Since we moved in, I have been wanting to paint these doors. The formula was right for this house. The walls were light (now). The windows were large. Everything was kind of blending together and the wall was begging for an accent.
I’m glad we didn’t wait one more day to do it, because it really amped up the room. Even if the room needs a lot more help–it makes everything feel more on purpose, I think.
Like I said earlier, I already had the paint on hand from painting the front door–which, honestly, is the hardest part about doing a project these days. Going to the store for supplies? That’s a task and a half. For the front door I used Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start Primer (tinted dark) and BM’s Onyx color-matched to Clark + Kensington.
It took just one coat of each on the patio door. After brushing on the primer (which is more of a charcoal color), even though it was super streaky, I kind of loved the color and was worried the darker, practically-black was going to be too much. But after one door, I fell so hard for it that any doubts went away.
The whole process took me (and Greta) about 2 hours. I think it adds a nice layer and depth into the room. What do you think? Ever paint an interior door dark? It’s more satisfying than I even thought it was going to be.
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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