The great thing about our house is that it is truly a blank slate. We can choose any color, pattern, or texture to incorporate into all of the rooms. While I am really looking forward to decorating, it is a little intimidating to start from scratch. Currently, all of our walls are painted a color called “Desert Road” which as you can imagine is a dusty beige. The floors are brown, the cabinets are espresso, our couch is khaki, our chairs are tan. Literally, we have every variation of brown in our house right now.
I looked to Pinterest for inspiration on how to punch up our living room. It’s important to me to stay within a color palette that is true to the era the house was built (1920) and is somewhat conservative. I love the dark blue and a punch of coral while still incorporating the yellow, off white and … of course…brown! Here is my inspiration.
The contractors that restored our home took great care to preserve as much of the original integrity of the house as possible. So when I told our contractor that I was planning on painting the original fireplace mantle white - he immediately tried to talk me out of it.
As I was looking for a solution to make the room pop, I found Amelia Eichholz’s (from Colour Bloc) house feature on The Glitter Guide. Her living room really caught my eye. The color is Van Deusen Blue from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color Collection.
I love it but admittedly, it makes me very nervous to actually do it in my home. After all, I gravitate to black, white, grey and beige. It’s comfortable. I sought some professional council - aka - my mom - and with her blessing - I think we’re going to do it! I’ll keep you posted on the progress!