I chose three different colors for the walls in the bedroom and den. One wall in each room is this warm but saturated grey (a Behr paint from Home Depot called "Fashion Grey").
In the den, this color serves exactly as I had hoped, to reduce the Black Hole Effect of having a sizable TV in front of a wall. In the bedroom, it is the backdrop for a picture gallery.
The idea of hanging pictures on a colored wall is that the color reduces the contrast, making it easier for pictures of different styles and media to cohabit. I think it was a roaring success here.
The one thing pulling these pictures together - aside from the grey backdrop - is the repeat of red and gold. On a white wall, it could look kind of patchwork-quilty. On a cool color, it might not work at all. But like I said: happy with this.
In case you are wondering where all these came from, voila: an index.
1. a gold-framed mirror sent to me as a Valentine by my maternal grandmother roughly 40 years ago.
2. a small mixed-media painting I made using a wine label from one of my favorite wineries, which we first visited on our honeymoon.
3. a framed Japanese paper wallet featuring a geisha and her cat (it's rolling in her robe).
4. an original painting we picked up at the Santa Barbara beach art show on a weekend trip.
5. a Chat Noir print that I bought at a bookstall on the Seine when I went to Paris.
6. an original fresco that we bought in a little gallery when we went back east for our engagement party. It has a ghostly string of elephants marching across it.
7. a print we found in Jerome, AZ, when we were there for Mr. P's 50th birthday. I'm a fan of ravens anyway, but I loved how the composition and colors mimic the Chat Noir print.
8. a gold paper table screen with split-bamboo pictures of birds. This belonged to my paternal grandmother, and I'm not sure if she got it on a trip to Asia or if my Dad got it for her when he was overseas in the Navy. I've had it on a shelf for a long time, and finally got it framed.
9. an original painting we got at the same place we got a lot of our Asian furniture.
10. a red-lacquered mirror from World Market that I treated with gold wax.
11. a Middle-Eastern fantasia in unknown media - I think it may be tin-plated copper sheet that's been engraved; at least, that's what it looks like - and an ornate frame, gift of a friend when Mr. P and I moved into the big apartment.
None of these things are new-since-the-move, but they never were all grouped together before. I dig it.