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Chevron's still "so hot right now," but lately, I'm really
loving obsessing over herringbone. It's a super classic and traditional pattern, so I thought playing with the scale and color could give it a modern spin.
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Um, I own an embarrassingly large collection of paint chips.
I'm not a decorator... or a designer... and I'm not a painter... I just have a serious problem with collecting paint chips. Sometimes I think I need some help with my home decor hoarding habits! (I kid.)
So I hung this black Ikea Ribba floating picture ledge a few days ago, but that poor ledge sat naked while I tried to figure out how to fill it... with stuff that I'd still like after a week's time. Then, I remembered my stack of paint chips. Light bulb moment!
Then, there's ombre. It's color perfection.
Herringbone + ombre = LOVE.
I was inspired by some chevron paint chip and ombre masterpieces from my favorite blogs, and also from photos we've all seen floating around Pinterest.
Working quickly so the a-ha! moment wouldn't fade, I whipped out a pair of scissors, my giant mass of paint chips, a glue stick, and cardstock. In the final product, you'll see that I cut each line of the herringbone pattern uniquely (read: I couldn't figure out how to cut each piece on the same angle every single time). :) This was certainly a time consuming project, but well worth it for this little 5"x7" piece.
I chose about 3 consecutive paint chips with 5 shades on each card. Once I cut out the polygon shapes, I laid them out on the table so I could picture how they'd look and trimmed down the pieces that were too big. I got them just right - or approximately just right - I then summoned my inner 4 year old: I used a plain old glue stick to attach them to heavy card stock. Finally, I cut off the extra edges from the card stock and was left with a pretty 5"x7" art card.
Let's see it one more time....
A work in progress...
I love the way it combines the clean lines of herringbone plus the playful and fun color in the gradient. I'm so proud of this perfect(ly free) addition to my picture ledge!
What do you think? Have you found any creative ways to use your paint chips?
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