When it’s a historical amazing house, you have to work wisely. Husband wants to save all wood walls, wife wants to add a bit modern look and maybe change walls to white color. Hmm.. that’s an incredible project infront of me! And I’m ready to show you our first ideas and results. I tried to “bridging" two ideas of what the room should look like.
In an attempt to keep the original look of the house but add a more modern style update, I thought it might be nice to try and keep some of the original dark wood but lighten the room with white. Trying for a more unique look other than just painting all the woodwork white, I’ve lightened the upper portion of the room by painting the dark wood there white and then gradually darkening the paint color as you descend the walls toward the floor ending up with the original wood color. I have not touched the ceiling other than repainting the cream color to white. The original structure of the paneled walls has not been altered other than the addition of the paint. I completely redid the fireplace. I chose a much more modern white face for the fireplace but saved the idea of bricks inside. Also I added a big mirror above the fireplace because the room does not have enough natural light. The mirror fixes this problem by reflecting the huge picture window on the opposite side of the room.