Last weekend, we painted the guest room a dark, inky charcoal–Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe (this time we had it color matched at Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish). I wanted to go for something dark in a blueish tone so the headboard would melt right into it and to be honest, the treadmill too.
The tile wood floors (that were here) lightened with the new contrast of the dark walls and the room actually looked so much larger the minute we were done painting! It felt cozier and more intentional and once again, the power of paint astounds me. One question that I have been getting a lot of lately is “Do you always paint the trim the same color as the walls? And what about the ceiling?”
Our last house was different, but I made a sort of paint formula for this house that has made the decision pretty easy. Here–we paint the trim the same color as the walls (it really modernizes and extends the space, imo) unless the walls are white. If the walls are white we do a contrast trim–Lamp Room Gray in our bedroom, Accessible beige in the main areas. And I’m sure there will be more to add to that list! As for ceilings, I’ve enjoyed the jewel box feel that painting the ceiling in our closet and music room brought, but the guest room has lower ceilings (8′, compared to 9′) so we kept them white down here to open it up.
The rest of the room, I kept simple–mixing traditional elements (the vintage painting from an estate, beige on beige bedding, that HANDSOME head board–it’s honestly even more beautiful against the dark paint color–with more modern elements like the oversized white lamps (I got a second for the other side but for some reason the shade is delayed so let’s just use our imaginations. haha)
When I was sharing the project on stories, I got a lot of questions about the little door on the left. It’s probably only about 4′ tall and it’s a small under-stair storage that we don’t keep much in.
Having the bed moved over in front of the entrance to the room makes for a really stunning entrance into the room and then if you turn the corner, the treadmill is over by the window. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about why we would put the treadmill here instead of in the theater room (no room) or garage (too cold 10 months out of the year) or any other room–and the truth is, we actually use EVERY room in this house so having the guest room (which is the room that gets used the least) pull double duty made the most sense.
I literally don’t know what we were thinking with that previous layout. Hahaha. But this makes so much more sense and I’m sure it will still continue to evolve! Above all, having one dark and moody room in the house just feels like us. I mean, we gotta have 1!
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Over the weekend Brooke (our social media manager) and I went to the Parade of Homes in the Raleigh area and it was so fun to get a feel of how other people in our new area are living and living large! The purpose of the parade is so that home builders and designers can […]
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