You enter this home into a large space that combines the family room, kitchen and dining area. With the exception of a wall in the family room area, all the walls were white. This blueberry wall is now Devine “Jay” and sets off the cabinetry beautifully..
The before situation: The client also had a pleasant room off the kitchen she designated as “the living room.” Between the two spaces she had two large sofas, 2 loveseats, several substantial coffee tables and capacious chairs, even though she lives alone and rarely entertains. Her office was stuck down a long hall next to the guest room. Lots of stuff in the office waited to find a better home – it was not a friendly corner. She knew she wanted to warm everything up with fresh paint, but that was as far as her thinking and budget had taken her.
The process: we re-assessed the need for the separate “living room” and decided the room would be better suited as her office because it offered pleasing sight lines, a power position for the desk and better light for a reading nook. The striped couch went into the main room where it would be an attractive accent to the new colors we chose, and other furniture went to a good cause. With less furniture and decorative flourishes, both rooms are much calmer.
After: When I went back to take “after” pictures this week she told me she had no idea how much these simple changes would increase her enjoyment of her home. “Sometimes I just stand here, where I can see the interplay of several colors, and soak it in. Guests love it too.”
If you’re in the Portland/Vancouver metro area and are ready for a makeover, give me a call at 360-314-2467.