We’re so excited to share with you our nook refresh today! Out of all the rooms in our home, maybe this has seen the most amount of changes? When we first toured this home (6 years ago this month!), it was royal blue. After much debate, we painted it a sage-ish green. And not too long after that, we nixed the green in favor of a deep navy. We were happy, at least for a little while!
I’ve mentioned this before, but after Lucy, we kicked it up a notch around our home. The home that had been working so hard for us and our pets no longer felt like us. This makes sense; our lives had just encountered a momentous shift, and in turn, so did we. We love changing things up (okay, we thrive on it!), and we’ve had a lot of fun fine tuning our home in the last year-and-a-half. It feels more like us than ever before, and we’re madly in love with this place we call Home. There are other small tweaks we’ve made in the last few weeks alone (and I guarantee they won’t be the last), but today, I want to focus on our funny little nook!
It’s tiny; maybe less than 7′ square? There’s a slope to the ceiling because it’s under the stairs, and there’s a bump out to accommodate a coat closet on the other side of the wall. Scott and I couldn’t love a small space more (give us all the small spaces!), and it’s a challenge we gladly accept. Over the years it has functioned primarily as a reading-slash-music nook, but most recently, it transitioned into a sweet and accommodating play area for Lucy! Below, I’m sharing the 3 key ingredients that turned it up a notch and made it feel complete.
1| Surrendering to the Subtle Color Shift
Do you notice the subtle color shift? We embraced the navy walls for years (Ben Moore’s Narragansett Green), but the light in the room has always been very cool to begin with. At certain times of the day, the color felt very, very blue, and while that’s not a bad thing, we didn’t love it. For the last two years or so, we convinced ourselves that we were fine with it, but after painting the guest room BM Kendall Charcoal, well, we knew it would be very fitting in the nook, too.
Because the light is so cool to begin with, the warm grey does take on a slight blue tint in the late afternoon, but it passes quickly. The rest of the time, it reads as a true medium grey, and every now and then, it may even lean slightly green. (The color is a chameleon in the best way!)
There are a couple of added perks to painting the nook – and in turn, any small room – dark. For us, it ties into our whole home color palette, and it’s one less can of paint to store in our workshop. Ha! The other reason? I think there’s a misconception around dark paint and the tendency to make a room feel small(er). Because our nook receives a good amount of natural light, we knew it could handle a bold, moody paint color. Not only that, the dark paint helps the walls to recede, making the room feel much larger.
2| Painting the Ceiling the Same as the Walls
No one says you can’t paint the ceiling the same color as the walls! Because of all the angles in this room, it made a lot of sense. Up until now, there was an L-shaped sliver of white ceiling paint, which looking back, was a visual distraction. Now? Aaah.
Now that the entire room is Kendall Charcoal, everything flows seamlessly. The gunmetal finish on our record storage and nail art (which recently moved in here from the workshop) only helps to keep the eye moving. The low contrast creates a space that envelops us; it feels warm and safe.
3| Layering In a Statement Art Piece
The biggest shift was this large statement art piece from The Holly Collective! At 3′ x 4′, it’s large scale, and it is stunning. Breathtaking. I worked with Victoria, the artist behind The Holly Collective on the appropriate size for the space, and after debating between a handful of works, we landed on Stripes I in ivory with an oak frame. Although a single, subtle color, the mix of high gloss and matte, smooth and textured lines, creates a piece that’s anything but ordinary. There’s a playfulness and a sophistication all at once, a look that’s crafted from gesso and plaster. It should come as no surprise that Victoria’s art is an extension of her interior design firm, Victoria Holly Interiors, because the girl knows color! Mauve (the mauve!), slate blue, chocolate and black – any one of her works would make a gorgeous addition to a home.
The art we hang on our walls varies from high to low, family portraiture to student work, thrifted finds to original paintings. We think a well curated art collection is even more special when you can add a piece that speaks to you, when you can have a conversation with the artist, and when you know it’s something that will be enjoyed by you for a lifetime. This is one of those pieces.
