CLOSED: Battle Of The Sexes – Pick Your Look Contest

Battle of the Sexes designed by Marc Atiyolil

A sexy mix of masculine and feminine accessories were married together to form this Rock & Roll space. The soft almond wall hue (Sun and Star by Para Paints- P2061-04) is complemented by the cozy grey accents (Sophistication by Para Paints P5220-14D). Each accent in the room holds a unique style yet they all blend together into the overall look of the room. The bed’s dramatic neutral colours are softened by the curves in the frame while the pattern in the ottoman resurrects the male spirit within the design. Little pops of femininity and well traveled accents fight for the spotlight while the crystal and burnished silver fixtures disperse an equal amount of light on the entire design concept.

Get The Look – Sources

Wall & Trim Colours: Para Paints
Area Rugs: Carpet One Floor & Home
Chairs & Ottoman: Chair Source
Light Fixtures: Living Lighting
Small accessories: Urban Barn
Crane Print Duvet & Pillow Cases: EQ3
Coverlet, Duvet, White Sheet Set & Pillows: Sears
Custom London Themed Accent Pillows: Artistic Textiles
Bedframe, Headboard & Mattress: ViSpring

Get The Look – From Drab to Fab Projects

Ice Bucket
Mirror Front Dresser
Repurposed Wood Sign
Spotlight Lamp
Union Jack Table
Repurposed Sewing Table/Bar

Q&A With The Designer

What was the inspiration behind the design of this room?

A collection of famous rock stars’ homes.

What was your favourite part of the design process?

I love accessorizing and adding the final touches. It’s those small pieces that tell a lot about the personality of the homeowners.

Why did you choose the colour schemes used for this space?

I designed the space with a neutral colour palette in mind (Sun & Star and Sophistication by Para Paints) as to have the individual pieces make statements within the overall design. With that being said, a splash of colour (No Wake Zone by Para Paints) can also be added to accentuate certain features in the room, such as the curves in the bed frame or the reflections in the mirror side tables.

What is your favourite feature in the space?

I love how many different patterns, shades and textures have come together to form a dramatic design style. It’s edgy, yet somewhere you can see yourself enjoying a good night’s sleep.

Of the “From Drab to Fab” projects showcased in the space, do you have a favourite?

We have many of our “From Drab to Fab” projects showcased within the space. Starting with the ice bucket to the mirrored dresser. They are all close to my heart. It’s like asking which child you like better, you love them all equally.


ROOM ONE                                                                                                                   ROOM TWO

Simply changing the colour of a wall can dramatically change the look and feel of a room. Here we have the space with a soft almond wall hue (Sun and Star by Para Paints- P2061-04) in the first version and a dramatic blue (No Wake Zone by Para Paints – P5154-73) in the second version. Do you prefer the neutral almond scheme or a pop of bold, deep blue?

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251 Responses to CLOSED: Battle Of The Sexes – Pick Your Look Contest

  1. Phyllis Funk says:

    The Blue wall room. Much calmer!

  2. Catherine Brown says:

    I like Room 2, it is more dramatic

  3. Francine Fogel says:

    I like the blue – it looks richer

  4. Garnet Leib says:

    ROOM 2

  5. Jess Billingsley says:

    prefer the blue

  6. Judy C. Craig says:

    I love the pop of deep blue.

  7. Patricia Boyle says:

    I prefer Room #2; the color is more restful, especially for a bedroom.

  8. Glenda wong says:

    I like room 2. The dark wall makes the light linen on the bed look brighter.

  9. Amari says:

    I like Room 2 the best. Room 1 is too blah.

  10. Rachel says:

    I think Room 1 looks best. The colour is subtle but nice.

  11. AgnesM says:

    My favourite is Room Two with the blue walls!

  12. LS says:


  13. Lillea says:

    Room 2, because it creates a restful effect, which is good for a bedroom

  14. blessedta says:

    The soft almond wall hue

  15. At first I would of said room #2 but after examining both of them for a little longer, I found room #1 to be more calming and the accessories looks better behind a neutral/soft colored wall. I would go for room#1 !

