A sweet friend-I’ve-not-met-yet named Mary sent me an email this morning. She said they sort of “spontaneously bought a house this week”. They had looked at it a couple of months ago, but it wasn’t until this week that they noticed that the price had dropped a good bit since then, so they made an offer and were were shocked when the seller accepted it after only one counter. I love it when that happens! 😀
Mary said she wasn’t a fan of all the “dark wood and paint”, but that she was excited about their sweet new house. She asked if I’d play around with a photo of the living room in Photoshop to give her an idea of what it would look like lightened up. I Here’s the photo she sent me…
…and here’s the photo I used as inspiration:
I don’t know if this kind of thing would work, but if that drywalled area above each bookshelf is hollow, I would tooootally do something like this to lengthen those babies up to the ceiling!
I did a second photo drawing just in case Mary was more drawn to blue rugs and brown leather sofas. 😉
Excuse the bright white, gray-outlined crown molding. I just did that so you could really see the difference between the wall, cabinetry and ceiling colors. I would paint the crown the same color as the cabinetry- some kind of warm white. I’d go lighter on the walls too. Any light neutral shade Mary loves would do the trick. Last but not least, I’d paint the backs of the bookshelves a charcoal gray color.
The doors above the TV don’t actually have to be doors. They were just in the inspiration photo I dragged over. Mary could hang a mirror or photography or artwork up there. Removing the brass insert around the firebox would be a easy way to update that arched opening too.
I’m excited to see what she’ll do and hopefully she’ll let me share the “after” photos with you here too!
PS- If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and would like to learn how to put together one of these mock-ups, Kevin and I teach a class called “Room Makeover” over at ShootFlyShoot.com . It’s for beginners (you don’t have to know how to use Photoshop- we’ll teach you) and it’s 40% off this week! 🙂