See this amazing room by Emily Henderson? I believe it actually IS her living room and I’ll tell you what I love: The beams, the space, the sconces, and the light.
Get ready for lots of indecision. Here is our great room / family room / den is directly off of the kitchen.
original paint + trim
It was an addition at some point, and has vaulted ceilings and lots of windows. In an effort to channel some of Emily’s fantastic space, I decided a few things had to happen:
- the beams need to be painted
- the walls need to be a lighter neutral
- I need to add color, specifically some blue
Enter Photoshop. First, I darkened the beams:
Then I had painters surprise me by scheduling me earlier than I expected (WHAT? When does THAT happen?) and decided quickly that we would do the walls and beams.
And at the last minute, I had them paint the cabinets blue. (Stiffkey Blue, from Farrow & Ball.)
But I came across this design by Jean Stoffer and realized I might want to try black window trim, which I liked:
But then I thought the cabinets were too dark. So I lighted them back to white. (My painters were going to hate me.)
So why not take them out altogether? (See how the beams turned out? I love them.)
And I replaced the cabinets (which we don’t really need or use, and the left one was a desk) with a large armoire for some storage, and opened up the space on the left. This would actually allow us to center the sofa on the wall.
I really like it.