  16. Elizabeth says:

    The almond, it is more soothing in a bedroom

  17. Ashley O says:

    I love ROOM #2. Blue is my fovorite color, its peaceful and not a hospital blue 🙂

  18. Adriana Fitzgerald says:

    Almond because the room just looks brighter

  19. William Mills says:

    I prefer Room 2.

  20. Abigail says:

    I love them both – but would probably pick the almond so that I could change up the accessories to any colours I wanted from season to season

  21. Vesper says:

    Prefer the blue, because is my favorite color

  22. Catherine Cole says:

    Blue is the one I love

  23. nicole says:

    blue is the best one. makes everything pop!

  24. Cebe says:

    The blue one

  25. Renee Lacasse says:

    blue for sure

  26. Keith Ashman says:

    i vote for blue

  27. Sylvia Gold says:

    Room 2 without a doubt!

  28. Deb H says:

    neutral almond

  29. Caroline Morin says:

    Room 2. It draws my eye and looks more put together.

  30. Kelly says:

    Love the 1st room! More calm & warm then the blue.

  31. Elaine C. says:

    The room with the blue walls. I find it to look cozier and comfier than the room with the lighter walls.

  32. Marlene V says:

    I like the blue colour — I like more vibrant wall colours as opposed to a neutral colour.

  33. Mike B. says:

    Room one. Room two has too much blue.

  34. Lori O. says:

    Love the blue walls. We have a similar blue walls in many of our rooms.

  35. Lori B. says:

    Room 2 is my definite choice!

  36. emilie says:

    the first one, more luminate!

  37. Carrie says:

    The blue wall gives the room a calmer feel.

  38. jana brooks says:

    i definitely like the blue wall in room two. makes a big difference

  39. Anna Curtis says:

    I prefer the blue room. It gives it more drama.

  40. Alison says:

    I like, “a dramatic blue (No Wake Zone by Para Paints – P5154-73) in the second version.”


    the blue room is prettier and warmer to look at.

  42. I like the blue room – the colour is much richer.

  43. Silverskunk says:

    Definitely the blue room (No 2)

  44. Mary Warner says:

    Prefer look one because it is calmer and I have enough jaggles trying to sleep.

  45. Kelly Earis says:

    I prefer room #2. More relaxing, calming. Offers a nice peaceful feeling.

  46. Madeleine says:

    Definitely the blue. It makes the objects in the room pop. In the almond room everything blurs together and it just looks cluttered.

  47. Debbie Bashford says:

    I prefer the neutral almond scheme

  48. K Reimer says:

    Room 2 is definitely more peaceful and relaxing…both qualities you want in a bedroom.

  49. Kim Coady says:

    I love the second version the best

  50. Cathy C. says:

    Like the contrast of the light walls with dark accessories in room 1.

  51. Shirley H says:

    I really like room 2 with the dark blue walls. I am sooo over beige!

  52. debra says:

    the blue room

  53. B says:

    blue room is more intimate and cozy

  54. DT says:

    The blue wall picks up the blue everywhere else and has a great effect for sure

  55. Eva U says:

    With so many people troubled by SAD in the winter months. I am partial to the Almond it is bright and has an illuminating effect. My pick, hands down.

  56. Chris says:

    The dark room “pops”.

  57. Crystal says:

    I love room #2 – the blue one! It’s soothing and makes you want to spend a lot of time there – like a little oasis!

  58. wayne says:

    blue, cuz its my fave colour

  59. micheline sylvestre says:

    Love the blue! Just makes the whole room pop!

  60. CL says:

    i like the blue coloured room, blue is my favourite colour and i think it just adds a bit more personality to the space. i also like how the decorative accents complement this shade of blue.

  61. I prefer the lighter blue shade. The dark one seems to suck up the light.

  62. kari says:

    #2 is defiantly better

  63. Krista Voth says:

    Blue Room

  64. Kristy says:

    I prefer room 2 with the blue wall it looks more relaxing 🙂

  65. Joan says:

    Loved blue ever since I was very young. It brings out the blue in my eyes, as well as the blue shades in the painting in the picture. Would vote for the blue room

  66. Joan says:

    Loved blue ever since I was very young. It brings out the blueshades in the painting. Would vote for the blue room

  67. Scott B. says:

    The blue room ( number two) is well done. Very inspiring!

