER pic:



HA! HA! Instant lift-up for the weather dependent like me! It took me longer to prepare the room (move the furniture out, line newspapers on the floor, stir the paint) than to actually paint the accent wall.
Here's my tip: go for the best paint producer. It usually is the most expensive company, but in the end you don't lose any money. Yes, I payed three times more for the paint, BUT I only painted one coat and it was fabulous! I saved on quantity, on labor time and on my nerves:)



Look, I even had time to play with the camera. Oh, those were happy times:



Go ahead and paint an accent wall. Choose the best materials available at your home improvement store and reconsider your whole decor in a new light!











See more pics of the turquoise living room here.


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83 comments:

  1. the change in color did make a huge difference

    Dora's Unique Touch
    http://chandradey.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, it did! My point is that an accent wall is easy to do and a great solution for decor adjustments.

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    2. LOVE your turquoise wall. I'm just like you, only thing is I'm too scared to make the wrong decision on colour. And I know you can just paint over it but oh, the schlep factor. Oh, I didn't mention - I'm not into mess!!! :)

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    3. I can see from your blog you like color... in small doses.
      My tip to you is this: there is no "wrong" wall color, if you accessorize it in a way that will work with that color (and not against it).
      Paint something, what is the worst that could happen?!

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  2. Sweet! A blogger who loves colour!!!!!!!!! I'm your newest follower :)

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  3. Great color!! Love color!!! So glad to find another that isn't scared of it!

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  4. Turquoise is my new favorite all around color! Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Carrie! I've been obsessed with turquoise for the last 3 years :)

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  5. Love this PUNCH of color!! It really makes everything come alive here:)You really turned things up a notch.looks wonderful,Deidre http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the wall! You wouldn't happen to want to divulge the paint brand and color? It's so perfect!

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  7. I love the turquoise!! And it's super awesome paired with the bright yellow paper lantern! LOVE

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  8. I love turquoise and I LOVE this room!!! What a beautiful job you have done :)

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  9. Looks great! thanks for linking up! The colored wall makes the room look totally new! Great color choice too! and the yellow light looks awesome!

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  10. Came over from Made by you...I love the color! It is such a great change!! I love how you styled the room :-) Your newest follower!!

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  11. I love the color SO MUCH better than just white walls. I agree with you that color is good. In my living room, I have two accent walls that are brick red. My kitchen is green. Color is good.

    Thanks for linking up to Romance on a Dime!!

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  12. such a happy color! the living room in my last 2 places was turquoise...its been my color for a looooong time. my new living room has gray walls, but the turquoise will be worked in!
    what is the color called?

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  13. Wow, this is gorgeous. Good for you for having the courage to put that color up on your walls, taking a bit of a risk has definitely paid off. It's gorgeous! Found you through "Raising 4 Princesses" :)

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  14. Love the color! It looks so great with all of the bright colored accents. Visting from DIY by Design.

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  15. Love it! Your house must be so bright and cheerful! I just painted my bathroom this color too-it makes me happy.

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  16. The color totally makes the space! It's gorgeous!

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  17. I think that is almost the exact same color I have in my bedroom and master bath, love it.

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  18. I.LOVE.IT! The room looks magazine fabulous! I love all of the colors working together. Thank for sharing the ins and outs for creating an accent wall at Show & Tell!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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    1. Forgot to mention I'm following along via GFC too.

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  20. Oh my! What a difference that makes! Fabulous! And I still love those pink tables of yours! :)
    Melody
    One Chatty Chic

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  21. You did a great job balancing the color of the room with its furniture pieces. Fabulous job!

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  22. I love it! Such a pretty mix of colors! You did a fantastic job! :)

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  23. I love the color. We have an accent wall in our house too. It's a shade of yellow. Can you say hello?! Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  24. I love BOLD colors like this. It looks great!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week!

    http://www.dottedlinecrafts.com/2012/03/flaunt-it-friday.html

    Looking forward to more posts,
    Sarah@
    www.dottedlinecrafts.com

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  25. Your bravery paid off...it looks fabulous. I found your blog at the Polish The Stars party. I'm a new follower, and I would love if you stopped by and followed back so we can stay in touch. Talk to ya soon, Lori

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  26. can you share the brand and color of paint? Is it flat? It is so beautiful!!

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  27. Wow - how bold and beautiful. I LOVE your style!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  28. i'm so in love with that wall. and the yellow and pink accents... would love to have you decorate my place :) thanks for linking up!

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  29. Oh wow, this is such a fantastic color! It totally makes the space! And I totally agree that good paint is so worth the extra cost :)

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  30. This came out soo great! Love the color! Thanks for linking up!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

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  31. Turquoise! one of my favorite colors. I love the change at your home.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

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  32. I love the turquoise, and the whole room!

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  33. Great color and it really make a huge different. Love it!!

