The gray accent wall has been painted. You can see that here, when I posted about the mounted TV. We initially chose to go with the same color as our office, Behr Grayve Yard. I bought a quart and got to work. I've experienced that paint goes on lighter and dries darker. As I was painting, I was desperately hoping it would dry much darker but it never did. The office has all four walls painted and the lighting in the office looks different than the loft area. I think these two differences made the color appear lighter in the loft. So we made a decision to go darker. I looked through my paint swatches and went with Behr Intellectual. It's a really dark gray and almost looks black in person.
We made another trip to Home Depot. I still had half the quart of Grayve Yard left and didn't want it to go to waste. I asked the paint guy to darken it to Intellectual. Since the bases for the two colors are completely different, our final color is slightly lighter than Intellectual. Immediately after rolling this on, we knew this was it. This is the drama we were going for.
Now that the gray accent wall has been painted and the TV has been hung, it was time to put up some pictures. The wall color was so pretty I almost backed out of putting holes in the wall. I started by laying out my frames on the floor to come up with a layout that I liked. I had just enough paint to cover this wall so if I mess up, there's no patching one hole and it looking ok.
Even though this space gets a ton of light, it's hard to get a really good picture. The sun comes in strong from the front windows so a straight on shot is nearly impossible.
I really wanted to use black frames to keep the gallery somewhat cohesive. Half of the them I already had. The others I bought from Ikea. I love how the photos frame the TV. When the TV is off, it doesn't stand out as much since the pictures are there for you to look at.
Here's one of my favorite photos of the kids. The "W" and "FOUR" prints are from here. There's also a photo of my son. The blue print is a graphic I printed and stuck in a frame. Gotta keep my blue in there somewhere.
I included our family Christmas photo.
Also included is a photo of my daughter. The subway print I created and printed out.
I love how the wall looks now. It's the perfect addition to our family media space.
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