One Room Challenge Week 3

Time to get dirty….paint day!

Hello and hope you have had a great week so far! April 15th has come and gone just in time to focus on the details of this room. While I am still missing a bedside table for my husband, the core pieces are pretty much worked out. I can never say for sure until they are placed in the room…. …then I begin to panic… looked different in my head and in my drawings. Yikes!! Just kidding. I think designing a space should be fun. Every time I begin to stress, I remind myself of how grateful I am to be doing something I love. I also try to buy pieces that speak to me and can easily transition to another area of the house if need be.

The other BIG thing that happened is the installation of the doors and windows. Rewind back to week #1 of the ORC….

Week #1 of the ORC – Here she is in all of her glory!!

We have come a long way in just two weeks. In fact, the room was skim coated this week as well which means….wait for it….. YES! Time to paint. I wish that I could show you an extremely awesome bold choice for a paint color but I have chosen to flood the room with a crisp white paint. I just want the space to be relaxing and uncomplicated, filled with texture and interesting pieces, and white fits the bill for the perfect canvass. We renovated our last house from an early seventies mustard wanna-be Spanish style, to a cape cod style. Colored walls and white baseboards were perfect for that house. This house leans more towards early California meets European countryside… or that is the plan anyway. It was built in 1980 in the hacienda style but each owner has put their different stamp on it. We are now editing the house to fit us. For this style, I like to minimize trim, at least the typical case and base. Since we do not have the budget or the time to remove all of the molding and retexture the walls, I simply paint the walls and molding the same color (with the appropriate finishes). This has worked well in rooms we have put our touch on. Another tip for neutral walls is to paint the ceiling in a soft hue of one of your accent colors. This allows you to achieve a bit of drama in a room with minimal color.

Back to the ORC…. Here is where we are today with the doors and windows installed and the walls skim coated…

She’s coming along!

As you can see, we still have a long way to go… but we are on track and things will really fly together once the room is painted. As far as the color pallet goes, scroll back up to the basket of brushes. The muted blue-green, greys, and naturals will be complimented with a kiss of color. I have mine picked out but would love to hear what color you would use as an accent? Check out my previous ORC blogs for the inspiration pieces and let me know. Always fun to see how people communicate their design style.

In the mean time, planning to move furniture in and begin fine tuning the space this week. This is important because, as I mentioned above, I always have a design plan BUT, I also always tweak it once moved in to a space….so I will need some time to account for any changes that are needed. As always, thanks for checking out the progress. Next week will be full of surprises for us both. Stay tuned….

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