The Family Room Update + The Case For A Dark Moody Room

Nicely, I feel you noticed this coming. I actually, actually tried to keep away from repainting this room. I’ve discovered SO MUCH about myself and design throughout this renovation course of, and now I get to share that every one with you. Hear, I like to decide on paint colour final (and at all times have) as a result of there are infinite paint colours to select from, whereas each different piece of decor is relatively finite. So I like to decide on the couch, the rug, all the main gamers, after which resolve on the paint colour. Normally, I do know roughly what colour I would like however choosing the proper tone relies on these different items. Additionally, there may be the entire “we don’t know the way we’re going to reside on this room” conundrum, and solely time holds that reply. I’m saying this for all of you who’ve been on this state of affairs (having to make selections with out sufficient information) and know that I see you and listen to you (and be a part of you). In case you are questioning in case you can simply prime all of the rooms after which paint them room by room, belief me, I lobbied for that. However the chilly onerous reality is that the prep work of the paint is so laborious – all that taping and plastic shielding is a beast, so paying for that twice is just not solely extraordinarily disruptive to your life and residential, but additionally very costly. Now you probably have extra primary drywall (not this a lot wooden that requires extra specialty portray) you are able to do it your self. That’s all to say, I selected the improper paint colour for this room the primary time round and haven’t solely lived by the remorse however made it to the opposite aspect – RELIEF.

I additionally need to admit that I’m not skilled in portray or dwelling in darkish rooms, and have traditionally performed paint pretty secure. It is a byproduct of dwelling in SoCal the place pure gentle floods most rooms so gentle tones are a particularly secure guess. All of you PNW or British folks are nodding with an “I advised you so” fever, and also you had been proper:) The sunshine is simply totally different up right here so distinction, colour, moodiness, and vibe are much more necessary (and one thing you design with in thoughts). So after we initially wished a darkish inexperienced, I modified our thoughts on the final minute. I now know that the inexperienced that we had chosen (SW Privilege Inexperienced) wasn’t going to be proper anyway, however I do assume different folks have a neater time with daring darkish colours than I do.

We initially wished “moody” and I screwed all of it up. We couldn’t resolve on the tone so we selected a darkish inexperienced (the far left above). Now trying again on the picture, the one which we not too long ago repainted was the one which my left shoulder is touching. It was below my nostril the entire time! I feel we had been so afraid of it being a darkish cave. So we went “secure” and this can be a nice instance of when “secure” simply doesn’t work in a room.

You see, this room has just one supply of sunshine and it’s the door to the coated patio (and the glass within the pocket door however that’s fairly minimal). Plus the ceilings are excessive. So sarcastically (jokes on me) this paint colour which is definitely tremendous fairly (SW Ponder) simply appeared like a non-color due to the shortage of pure gentle. And with the excessive ceilings, the entire house felt vacuous and chilly.

It has purple undertones which I truly appreciated, however didn’t work with the couch that we had already chosen and it simply didn’t have a standpoint. I assumed I may decorate it sufficient to liven up the room, and I may have. However I knew deep down that the colour wanted to be darker, richer, deeper, and bolder. So right here we’re…

The place We Are Now… “Nonetheless Water by Sherwin-Williams” FTW

So after staring on the sticker of paint on all 4 partitions for MONTHS I made a decision that 80% positive was the closest I used to be going to get to feeling assured. Nonetheless Water by Sherwin Williams was the winner – with the identical greeny undertones because the couch, and was darkish however “vivid” if that makes any sense (nonetheless stuffed with colour and pigment).

Wait, Is It Tremendous Darkish?

I imply, it’s actually darkish however completely fantastic. It’s thrilling and calming and moody–making it a very joyful expertise to be in right here. The colour is beautiful and with the lamps all off (which is how we shot this) it does certainly feel and look very darkish, however with the chandelier on (going through the ceiling, not downward) and the lamps on it’s so heat, enjoyable and pure ambiance.

What chances are you’ll discover is all of the wallpaper samples on the ceiling–sure, I need to wallpaper the ceiling with a delicate sample that makes the excessive ceilings well worth the effort to lookup. Nothing vivid, daring, or graphic–however extra only a secret deal with for the attention if you discover it.

That blue and gold/wooden mixture is EXCELLENT. Think about that complete wall of seascapes with the lights on them!

That is THE coziest sectional the place I can snuggle each children in that nook.

I want to decide on artwork to go up there (I’m pondering a framed model of my favourite classic plaid).

The truth that we shot this with out the hearth and lights on was so dumb! It’s so cozy when you get the ambiance going so I’ll shoot it once more quickly with each so you may see.

We’ve an extended methods to go for positive (however I’m nearer than you assume). The espresso desk may transfer into the lounge (however seems good in right here, too). The rug was imagined to be the greener model (Enkay’s Raksha Rug in Aqua) however this indigo model nonetheless seems good and is so fairly! (and the greener model is now back-ordered). So we expect we’re going to combine blues and greens in artwork and pillows and make it work. So sure, we’d like artwork, a bookshelf behind the couch (to place lamps and drinks/popcorn on), pillows, and to determine what goes on high of the bench. We’re additionally nonetheless including the door to the hallway so we will shut off the sunshine after we need to (it’s western and blasts in the summertime) after which put roman shades over the glass on the patio doorways. We’re making it extra of a darkish room, however I suppose that’s what dens had been at all times imagined to really feel like – only a darkish respite from the remainder of life. Embracing a temper is clearly not straightforward to at all times execute, however now that I’ve nailed the wall colour I’m alllllllll iiiiiinnnnnn. xx

Paint Shade: Nonetheless Water by Sherwin-Williams
Sectional: Rejuvenation
Chandelier: Rejuvenation

Fire: Vermont Castings
Rug: Enkay
Flooring: Oregon White Oak by Zena Forest Merchandise

*Images by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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