Sunday, August 7, 2011
Every now and then I have the need for some serious change in our home. I'm not just talking new cushions or a vase, but big changes. Like right now, I'm craving a new kitchen (check), building extension to the kitchen (check), new flooring (not check), new wallpaper in our living room / dining room (almost check), and I want to reupholster our headboard in the bedroom (SO not check!).
While this is the fun part of owning a house for me, it's kind of stressful for the hubby (as he usually ends up with the projects). When it comes to wallpapering our living & dining room, he's totally refusing to have it re-wallpapered. Which means I'm going to have to do it myself. and I WILL do it myself, love DIY! However he's super skeptical about my wallpapering skills. I'll just have to prove him wrong, won't I??
As you all know, I'm a huge fan of colors. HUGE! Things really came into place over the summer, when I painted the back wall of our bookshelf and buffet plus the entire credenza in Sval Lilje and dining room chairs in Jubileum (both available from Fargerike only). Talk about inspiring colors!
Early this summer, we did a styling (which turned out fantastic!) for the fall issue of base, and used this wallpaper:
This is what it's currently looks like: (I know, the photo is HORRIBLE! Bad angle, bad lighting, bad lamp shade, bad everything (good credenza though))
When working on a complicated color scheme/palette, it's important to be 100% sure that it works before you put it into action.
When we look at the closeup of the pattern (which is actually dates from 1755(!), you'll see that the shade of green is actually a darker shade of Sval Lilje, which makes them a perfect match. The body of the hummingbirds has areas that are identical in color to the Jubileum painted chairs. We're also going to be adding a contrast color, which will remain a secret for now (curtains have been ordered ;)).
Here's two examples of how the hummingbird design can look:
In this photo from Norwegian Boligpluss, it's been used in a kids room, which is so awesome. Love the mint green mirror, a very interesting choice of contrast color! (but not the one we're using ;))
This styling is SO up my alley. Love the brass paired with yellow and plum. It's still very different from the direction we're headed. Image from here.
I'm hoping to get the wallpapering done within the next 4-5 weeks, but have to convince a girlfriend that it's the perfect way to spend a Saturday first ;)
Do you have any exciting plans for your home? What do you think about Hummingbirds?
ps - the wallpaper is available from Fargerike and comes in several different and equally fabulous colorways
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