In February I moved into a new apartment. My husband and I downsized from a large apartment to a smaller one that was in a more desirable location for us in Washington DC. In our last apartment I had to paint the entire place because it was mustard yellow. I painted it — not shockingly — all light gray and one black wall.
You might remember when I teamed up with Pratt & Lambert to tell you about my painting process when I do my abstract paintings, and we’ve joined forces again for a fun project in my new place — my home office.
In the new place all of the walls are bright white, and I wanted to do something more interesting than just painting the room a color, so I thought it’d be fun to paint a mural! I think you’ll be surprised at how far a little paint can go. It added such a cool detail to the space!
Read about the concept and process below, plus see more photos of the finished room!
Since I have an art background I could easily look at a few photos of palm leaves and freehand them. The trick is to not be too hard on yourself — it doesn’t have to be perfect! I was actually pretty shocked at how much I liked the finished product!
You might think this would take forever, but it was a quick and fairly easy DIY project for me. All I needed was the idea, a few research photos for reference, the paint — Pratt & Lambert’s ACCOLADE® Interior Paint + Primer, and a few additional materials (towel, stir stick, paint can opener) and the project was a go!
Once I had finished painting the mural, I stepped back and stared at it for a day. I could then see a few additional spots that needed to be filled in with more leafy details.
I didn’t need a ton of the ACCOLADE® Interior Paint + Primer for the mural. For a small, one-color mural that has a lot of white space, you can probably get away with a quart. But for larger murals you’d need more. Painting a mural is such an easy way to completely transform even the smallest space!
By only painting the mural two-thirds of the way up the wall, the additional white space kept the room from feeling overwhelmed by the mural. I also love how it looks behind the bookshelves. Otherwise I think the bookshelves would look really empty even though they are filled with decorations!
To finish off my home office, all I need to do is get a light fixture — I’m thinking a simple yet funky black fixture would be cool — and a small marble tulip table. I can see many a blog posts being written in this room!
There are so many ways to spice up a room without painting it a solid color. For example, a fresh take on stripes can be done with the same paint color but using two different sheens, such as high and low gloss.
Photos by Laura Metzler
This post was done in collaboration with Pratt & Lambert. All opinions are my own.