Here is what our living room looked like shortly after we moved in. Don't you love how the fireplace extends to the top of the vaulted ceiling? This is the view while standing in the kitchen:
So, back in November when I was really diggin' the chevrons I came to the conclusion that some zig-zag artwork would work. I drove out to Michael's to get a large canvas (36" x 48") and some craft paint. I decided to do yellow because it's a pretty neutral color without being too contrasty to the white. My other thought was grey, but the walls are grey and I didn't want the room to be too monotone.
I made a stencil that was approximately 12 inches wide and 4 inches tall, then taped it off with painter's tape so I would have a smooth line for outlining the chevrons.
I started in the middle so there would be a centered chevron (I'm a type A person and everything has to be balanced). I measured along the way to make sure everything was straight and even.
I kept going until someone stole my stencil.
After tracing, I taped it off with painter's tape.
The original yellow paint that I got was a little too sunshine-y for me, so I toned it down by adding a little white and a tiny amount of black. Then I slapped on the yellow paint.
impatiently waiting for the paint to dry, it was time for the best part: ripping off the tape and viewing the final product!
After doing a few touch ups, I finally got to put it on the mantle. I feel like the size of the canvas fits perfectly above the fireplace.
I also painted the mantle black a while back. I got the two vases from Home Goods (one of my all-time favorite home stores.) I bought them before we moved in but before I swiped the card I had to get the approval from Ehren... because his opinion
This was the first step in transforming our living room. It's crazy to look at our living room NOW compared to what it looks like in this post. The chevron painting still looks a little too contemporary against the brick and brass fireplace... but just you wait. Those transformations are coming.