Dreary, drab, somber, dull, gloomy. With meanings like these, it’s no wonder we shy away from dark colors for the walls in our homes. However, with the right accents, dark walls can make a space feel cozy, sophisticated, and authentic. And they’re not just for modern spaces! They can be a right at home in a rustic or traditional setting.
2015 was a big year! I graduated with my master’s degree, got married, and visited some truly amazing places. It was also the first full year we spent in our farmhouse! Unfortunately, we didn’t get as much done on the house as we had hoped because we had to deal with some unexpected situations and honestly, after the stress of grad school was over I just wanted to relax for a while.
I think I’m fully recovered from grad school, our wedding, and the holidays, so let’s make stuff happen!! These are our goals for 2016 along with some beautiful interiors we’re drawing inspiration from.
Finish living room and dining room
Sources clockwise from top left: 1. Country Living: Trinity’s 1394 Farmhouse; 2. Country Living: Christi Wilson’s Budget Home Decorating; 3. New England Home; 4. Country Living: Kline Family Beach House
Most of the work we’re taking on is undoing past renovations done in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The thought of changing any original feature of the house fills me guilt. That happens to other old house owners, right?? I guess that’s a good thing though, because it keeps us in check and prevents us from removing the home’s history and character.
But one thing I wanted to change was the size of the doorway between the dining room and living room. It was previously a tiny off-center doorway, and the original door was long gone. The small doorway was once appropriate since the living room used to be a bedroom that needed to be closed off for privacy.