  68. I just love, love, love the dramatic blue walls. It freshens the look
    of every item in the room also. Not only that, but I am sure it would even
    make the occupant look exceptional. I also think the darker blue makes the
    bedroom conducive to a more restful sleep.

  69. Neils Thor says:

    Blue very comforting!!!

  70. Anne Derkat says:

    I like Room 2. It has more “oomph”

  71. Barb Mcquoid says:

    number 2 of course…number 1 is too bland..number 2 is more the mens boots..they certainly fit in both rooms

  72. susan margaret says:

    blue because it pops more!

  73. WandaB says:

    I prefer the almond. It brightens the room and makes the blues in the rest of the room stand out more.

  74. Nina bergeron says:


  75. Edith Rennes says:

    I absolutely love the color scheme with the blue walls…it compliments everything perfectly

  76. Fran says:

    I love the blue!

  77. Tracey says:

    I like room #1. Visually I think it looks more eclectic and the decor items stand out more against the neutral background. To me the decor looks more interesting and draws the eye to many different items.

  78. Debbie says:

    prefer the almond room personally.

  79. Leah says:

    I prefer almond – the blue is a nice color on it’s own but I don’t feel like it goes well with the room – the almond is more calming – perfect for a bedroom, and it lets the furniture and other features of the room really stand out without taking over





  82. lori novak says:

    I am drawn to the blue room too! It really makes the red vase and the artwork pop.

  83. manuel bairos says:

    I think for me the lighter (almond) colour would suit my tastes more overall because one
    doesn’t need to worry about matching as much.

  84. veronica says:

    Room #2 – I lovvve colour!!

  85. Maegan Morin says:

    Not so long ago I would have said blue but now i’m feeling the almond more

  86. Ellen says:

    I love the blue, so room 2 is for me. It makes the most of the accents and really makes the bed look soft and inviting. This room look creates a restful, relaxing atmosphere; perfect for sleeping.

  87. Adrian says:

    I like the room 2 in blue. It seems less bold and bright and is more relaxing.

  88. Todd Hochman says:

    i like the room 2 with darker blue

  89. Laura Maurice says:

    Blue. There is more depth to it. Gives a sense of tranquility in the bedroom which most people need!

  90. mark c says:

    the blue room.

  91. Rita F. says:

    To be perfectly honest, I prefer the lighter shade but that’s because on first glance it looked more like a light lilac-blue instead of almond. The dark blue shade would not provide enough contrast and would soon tire the eye.

  92. Ashley L. says:

    I love room 2 the best. The blue on the wall gives a pop of colour and ties all the accent pieces together. It’s modern and fresh. The lack of colour on the wall in room one is too plain for me and gives the room a dated feel.

  93. Jenn C says:

    I like room 2. The dark blue walls are really cozy…

  94. Surso S. says:

    room two the blue

  95. Julie says:

    I like the second one with the blue wall as it makes the colours really pop!

  96. Debbie Cahoon says:

    I prefer room #2 the blue room

  97. Silvana Cox says:

    Blue is my pick, makes the room look cool, relaxing and trendy

  98. Linda says:

    Room #1 – more cab be changed with that wall colour to transform the room again…

  99. Joan H. says:

    The blue room ( #2) is truly inspiring and calming!

  100. Jacquie Hess says:

    I like look #2. The blue walls are relaxing.

  101. cs says:

    I like Room #2. The light blue paint is relaxing.

  102. Kajsa says:

    I prefer room 2 with No Wake Zone by Para Paints

  103. julie says:

    Hi. I like the blue room best.

  104. Marlene Dyck says:

    The blue room is much more dramatic and soothing.

  105. Starr Black says:

    I love the blue! It’s almost the same shade as I’ve had for the last couple of years in my bedroom…what’s not to love!

