You already saw ideas I have about paint colors upstairs and how I plan on painting the trim throughout the house. Downstairs I have 3 more spaces to figure out what to do with. But first I wanted to clarify the color of the marble in the front bedroom. It’s more brown than pink. This picture may or may not help.
In the living room, I have this rug. I loaned it to my mom and she’s gonna be sad to part with it. It matches the exposed brick. So it’s kinda decided that however I paint the walls is going to have to look good with brick red. You could have guessed that before.
I have enough furniture to make the house function, but it’s likely that most of what I start with in the living room will be temporary. These two pieces probably won’t be.
The cedar chest (which might be my favorite of everything my grandmother gave me) is going to be a coffee table; the chest will go along the brick wall by the stairs. Then there’s one more architectural detail in here that you haven’t seen before: this very nice stained glass transom that my mom had made for her old house in Jersey.
Inside the vestibule looks like this. I’m going to put nice paneling over that glue. Eventually I might pick out a kind of crazy wallpaper for the tiny amounts of actual walls in this room, but for now it needs a color. Unless I just use leftover paint from somewhere else.
And then there’s the kitchen. Like I said before, I’m installing deferring cabinet doors till later, so we don’t need to worry about what they look like just yet. What we do need is a color to put on all the walls and ceilings that looks good with the beams. I’m thinking some kind of neutral, and I’ll put color on the other stuff later if it feels boring. This is a pain to paint so picking a color I won’t get tired of is important.
So now you’ve seen every part of my house and enough furniture that you should get an idea of what it will look like. You’ve also seen how generously my parents are storing all my stuff…
One thing – I don’t necessarily want my decor to look old fashioned. I thought I’d get some mid century modern pieces to fill in the gaps and come up with paint colors to keep the place not stuffy. I’m also tempted to keep the living room on the airy side and go cozier in the bedrooms. But that’s a concept, not a color. I think I mentioned before that it might make sense to hold off on painting the front bedroom till Phase 2. I might hold off on more just so I can keep doing things by the seat of my pants. But the best thing would be if I could do everything now and actually be happy with my choices forever.
So tell me what you think I should do. I’m all ears until I buy the paint.