Friday, October 14, 2011

Sweet Dreams

I mentioned last week that I am very indecisive when it comes to choosing fabric for a project. I'm even more indecisive when it comes to paint colors. I've been avoiding painting our bedroom for a year because I couldn't decide which shade of gray to go with. Gray is a hard color. There's blue-gray, green-gray, brown-gray, purple-gray, and a million subtle variations in between. I finally buckled down and made some decisions after seeing this picture...

Source: Love Mae on Slomo via Gwenny Penny on Pinterest
These colors feel so calm and relaxing to me. It also could have something to do with the fact that the little girl looks a lot like my oldest from behind :) Our master bedroom is probably the most neglected room in my house when it comes to decorating, and I'm starting to take some baby steps toward changing that. I decided on this gray for the walls...

Source: Martha Stewart Living for Home Depot

The color is much more subtle than it looks in the picture. It's a very light, very true gray. I pulled some other Martha Stewart colors together for the accent colors from the inspiration photo.

Source: Martha Stewart Living for Home Depot

What do you think? Am I close, or do you think I'm way off? Now I'm trying to decide what color to paint our nightstands. I'm torn between the color of the blue table in my inspiration photo above or a dark gray like this...

Source: Seventh House on the Left via Gwenny Penny on Pinterest

I'm leaning toward the dark gray. Any thoughts? I found an old nightstand last fall for one side of the bed. I'm still on the hunt for another.

I'm also planning to take on a big quilting project after the holidays and make a queen-size quilt for our bed. I'm currently looking at two different sets of fabric. The first is this fat quarter bundle that was put together by Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew...
Source: The Fat Quarter Shop via Gwenny Penny on Pinterest

I think this fabric bundle really picks up the colors from my inspiration photo. The second is the new Lotta Jansdotter line "Echo"...

Source: The Purl Bee via Gwenny Penny on Pinterest

These fabrics are gorgeous, but they may be a little too bright for the look I'm going for. Oh, and the quilt I'm thinking about sewing is this giant starflower, with a medium gray background...

Source: In Color Order via Gwenny Penny on Pinterest

I love the idea of this one giant star. A queen-size quilt is a big undertaking, but this is supposed to be a relatively quick sew, so I'm really looking forward to getting started after the first of the year.

OK, so I've got all of the ideas gathered and most of the decisions made. Now I just need to make it happen. I'll update you on the progress as things move along.

13 comments:

Michele Pacey said...

I'm just awful at the home decorating thing (I think) and probably more indecisive than you are Gwen! I can say that I just love your choices. Grey is such a good neutral too. It'll be fun to watch your progress on this project.

PinkGranny said...

What lovely color choices...it is hard to decide sometimes!

I like that quilt block.... :)

chris said...

FUN! I love the color palette you're considering. The quilt is going to be gorgeous.

Emily S said...

I looked EVERYWHERE for the perfect gray paint (6 different samples!) and finally bought NIMBUS CLOUD, 5 gallons of it, without ever trying a sample of it. I painted my whole living room and hallway, and I have LOTS left over to do the bathroom and who knows what else with it. You are right, it's the perfect shade of a true gray! I love everything you have picked out!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

That does look like the perfect shade of gray. I love it! And I have to say although both fabric stacks are lovely, I am definitely partial to Echo- can't wait to get some of that.
I would love to see a giant starflower quilt- beautiful! It would look amazing on your bed.
:) Can't wait to see how it all unfolds.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

LOVE the grey!! That shade looks perfect and would look fantastic with the dark grey - In fact I know want to paint everything I own in that dark grey shade. There's something oddly comforting about it.

Kristin said...

I'm really loving the mustard/gray/navy combo right now! I love the dark gray nightstand against the light gray walls. That's actually almost the same color I used for Riley's room, I think it's just a shade off. What about painting the nightstand dark gray and maybe the drawer fronts a light blue??

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Gwen..If you're a bit uncertain regarding colour combinations visit Maria Killam at Colour Me Happy..she is a colour expert and has lots to say about greys and different neutrals with colour. I love her website. Your choices look great..I would just say the grey looks fabulous with plenty of white around.

Lorene (just Lu) said...

I think I just had the exact same conversation with my husband about the different shades of gray. He didn't get it.

I LOVE the colors you picked. Subtle and calm, like you said, but without being boring in the least. And I think that the dark gray nightstand would look great. Happy decorating!!

Kirsten N said...

Love the colours in the fabric bundle and the Echo ones are divine!!! I have made a couple of Giant Starflower quilts and they are nice and quick to put together - and huge!!!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

The first fabric bundle is exactly the colors I am looking to use in my kitchen which I painted- yup you guessed it- gray this summer. Guess great minds think alike. ;)
xoxo,
Amy

Ana said...

So that is not your room? I like that blue from the bedroom do you know the name?

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Ana - No, my room is not pictured here. If you are talking about the picture with the dark gray nightstand, the blue they used on the walls is Artesian Well by Martha Stewart for Home Depot.

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