We’re excited to share that The Holly Collective wants you to own one of her works, too! Whether you’ve been looking for the last puzzle piece to your gallery wall, a happy moment in your family room or an unexpected pop in the powder room, we think you’ll find it with a work by Victoria. It’s our small way of saying thank you! Thank you for reading, cheering us on and being a part of this amazing home loving community. And so together with The Holly Collective, we’re giving away an 8″ x 10″ painting of Riptide in a beautiful oak frame! Painting includes artist signature.
Here’s how to win:
- Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like.
- Anyone in the world is eligible for this giveaway!
- This giveaway runs through Friday, May 31st, and the winner will be contacted directly.
Good luck and happy entering!
We have the perfect spot available for this beautiful artwork in our hallway. It would match perfectly with our grey walls and would be the eyecatcher we’ve been looking for!
Her art makes me want to plaster/texture an entire wall! I’m working on a gallery wall (but still fear hanging at this point) of art in a space I’ve finally decided to make into a reading nook in my bedroom. It is long and goes to the dormer window. Thanks for the opportunity!
We are renovating our master bathroom- this would be perfect!
This incredibly beautiful piece of artwork would look wonderful over the side table in our great room! We’ve been on the lookout for just that right piece to hang there and this is it! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to potentially win this.
I would add the artwork in my bedroom.
This would be perf for our master bedroom! It’s the missing piece for the room
I would style artwork from @thehollycollective either in my dining room or my living room. I have high ceilings and there is currently no art on the walls (because I haven’t found something that was affordable and that would fit w/ the decor in my place), so this would be a HUGE help to make my apartment feel more like a home. And even better that the pieces from @thehollycollective are STUNNING, so that would be perfect for this to be the first artwork to bless my walls!
I’ve been working on curating a gallery wall in our home but it’s going slowly because I want to LOVE each piece!
This gorgeous artwork would be a perfect addition to our guest room.
Love the ceiling painted to match! We have a long narrow spare bedroom on the second floor that also had a slanted wall/ceiling the entire length. Painting a white ceiling would have been either a skinny strip or that strip plus the whole large slant… OR match the walls! We tried all 3 and went with the wall color like you. It looks great and opened up the narrow room. Thanks for the lovely give-away; I have a room that needs some light contrast!
I have an old telephone nook in my dining room that needs a piece above it, I would probably hang it there. the colors of her paintings would match perfectly with the subdued colors in my dining room.
Would love something like this to finish off our Master Bedroom, over the nightstand
Love everything about this room!! Her paintings are beautiful!
I would love to paint a deep color but I can’t convince my husband! So pretty.
We painted our tiny powder room black (including the ceiling) and it is one of my favorite rooms in the house With tile on the lower half, it adds in drama and (like you said) makes the room feel bigger.
Oh, and if lucky enough to win, would put the art into our master bedroom.
I don’t think there’s a single project that you’ve done that I haven’t loved! Never stop!!!
Lovely addition to our playroom transition from little kids to slightly bigger kids.
great for a gallery wall!!!
So so cozy!! I love it!
We have so many new room that need art! We just painted our bedroom with a dark accent wall and are looking for the perfect piece!
Gah! I’m drooling, literally salivating.
We’re making our house more “us” and love this art work and your home!
I need some art of my new kitchen nook.
I saw your post on Instagram and immediately fell for the art! These patinings from The Holly Collective are beautiful!
I love the charcoal color in the nook
This would look beautiful against the sage green walls in our bathroom.
So gorgeous! I would put riptide in our living room on our art ledge. What a stand out!
Wow, it looks SO GOOD!!!!! U truly nailed it (is that why u hung that nail art? ????) ???? Also, my old comments on past blogposts????. Blabber McBlabbermouth. I wrote like a whole article talking about Leo’s first words. #momcrazies
That nook! So cozy. I love the idea of the large-scale artwork in a small space.
What are your thoughts on painting a room with NO natural light a dark color? I have a laundry…hallway…that’s essentially a pass-through from my house into the garage. It’s the most interior room in the house, so there’s zero natural light in there. I have the washer and dryer plus a wall of all white cabinetry on one side, and I was originally intending to paint the opposite wall a warm white to match. But I’ve recently been playing with the idea of painting that wall black (like my heart). Would you say this idea is very good or very bad?
