Study refresh: Geometric wall

Study refreshI have probably discussed this before, but I’m a big advocate of moving and changing things in the house to fit our lifestyle. After inheriting a new larger kitchen table, the boys’ easel and play kitchen was a tight fight in our dining area and I kept trying to figure out where to move everything. After five years of our study being mainly closed off I decided it was time for a change….

The first thing we did was move out J’s changing table from his room (and sent it back to my parents):

Changing TableAnd then took out this bookcase from the study:

BookcaseAnd moved it into J’s room:

BookcaseThen we spent a good amount of time re-organizing and cleaning up the study and re-arranging desks. After all of that I decided that the study wall of the boys’ items looked really bare. So my first idea was to create some pattern and dimension without having to paint the whole room. I came across this blog post  and was immediately inspired. I headed to Sherwin Williams and picked up two flat paint samples in frosty white and aloof gray (a lighter and slightly darker gray), and then got to work taping the wall:

study projectYou can really do it however you want, my goal was to make sure that all the shapes completed were triangles.

Then I went around and painted various triangles with the frosty white:

study project 3And then went through and painted other triangles with the aloof gray:

study project 4As you can see I am not painting the whole wall. You could do that if you wanted a higher impact, but I wanted the results to be more subtle and blend in with the rest of the space. The main thing to remember is that when you take the tape off you want the unpainted triangles to still be triangles (you don’t want a weird floating polygon in the middle).

While it looks really dramatic, the results are very subtle:

study project 2See? It’s amazing because when the light isn’t hitting it, sometimes you don’t even notice that it is there. Then you just see a pop of the colors! And once everything is back in place and set-up:

study project 5It makes a great back-drop to define their space in the room. We are getting a carpet for the room, and I’m mulling options for a little kid table for the boys, and some floor cushions. I’ll be sure to share the finished project!

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2 Comments

  1. How did I miss this?! The study opened up AND the boys have toys inside? What the what! We clearly need to get together.

  2. I know! We need to get together!

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