The house isn't being remodeled in the manner I had first envisioned. Due to unforseen circumstances (impending job loss and re-evaluating our finances) the projects have been scaled back to frugalistic (frugal+realistic). Cue the "wah-wah-wah" sound here. Nothing like have your dreams hitting the ground with a muffled thud.
After feeling sorry for myself (and drowning my sorrow in
Drawing inspiration for the color pallette from my favorite piece of art and focal point of the living room.
I had hoped to gut the room to the studs but reality reared it's ugly head. So we worked with what we have. Painting the panelling a creamy, dreamy pale yellow (like cool glass of buttermilk, mmm) and added crisp white crown molding has done wonders to amp up the the charm factor. Splashes of color in the pillows, artwork and the quilts covering the couch keep the room from feeling bland. Bamboo shades bring texture and much needed privacy. The living room is approximately 90% complete. I still need to install the new chunky 4 inch cottage style baseboards also painted a crisp white to match the mouldings.
The "someday" dream would be coffered ceiling and non-panelled walls but for now I will enjoy the plushy carpet and seek cozy refuge from the chaos elsewhere in the house. So come on in sit for a spell and let's get acquainted....