Imagine yourself at my front door. When you walk into the house, you’re standing in a tiny, 3 x 5 entryway that leads straight up the stairs. If you turn right, you’re in the living room, which leads to the dining room, which is adjacent to the kitchen. The living room has a 5 x 10 bank of north facing windows and two glass block windows that let in the western afternoon light. Moving in to the dining room, there is another set of western windows, as well as southern windows, but the latter backs up to an enclosed porch and thus do not bring in a lot of light.
Because you’ve asked in my other posts: the green carpet is covering a fabulous oak floor that will be shined up to a shade or two darker than a natural finish. The sheers will go and we don’t have any furniture to speak of. However, we do own a monster of a circa 1928 upright player piano that has a rich, dark walnut exterior. The piano weighs about 500 pounds and wherever it lands in our house, it will stay forever. We’ve already moved it twice at considerable cost, so we’re not sure whether to just put it in the basement or call it a day or what. It might go near the stairs or between the glass blocks.
The dining room table that’s currently in place, as seen below, is a salvage piece. It can stay or go.
The kitchen, which you can see here, is a odd blend of high-end vintage metal cabinets (for sale), basic wooden ones, 1950s mosaic wall tile, 1970s wallpaper and a linoleum floor. We’re going to shine up the oak floor under the linoleum and gut everything else. We’ll be tearing down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and installing a peninsula that will separate the two rooms. The floor, cabinets and counter tops will be neutral and there won’t be a lot of wall space, so don’t be surprised when you see the bold colors suggested by Evelyn, our Benjamin Moore design consultant.
So that’s the lay of the land.
Evelyn suggested two potential palettes for the living room, we’d like you to pick your favorite color from both:
The brown accent will go on the header that divides the living room and dining room as well as the small bit of wall that remains in the living room.
For our otherwise bland kitchen, she recommends one of these bold colors below (as if the brown wall wasn’t enough for a clueless Design Spaz like me!).
So, what do you think? Help me decide!
Voting ends 9/16/11 at midnight CST. Three randomly chosen voters will receive gift codes for Buy2Get2Free Benjamin Moore paint samples so they make their kitchen, or any room in the house, a bit more exciting.
When you vote, keep in mind that the kitchen color will be visible from the dining room.
And please vote on the color for our master bedroom.
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Disclosure: Benjamin Moore is providing paint and design services for us in exchange for me sharing our journey to painted walls. Without their help, our walls would be white, cream and beige.