When I moved in to my house I painted most rooms, but never our TV room. It’s was beige and kind of dirty all over. The room has been bothering me forever, and I’ve thrown in all kinds of leftover furniture trying to salvage it. But this winter I had enough. Spring is coming – no more dreary rooms. Time for a makeover! This room will eventually be my home office, and I want an energetic, modern look. For now the furniture will have to stay – it’s just too expensive to get new pieces. So I had to figure out a way to create that without spending a fortune.
First I will FINALLY paint the walls. I want it to be brightened up so I need a great wall color. Pink or orange? I decided on orange.
I decided to use what I call “the best orange color in the world” that I used at a client’s house a few months ago. I’ve never had so many people comment so effusively on a paint color. It’s a mix, because I couldn’t find the right tone of orange.
First ONE coat of this:
Benjamin Moore – Grand Canyon – 118 – a more muted terracotta orange.
Jose came over to paint. We forgot how we mixed it at the previous job, so here we applied the wrong color first. Ooops! Oh well…we figured it out soon enough. So…first one coat of the more muted hue, then one coat of this:
Antelope Canyon 125-BM- a bolder orange that would be too much by itself.
(These paint chips won’t look true to tone on your computer.) The bolder orange on top of the more muted makes the PERFECT ORANGE!! It’s bold, and calm and sophisticated all at the same time.
The sisal in the room had to go in the dining room, because the dogs had ruined the carpet in there. So for a new carpet I wanted something that packed a punch and wasn’t too expensive. And since I’m soooo crazy about black and white graphics lately, I decided to use this fun zig zag carpet from West Elm. Love the red edges.
I also needed to get rid of those dark, old curtains. Pretty, but I want to let the SUNSHINE in! I got ivory silk drapes on sale from Pottery Barn.
And bought some black wide velvet band and had it sowed on.
All the furniture from before will have to stay, but I needed some new pillows to go with the new look. Used some of the samples of my own Marmalade Designs.
Greek Key pillow in orange (Marmalade Interiors)
Greek Key pillow in black & white (Marmalade Interiors).
And for some really inexpensive glam, maybe I’ll add the chair for $20 I picked up at the Salvation Army last week. It will be redone but will work for now. I like adding colors that seem like they wouldn’t work. That’s always how you find the most interesting color combinations.
And voila, talented photographer Geoffrey Hodgdon just took a shot of it. What do you think? Not a look for everyone, but it entertains me! Dreary for sure is gone.
We call it “shabby glam”. For now it remains a TV room, a fun bright one.
…but I can’t wait to turn it into my office!