“Teal Zeal” gets “Icy Mint”

Oddly enough, the winning favorite color in our house has always been the teal in the studio – As tallied from the mouths of our guests, at least…Ever since painting the room in a deep, rich teal (Olympic paint’s “Teal Zeal”) I’ve been unsure. After years of apartment living on my own where I wasn’t allowed to paint the walls, I suppose I decided to go a little wild in our home. Having free reign to paint as I would apparently gave me a little too much confidence. Frankly, having lived with “Teal Zeal” for almost a year now, even despite the resounding positive comments I received from visitors, I just couldn’t love it like I should. It was just too dark and too bold – It needed to be toned down. Sorry Team-Teal!!!





When choosing a new color, I decided to go with the same family just in a much more muted hue – In came Valspar’s “Icy Mint.” It’s a beautiful, soft, milky mint color with the perfect amount of pizzaz. I have always been a faithful and loyal customer to Lowe’s brand of paint, Olympic – But I decided to mix things up this time and went with Valspar. I was actually REALLY impressed. “Teal Zeal” is a pretty ominous color when faced with the challenge of covering with a new paler option, but “Icy Mint” went on like a dream, covering up the majority of the old color in only one coat. A second and final coat later and we were DONE!

The transformation is stunning, at least to me, and I am finally excited to work and rest in this space.

Without further adieu…Meet “Icy Mint”!







As you can see, we decided to leave the black wall – I am still loving the rocker feel and think it’s the perfect balance to the cool mint. It sort of acts as a disclaimer that this is NOT a nursery since “Icy Mint” could read a bit “baby.” If and when we do start a family, we could always paint over the black with more “Icy Mint,” or maybe we could do a fun stencil over top to keep the pop of black showing through. We’ll see!





As for the desk area, this is still a work in progress. In the original “Teal Zeal” configuration I had a set of two dark brown upper shelves in place over the desk (if you scroll to the beginning of this post, you’ll see them) – They stored mostly books and little figurines and photos. I decided to nix the old bracket shelves and will replace them this weekend with new Ikea Ekby shelves and hardware. I think the aluminum fixin’s and white surface will be unobtrusive against the pale wall color and won’t crowd or weight down the wall above my computer. I want that particular area to fill relaxed and soothing, so I’m excited to see how the new display will look.




And now for a quick reminder of what the space looked like “before”:


And “after”:


One of the most exciting changes I’ve made to the house so far…What do you guys think?? I can’t get enough of spending time in the room now – I think that’s a sure sign that I’ve finally hit the mark.

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  • June 6, 2012 - 10:12 am

    teakhound - LOVE the new mint! I did the same thing in my house when I first moved in, bright vibrant colors everywhere. Now they have been toned down to whites, grays, and a few splashes of color here and there with accessories and textiles. Changing those takes much less effort and makes much less of a mess than re-painting 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2012 - 10:40 am

      Carrie - I am doing the exact same thing! Going with greys and whites, with subtle colors mixed in seems to be the best solution overall…Bold accessories though have license to multiply at will =)ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Alex Landar - Definitely love this better than the teal.ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 11:25 am

    babiesandbacon - That color is fabulous! I’ve been wracking my brain (and getting entirely too many paint swatches) trying to find a pale aqua to refinish my dining room table. Icy Mint just took first place!! Thanks for the idea. Your room looks wonderful and so inviting.ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2012 - 11:43 am

      Carrie - I’m so glad to help inspire you! Send us photos or a link of your finished table =)ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Tin Roof Press - me too! looks so fresh and bright and the room looks bigger. good job!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 4:07 pm

    Ainhoa - I thought I was in love with the before, but the new color is so much better! Good eye!ReplyCancel

  • June 6, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    bee-rooted - Can I move in?ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2012 - 7:44 pm

      Carrie - Haha…Come on down, girl! As long as you cook for us =)ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2012 - 1:26 am

    Lourdes Lopez - Definitely loving the new color. It’s very peaceful. Great decision!ReplyCancel

  • June 8, 2012 - 12:48 am

    Hannah - Looks great! Especially with the bedding and curtains. Keep the black wall forever and ever, I love it so much. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • June 8, 2012 - 7:14 am

      Carrie - Thank you!!! And I’m glad you love the black wall as much as I do =)ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2012 - 12:50 pm

    Bea - I would have gone for a more neutral teal of the same value instead of lighter.ReplyCancel

    • July 24, 2012 - 2:08 pm

      Carrie - Thanks for weighing in! To each her own, I suppose =)ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Jae - Looks great. I like both before and after. The before is a bold color so I can understand the change.ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Maddy - I love the mint! You inspired me to paint my bedroom that color and I’m thinking with white bedding and light coralish accents! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • August 6, 2013 - 8:12 am

      dreamgreendiy@gmail.com - Awesome! That sounds gorgeous 🙂ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2015 - 9:13 pm

    Beth - I love the icy mint walls with the yellow and gray bedding and curtains. I want to copy this for my guest bedroom to make it more inviting for guests when they stay. Where did you get your bedding and curtains?ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2015 - 7:34 am

      Carrie - Thank you so much! I’m really glad you like it! Both the bedding and curtains came from Target 🙂ReplyCancel

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