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Taking a room from Boring to Bright: Blue Cabinet

Most people are creatures of habit.  They buy the same grocery list every week, wear certain styles and colors of clothing, listen to their set radio stations.  So it's no surprise to me that people also decorate their homes within certain parameters.  Many [not all!] people are afraid of trying something new.  They love wood furniture, lots of neutrals [whites, creams, grays], and always stick to the basic necessities [sofa, coffee table, side table, tv stand, bed, nightstands, dresser]. Do all those components lead to a furnished home? Sure. But if all those pieces stay within the same, neutral color scheme, I can almost guarantee your home is a bit on the dull side, or at the very least lacks personality.  


This is why I like to bring in pieces like this blue cabinet that change up the conversation.  I could easily paint every single thing I put out there in shades of gray and white.  There's a good chance I'd sell these items quickly and consistently, and do well for myself. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about having what I do and love be a viable business, but if I ONLY paint gray and white furniture, will I still love what I do? Maybe, but I'd know deep down that I'd like to push the envelope when it comes to color and bring my own stamp of design into my clients' homes.  


This particular piece lends itself to being colorful.  It can be used in a number of ways: TV stand, entry table, bar cabinet, a place to keep toys in a child's room, linen or bathroom storage. It's really quite versatile.  Since it will never be the largest piece of furniture in a space, it can afford to be bright and bold, while still allowing the rest of the space to stay neutral.  


The paint technique I used harkens back to a farmhouse style, with stronger brush strokes and a rustic, dark waxed finish.  The light green interior allows for an extra playful punch of color, but will typically remain unseen, keeping the space looking more formal and neutral. 


I brought a few, subtle hints of green into the top of the cabinet, which helps tie in the pop of color found inside.


The cabinet is slim, which makes it perfect for adding that small bit of storage you need in virtually any room of the house.  Blue is also one of those colors that plays well with others: wood tones, grays, whites, greens, yellows, reds, you name it.  So I implore you to rethink the cookie-cutter, all neutral house, and try testing out the waters using a few key colorful pieces in your home, like this one!  [Find it here in my shop, or on Craigslist!]