Melanie's "Everyday is Halloween" Living Room
Everyday is Halloween
I started with a neutral gray on the walls to balance out all of the honey-colored woodwork and floors. There is a large tree outside the windows that blossoms with hot-pink flowers every spring and the gray acts as a beautiful counterpoint. Because this is a north-facing room which gets only minimal sunlight the gray seems very mysterious and mecurial depending upon the lighting. In addition to the gray I used olive green, orange, teal, and black.
As strange as it sounds the large, disembodied head painting. The painting is moody, dark, and a bit creepy Against white walls the contrast seems too stark so I took hundreds of samples of gray paint and found one that complimented the painting. After I purchased the disembodied head painting I found other paintings from local Twin Cities artists that had a similarly dark theme and also had orange accents. It was not a deliberate attempt to find coordinating artwork (I just must like the macabre) but with a neutral color the artwork really pops.
My art work dictated the choices of paint, lighting, and even the crazy, olive green velvet couch. I think when you have a neutral - but interesting - color you take more chances with the furnishings and decor.
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