Design trends we've tried
So, I like to traffic in decorating trends. It's true. I enjoy timelessness, but I also get sucked into the hype of the newest thing. Right now, my husband and I are all razzed about the color pink. I mean, so are a lot of people. We recently switched our once edgy chevron patterned wall to a sweet, coy blush tone. And here is why.
How to hide a television?
We have a wall just as you walk into our living room from the front door where our coatrack and television hang. This wall needs to feel substantial and bigger and better than just a TV wall–it's our greeting wall. We live in a lovely, small 1950's bungalow, so we have no entryway. THIS WALL is our entryway. It is also, unfortunately, the only place where it makes sense to hang our television (Trust me!). And we can't seem to stop being people who watch TV, SO we have a tricky situation here. Entryway wall + television wall = gotta find a way to make this wall so special it overrides the mundanity of housing a TV. Make the TV disappear.
When chevron was popular
A long, long time ago...six years? We painted a very bold chevron pattern on the entryway wall using a laser level that stuck to the wall, painter's tape, and some strong curse words. It was beautiful in its time. We mounted our TV to the wall, got a small, discreet, functional media cabinet, and let that huge pattern shine a happy hello to all who entered our home. We felt super rad about our brave choice. And it did achieve our hopes to downplay the TV and play up the welcome factor. Our statement decorating decision spoke over the daily necessity of our television.
Using trends in your house
It's your house. You can do whatever you want. We wanted to make a beautiful spectacle, and we did. We used a bold choice to override the ugly, simple truth about us–we watch television. It was a big choice, but it wasn't a hard one for us because it was easy to undo. It took a day to plot and create the chevron wall, and it took a day to prime and paint over it. It's okay to try things in your home that you may not love forever, and it can feel really exciting to do it. I recommend it! But you want to weigh how long you'll love it with the work and money it would take to undo it.
For example, I cannot undo painting my house sea foam green easily or cheaply. I will love it until I am no longer in my home (if that day comes) because it's a pretty color, it's era-appropriate for my house, and I think spending days and days and days and days painting it made me bond with it in a way only mothers and babies can understand. And it's a good thing because it's expensive to have your house exterior painted and time-consuming AND expensive if you do it yourself.
Blush pink is the new white
My husband says pink is the new white. I am certain he read that somewhere really cool. When we decided we were done with the chevron wall, we had to determine what our new look would be. We still have the issue of needing our wall to be so beautiful and interesting that our TV seems like small beans. Blush pink got called to duty. So pretty, so sweet, so pink, so calm, so lovely, so great a color with our other living room colors–it's perfect. Somehow our pink wall is so many things that are wonderful that the TV bows to its glory.
We plan to put a fresh coat of white paint on the other living room walls and hang artwork that will nestle so gently against that baby shade of pink. Goodnight and good-day I am so excited to be near this gorgeous color!
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