I’ve already painted the bathroom and the back bedroom, so that leaves me the living room, vestibule, kitchen, upstairs hall, and front bedroom. I’d like all this done before the electrician comes in to finish his work so he can put the covers on. And so I don’t have to worry about letting the roller slip and getting paint on my switches and outlets. I totally would.
Also, the ceilings, radiators, and woodwork will be the same off white throughout the house. Most of my doors are made of nice wood that I’ll be staining. The rest will be off white, coherence be damned.
So anyways, my living room has an exposed brick wall, a stained glass transom, and an oriental rug I bought before I thought the house was going to be expensive. (My mom is now using the rug and is in no rush for me to take it back) This room and the front bedroom face west, but I won’t know what the light really looks like until Phase 2 when the awnings come down.
I’m thinking that Vivacious Victorian Amy was right and that this room ought to be gold. Not too yellowy of a gold; the spray foam insulation looked terrible with the brick.
Then there’s the kitchen. I’m not choosing what the cabinets look like till Phase 2, but it has exposed rough sawn beams on the ceiling and a lot of weird angles. The floor will be light wood and the patio door will be stained dark. Whatever color I use has to be the same on the walls and ceiling, show off the beams, look good with the living room color, and leave open the possibility of white appliances if I go that route in the future. I’m considering keeping the walls and ceiling just a warm white. If it’s too boring, I’ll have cabinets on most of the walls anyway and can make them a color.
And in the front bedroom I’m going to use Victorian mahogany and brown marble furniture.
The marble is not particularly dark but the mahogany is. My first plan was to make this room as stark as I could to balance out the furniture, but then a family friend gifted me a period (1920’s coloniaal revival?) light and an oriental rug. (Fun fact: the shades were added in the 80’s. Less fun fact: there were rosettes around the bulb sockets that are now lost before the shades were added. But now we’re talking about Phase 2 problems.)
So anyways, with these things in the mix, the plan to tone the furniture down was out the window and I decided to make it look like a brothel instead. But now I’m thinking of going in the middle and painting the room dark blue, maybe navy but after misnaming the color of my siding I’m not labeling it.
The vestibule is tiny and one of its 2 walls is paneled; the other is exposed brick. I’m thinking of painting the walls and ceiling with what’s left over from the bedroom.
And then there’s the upstairs hall. With stained doors, random width floors, 2 ceiling lights, a skylight, a restored railing, and a 26 inch width, and 3 different colored rooms off of it, I think neutral is the way to go. Possibly the same as the kitchen.
So it looks like once again I’m turning into my mom. This time it’s making everything match a lot. I welcome your ideas. Buying paint is still a week away.