E-DESIGN: Home update with GREIGE, WHITE, DARK WOOD FLOORS & more!
If you’ve been feeling tempted to update your early 2000s home, this just might be your tipping point – consider yourself warned.
When my Online Colour Consulting client sent along these after photos, I actually WHOOPED for joy. Why? Well, not only was this family home updated with TIMELESS appeal but its HEART and SOUL were saved in the process.
And while I could listen to myself talk (or type) all day long, I know you’re just here for my wit, charm and the pretty pictures, so LET’S DO THIS!
THE ENTRYWAY REMODEL
This space had great bones, just outdated finishes and fixtures…
If you’re wondering about the paint colours, you’ll find a FULL LIST at the end of this blog post.
And for all those hubbies who’ve REFUSED to paint the wood railing, remember…
JUST BECAUSE IT’S WOOD, DOESN’T MEAN IT’S GOOD!
One of the MANY things I love is that you’ll see a lot of the same furnishings in the before/after photos. This isn’t just a great way to save money, but a way to keep familiarity and authenticity, as some pieces just suit the home and the people living in it!
I also find it interesting that while EVERYONE else is putting in light natural oak flooring, my clients went the other way and restained their floors in a DARK finish – LOVE IT! Sure, they could’ve chosen some fancy wide plank, brushed finish new floor, but they would’ve spent a FORTUNE doing so.
THE LIVING ROOM REMODEL
Again, GREAT BONES, but it was begging for a fresh colour, flooring, and fireplace surround to go with the gorgeous furniture…
Ermmmm ya, it turned out alright…
SO STINKIN’ PRETTY! A beautiful modern take on traditional style. And those dark floors are just DELICIOUS!
I actually like travertine tile and it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if they’d kept the original fireplace surround…
But HOT DAMN, does it look good now or WHAT!?
TILE DETAILS AT THE VERY END OF THIS BLOG POST
THE DINING ROOM REMODEL
As for the dining room, not only was the wall colour out-of-date but so was the FURNITURE. And that sponge-painted ceiling is AMAZING! Said nobody ever.
It’s like a brand-new home with the charm of a lived-in one!
As for the dining set, again, good bones – outdated finish. My client had it professionally painted in Annie Sloan Old White with a gray glaze and it’s freakin’ GLOOOOORIOUS!
Look at how much better the DRAPES look too, the SOUL of this room is so much more at peace…
Now, are you ready for things to get even better?
THE FAMILY ROOM
I was so happy my client didn’t want to paint her brick fireplace. Some brick fireplaces are too fugly to be saved, while others are the EPITOME of timelessness and hominess – and this is one of them. HOWEVER, the rest of the room needed to step up its game…
I could seriously curl up in this room in my fave jam-jams, with a
bottle of wine and a straw glass of wine and never leave.
This room ALMOST had me at hello, but the cherry stain on the beams was too graphic and red-hued for this lil’ Ginger, even though I would’ve camouflaged nicely…
By blending in the coffered ceilings, the room feels brighter and bigger, while still having a cozy vibe…
The chandelier looks JUST like the one in our home – mad love.
And did you get a sneak-peek of the KITCHEN? That’s a creature unto itself and you’ll see the FULL GLORY of it HERE. BUT WE’RE NOT DONE YET, KEEP READING!
In the above photo, notice the bookshelf supporting the railing. We painted it a dark colour to ground it and give the railing a more modern foundation to rest on (also notice the colour connection with the toss cushions in the above photo).
Here’s a good before shot showing the split-level layout, as well as the outdated finishes…
And after. Notice that even the metal spindles were painted for a fresh look…
Back to that brick fireplace. There were many aspects of this room that I loved. I didn’t totally hate the warmer golden wall colour (how’s that for a ringing endorsement). It’s a bit off with the brick, but I’ve seen way worse. Even the beams made sense considering the red-purple tones in the brick. It all looked cozy, but it ALSO looked early 2000s and heavy.
And whether you love painted brick or prefer it raw, this fireplace looks stunning for any style (well, maybe not mid-century, but you get my point)…
Read more: 5 Ideas to Update Your Fireplace
As for the KITCHEN I alluded to earlier, you’ll see it ALL HERE – and it’ll be worth it!
There’s one more room that’s going to knock your friggin’ socks off…
THE HOME OFFICE REMODEL
This home office had such GREAT bones with crown moulding, wainscoting and built-in bookcases, it was just so HEAVY looking…
Okay, seriously, can I move in?
I don’t have a great AFTER photo of the built-ins, it can be tough when shooting into the light. However, you can see a bit of them in this next photo…
Want to know what colours we chose? I’ve got it ALL at the end of this blog post!
But first, three things…
1. Did you check out the KITCHEN in this home? You should (I know, I’m a bossy lil’ Ginger)
2. Did you know I have an AWESOME SEARCH function on the right-hand side of your screen? Seriously, 400+ articles to choose from – SURELY I have what you’re looking for!
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LIVING ROOM FIREPLACE SURROUND
Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
TRIM AND CEILINGS
Benjamin Moore White Dove
METAL PAINTED SPINDLES/RAILING
Benjamin Moore Onyx
Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10
OFFICE WAINSCOTING AND TRIM
None other than BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER
Benjamin Moore White Dove