Now that the gallery wall is done, I'm finished decorating.
Now that the gallery wall is done, the biggest dilemma is what to do with the walls. In a perfect, budget free/rental free world I would slather them in Phillip Jeffries gorgeous grasscloth. However, putting expensive wallpaper in a rental apartment seems like a bad decision. Somewhat akin to lighting a big pile of money on fire. If it was a two-bedroom apartment, I might even consider it, but eventually we might procreate (Mike does love a baby) and I know we won't be here forever.
So, option number two.
I know this sounds questionable, but stick with me. One of my girlfriends turned me onto this when she painted the inside of her bookshelves with Ralph Lauren's Indigo Denim paint. The paint, which is designed to look like denim, also happens to look a lot like grasscloth.
Now, perhaps this is obvious, but the Indigo Denim is only available in shades of blue (with a few whites thrown in). However, Ralph Lauren also has another line called Bright Canvas that has a variety of colors.
As you would expect, the paint does give the wall some texture. When I first looked into it, I was concerned that it wouldn't be rental friendly. However, I did a bit more research and it sounds like you can easily paint over it with the correct primer.
So, I'm think I might pull the trigger.
I've watched the how to video, and I'm fairly sure after painting stripes I can handle it. It would definitely take several days, and would require disassembling the entire room. However, I'm convinced that, with the right color, it would make the room.
Speaking of, I would have to select the right color.
Right now, my mind is all over the place. Our rug is light blue, and the rest of the room has accents of orange and brown. I would love to paint the walls blue, but it would have to be the correct shade. I don't want it to be a complete blue overload.
My only complaint about these paints is that you can't buy a swatch. Ralph Lauren has brochures, but no actual swatches. If I decide to do it, I will definitely try and buy a sample to try it on a tester board. After testing out a couple of different blues for our hallway, I know how important it is to try your paint in the actual environment. I was surprised by how purple some of the blues looked in our hall.
So, what do you think? Do you want to come over and help me do it?