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Before & After: This Forgotten Space Is Now a Colorful Reading Nook

updated Jun 3, 2021
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As the DIY maven behind Dwell Aware, Amanda Walker is known for creating big impact with easy projects, earthy color palettes, and a lot of creative thinking. So when she wanted to turn the tiny space below her stairs into a reading nook, she knew just how to add pint-sized oomph: a painted design!

Playing with painted designs is easy (and easy to change), and it can really help define a space — especially a small one like this nook. Always inspired by color, Amanda used Apartment Therapy’s Vision Boards, powered by Sherwin-Williams®, to find the right look. Vision Boards turn any Apartment Therapy image into a rainbow of paint recommendations — you can explore by color theme or click on the specific shades that speak to you. Once Amanda had some ideas, she ordered free color chips from Sherwin-Williams online.

Credit: Katy Cartland

“It was so handy,” Amanda says. “It was fast, and the color chips gave me a great idea of the exact colors and whether they would work in the way I envisioned.” We’d say they did.

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Amanda chose one of her favorite up-and-coming design trends — checkerboard — in two complementary colors, Gorgeous White SW 6049 and Pinky Beige SW 0079. “Gorgeous White has slightly cool tones, while Pinky Beige is warmer. Together they made color magic on the mural!”

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Now, an otherwise dead space is a fun spot for relaxing with a cup of coffee and a good book. “I am so happy with how it turned out!” Amanda says. “The power of paint is amazing. This project added joyful vibes and beauty in our space.” By being bold with color and experimenting with shapes, Amanda turned dead space into a cozy place we definitely want to hang out in.

Credit: Katy Cartland

You can get everything you need to bring your vision to life — from samples and paint to tools and advice — at Sherwin-Williams. Visit Sherwin-Williams online to find your nearest store and get started today!