Before: All the Wrong ColorsEdison and Brigida want to maintain the historical significance of their home, while creating a space that works for them and their four growing boys. Their busy lives include running a veterinary and grooming clinic, raising their children and restoring the Edwardian home to its original splendor. They've been restoring the home room by room since they bought it but admit that the family room is awkward and the wrong colors.
Built in 1909, this home has interesting features, such as an ornate oak mantle and unique mother-of-pearl tiles on the fireplace. Edison and Brigida have made the wrong color choices in this family room twice already; the current red and yellow don't work with the Edwardian style of the home. They want a warm, welcoming feel and colors that are true to the historical style of the home.
After: True Edwardian StyleThe couple chooses a fresh green for the walls, which blends with the mother-of-pearl fireplace tiles and contrasts with the deep brown mantle and hardwood floors. The gray-toned green is characteristic of the Edwardian period. They pick chocolate brown for the new furniture fabric, a practical choice for a family that includes four young boys and a dog. The existing coffee table is cut in two, with extra legs added, and padded and upholstered in burgundy fabric, to make two ottomans. For the ceiling and walls above the wood trim, gold paint warms and brightens the room. The trim is painted white, as was the trend in the Edwardian era.
Did You Know? Many cultures associate green with luck. Yellow tones can increase children's ability to learn.