That painting would look great on a black wall, is what I’m saying…
I think that’s a great opportunity to do a wall treatment (like board and batten or beadboard) on the bottom half, and paint the upper part of the walls black! Could look really stunning. I think the key is always lighting – whether natural or not – so in your case, it may be an opportunity to add recessed lighting or a globe light that can direct light 360-degrees.
Love the new color! I’d put this artwork in either my kitchen or hall.
Gah! Everything you guys do is gold. I especially love the seamless ceiling.
Wow! Love the space! You’ve got me thinking I should paint our master bedroom dark…the new artwork is on point. I’d put the giveaway piece right above the table in our entry. The white would look amazing on our MCM wood paneling. ????????
Beautiful! Love this space. Your work is inspiring and The Holly Collective has really stunning artwork!
We are in the process of renovating our bedroom, and this would make a great addition to the decor we are planning!
I would add this to my bedroom gallery wall, so soothing and beautiful!
I think this would be stunning in our entryway. We need the punch of a beautiful modern, yet still classic piece, like this one.
We are in the process of purchasing a house and this piece would be perfect in helping us in make it a home.
Working on refreshing our Family room and need some serious wall art!
My master needs a refresh. Or attention since it’s never had that.
I just did a huge artwork reshuffle around the whole house (including a new YBH-inspired Instax in a Ribba display!), and I have the perfect spot in the main hallway that needs quiet texture.
YAY! Love this!
Oh gosh! I love this little nook. Painting the ceiling was the right choice, and I’ll admit, I’ve been one to pick a paint color based on cans already in my basement (ha!). It’s so much easier to touch up later or remember what’s where.
We’re in the process of updating our very plain basement, and I’ve been on the hunt for good art to work into it. This would be perfect!
Kim, I have a very small room as well and have been stuck in the dark versus light paint dilemma. Do you think the tip on dark paint and ceiling the same color would apply to a room with wainscoting? My small room is a perfect rectangle and has wainscoting all around. It gets a ton of light from too large windows and has high ceilings, but the wainscoting is also tall, adding a lot of white. I am stuck on whether to go all light and bright or moody and dark on top. Help!
Oh, wow, going dark on the walls AND ceiling above the wainscoting would be absolutely stunning! That would be my pick. :D
Just moved in to a new home and have many blank walls! Would love one of her pieces in my dining room!
I’ve been dying to find a good piece for our bedroom, but nothing has called to me yet! This might be what I’m looking for!!
Would love to hang this piece in my front hallway directly opposite of the front door so people would see it when they walk in.
I have a spot in my hallway that needs art!
Our living room needs some good art!
We are renovating our kitchen, and this would be perfect. The nook looks great!
Gorgeous! One of these paintings would look amazing in our entry! *fingers crossed*
I love everything about this nook!
I always get inspired from your posts. I’m feeling the dark walls wrapping up to the ceiling. I’d love to hang that artwork on a long hallway wall. It would be perfect. Thanks for the artist info!! I need help to make my newish condo my home.
We have a big wall in our entryway screaming for something besides paint.
I love your nook! And that artwork is GORGEOUS! Understated while also making a statement (I swear that makes more sense in my head). I would love her piece in here dining area!
I have been enjoying this blog and incorporating your style into our home.. Right now i am trying to finish my daughters area downstairs and attempted my own homemade art. It didn’t go over to well with her (she’s 21). Maybe real art would fit in better and make her part of the home feel like her space with style!
My daughter is an artist and so I too am all about original work – supporting artists! Would love this piece to add to my collection.
Wow! I love unexpected and unique pieces of art. This is so special.
This is a stunning piece, I think I would put it in the front entry. Then, we could see it every time we came or went.
I don’t know how I missed the nail art post ages ago but I love it! We have some rail road stakes and now I’m devouring your how to. Love it!
Love the changes you have made and that piece is magnificent!
I would put it in my master bedroom!
