Before: Builder's BeigeChantal has been unhappy with her bedroom since the day she moved in. Her problem has been getting her husband, Nick, involved in the design process. These busy working parents have decorated the rest of the house but have hit a roadblock in the master bedroom. After three long years, Nick is finally ready to commit to the room. Can the right colors ignite this couple's passion for design?
In Nick's words, the room is bland and devoid of any personality. The walls are contractor white, and the carpeting is neutral beige. The matched set of country knotty pine furniture doesn't fit their modern style, and the couple is ready to graduate from these college leftovers. Chantal wants calming colors to lull them to sleep, but Nick wants vibrant colors to wake them up.
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After: Dreamy AquaThe couple compromises on a vibrant aqua for the walls. Host Jane Lockhart advises that if you're afraid of the intensity of a color, don't choose a lighter shade; instead choose a grayer tone (move over a couple of paint chips in the paint store). The white trim and doors are painted a warm stone color to further tone down the walls. The beige carpeting has a pink tone against the new paint colors, so it's replaced with a green-tone beige loop-and-pile Berber carpeting. Wall-to-wall drapes in a modern tone-on-tone fabric expand across the window and door. Dark brown contemporary furniture adds a dramatic flair to the room and stands out against the lighter teal and stone colors.
Did You Know? People sleep better in blue-green rooms.