One Room Challenge- Week 2

Back for week 2 of the ORC and I want to dive a bit deeper into my favorite subject; color! I was blown away by the response I received to my initial post last week, and the number one comment I kept getting was about the colors I'm using. I'm so glad that so many of you love green, teal and pink as much as I do! Typically when I start a project I kick off with an inspiration item or image. Maybe I'm overdue for a vacation, but with this project all I kept thinking about was Bermuda! Bermuda is one of my all time favorite places in this world. I've made so many beautiful memories there and I adore everything about the Island. Pink sand and dark and stormies? Yes, please! 

The office itself will not be "beach themed" in any way, but I did snatch my entire color palette from the below image.

Picture of the Fairmont Southhampton.  Perfect mixture of lush greenery, beautiful blue ocean and pink sand! (I promise I'm not being sponsored by the Fairmont for this post, although I wish I was! Call me, OK?!)

Picture of the Fairmont Southhampton.  Perfect mixture of lush greenery, beautiful blue ocean and pink sand! (I promise I'm not being sponsored by the Fairmont for this post, although I wish I was! Call me, OK?!)

With my color scheme in place it was time to pick paint. I decided to focus on green as the base color of the space and then use pink and teal as my accents. Green is so versatile because it looks great with other brights, but can also be toned down with neutrals depending on the effect you're looking for. Green pretty much goes with everything, and if you don't believe me just take a look in any garden. I ended up going with Bunker Hill Green by Benjamin Moore. I initially saw this color a year ago in Domino Magazine.  It was used in a home office in a beautiful and restrained way. My use of this color will be less restrained. It will be ALL OVER. Call it PTSD from 10 years of NYC apartment living in a white space, but I wanted something bold. 

I fell in love with this space from the moment I saw it! Full photos and story available at Domino

I fell in love with this space from the moment I saw it! Full photos and story available at Domino

Once the color was chosen I started in on the painting process. This project is being done on a tight budget, so I actually rolled my sleeves up and did the painting myself! I'll admit that when I first started this project my husband entered the room and laughed at the resemblance to a Master's jacket. While I get his point, and whole heartedly laughed at his joke, the space will eventually be balanced out by lots of pinks and teals, and even toned down with some neutrals. After a terrifying looking first coat, (eek, first coats always look so bad!) I think the finished product came out great! I can't wait to start moving some furniture in later this week and move onto some of the new design challenges to follow.

First coat looks terrible. Never judge a paint color based on it's first coat.  I always buy samples and test a double coat in a small area before moving forward. I also look at the sample at different times of day to see how the color looks in different lighting.

First coat looks terrible. Never judge a paint color based on it's first coat.  I always buy samples and test a double coat in a small area before moving forward. I also look at the sample at different times of day to see how the color looks in different lighting.

Happy with the results after 2 coats. I can't wait to add some pops of pink and teal!

Happy with the results after 2 coats. I can't wait to add some pops of pink and teal!

Thank you to everyone who is following along! There are so many talented designers participating in this challenge and I'm personally having so much fun following along with everyone! See you all next week!

xx Kate