One of the best pieces of design advice I’ve ever heard was from Kristin at Bliss at Home. She said that every room should have two to four of the same colors in them so your home flows from one room to the next. If you look at her house tour you’ll see that it doesn’t mean the house has to be boring at all. That simple piece of advice has made it so much easier to make decisions in this home. I know that every room will have white, gray and / or tan and navy. As you can see from this photo our dining room and living room will flow seamlessly into each other. I will have different enough pieces and artwork in each room that they will coordinate without looking like the same exact room.
When our dining room table got delivered it became very apparent that the table made the room look even more beige and blah. The walls, bookshelves, cabinets and crown molding were all beige. And our table is a light wood and the chairs, pictured below, are another neutral. My guess is that the previous owners had loads of colorful books on the shelves so they wanted a very neutral color on the backs, my problem is the exact opposite.
The room all ran together. Even though none of the colors were offending my goal was to start differentiating some of the areas before our chairs are delivered this Thursday. Remembering Kristin’s advice I decided to paint the inside of these built-ins Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, the exact color that I have on the inside of our living room book cases. The dark navy beautifully offsets the white dishes I collect; they really pop when they aren’t against a beige background.
I have primed all the crown molding and the edges of the book shelves. Now to decide on a wall color… You know I love grays but I’m not so sure about a gray with the tones of the table and chairs. So I may do a griege (gray / beige) to fit the bill of flowing in from the surrounding rooms and working with the furniture plans.
I’ll zoom out so you can get a feel for how the entire room looks with the table. You can see the detailing of the table and how it matches the fireplace… but I have a plan for making the fireplace more of a statement piece but I have to get my hubby on board. It’s absolutely not a priority project but it’s a relatively low cost project that I think will make a great impact.
One of our long term plans, probably closer to the time we redo the kitchen, is to take out these windows and put in French doors (we love that the previous owner left the windows in because it’s such a dark room so any light we can get is great!). It isn’t a super simple project because we will need to move plumbing for our baseboard heater (notice it under the cabinets?). We’ll also need to build a step down into the kitchen’s sitting area on the other side. My other vision for this area would be to install larger more substantial shelves. These are made book depth but I want them to be cake platter and soup tureen depth (a very technical term). It’s my primary storage area for all of my pieces we use on a fairly regular basis and I always get nervous with them hanging off the shelves.
What are your favorite “griege” colors?