Well, it’s been a little while but we are back to my tour through the new house and back in the living room. But we haven’t quite finished the decisions in here.
Today let’s talk about the color palette in the living room. Here’s a hint.
But first I have to tell you I am leaning towards keeping the walls intact in this room, not an open plan. Thanks for all your input on that. I see the pros and cons of both! And I will have things more open in my kitchen/breakfast/sunroom thanks to the passthrough - I am definitely leaving that or I wouldn’t have any natural light in my centrally-located kitchen. But in this space, like many of you, I am enjoying the cozy atmosphere with the fireplace and my built-ins. And since my room is so large – about 15 feet wide – and runs the full length of the south end of my house, I think it’s roomy enough to not to open it all up.
I have also just about decided that the walls will be painted panels (not the ’60s paneling that currently exists – that baby’s coming down), but the traditional rail style of paneling painted in a lighter gray with gray beams on the ceiling (the existing beams look great, so painting them is an option). I love this Sherwin Williams color: Sensible Hue. It’s in the running!
I am definitely covering the brick of the fireplace with paneling and putting a slab on the hearth. I love the brick but I want this room a bit more formal. For now I still have brick floors in the sunroom that we haven’t even talked about yet, so there is a chance that all the brick won’t go away.
I am going with 2 sofas here instead of a sectional, but don’t worry, I do think a sectional will show up in another room. And I am keeping my existing swivels chairs with ottomans. My hubby isn’t getting a recliner but he gets a 65″ TV – let’s call it a compromise. Ha! I use the existing chairs (sitting in one now, actually), daily so I am not giving them up for a recliner that really isn’t my style.
I seem to be making decisions in this space left and right! Can you tell I am motivated to actually make this stuff start REALLY moving this year? It helps that I have been hanging out in fabulous penthouses and new construction projects for clients and then returning home to my dated abode.
So what about the living room color palette, you ask? Well I am leaning towards my favorite color right now…cobalt! Yesterday I was shooting video for Tobi TV in the Riverside Penthouse, and I just never seem to tire of these suede doors.
And last week when I was a presenter in Dallas for the annual ARTS Awards, I wore this fabulous cobalt dress (and yes that’s Donny Osmond). It’s made from stretch jersey that feels like neoprene. You don’t even hem it, you just cut it off – so cool and high-tech! And it’s washable (seriously) and packable. I’m sure you could sleep in it and it wouldn’t even wrinkle. I love it so much, I’m thinking about just wearing this baby around the house. (kidding…sort of)
But no matter how many other colors I use in my home and my clients’ homes, I still always seem to come back to shades of blue. I’m sure there is a reason it’s the most popular color in the world. Seriously, studies show it is the favorite color in America and around the world. But you better believe that when I do cobalt, it won’t be the same ole cobalt I’ve done before. It won’t be crazy and modern like this space I did for the Penthouse that I absolutely adore. But the color will still be ELECTRIC! And I think I will love it just as much.
I LOVE this Pantone chip called Universe. But I’m thinking fabrics that are a little more “Tobi.” A tad bit more traditional, but not too much. I’m thinking something more like this floral. Oh how I love Designer’s Guild Fabrics!
And paired with soft grays and menswear patterns, it could be fabulous! Don’t you think?
So now you can start to envision what the living room will look like. I’m ready. Let’s do this. But do leave me a comment and let me know what you would do. I’ve gotten accustomed to your feedback and ideas. It’s so much fun! Thanks for sharing.
See you soon!