|The wall looks almost white in this picture. I promise it's not. Much, much worse.|
Here's where we are now. I had this sneaky feeling since the beginning that going dark on this wall would work really well with the wood panelling (which we're not allowed to paint), and as I got playing with pixlr my suspicions were confirmed. Lighter colors just looked a little silly and washed out (kinda like the current color...), but darker colors made the space look so much cozier and more cohesive. Here's a sampling of some of the contenders:
It turns out grey and various shades of blue were really the only options that looked good with both the wood and our stuff. I was leaning towards the blue in the upper left, but when Chris got home from work and I showed him my ideas he liked where I was going but wanted to see it darker. I obliged (the darker grey in the upper right was actually his influence, too), and we did some tests together, and both came out loving this deep blue:
|The ugly heater unit is really unfortunate. Maybe I can paint the sides?|
Please excuse the terrible wobbly pixel-y edges... I realized too late what I needed to do to get those smooth, but it was too much of a hassle to go back. This is just to get the idea, anyway. It's pretty bold, but it is only one wall (in a room full of wood panelling nonetheless), so I think bold is a good thing in this case. The weird thing is, when I was making my earlier blue option I had in the back of my mind a memory of Emily Henderson's beautiful blue office, and once we had all but decided on the dark blue, I went and looked on her blog for the office pictures, and lo and behold, it's almost the exact same color (and hers is actually slightly better, so we'll go with that):
What do you think of our color ideas? Which one is your favorite? Have you ever used photoshop to experiment with wall colors? Have you ever gone dark like this before? This will be our first time painting a wall in our apartment, any tips for us?