  106. Maria Riedyk says:

    I absolutely am ecstatic about the space with a soft almond wall hue (Sun and Star by Para Paints- P2061-04) in the first version because I really could really relax and experience total peace of mind, soul, and spirit!

  107. sue ursel says:

    I love the blue it makes the room look much warmer

  108. Rita Jackson says:

    Room #1 the light colour looks so clean and bright. I would love a room like this.

  109. Anu Chopra says:

    I like Room #2 because of the blue background. It gives it a warm feeling!

  110. Jennifer says:

    I like room 2 the best. The dark blue is more dramatic. Make everything in the room look better.

  111. Mia says:

    room one! When you look at room one your eye is drawn to all the different decorations in the room. When you look at room two you see blue and your eye leaves the room. The blue takes away!

  112. Liisa Cook says:

    I like room #2. The blue paint is soothing.

  113. Kay says:

    love no 2′ great colour

  114. Roman Pejko says:

    The blue room has a more dramatic effect. It brings out the colours of the rest of the room.

  115. Veronica Sichewski says:

    I like #2..the Blue is warm and almost hugs you

  116. Veronica Sichewski says:

    I like #2 better..the blue is warm and almost hugs you

  117. Catrina says:

    I prefer #2. The darker blue background seems neater, less busy and more calming for a nights sleep.

  118. Paula says:

    The blue room looks more comfortable. The other one just looks plain.

  119. melanie says:

    I like #2.

  120. Andrew Bazan says:

    Room two, the blue room is the nicest!

  121. Florence c says:

    Almond is warmer looking.

  122. Amanda R. says:

    I like the blue room better, it feels more rich and luxurious.

  123. Janet says:

    I prefer the room with the blue walls. It is very striking.

  124. MA Barran says:

    I prefer #2, it’s more dramatic, more interesting.

  125. Carole Dube says:

    I like #2. I love Blue.

  126. Janice Ellis says:

    I prefer room #1

  127. George says:

    I prefer the blue room.

  128. Lily Y says:

    I prefer the neutral almond colouring for the bedroom. For me, it’s a bit more zen-like.

  129. Jessica says:

    I really like the blue wall color. Very soothing.

  130. pam r. says:

    I prefer the almond hue

  131. Nancy says:

    I prefer room #2

  132. mike says:

    Room 2 looks great.

  133. Kris Fowle says:

    The blue! Love the colour and how warm the room looks.

  134. Eilzabeth Bryan says:

    I love the light blue color…looks like most of my home!

  135. Lynn Andersen says:

    I like the blue, which is surprising as I am not a fan of the colour blue

  136. 409cope says:

    I like the blue as it looks warmer.

  137. Edith Rennes says:

    The blue room definitely

  138. SusanEllen says:

    I love the dramatic blue room!

  139. PATRICK F says:

    Room 1 looks best.

  140. Maggie says:

    I love the second room, with the No Wake Zone by Para Paints – P5154-73. The word “dramatic” does not come to mind so much as “soothing”, which is what I’ve always felt a bedroom should be.

  141. Evan says:

    Room 2 with the blue has a nice, relaxing look.

  142. Aliya D says:

    I liked both the colour schemes, but the Almond hue is the one I would pick ultimately I think. The neutral Almond colour would add a warm ambience, soothing, calming feeling for a bedroom. Thanks!

  143. mary joe says:

    i prefer the “lighter” room! a more relaxing atmosphere….

  144. Chantal L. says:

    Room #2 is definetely my favorite; perfect harmony!

  145. Nancy M. says:

    The blue room because it pops.

  146. Melissa N says:

    I prefer room two as the bolder color really makes all the elements pop.

  147. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I prefer the blue – it feels warmer to me

  148. Marie Brown says:

    I love the blue. It makes the room cozy you could wind down a busy day in this room

  149. Edith Rennes says:

    Definitely blue room

  150. Mayda says:

    I love the colour of Room 2

  151. yen Tam says:

    room 1, cause the blue is too dark

  152. John H says:

    I like the blue

  153. Rick says:

    Room 1 – it looks brighter and I’d rather a naturally brighter room, any room than a darker one

  154. I love the blue of Room 2!

  155. Crystal says:

    I prefer the bold blue room! I love how everything stands out against it

  156. Jessica says:

    I prefer the pop of the deep blue color for the bedroom.