    Vising from Friday Linky Party. Feel free to stop by my blog :D
    witha @ withapinkie.blogspot.com

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  34. Love that color! It looks terriffic!

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  35. A color that will make you smile! Thanx for linking up to THT!

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  36. That's so Awesome, it stinks! I must have color, too... I'm obsessed with it...

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  37. I absolutely lovveeeee that color! It's becoming one of my favorites! I love how you just chose to do one wall that color-- I feel like it's more dramatic that way! Found you via Happy Hour Projects link party :) Hope you have a great weekend!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  38. I absolutely LOVE your turquoise accent wall! It's a gorgeous colour, and the perfect backdrop for your white sofas and colourful accessories. And the yellow lantern light fixture is fantastic :-)

    Kelly

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  39. Love this...I am definitely crushing on turquoise right now!

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  40. Love your project!!!
    I currently have a Craft, Create and Inspire linky party going on, i would love you to stop by and link up this project...
    http://polkadot-pretties.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/you-inspire-linky-party_14.html
    Claire x

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  41. what can i say? it's thrilling!!!

    lovely work.

    michele

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  42. Incredible make over- especially as you have white furniture - what a difference! Looks like something I would see in Real Living Magazine. :)

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  43. Love your room! The turquoise is fabulous... but I'm scared of color! hahaha

    great job!
    thanks for linking to catch as catch can!
    gail

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Gail! Don't be afraid of color - it's like having a mobile: once you get it, you can't imagine life without it :)

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  44. What a lovely transformation in the room. You picked a great color to spice up your living room.

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  45. Beautiful shots. Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC

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  46. What a difference! I love it!

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  47. i love your turquoise wall! i wish i own the townhouse that i live in so i can paint the wall with bold, bright colors, too. my white walls are too boring!

    Yellow Splatter

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    1. Thank you, Miranda! Even with white walls, you can add so much color with art, canvases, textiles, wall hangings etc!

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  48. Fabulous colour choice!



    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for making time ti visit, Jill, you are very kind!

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  49. Love that yellow lantern.

    Please come and see my Mellow Yellow, when you get a chance. Have a great week!

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  50. Great color! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you for making time to visit in person, I really appreciate it!

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  51. Great color choice, and I really love the decor in your home!

    Gabby
    The...Late, Young Family

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    1. Thank you so much, Gabby, I can see you love color as well :)

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  52. Great shots, beautiful Yellows..

    Visiting for MYM- hope you can stop by:)

    http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2012/04/mellow-yellow-monday-pooh-backpack.html

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  53. LoVE the turquoise after!

    What an incredible difference. Definitely worth the paint! : )

    Thanks for linking up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL!

    ~Abbie

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    1. Thank you so much, Abbie, I really appreciate you taking the time to visit all the links :)

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  54. Awesome!! love your color choice!! :) Thanks for linking up at C&I!

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    1. Thank you for making time to visit each link, Angie, I really appreciate it!

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  55. Absolutely gorgeous! It completely makes the room. Thank you so much for linking up with Creative Me last week! You're the featured blog this week!

    Jenny

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    1. Wow, thank you, Jenny, from the bottom of my heart! This is totally unexpected and wonderful at the same time!

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  56. what a beautiful room...great job on the decorations too :-) Dropping by from MYM

    http://www.homecookingwithjessy.com/peach-my-new-favorite-ice-cream-flavor/

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  57. Hi! I'm featuring this on my new link party! Thanks so much for linking up!!

    Kathryn
    http://www.destinationcraft.blogspot.com/2012/04/destination-cutesy-monday-13_22.html

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  58. So cute! I really LOVE that color! Thanks for sharing at Lines Across.

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    1. Thank you for making time to visit, Rachel, I surely appreciate your kind thoughts!

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  59. Great impact! So much more interesting and fun! I was wondering if you're interested in guest posting at my blog Stardust? I host a guest blogger every Friday and I know my readers would love your living room! So shoot me an email!
    Have a great weekend!
    Love, Olga

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    1. Thank you so much, Olga! I've never gust-posted before, but I will get back and would love to respond to your lovely invite!

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  60. Your tourquise wall paint/makeover is simply stunning! What an advertisement for the power of paint.

    I have two rooms in my small MI/USA home that have been transformed by paint. Color is necessary when you have 6+ months of winter!

    My living room has one wall that is painted in a terra cotta orange and the family room has two walls painted in raspberry red. Yum! Oh, and yes, my bedroom is washed in a seafoam and gold.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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  61. This color that you chose for the wall looks great. It really did give the room a totally different feel. Great job. :)

    Julie
    www.jamscorner.com

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  62. My Gosh your living room is looking so fresh. Love the colors you are incorporating in the room. :)

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  63. this is very inviting and inspiring
    istaistaista.blogspot.com

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  64. I love turqoise! Your living roon lokks wonderful! I am keeping this idea for my future house!

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    1. Turquoise is a great color choice, it feels the room with energy, but in a peaceful way :)

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