“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.


20 thoughts on ““Teal Zeal” gets “Icy Mint”

  1. 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 🙂

    1. Carrie Post author

      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 =)

  2. 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.

  3. Hannah

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


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