Paint it Blue

 

Grandin Road copy

 

I like to browse the home decor catalogues that arrive in my mailbox for new combinations of color and fresh paint ideas. The Chloe Tall Chest (MSRP $399), is featured in the current issue Grandin Road and also on their website. It comes in five colors but I particularly liked the Antique Blue.

Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®,  it would be easy duplicate on a vintage piece. You could start by painting a first coat of Barcelona Orange and layering Florence and Aubusson Blue over it. You would have to sand back to expose the Barcelona Orange. I have a harder time controlling the finish that way because I seem to sand to vigorously and go through the paint and end up with bare wood.

The technique I use most often is to layer the most dominant colors, in this case Aubusson Blue and Florence, and add touches of Barcelona Orange in key areas of normal wear. I try to do very little actual distressing. This way I avoid sanding too much, repainting, sanding, painting….. It works better for me to add a little more paint here and there until I’m happy with the result.

What I love about this color combination is that orange and blue are opposites on the color wheel. It can be bold and eye catching and a finish you would use on a statement piece. Be careful of using contrasting colors in equal amounts, it can easily become too jarring. I like to keep it 90% main color to 10% contrast color (as in the Chloe Tall Chest).

For more ideas of contrast color combinations, see my posts, Opposites Attract, another orange & blue palette, Custom Purple and Lime Green, and Cinco de Mayo.

3 Comments

Muriel

Just want to thank you for all the information you provide. I’ve learned so much from your teaching!
Thanks!!

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martha garrett

I so love this chest, the combination of colors is great.
Here is a picture of a burberry dresser I wan t to paint.
I need ideas for the colors. Melissa best piece on Facebook.
thanks

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