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We recently moved into a new home, and while we plan to slowly renovate the house using quality, timeless materials there are some spaces where that rule becomes an exception.  The lower level sunroom turned playroom would be that exception.   The fireplace mantle and surround were in good condition, but the proportions felt off and the whole thing became incredibly drab once the room was meant for play.  After picking up a red velvet sofa for the space, I knew I needed something equally as strong on the opposite wall.  Paint was my budget-friendly choice and Behr’s Lemon Zest was the perfect color.

Once I decided to go bold, I had to determine how much.  I didn’t want to spend the money to replace the tile, so I knew that would be getting a few coats of paint.   Because the surround’s proportions were so strange, we took the color all the way to the ceiling even on the crown to bring attention to the height of the room and mask the ill-fitting size of the mantle.  In only a few hours, for around $40, we created new proportions and incredible impact that is bold yet playful.  See more of the space here.