Sunday, October 5, 2014

In the mood for olive green

I think olive green is the color of the season.  I mean, it is a typically fall color, but there's something about it that seems so new and fresh!  Nothing is new under the sun, of course, but I'm just loving it.  

Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook recently redid her guest bathroom in a lovely creamy olive.



I mean, are you kidding me?  The olive walls with the gold mirror and sconces, the marble (oh the marble) and the black?  Could it get any better than that?  No.  No it could not.


And then she adds coral!  And a Persian rug!  And lucite!  Jenny Komenda is my spirit animal.  I love her and everything that she does.

Then I saw this on Pinterest yesterday.  And I swear I can't think of anything else.



Olive green with pale pink.  Sigh.  Olive green with marine navy.  Oh man.  Olive green with creamy linen white and medium coral.  Wow.  Olive green with muted aqua.  Yum.  I want my whole world to be in those ten colors.  (It's also given me some great ideas for fall fashion, if you must know.)

And then there's this kids room that popped up on my Pinterest feed.  I just love how the paint is clearly olive, but leaning towards gray.  And how the baby wolf pups somehow pick up on the olive green!  



I love the rug, the hanging chair (DUH) and the general bohemian feel to the room.  I also love how the bright yellow school bus and the stacked books pop off of the muted olive background.  It's grounded and earthy, but not at all boring.

And that got me to thinking about my project du jour: the music room!  I was planning to paint the walls black or charcoal gray.  But now I'm thinking: olive!  It's basically the same idea - a dark, moody neutral.  It's not as risky as black (are black walls over?  I don't want them to be), and not as commonplace as gray.  It's edgy and yet calming.

The room itself is small and doesn't get much natural light.  That's the only thing that gives me pause about painting it dark.  But I figure, what the hell.  I like the idea of it being a cozy little nook.  That picture above proves incontrovertibly that the olive will work once we have kids.  Duh.  And if it's really so awful, I'll just paint over it.  Easy peasy.

So here's my new plan for the music room.

Music room new rug

I just ordered that rug on rugsusa.com, (quick!  It's $99 for a 5 x 8!).  The art is just an approximation of what we have - album art, cheerful colors.  I don't have the settee yet, but I plan to get it or something like it fairly soon.  Brian just got a new drumset for his (early) birthday.  It's big and shiny and blue-black, which is not my favorite color, but I'm hoping the other colors in the room make up for it.  Please God.  I wish I had the pleasure of it being done NOW (in addition to being moody, I'm also impatient.  I'm a real charmer), but it's going to have to wait.  Brian's in his last semester of law school, and he takes the Bar in February, and since he uses that room as his study space, the redesign is going to have to wait until March.  Maybe by then I can have all of the pieces and just knock it out quickly.  Let's hope.

So, olive!  Does it seem new and fresh to you, too?  Or is it just me?

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