Love it! We have very dark grey paint in a few rooms in our home and love it as well. Its so cozy :)
This would be gorgeous in an entryway! Love how it’s subtle yet eye-catching.
Love love love the texture of the art piece!
Love the texture of this piece!
I am in the midst of a divorce and recently moved into a new apartment. My husband has kept half of the art (which is appropriate) and I’m missing some of my former pieces. I love this little 8×10 and think it would look smashing against my peacock colored accent wall. Thanks for the giveaway!
It would be perfect in the entry space in my place! Currently working to give the area some personality to greet people. Also I’d love to know about the record dividers!
love this. where on earth did you get those alphabet record dividers…obsessed with them!
What a gorgeous little nook. Absolutely love the wall colour!
Love the new website format. Fingers crossed for this giveaway.
We are upgrading our dining area (the table and chairs came with the house- and after playing a little too rough with our dog one night, we broke a chair and decided it was the final straw and we needed to replace them). We have a china cabinet/bookshelf/credenza that I am working on re-styling along with the new dining room table and chairs. This painting would get first dibs on the best spot!
I’m in the process of buying my first home (in Chicago!) and would love a piece of her art to add to my new home! I’ll be painting my master bedroom a dark, moody green and her work would fit in perfectly.
So often you only find home design blogs or websites with white walls, I love (!) this color contrast. It’s inspiring.
Riptide is my favorite!
This post may be the last push I needed to paint the walls moody in my master bedroom!
Oh, I love the piece you got! I think something with texture would look great on my gallery wall.
Holy smokes, this is the most perfect giveaway!! We’re in the final stages of finishing a full bathroom remodel (shout-out to your fab tip on foam rolling paint onto doors!), but it’s missing a final… something. The colors are gorgeous (marble, gray tones, white subway shower, hex tile floor) but the beautiful swatches don’t feel like we actually *live* there! I’ve got 2 amazing spots I’d put this — but I’m trending towards just inside the bathroom, above the light switch and to the right of the mirror. It would reflect through the whole space, providing a bit of texture and and warmth.
Thanks again for offering this giveaway! These works are gorgeous!!
AH! We moved in the fall and have a big, empty wall right as you enter our home that has been waiting for a beautiful statement piece like this.
I would install it on the focal wall of our entry. It’s lovely. Thanks for sharing your home.
I love the nook refresh! I’m (slowly) refreshing my home and would love a beautiful and unique piece of art like this. Thank you for the amazing inspiration!
I’m thinking for a little entryway nook :)
I would put this in my office in the new house we’re moving into in two weeks!
That art is amazing! Would love a piece above our fireplace.
I would love to hang it above my living room couch! :)
Your nook looks moody-licious and I love that you introduced me to this artist. Thank you!
These art pieces are beautiful!! Do you think they would still be as visually powerful if your walls weren’t dark?
Absolutely! There’s so much texture to the work, it’s truly beautiful.
Wow, I love it when I go on a blog and think “but how could it be better?” Because I always feel like “oh THIS is the best version of this room!” And then it’s like “Oh! That IS better!” Haha. I’m obsessed with the art! We have a long corridor with no art in it that could use a statement!
I have been wanting to paint our dining room a dark moody color and this is giving me all he courage! Thanks for sharing this!
I would love to win this.
Stunning! I love a good refresh! My hallway would be the perfect spot for a beautiful artwork like that, it’s a spot where people naturally pause and needs a wow moment!
I loved the previous colour of the room (so much in fact I pained my dining room the same colour) but it does look very glamorous with its new darker colour.
My master bedroom is in dire need of some life and the art would be the perfect starting place for its new look!
This is a perfect size to go over one of our bedside tables in our master. I got a beautiful piece from Adam Hall art for one table, would love to put this over the other! And now I’m totally rethinking my plan to lighten up the paint color because I LOVE this cozy nook color….
Gorgeous and unique! Anyone would love this, myself included,
The nook is absolutely lovely! You’ve inspired me to consider a dark paint for our basement bathroom. It has such awkward ceiling angles.
