Jessica's "Baby Seal Black" Bedroom
Baby Seal Black
Location:New York, New York
The paint is Baby Seal Black (a lovely, dark slate grey with just a hint of navy), custom-mixed with a dose of white to lighten it up enough for our teeny tiny bedroom. Although I'd originally been lusting after a luxurious chalky finish, I couldn't find one for this color and went with a moderate sheen (satin) instead--I like that it bounces a little light around and has proven to be really durable. This room has a beautiful 100-year-old window with classic white trim, and I loved the contrast with the dark paint, so I carried it throughout the room. Other accents are canary yellow/chartreuse, a light robbin's egg blue (seen in the art on the wall, with a darker shade on the vintage telephone), and an almost-lavender pink (in the Bonnaroo art).
This is our first one-bedroom apartment--the last one was an even teenier and tinier studio (we're in New York City, Land of Impossibly Cramped Spaces). Moving out (and up!) was a huge moment, and we really wanted to celebrate the distinct separation of our new rooms. Going neutral with the living room made me feel like I could be a little bolder with the bedroom, and I've always thought dark paint was sexy and glam—this black-grey-blue was sophisticated and a little bit daring, while still soothing. I didn't want the space to feel too serious, though, so I brought in some bright, summery, slightly retro colors to make the overall effect just a little bit funky.
Don't think about the colors you like in your every day life--wall color and "your favorite color" are two very different things with two very different functions. (I had to learn the hard way that "that light blue color I love!" doesn't look quite as good on a huge scale as it does on a small one.) Think instead about the *rooms* you've felt best in. At restaurants, parties, museums, friend's houses. You'll have a much better sense of what you're getting into--and you'll know you feel great once you get there :)
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