  157. Peter B. says:

    I like the blue room, very soothing.

  158. william says:

    The blue is my #1 choice, the almond is nice too!

  159. Natasha says:

    Room 1. Although I like the use of colour in the second one, it’s a bit too much blue for my liking.

  160. Lori Sexton says:


  161. Dionne B. says:

    “Sun and Star”-I love the almond!

  162. Rhonda W G. says:

    I would go for the almond personally…It seems more calming.

  163. nikki robak says:

    blue is more colorful

  164. Paul G says:

    I prefer the Blue – it really cayches my eye.

  165. Kevin B says:

    Def room 2 – calming and mature

  166. Andrew says:

    I like Room #2, with the dark, blue walls

  167. ARIEL C says:

    BLUE because it has a calming tranquil effect

  168. Debbie Petch says:

    It has to be almond. I don`t like colors.

  169. Edith Rennes says:

    Definitely the blue room

  170. Maurice Gosselin says:

    room 1

  171. Claire says:

    room 2

  172. Chris MacDonald says:

    I love Room 2 with the dark blue walls – they make the room seem very peaceful like the sea

  173. Angie Andrews says:

    Room 1 is my favourite, seems much brighter

  174. Glenda says:

    I like the “soft almond” paint colour as it it makes the room “pop” out at you – so that you notice everything clearly and everything is light and bright.

  175. Greta Bomberry says:

    I prefer the Blue Bedroom

  176. Rebby says:

    Almond! Just love that colour!!

  177. ginette4 says:

    I prefer the room #1

  178. janet says:

    I like the blue as it looks restful and calming.

  179. Sara says:

    I like Room 2, the blue makes the room feel warmer.

  180. Audrey Skinner says:

    love room #2 as it is richer looking

  181. Edith Rennes says:

    Love the blue

  182. leah says:

    I prefer the blue, it makes the accessories stand out more.

  183. Liz K says:

    I like the blue

  184. Maureen N says:

    I like the blue for it’s richness and depth.

  185. Stephen Kinnear says:

    Blue – much more dramatic and cozy

  186. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the blue wall its like my room!

  187. Mr al Brucas says:

    Room 2 Love love love the blue

  188. Nancy says:

    The blue in room two just brings it to life

  189. marymary says:

    i pick room one, the blue wall is too dark for me for a bedroom

  190. Maria O. says:

    I prefer the blue room for its rich, calming colour

  191. Cathy says:

    I love the deep blue….very enveloping and calm

  192. Kathleen Lenshyn says:

    I love the blue room it has synergy. Looking at it makes me feel happy. The cream wall fades into the sheets.

  193. Wendy says:

    I love the blue, it makes the room feel more relaxing and inviting !!

  194. Jack Davis says:

    Blue, because it looks so much warmer and inviting.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  195. Denise says:

    I like room #2 -the blue room

  196. Jon T says:

    Room Two. While Room One feels light and airy, I like the solidity of Room Two’s walls.

  197. Diane To says:

    Room 2 , because the blue wall paint makes the room more richer.

  198. Edith Rennes says:

    The blue room is my favourite

  199. Larry A says:

    The blue is far more dramatic and the contrast sets up the other accents and accessories in the room. For my taste, I should say that “less is more” would apply to this space. WAY too many decor items.

  200. Rose Holloway says:

    While I think both looks are wonderful I’m leaning towards the blue for the calming effect 🙂

  201. shelly Kristianson says:

    I prefer the blue, its warmer.

  202. Betty S says:

    I like Room 2 Love the blue

  203. Cathy says:

    As much as i am a Blue lover…. I think that I would go with the almond.Yes boring to some, but my answer. That blue is maybe not coming across well on my laptop, it looks a bit dull.

  204. Raynald Vallieres says:

    je prefere le regime aux amandes neutre car je trouve que ca agrandit la piece.

