A New Couch & Peacock Blue

Andrew and I have been brainstorming about making over our family room and dining room for almost a year now.  We are full of ideas, and have engaged in many conversations about what we want to keep and what we want to change.  This weekend we made our first major purchase to start the process: a new couch!

We decided on the Davis sectional from Crate & Barrel, color: Almond.  (They’re having a 15% off sectional through April 1!)

While we wait for the new couch to arrive, we are going to start working on the dining room.  Our first step is to repaint the walls.  Right now, our walls are a sage green color, with tone on tone stripes above the chair rail.  We’ve enjoyed the stripes, but want to go with something a little more dramatic.

For color inspiration, we turned to this chair that is in our family room (which adjoins the dining room).

Here is a close-up of the fabric:

Tree of Life fabric, peacock blue

To achieve the dramatic effect we want, we are going to use the peacock blue color that is in the fabric on the dining room walls. I found a few inspiration photos of rooms that use a similar color, to give us an idea of the end result.

Peacock blue dining room contemporary dining room
(Peacock Blue Dining Room from Houzz.com)
(Peacock Blue Dining Room from Apartment Therapy)
YHL guest room, peacock blue
(Peacock Blue Bedroom from Young House Love)

In our dining room we have a chair rail, so we’re planning on using a dark, rich peacock blue below the chair rail, and a lighter blue above it.  To add even more drama and impact, we are also planning on doing a stencil above the chair rail.  My inspiration for the stencil came a few weeks ago, after helping my sister stencil her downstairs hall bathroom.  She chose a Moroccan stencil for a feature wall, and the result was stunning!

Here is her bathroom before the stencil (don't mind the green painter's tape, it was just part of the prep for the stencil):

And here is her bathroom after the stencil!

A close-up:

When you open the door to the bathroom, you feel like you've stepped inside a beautiful jewel box.  I just love the shimmer of the pearl stencil color, and how it makes a statement without being overpowering.

There are many great options for stencils right now, ranging in styles from traditional to modern.  After looking through many choices, we’ve narrowed it down to these two stencils (try to visualize them in shades of peacock blue):

Both stencils are from Royal Design Studio.  Stencil #1 is the Chez Ali stencil (and we would only use 2 colors instead of 4), and stencil #2 is the Small Acanthus Trellis stencil.

We are excited and anxious to get started!  I’ll keep you updated as we make progress.

º Which stencil do you prefer ~ #1 or #2? º What makeover projects are you starting this spring?

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