When we bought our house three years ago we hired a skilled painter to go in and change the color in every single room. It was a huge job, something we didn’t have the desire or skill to handle, and I wanted the end product to be something much brighter and more neutral than the dark colors the previous owners had used. Not that the dark colors were bad, necessarily. I mean, I bought the house from a friend who might be reading this. And in that case, the dark colors were lovely!
I chose a warm beige color called Architectural Cream from the Ralph Lauren collection, and had almost every room in the house painted in this shade. It catches light in different, beautiful ways depending on the time of day, and it’s the perfect backdrop for furniture and accessories in brighter, flashier colors. For instance, my six-year-old Leta loves pink princesses like so many other girls her age, so I gave her the pink and dialed back on the princess.
The two major colors in her room are magenta and medium-toned wood, and what I wanted to create was a space that could grow with her. Yes, she will eventually think that pink is hideous, but changing out that color will be easy with this design, just swapping out curtains and bedding. The dresser and bed, however, should last her through the goth stage and on into her first apartment in college. BECAUSE SHE IS GOING TO COLLEGE.
In my 11-month-old Marlo’s room, I wanted to play around a bit more, so I found a lovely yellow wallpaper that blended easily with the wall color.
From there I continued with the yellow, black, and gray in the wallpaper to give the room some punch. I also used some of the pink I used in Leta’s room knowing that Marlo would be inheriting almost everything used in that space. This is one of those times when I’m glad that I have two girls. Unlike the times when both are trying to manipulate me emotionally.
The kitchen came with cherry cabinetry, which is the dominating color in that room.
I continued that color with the frames of the pictures we put on the walls and then brought in a darker hue for the dining chairs. Then I connected the backsplash tiles and the granite countertops with the color of the bamboo in our dining table. I never like to go crazy with color in the kitchen because I like to focus on the food, not the giant red wall or the crazy orange curtain that threaten to eat me first.
I recommend this color to all my friends who are having trouble trying to figure out what to do with a room. This is a beige that isn’t boring. It goes with everything, and lets you play around endlessly with everything else.