Before: Winter WhiteTodd and Lisa are at a color standstill. She likes light, neutral colors, while he wants things dark and bold. They recently purchased their home, and there's not a spot of color anywhere. Differing opinions and fear of making mistakes have kept these two living in a white-walled limbo for months.
According to Todd, in their attempt to decorate in a style that is neutral and inoffensive, they ended up with a room that is offensively bland. The white walls are a stark contrast to the hardwood floors, somber wood trim and dark red brick fireplace. Besides the sitting area by the fireplace, there's a sunroom area with surround windows, but it's not very welcoming. Can host Jane Lockhart mediate a color compromise using colors inspired by the couple's mutual passion for fishing?
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After: Springtime BlueThe couple branches out of their neutral comfort zone and selects a serene, cool blue for the wall color. Then the outdated fireplace is lightened up with tan paint so that it doesn't contrast so much with the walls. All the dark wood trim is painted off-white, after being sanded and primed, for a fresher, cleaner look. The mantle remains a natural wood color to tie in with the hardwood floor. To turn the sunroom area into a comfy reading nook, a window bench is built and topped with a cushion and throw pillows in coordinating chintz fabrics in spring colors. The completed makeover is light, breezy and sophisticated, without the harsh contrast the room had before.
Did You Know? Blue rooms encourage self-expression.