ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: A BLUE CEILING

April 20, 2016

One Room Challenge

Purdy painting supplies for the One Room Challenge on @thouswellblog

When it comes to transforming a room in six weeks, painting definitely gives one of the biggest changes in such a short amount of time. It’s thrilling to watch a room take on a whole different feeling with a fresh coat of paint, so I’m excited to share my painting progress as it definitely made a big impact in the room. I started out searching for a statement color for the ceiling of the room, and I wasn’t afraid to go dark for two reasons. The first being that I’ve discovered how dark colors can actually make a room feel larger (see my schpeel on Design*Sponge here), and second that the room has tall ceilings, so I wasn’t even worried about space in the first place. I settled on a brilliant navy blue from Farrow & Ball (with a great name) and chose a shade of white for the walls. I was also thrilled to try out Purdy’s painting supplies, which were very helpful in getting the room painted over a weekend. See how the new paint looks and catch up with all the other featured designers’ posts after the jump!

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Farrow & Ball Paint for the One Room Challenge on @thouswellblog
Farrow & Ball Wevet | One Room Challenge on @thouswellblog
Farrow & Ball Drawing Room Blue | One Room Challenge on @thouswellblog

As you can see, Wevet is a pretty bright white, but I would say it’s a bit warmer than straight white. The Drawing Room Blue is a rich navy, although imagine it a bit darker than the picture once it’s dried. It evokes a midnight sky for me on the ceiling, and the high-gloss finish is definitely high gloss!

Purdy painting supplies for the One Room Challenge on Thou Swell
Purdy painting supplies for the One Room Challenge on @thouswellblog
Purdy painting supplies for the One Room Challenge on @thouswellblog

I mainly used Purdy’s Nylox brushes for the edge of the ceiling and around the mouldings. For the roller, I used their Ultra Finish roller on the ceiling (for the high-gloss finish), and the high-density White Dove roller to efficiently cover the wall. Once I covered the ceiling with the dark tones primer, the blue paint only took one coat to create a solid finish. The game-changer was definitely the Power Lock extension pole, which allowed me to easily reach the ceiling and all the way up the walls with its long reach.

Farrow & Ball paint in the One Room Challenge on Thou Swell
Farrow & Ball paint in the One Room Challenge on Thou Swell
Farrow & Ball paint in the One Room Challenge on Thou Swell

And now for a sneak peek of the first installation in the room – the brilliant Crystorama Luna chandelier!

Crystorama Luna chandelier on @thouswellblog

The high-gloss finish on the ceiling gives it so much depth – it really is like staring into the sky. The bright gold on the chandelier also shines beautifully against the dark color!

Kevin O'Gara signature on Thou Swell

Product for my One Room Challenge was sponsored by the following brands: Crystorama, Farrow & Ball, and Purdy. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Thou Swell running!

  • The color looks fantastic! That blue is gorgeous – can’t wait to see more!

  • Ellie

    I love the navy ceiling next to that gorgeous moulding! Can’t wait to see it all together!

  • Literally said “WOW” at the end of those post. WHAT an amazing color. What at statement!!!!! xx

  • The moulding is so beautiful. I really like the blue too – haven’t seen a ceiling in this color often… I am super excited to see the final result

  • judith

    Congratulations on your courage with the blue ceiling – it will be bold and gorgeous. Also, thank you for actually doing the painting yourself. It makes these projects look all the more possible for people who don’t hire everything out – good for you. And that trim is breath-taking. Your Dad is so fortunate to have you do this for him! If you ever want to do some work up in Knoxville, I will adopt you! Thanks for a nicely written and photographed blog.

  • Barbara

    LOOKS AMAZING!! Loving the pop of color on the ceiling 🙂

  • Vel

    Fabulous! LOVE the ceiling color!

  • LOVE the blue on the ceiling – especially with that light fixture. Great work, as always, Kevin!

  • A dramatic change. I absolutely love it. F&B colors can’t be beat.

  • Oh my gosh! That ceiling is amazing! I love the blue! It would make me happy every time I saw it! I decided to paint my ceiling on a whim and you just made me feel much better about my choice! My hubby on the other hand is still not sold, so I will show him yours and I know that will be enough to convince him! Awesome job!

  • Wow! I love the ceiling! So rich, so luscious. A great foil for the gold chandelier and the dentil molding.

  • That blue ceiling is amazing!!! What a fantastic change. Looking forward to next week.

  • Cristin Bisbee Priest

    The blue ceiling looks fabulous! Such a bold statement. Love!

    xoxo
    cristin

  • Lindi

    That ceiling is unreal!! Such a bold choice! Love it!

  • Whoa, what a gorgeous blue!!!

  • Totally love the ceiling!

  • Sherry Hart

    Blue ceilings for everybody…..mandatory!

  • Anna Lynn Garrett

    That high gloss finish in the bright blue is to-die for!

    Cheers! xo the Waiting on Martha team

  • Cannot wait to see this ceiling!

  • Kristin @ Postbox Designs

    The ceiling with the chandelier is divine-it will be the hightlight of hte space!

  • CallingitHome

    Dying over that ceiling. The fixture looks amazing….