Crazytown is what my fiancé calls the place I go when I start ultra-planning mode. You see, I’m a thinker. And a planner. And a pinner. I pin like crazy to Pinterest (Wanna follow me?) in random fits of pinning frenzy, and usually it’s organization projects, crafts, recipes or house inspiration. Sometimes a crass picture that makes me laugh. hehe.
I also search the web, look obsessively at pictures of the house we will be living in, and try to fit together pictures in my mind of how the space will look as our home. Right now, I’m fixated on the living room.
I had him snap these with his cell phone so that I could take accurate trips to crazytown. ( ♥ that he indulges me! :D) However, tomorrow I am heading to Atlanta to see the house in person, so expect an influx of dimensions and photographs from all angles, plus a whole new level of crazypants. 😀
So, looking at the second picture in that series, you can see into the dining area, and around the right corner is the kitchen. That is his couch, and in the negotiations we had about stuff-merging, it stays. As does the TV. The curtains, TV stand and ottoman, however, didn’t make the cut. 😉 (The ottoman will just go elsewhere in the house.)
Let’s talk about things I like:
- Architecture. I love the vaulted ceilings.
- Flooring. Wood floors, mmmm. 🙂
- The fact that it HAS a fireplace (we’ll talk more about that specifically on the list of things I don’t like.)
- The angles. More specifically, the fireplace being on its own “wall” and the closet being at an angle.
- The openness to the dining area.
- That the trim is white. I know some people like natural wood trim, I am just not one of those people.
- That fireplace. Really? Yikes on the stone and YOWZA on that mantle. It’s SO heavy and dark, I feel like it drags the room down.
- The door opening directly into the room without a place for a mudroom-type area.
- The window (that you cannot see.) Beyond those curtains is an octagonal window. AN OCTAGONAL WINDOW. Dear Lord.
- The narrow shape of the room, in general.
To start, I began thinking about a paint color. When the house was painted, it was all painted a pretty deplorable shade of white/blue that feels hospital-esque to me and makes me feel like someone could barge in with a blood pressure cuff at any moment. I would much prefer something warmer. Given that the room opens into another space, and there isn’t any place to really cut off the color to change to another, we’ll have to go with something that will be suitable for all three spaces. (Living room, dining room, kitchen.)
I am drawn to darker, slightly dramatic colors, because I really love how they pop with the white trim. So, my initial thought is something like this Filbert color, that I just picked online from Valspar. I also, however, like the Macadamia 2 shades up. But I don’t like the Singe in between. So, this could be a bit of a process. I foresee some swatches painted on the wall and days spent staring at them in my future. 😉
That mantle will also be getting a coat of fresh, white paint, and I think I can probably add some molding detail to it to give it a sense of delicacy that it otherwise is completely lacking. I’m just not 100% sure where to go with that just yet.
What do you think? What color would you paint this room? How would you address the mantle? (Replace the fireplace entirely, which would be my first choice, isn’t in the cards for the time being.)