Colors of My World – Painting a Wall Blue

It took me a long time to decide on what color red to paint my dining room wall, but deciding on a blue was a quick process.  Once I was done painting the red wall, I looked around and the red looked so lonely – it needed something.

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Without much thought, I decided the small walls leading from our living room down three steps to the dining room should be blue.  I had a very specific blue color in mind – trying to find a paint chip to match my mind’s eye was a little challenging.  I could not find a perfect match, but I like the color I settled on.  With the red, blue, and off-white, I did not want my home to feel as though I was decorating it in an Americana theme.

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I wanted a blue that was part steal and part teal.  I decided on Plumage MSL163 by Martha Stewart Living for Home Depot.  The walls were small so the painting went quickly.  I did need to pay careful attention to the steps –my steps are carpeted and the carpet was adjacent to the wall.  The walls also have a hand railing on both sides.  I carefully taped off the railing and used a small paintbrush to get into the tiny corners.


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We are happy with the results.  There is a watercolor of Paris on one of the walls.  The blue of the wall seems to really bring out the color of one of the boats sitting on the River Seine.   It also has just enough green in the paint to keep it from looking Americana.  I know my bright walls are not for everyone.  But as you can tell we love to surround ourselves with color.

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