This April, it will have been five years since we moved into our home. We fell in love with this floorplan as soon as we walked in. The living room is 2 stories tall with a huge bank of windows. There is a lofted area upstairs which is the perfect area for our kids’ playroom and will later be a good hangout area for them. The entire space is very open and filled with natural light.
Because this is a builder’s home, we didn’t have a ton of say about the details. We were able to pick the finish of the light fixtures, cabinet doors and counter tops. We had the very painstaking (Ha! No, not really.) choice of light beige or dark beige for our walls. The same went for the beige tile and the beige carpet. To say we bought a builder’s beige home is an understatement. It should really be called a Builder’s Beigeity McBeige home.
Most of the rooms in my home have undergone some sort of transformation. You’ve seen the Master Bedroom. The Power Room. The Playroom. Zack’s Room. Emma’s Room. My Office. But, what I rarely show you is my living room and entry way.
Why? Well, here’s why.
It’s kind of tall. Like so tall that we can’t reach the top of the walls and ceiling with a ladder, so it hasn’t seen a drop of paint. The existence of that ceiling fan kills me, because the particular finish of the blades is not a wood that exists anywhere in nature (No, we didn’t have a choice on that one.). And my sofas – which I just loved in 2006 – are not exactly my style any longer. I could go on and on, but I won’t.
My beige problem with this room extends past this area, though. Because our home is so open, we have to address this wall at the same time.
And while we’re at it, this area has to receive some attention, too. Can you see how not awesome it looks next to the playroom?
This open space that we fell in love with is just like the Energizer Bunny – it keeps going and going and going…
Wowzers. That’s a lot of “before” photos, huh? I didn’t want any of you to think that these were my “after” shots. I don’t have any second thoughts about choosing our home (we love it), but the decorator’s voice in me was quieted by the openness and natural light.
Because I’m a backwards decorator, I always think about wall color first. I’ve struggled with finding the right color for this giant space, and it’s actually kept me up at night. The color itself isn’t really the issue, but we are only going to get one shot at it. It’s going to be a huge production to paint these walls and ceilings, which will involve massive amounts of painter’s tape, plastic sheeting and scaffolding or a scissor lift that will fit through our front door. It’s actually so intimidating that I wake up each morning hoping that the magic paint fairy has paid me a visit. For the record, she has not.
This year, my primary focus will be this area in my home. I’ve actually decided that I will paint the ceilings and walls bright white (aka Lindsay White, the custom Glidden color I have the paint counter at Home Depot make for me). My plan is to take advantage of all the weird levels and bump outs and do color and pattern there. They will be easier to change in the long run and I won’t have to rent another scissor lift. I’m also planning on ripping out the tile (I’m still in negotiations with Tom about that) and carpet (that’s a given – it’s pet/child destroyed) and replacing it with an easier to take care of floor covering. The furniture will be vinage and/or thrifted, and of course be awesome. I have lots of fun ideas and projects in store.
Are y’all ready to go on this adventure with me? I’m going to need lots of handholding and “It’s going to be okay”s. Are you up for the challenge?