It has been said that best way to transform a space is through paint. Paint is one of the most inexpensive item that you can purchase in a remodel (or even just to spruce up a space) that has the most impact on the outcome of a space. Once I graduated from living in a rental, I started to realize the true power of paint. So, if you are looking for a quick way to update your space…paint it!
When our house was under contract, I wanted to paint my walls all white and create a vintage eclectic atmosphere and style. After moving in, the house spoke to me and I just wasn’t feeling it. Once I painting my living room white, I decided that there is no way that I can do white on all my walls.
As a first time homeowner who HATES painting, I purchased a handful of white sample paints. Some of these whites were popular on pinterest, the others were ones that I thought were nice. I sampled the paint on my living room walls, chose a color and ran with it. I do not regret painting my living room wall white, BUT after it was painted I was shocked at how ice-cold my space looked and felt. I literally went back to the drawing board to figure out what other colors worked will with this stark, cold white. It is literally like ice white. In the main areas of my house, I repeat the three main colors (Fading Fog, A Bit of Sugar, and Private Black) so my house some kind of consistency in color and is cohesive. I chose these colors because they all have a purple undertone. This purple undertone, turns up the mood in my house. I have been so in awe with all the transformations that have been going on in my home, I just had to share.
3 Examples of How the Power of Paint Transformed my House
Foyer and Sitting Room (combined space)
After (Full Room Reveal, HERE)
I never in a million years thought I would go black in my foyer, but once I decided on going black in my sitting room, I knew I had to. In the previous life of my foyer, my foyer was painted blue and draped with upholstery walls. I took down the upholstery and hung wallpaper from Wallpaper Boulevard from their Hygge & West collection. I used flat black paint on the walls and a semi-gloss in the same color on the doors and trim.
Before (The day we moved in)
After (Full Room Reveal, Here)
When I moved in, the sitting rooms was painted blue, then I painted it white, and then black. Painting this room black was a turning point for me. I have always loved black moody decor and now I have black walls in my house. Like the foyer, the walls in this space are painted in a flat black with the crown molding and baseboard painted in semi-gloss.
Before (When we moved in this room was dusty blue, I painted it white a week after move-in. Now it is black)
After (Full room reveal, HERE)
If there was one room in my house that transformed the most, it would be our living room (family room). I used 4 different paint colors in this space and painted almost every piece surface in this space. The walls are painted white (Behr-A bit of sugar), the beams, trim, and molding is painted a nice soft color called Fading Fog, the floors (linoleum and plywood subfloors) are painted Private Black, and the cabinets are a nice moody purple called Standing Ovation. I was inspired by the color mauve when I painted the cabinets. The cabinet color is most certainly a bold color and will have to be used in a special space (it is not for all spaces).
Before (The day we moved-in)
Now (Fully Decorated)
After (Full room reveal, HERE)
My dining room and my make-shift office are the same color. I accidentally purchased too much paint and was trying to be resourceful, so I ran with it. The walls in this study/office are the same color as that is used on the beams in living room (Behr-fading fog) and the baseboards are white (Behr-A bit of sugar)
Before (Move-in day)
I still have more rooms to paint and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be a homeowner and to share my vision and my decor style with you. My hope for those who visit my site, is to inspire you to think outside of the box. I hope I just did that and I hope that you continue to ride along with me on this hectic home improvement journey or mine.
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