The living room is undergoing a transformation.
This is how it looked when I moved in.
This is what I’m doing to it now.
I’m taking a soft neutral color (“sandbar” on the paint chip card–Walmart, for those of you interested in the color) throughout the first floor and up the stairway into the hall.
I liked the accent wall around the fireplace, but the green there was too light to provide contrast against the neutral sandbar, so I’m redoing it with a richer, deeper green (color card name: “cool tropical reign”) that really stands out and makes the mantel pop. I’m going to be doing something special in the dining room, too, and I’ll show you that when I get to it.
My color inspiration for the living room comes from this throw that I love.
It has blues, greens, cranberries, golds, and tans. I just love that combination. It’s interesting, but relaxing. Dramatic, but cozy. (If you find yourself really attracted to something in your house with a certain color combination, think about building a room around it. You’re sure to love it!) I have all of those colors in the room with my furniture and the walls, and I have a few more touches coming up with some projects.
One project is to build floor-to-ceiling open shelving on either side of the fireplace. I want the shelving open, revealing the rich green behind it, but the shelving will also allow me to hide cords using decor on the shelves as well as provide a lot of storage and display space for my favorite things.
I browsed around trying to find help with figuring out how to build the shelving in my imagination and found these shelves. They aren’t exactly what I want to build, but bear enough similarities in the expression to help me think better about what I want to create. I love the welded steel supports for the shelves, and the reclaimed wood shelving. I’m not sure I can come up with the reclaimed wood, but I’ve got the word out. Meanwhile, I’m also thinking of other ways to do the shelves using new wood. I want to bring in the “blue” from my inspiration throw here with a grayish-blue stain or whitewash on the wood, and if I end up using new wood, I can always distress it.
For the wall to the left of the fireplace wall, I have another project.
This is a window that came out of an old school. I used it at one point as part of a homemade cold frame. At this point, this vintage wooden window frame is so naturally distressed that I’m going to have to add some white paint, then sand some off to create a weathered look. I’m going to hang the window frame on the wall and add a beady or vine-y something to it, not much. I’ll be going for a minimal, simple look. I’ve always wanted to use an old window as wall art, and now’s the time. Here’s a link that shows some neat ways to use old windows.
I’ll show you more photos as I work on the projects in this room, and when it’s all finished and put together. I’m having so much fun with my cute little old house!