Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Painting the Sideboard

You may remember the sideboard we found for my mom's office...

My original plan was to paint it a bright, bold colour, but now I'm having second thoughts. We just hung the curtains and they add A LOT to the space. They are both bold and colourful (and floor length) so I feel like an orange sideboard might be a little too much. 

Here's a look at the curtain fabric (Sweet William, White through Tonic Living)...

Mom has also decided to forgo the white, slipcovered chaise and use a comfortable armchair that she already owns. The chair is a queen anne styled chair, upholstered in a dark green. It works just fine in the space, but it adds colour as well (the white chaise would have been less colourful).

I'm now thinking that the sideboard would look nice in white but perhaps with a subtle colour border. Not sure what I'm talking about? Here are a few examples...

via The Way We Are

via Centsational Girl  

A similar look on closet doors...

via Centsational Girl

What are your thoughts? Am I a chicken for backing away from the original, bold-colour plan, or do you prefer the new, white-with-subtle-colour plan? I'd love to hear what you prefer.



  1. I think I'd like a bright bold color:) Just my 2 cents!

  2. With the patterned curtains & green chair, I think I would opt for white with some detailing as well.

  3. I would choose something more subtle. But I know whatever you choose it will look fabulous. (what color is the flooring?)

  4. I would go for a bright colour, otherwise just plain white without the detailing.
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  5. Awww thanks for including me girly! I think white with some kind of accent color would be amazing. I love that wall color!


  6. My vote is for bold, take the coral, pink or green from the fabric. I think would LOOK fabulous. Jane just posted a link on her blog to a Ikea hack where they painted the dresser a juicy coral to use as a buffet in the dining room. They look fabulous! The worse case is, if you don't like it, you can always paint it!


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