Love that cozy nook! And this piece would be a stunner at our new house
I’d hang the artwork in my bedroom. I’m currently re-designing the space and I’d love some new artwork!
My hallways needs some new artwork. Her art is so beautiful.
I love this colour on your walls and the picture goes so well
I love the texture in the painting. Gorgeous!
I’d love to put a new piece of art in our dining room! Love your blog. I lived in Chicago and grew up in SW Michigan.
Love, love her artwork! My husband would go crazy for those textures!! I can imagine this leaning on top of our black piano or maybe on our fireplace … so many possibilities :)
We have lots of rooms to update and art always seems like a great starting point.
in OUR nook :)
I’m currently on the lookout for a piece for the master bedroom. Loving The Holly Collectives collection!
It makes so much sense to paint the ceiling the same color when it is oddly shaped.
The artwork would be a wonderfull addition to our carefully curated gallery wall.
I have been looking for the perfect piece of art for our family room in our first home for close to a year now. This artwork is literally everything I love in art. Simple, but stunning. This would be a dream come true.
My office! :)
I’d love one of these pieces in our master bedroom!
This would be a perfect addition to our gallery wall in the living room. I love the beautiful texture!
This is so beautiful – I’m sure I could find a place in my bedroom for this artwork!
This would definitely go in the front entry way! The texture is perfect.
I’ve always loved your little nook! Thanks for introducing a new artist to me -I’m always on the hunt for beautiful new works. Would love this for a living room makeover.
We are very slowly furnishing our first house, and the thing I have missed the most is artwork! I would love to put this in our study and complete the first room we’ve tackled!
An addition this beautiful would need to be front and center in the living room- where we spend all our time and host guests.
I’ve been trying to find two more pieces for our gallery wall in our dining room – a work from the Holly Collective would be the perfect complement! Fingers crossed!
Absolutely adore the texture in this painting. Recently moved into my home last fall and the one thing I would say that is missing is beautiful artwork to really make the space feel like home.
I’d love to add this artwork to our living room
Such a beautiful painting! Simple yet so much depth. My boyfriend and I are moving into a bigger space with much needed natural light. A painting like the only from Holly Collective would be a beautiful addition to our open space and natural light home
where wouldn’t I put it? seems like the chameleon of artwork :)
Definitely in our master bedroom. it needs some love
In love with the textures of the shown paintings, I’d love to give it a home in my sunny living room :-)
You know, I would never have thought about painting the ceiling! We have a very small separate toilet with Bright! Green! walls (thanks former owner) which we are painting white at the moment (because being in a very small Bright! Green! room is…off putting.) but I love the idea of making it one single solid colour when we decide on actual wall colours.
(Also, how exciting to have a world wide competition; I know why they are often limited but it’s very fun to actually be able to throw my hat in the ring!)
d’oh. Perhaps finish sentences, self. And every room deserves a nice piece of art! The Bright! Green! really distracts from anything though so that toilet remains artless but would definitely be a possible future home for that lovely piece.
I have the perfect spot in our bedroom!
This is gorgeous guys! Way to hit it out of the park with the wall color!
Her pieces are just so gorgeous! Subtle, and yet full of movement and texture. I can see them being a great addition to just about any space.
I would definitely love to see this in my home! Maybe in my entryway.
This would be great in a the gallery wall over my piano!
We desperately need some really great artwork for our bedroom!
I’m not even kidding that if I won this, I would totally repaint my room in a dark moody gray inspired by your nook!
The new color is beautiful. Riptide would be a wonderful addition to our entryway!
This would look lovely in our entrance hallway right beside the plant on top of our shoe cabinet. Thank you for having this giveaway.
In my bedroom
I’ve been waiting to find the perfect art piece for my family room. This would be perfect!
Love the Holly Collective. The kitchen is a favorite place to enjoy our art collection.
I would style it in my bedroom!
The wall behind my couch is empty and I would love to fill it with beautiful art.
Hmmmm….I can’t really decide where I want it yet. All that texture needs to shine and I would test drive it in a few places – to see how the light plays it – before I hang it. I know it will be awesome in just the right-light place. :)