Before: Sterile Media RoomPetula's life is equally divided between two worlds—the laid back charm of her picturesque beachside neighborhood and the hustle-bustle of her busy downtown job. She has decorated most of her home in neutrals to reflect the restful vibe of her private life. For her media room, however, she would prefer a funkier, more urban feel. She loves everything high-tech but doesn't know how to incorporate technology into the decor, without making the room feel too masculine.
After: Ready to PlayThis color takes a pink primer and two coats of deep fuchsia. Petula is overwhelmed when she sees the wall, so she tones it down with brown-toned gray for the other walls. This color is also good for a media room because it reduces the reflection off the computer screen and TV. Next a computer desk and shelves are built and painted the same shade of gray to blend in, new dark gray carpeting is installed, and rosewood shelving against the fuchsia wall holds her TV and books. Her sofa is reupholstered in fuchsia fabric to balance the accent wall. The final result is a creative blend of high-tech modern and girlie pink.
Did You Know? Gray adds a sophisticated undertone and also makes people feel safe. Dark colors don't necessarily make a room look smaller; too much contrast does.