We’re so excited to share with you our nook refresh today! Out of all the rooms in our home, maybe this has seen the most amount of changes? When we first toured this home (6 years ago this month!), it was royal blue. After much debate, we painted it a sage-ish green. And not too long after that, we nixed the green in favor of a deep navy. We were happy, at least for a little while!
I’ve mentioned this before, but after Lucy, we kicked it up a notch around our home. The home that had been working so hard for us and our pets no longer felt like us. This makes sense; our lives had just encountered a momentous shift, and in turn, so did we. We love changing things up (okay, we thrive on it!), and we’ve had a lot of fun fine tuning our home in the last year-and-a-half. It feels more like us than ever before, and we’re madly in love with this place we call Home. There are other small tweaks we’ve made in the last few weeks alone (and I guarantee they won’t be the last), but today, I want to focus on our funny little nook!
It’s tiny; maybe less than 7′ square? There’s a slope to the ceiling because it’s under the stairs, and there’s a bump out to accommodate a coat closet on the other side of the wall. Scott and I couldn’t love a small space more (give us all the small spaces!), and it’s a challenge we gladly accept. Over the years it has functioned primarily as a reading-slash-music nook, but most recently, it transitioned into a sweet and accommodating play area for Lucy! Below, I’m sharing the 3 key ingredients that turned it up a notch and made it feel complete.
1| Surrendering to the Subtle Color Shift
Do you notice the subtle color shift? We embraced the navy walls for years (Ben Moore’s Narragansett Green), but the light in the room has always been very cool to begin with. At certain times of the day, the color felt very, very blue, and while that’s not a bad thing, we didn’t love it. For the last two years or so, we convinced ourselves that we were fine with it, but after painting the guest room BM Kendall Charcoal, well, we knew it would be very fitting in the nook, too.
Because the light is so cool to begin with, the warm grey does take on a slight blue tint in the late afternoon, but it passes quickly. The rest of the time, it reads as a true medium grey, and every now and then, it may even lean slightly green. (The color is a chameleon in the best way!)
There are a couple of added perks to painting the nook – and in turn, any small room – dark. For us, it ties into our whole home color palette, and it’s one less can of paint to store in our workshop. Ha! The other reason? I think there’s a misconception around dark paint and the tendency to make a room feel small(er). Because our nook receives a good amount of natural light, we knew it could handle a bold, moody paint color. Not only that, the dark paint helps the walls to recede, making the room feel much larger.
2| Painting the Ceiling the Same as the Walls
No one says you can’t paint the ceiling the same color as the walls! Because of all the angles in this room, it made a lot of sense. Up until now, there was an L-shaped sliver of white ceiling paint, which looking back, was a visual distraction. Now? Aaah.
Now that the entire room is Kendall Charcoal, everything flows seamlessly. The gunmetal finish on our record storage and nail art (which recently moved in here from the workshop) only helps to keep the eye moving. The low contrast creates a space that envelops us; it feels warm and safe.
3| Layering In a Statement Art Piece
The biggest shift was this large statement art piece from The Holly Collective! At 3′ x 4′, it’s large scale, and it is stunning. Breathtaking. I worked with Victoria, the artist behind The Holly Collective on the appropriate size for the space, and after debating between a handful of works, we landed on Stripes I in ivory with an oak frame. Although a single, subtle color, the mix of high gloss and matte, smooth and textured lines, creates a piece that’s anything but ordinary. There’s a playfulness and a sophistication all at once, a look that’s crafted from gesso and plaster. It should come as no surprise that Victoria’s art is an extension of her interior design firm, Victoria Holly Interiors, because the girl knows color! Mauve (the mauve!), slate blue, chocolate and black – any one of her works would make a gorgeous addition to a home.
The art we hang on our walls varies from high to low, family portraiture to student work, thrifted finds to original paintings. We think a well curated art collection is even more special when you can add a piece that speaks to you, when you can have a conversation with the artist, and when you know it’s something that will be enjoyed by you for a lifetime. This is one of those pieces.
We’re excited to share that The Holly Collective wants you to own one of her works, too! Whether you’ve been looking for the last puzzle piece to your gallery wall, a happy moment in your family room or an unexpected pop in the powder room, we think you’ll find it with a work by Victoria. It’s our small way of saying thank you! Thank you for reading, cheering us on and being a part of this amazing home loving community. And so together with The Holly Collective, we’re giving away an 8″ x 10″ painting of Riptide in a beautiful oak frame! Painting includes artist signature.
Here’s how to win:
- Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like.
- Anyone in the world is eligible for this giveaway!
- This giveaway runs through Friday, May 31st, and the winner will be contacted directly.
Good luck and happy entering!