  205. Lou says:

    Like the blue – more personality and interesting!

  206. Jennifer says:

    I like Room 1 with the almond wall. It seems brighter and more cheerful.

  207. Shelley D says:

    Love both looks but really love the contrast the deep blue gives the room!

  208. Joan says:

    I prefer the blue wall colour as I think it shows the colours on the bed to a better advantage. I don’t have any “white or shades of same” in my house. Colour makes me happy.

  209. Amber says:

    The blue makes the picture much more dramatic, in my opinion

  210. Sherri says:

    Blue all the way, it is georgous!

  211. Shelly says:

    I like Room 1

  212. Shelly says:

    I prefer the first room

  213. Suzette M. says:

    I like the blue wall paint. Very calming and relaxing.

  214. sueplay says:

    Blue because its my fav colour

  215. bridget vanbrussel says:

    the almond is more restful. Room is lovely but too busy for a bedroom

  216. Room #1 as it looks fresh and more roomy. More crisp and is a room suitable for male and female in my opinion…

  217. Jen says:

    I love the blue, the colour brings life to the room.

  218. cecy says:

    I prefer the blue wall. Room two. The accent colors pop more in contrast and the blue wall gives the painting above the bed the mood it deserves.

  219. Maria Bauta says:

    I like the almond colored room

  220. Karen says:

    The blue makes the picture much more dramatic, and the room more inviting.

  221. Patricia Neves says:

    This is a hard decision, both rooms are very elegant but the blue one has more pizzazz…… i’ll vote blue

  222. Claire Charbonneau says:

    I prefer room 1, I like pale colour

  223. Karen says:

    Almond sorry it is easier to change a object such as a bedspread to blue than paint a wall over .

  224. Crystal McLarty says:

    Yay blue 🙂

  225. Gord says:

    I like the blue room

  226. Rob says:

    I prefer the blue room

  227. michelle says:

    I prefer having colours in my room so I’d definately go to the blue walls. Its still neutral however I feel it gives the room more personality.

  228. Kirsten says:

    While I think both look good, I prefer light coloured walls. So, my choice is the almond wall hue.

  229. shelley says:

    I like room 1 for the calming feel and room two for its warmth.

  230. mary dolph says:

    i like the blue/gray

  231. Ken says:

    I prefer room 2 because the blue wall really makes everything else stand out.

  232. Robyn B. says:

    Almond….It is a soothing color for the room.

  233. Joyce says:

    I like the blue… feels cozy and ‘cacoon like’ which I feel a bedroom should be!

  234. sandi says:

    love the blue room!!

  235. Tava says:


  236. Diane says:

    I prefer room 2 because of the contrast the deep blue gives.

  237. Juan Zheng says:

    Blue is good.

  238. Shona says:

    I prefer the blue for the warmth

  239. Jennifer says:

    I prefer the almond. Both are nice but the blue looks a bit too masculine for my taste.

  240. Michelle says:

    I like the light room better – the blue feels cold and unwelcoming to me.

  241. Marlene Viau says:

    I prefer the blue ,,, it helps to raise the character of the room and shows off some of the accessories much better than the other room … Good job on both rooms though !

  242. Edith Rennes says:

    I find the blue room very pretty

  243. Lori P says:

    If the room were oversizd I’d go with the Blue to make it feel more cozy and add warmth, but for an average-sized room I’d go with the Almond to open it up and add brightness.

  244. jahp765 says:

    Room #2 (Blue); it is warmer & feels more welcoming… relaxing; just my opinion…. that how it feels….

  245. lisa bolduc says:

    blue… becuase it makes the other colours pop more

  246. Debbie P says:

    I am drawn to the almond wall colour, as it seems to work better (in my opinion) with the other items in the room.

  247. Eric Hunken says:

    I really like the blue wall.

  248. kelly says:

    I like the colours of the first room

  249. Katherine Williams says:

    I love the gorgeous, peaceful yet stylish blue room! 🙂

  250. Edith Rennes says:

    The blue is soooo pretty

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