Shabby Sunny French Cottage
Aside from white, yellow is one of the most often used cottage wall colors. It can be bright and cheery, warm and cozy, or as in this gorgeous dining room designed by Cindy of My Romantic Home, pretty and romantic.
Cindy's room uses a classic palette of yellow and blue, which is often associated with Provincal decorating. But with a softer, creamy yellow, in this case, "Havana Cream" by Behr, and lots of white, Cindy's room is a romantic cottage dining room to die for.
This is even more impressive when you learn that almost everything in Cindy's house has been bought at garage sales, flea markets and thrift shops. By having an unerring taste and a lovely sense of style, Cindy has created the romantic dining room of my dreams. When I talked to her about how she made her color choices, this is what she had to say:
What, if anything, inspired you in choosing colors for the room?My inspiration came mostly from reading a lot of decorating magazines. I've always been drawn to blue and white decor with yellow walls. I think they just go together so well.
How would you describe the style of the room?I love Shabby Chic, French, and English decorating and I think my home is a combination of all of those. I buy what I love and it all seems to work well together.
Did you pick the wall color first or the other elements first?I've been decorating with blue and white for almost 20 years so I had most of the elements first. For years I've lived in apartments where I wasn't allowed to paint the walls. This is the first place that allowed me to paint and I knew before I even moved in that I was going to paint it yellow.
Once you knew you were going to choose yellow, how did you pick this particular paint color?I heard on a decorating show, I believe it was The Christopher Lowell Show, that you should pick a shade of yellow that is about 2 or 3 shades lighter than what you think you want. Also you should chose a yellow more towards the orange side of the color wheel than the green side. If you look at the paint chips in the store you will see that yellow is sandwiched between the orange and green...go more towards the orange.
Did you test colors?I bought a quart of the yellow I thought would work out well and painted one wall. I was shocked that it looked like highlighter yellow. It was so bright and GLOWING! I went back to the store and lucked out with my second choice. I think yellow is the hardest color to get right!
The room is just so lovely, not just the color, but everything in it. Where did you find all of those gorgeous things on a budget?I found the chandelier at a garage sale for $25 and I rewired it myself. The hutch I found on Craigslist, the table was a hand-me-down from my parents and the chairs, believe it or not, I found on the curb in my neighborhood.
So many great tips! Fortunately for us all, Cindy publishes all of her finds and projects on her blog so we can all learn her best secrets. I am constantly inspired by Cindy's decorating, and I hope you are, too!
About The Designer Cindy is a single mom with a son in college and a daughter in high school. She has always enjoyed decorating but have been limited by her budget. In order to have the beautiful home she desired she has learned that it's possible to decorate with items from thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, and discount stores. She recommends being creative and leting it evolve over time. You can find Cindy at her blog, My Romantic Home. Photos in this article are Copyright ©2008 Cindy ~ My Romantic Home and are used by permission.