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December 9

Coral Colors

Sorry ladies, I had planned to put up my next free knitting pattern for you all today but something went wrong.

I did all of my scanning steps like normal, but when I went to preview my pdf that I had created, all of the text was blury.  It’s readable, but I wouldn’t want any of you to have to struggle through that.

So here’s a teaser of the pattern I’ll be putting up for you either over the weekend or on Monday:

Isn’t it lovely?!  I was so excited to share this one with you today, but it’s gonna have to wait.  :(

Speaking of coral-colored items…

I’m debating painting my dining room/sewing room a pretty coral color.  Almost everything in my apartment is in the cool tones (blues, greens, charcoal) and I’m really feeling the need to make some changes especially in the room that I’m always in (my sewing room).  It feels too drab with white walls I’m looking for a change and to make the space more “me”.

I quickly threw together some images as inspiration of my coral-peachy color theme:

I know the board isn’t quite perfectly alligned… I’ll be the first to admit I’m no designer.  heh 

I’m really liking these colors right now.  Perhaps it’s the onset of a dreary winter, but these colors are so bright and cheery.  So I have a decision to make…

I can either paint the wall a lighter coral/peachy-pink hue and have accents with a richer coral color like the room image in the upper right.  Or I can paint the walls in the richer color and accent with whites and lighter corals/pinks. Or I could leave the walls white and make accents in these tones, but it doesn’t feel like that option would be dramatic enough of a change.

What do you guys think:  Light/watercolored painted wall or midtone/richer painted wall?  (or no paint but with accents of coral).

And lastly is this a strange color for a dining room/sewing room?  My husband gave me a strange look when I was picking out the paint chips in these tones.

  1. Lauren / Dec 9 2011

    before i moved to the house i’m in now, i was going to paint my laundry room coral. i think it is such a pretty & fresh color!

    i am in the camp that brighter is always better, so i vote the richer coral with light & white accents :)

  2. Annabelle / Dec 9 2011

    I love that sweater pattern! As for the coral-peach dining room, I admit that I am really drawn to this color too. I just bought some gorgeous fabric that matches the dress in your first photo (though I won’t be making that dress as I only have 2 yards).

    Your husband may have given you a strange look since coral is such a feminine color – and a dining room can be a main room of a house. I say go for it, but then make sure any accent colors you use with decorating are more nuetral (charcoal grey is lovely paired with coral/peach).

  3. Jamie / Dec 9 2011

    I painted my dining room coral last year. And it’s not a soft coral, it’s a loud, bright coral called Flamingo. I have to second the charcoal grey w/ coral combo. It is such a pretty combo. I think my dining room looks fab and everyone who sees it say they love it even though I know it’s not something any of them would do. But who cares about what *they would do, right? ;)

  4. Sunni / Dec 9 2011

    I love the knitting pattern, though I have no idea how to knit. Sigh. I need to pick it up over the holidays, I think. I’ve got loads of books on how to start… I love the coral. It goes so wonderfully with pink and makes me think of sunsets and dacquiri’s (spelling?). xoxo, Sunni

  5. Jane / Dec 9 2011

    I love the idea of a coral room. Maybe even consider throwing in an accent of Tangerine Tango — Pantone’s color of the year for 2012!

  6. Meli / Dec 9 2011

    I would go with the lighter color, since they open rooms up, while darker colors tend to make spaces look smaller, and craft rooms tend to get cluttered easily. Also, those colors are very pretty!

  7. KittenWithAWhiplash / Dec 9 2011

    I agree with Meli about the lighter color. Darker colors not only make a space seem smaller, they also have a sense of heaviness to them. A craft room should be light and airy, so your creativity can soar! While you’re choosing accents don’t forget the Teal family of blues and greens.

  8. Tanit-Isis / Dec 9 2011

    This is very close to the colour in my mom’s livingroom and dining room. Now, my mom loves rich, warm colours, so it suits her very well. I’d love it, too, but I know it’s not everybody’s thing. In my mom’s case the colour goes up to the picture rail (about 4/5 of the way up the wall) and above that the wall and the ceiling are ceam. This might help make it a bit less overwhelming. Or you could do just an accent wall.

  9. dixie / Dec 9 2011

    I’m contemplating painting my craft room coral, too. I vote for Light/watercolored painted. Although I think dining rooms are a great place for bold colors. I guess it just depends on what you most often use the room for.

  10. Sherry / Dec 10 2011

    I really love the bathroom you’ve shown, it looks thoroughly vintage yet modern at the same time. It would be hard to avoid this colour looking too feminine, maybe the timber/dark accents in this room balance that? I suggest get a large piece of wallboard and lots of test pots! I painted a room lilac and it took about 10 pots to get the perfect muted vintagey colour. Take your time too, I found the changing light in the room from day to evening really altered my choice. Go for it!
    I really love that jumper too…

  11. Meredith / Dec 11 2011

    I agree that lighter coral is probably better for a craft room, because you want it to feel open & airy and light. I’m not a pastel person, and I’d totally do a dining room in a richer midtone coral, but it’s easy for a room to start feeling cramped in a dark color. Not ideal for a craft room, unless of course you have glorious high ceilings, in which case go bold!

    Of course, I once painted my bedroom “Egyptian Night Sky” so maybe I’m not the best for paint advice. (It was more like “Egyptian Tomb”… at least it was um, restful?)

  12. Clare S / Dec 26 2011

    Sorry it’s a very late comment, but I have to echo the coral-love! I’m a fairly recent convert to the tone and, like you, I seem to always go for cooler colours. It’s a lovely, fresh colour and goes nicely with some of my favourites (turquoise, grey, blue). I look forward to seeing what you do with it!

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