A sweet reader named Erin sent me some photos of her living room recently. Her email said:
I have been enjoying your blog for years and would love your presto change-o ideas for our living room. We live in Kincardine, Ontario which is on the coast of Lake Huron. The living room is currently painted Benjamin Moore’s Richmond Gold, but I am leaning towards Benjamin Moore’s Quincey Tan to get more of a coastal look. It’s a big old house with north facing windows, so I tried the gold to “warm it up” 8 years ago. The door and baseboard trim is black walnut, which my husband made 15 years ago, and has to be left as is. The furniture is in really good shape, so really can’t justify replacing it. I’ve come to love all of your coastal look ideas and would love your inspiration.
Thanks so much,
Here is one of the photos Erin sent me to work on:
…and here’s what I had fun coming up with in Photoshop for her:
Here is the interactive version for those of you on a desktop computer. Just move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see it presto change-o!
In a nutshell, I tried repainted the walls a color closer to the one she mentioned in her email, and sprinkled pops of gray, white and blue around the room. I kept it “warm” by using lots of texture, patterns and layers.
I love the dark brown trim her husband made, and think that it ties in nicely with some of their furniture (the couch, trunk and side table in the corner), but I’d love to see a couple of the other wood pieces painted white and/or blue, (not necessarily the pieces I popped into the photo) just to inject a couple brighter colors, and to establish a dedicated color palette.
I went with a larger (but lighter-colored) media unit, just to really make the most of that big wall that the TV is on. That one is from Pottery Barn, but Ikea has a comparable unit for much less. Here’s a link: Liatorp Media Unit.
I would probably try to find a gray-colored slipcover for the recliner, and an off-white or white one (that can be bleached) for the loveseat, again, just to help break up some of the brown in the room, and to bring in more of the coastal vibe Erin’s looking for.
Last but not least, here are links to some of the things I used in my inspiration photo:
That last one gives you an idea of how fun and easy it would be to inject some kind of red into the room too!
I’m hoping these photos help Erin’s creative (cozy meets coastal-inspired!) gears turning, and I hope she keeps us posted on how it all comes together! 😀