Week 5 of the One Room Challenge is here!!! I cant believe how quick time has flown. I am so sad that it is coming to an end. Nonetheless, I am also excited to get things completed. This week, we tackle painting and prepping for the final install. The pressure is on people and the to do list is getting shorter. To those that are returning from last weeks blog, welcome back.
If you are new and this is the first post that you are reading, WELCOME! My name is Bilha and I am the Lead Designer here at the Lifestyle Loft. Your probably wondering what the one room challenge is? A couple of weeks ago, I applied to take part in the challenge, and received the invitation to take part as a guest participant in the Fall 2019 One Room Challenge Session.
Each participant picks a room that they want to makeover, and take on the challenge to complete it over a period of 6 weeks. As a result, we have documented our design process over the past 4 weeks. We don’t want you to miss out on all the fun. Head on over to week 1, and get caught up on all the deets!
Week 1- WHAT IS THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
Week 2- MASTER BEDROOM MOODBOARD
Now that we are all caught up, lets dive into this week. Last week was quite challenging. The accent wall designs that I had in mind were not quote working out. As a result, a change in my design scheme. Regardless, I love what I have despite the changed made.
This week, I tackled picking an accent colour and painting the room. I must say, when I began this project, I knew that I wanted green tones. Deep toned greens, emeralds, have been trending lately. I had to incorporate the green into my design scheme. With this in mind, I set out to grab as many variations as I could that I thought would work well.
I picked colours that were trending and those that were not. In the beginning of this process, I thought that this would be easy. Chances are, I would go with either a hunter green or beau green that were both listed in the Benjamin Moore 2019 colour of the year. Here is what I found, just because they are popular colours, does not mean that they will work on the project that you have.
TIP– Popular Colours are not necessarily the best colour choices. Look at your project in its entirety. Decide what tones that you want to be dominant, secondary and your accent. Then pick the dominant colour that will work. Want to know how to make sure, keep on reading.
HOW TO PICK A COLOUR THAT WORKS
As you can recall, I had created a mood board in week 2. Mood boards are not only great for inspiration, but also help you stay connected to your vision. It serves as a reference when gathering material for your project. Designers create mood boards at the onset of their project for these reasons.
I would encourage each and every person that reads this to do the same. With that being said, after swatching multiple colours with the ones that I had in mind, I realized that I would have to switch out what I had to what I intended when I originally created the mood board.
WE HAVE A COLOUR!
In order for me to make a decision, I gathered all the material and checked to see if it all worked. By a process of elimination, I was able to select what Laurel Garland by Behr. I then grabbed a sample and painted a small section of the wall, and evaluated how well it would do in the day, and at night. What tone it was setting, and how well it worked with the rest of the elements in the room.
TIP – When sampling the colour, apply two coats. This gives an accurate representation of the finished colour once complete.
I say this because, I almost walked away from the colour that I sampled because I had one coat. But once I painted on two coats, I was able to see a representation of the accurate hue and tone. I must say, I am in LOVE! To complement the accent wall, I added a light grey to add warmth to the space.
With this part out of the way, I am steam rolling down the tracks to complete my bedroom makeover. Week 5 has been extremely busy, as it was labour intensive. On the to do list to be ready for the final reveal;
- Repurpose Furniture
- Source Decor, Drapes, and Bedding
Join us next week for the final reveal. But before we end today, I just want to say thank you. Thank your for taking time to be a part of this process. Thank you for the encouragement both offline and online. Most importantly thank you One Room Challenge for giving me the opportunity to be a guest participant. And until next time, have a great rest of the week and weekend.