|Benjamin Moore Gray Owl|
Welcome back. This is Week Number Two of the One Room Challenge. If you missed last week, you can find it here. To review, I have decided to turn our former family room into a Chinoiserie Man Cave for my husband.
My goal for this week was to 1. decide on my color palette and most importantly 2. choose the paint color and 3. get the room painted.
More often than not, my plan for a room starts with a pattern - either fabric or wallpaper. I knew that in this room, being a man's space, I would not use much pattern, but a little never hurt anyone, right?
In my stash of fabrics I had a yard or so of this gorgeous Chinoiserie toile by Bob Collins & Sons called Fete Chinois in the gray, ebony, and ivory colorway - this is a masculine Chinoiserie fabric if there ever was one. Let me rephrase that - this is as masculine as I go.
I decided it would set the tone for my room, with a palette of gray, white, and black and that this fabric would end up as a pair of fabulous pillows to go on the leather couch. The room already has a great distressed leather couch that is staying. BTW, to me distressed leather is absolutely perfect for a man cave. Distressed leather is so forgiving - the sofa is ten years old and looks like new or better than new.
I absolutely love the color gray as a neutral wall paint color with Chinoiserie. Everything looks good with gray. I used Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray in my One Room Challenge powder room combined with this wonderful Ralph Lauren Chinoiserie toile.
|Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray|
|Ralph Lauren Chinoiserie Toile St. Honore|
Here are some rooms painted in Gray Owl -
Now the fun can begin.
This week my goals are to 1. get rid of the big old box CRT TV and 2. replace it with a sleek entertainment unit and 3. a flat screen TV. This will make Mr. Chinoiserie Chic very happy.
Once the TV and cabinet are in place, I plan to make the TV less of a focal point on that wall by creating a gallery wall around it like these, all via Apartment Therapy -
|A Cup of Jo|
|Kate Hayes Design|
Did you notice that in the first two gallery walls the TV is in front of some of the art? I know artists would consider this sacrilege, but I'm kind of digging it. Part of me thinks it's very cool and part of me thinks it would look like I already had a gallery wall and added a television later in front of it. Still debating.
I have a small gallery wall in my kitchen and another small version in my living room, but this will be my first large scale one with a dozen or more pieces. I love a good gallery wall and am excited to start looking for art for it.
Please go see what progress everyone else made this week.
Chinoiserie Chic - that's me