Owning your first home can teach you a lot about yourself. In the almost four years we have had our home, we’ve put a ton of work and thought into creating a space we love and that feels like us. Since this house is our first true place, there has definitely been plenty of trial and error in finding our home style and the furnishings and décor that go along with it.
Like many homeowners, we’ve made some mistakes along the way. There are furniture pieces I chose four years ago that I wouldn’t buy today, and vice versa. I think that is pretty standard, but the good news is that these ‘mistakes’ are aiding in leading me to the right choices.
- Paint does not look the same in your home as it does in the store.
- Paint can look great in one room of your house and not so great in another.
This was the color before:
You can tell that both shades of paint are grey, but just a subtle change in the colors can make a huge difference in the look of a room. In fact, paint color can vary wall-to-wall even in the same room. It’s pretty crazy how loving or despising a color can completely depend on the lighting. Who knew?! I sure didn’t before I became a homeowner.
Since our living room/office space is located next to our covered front porch, we really don’t get a lot of light shining in, which in turn means that any paint color you use is going to look that much darker.
Well, we didn’t realize that and we started with a deep shade of grey that turned out to be way too dark, especially when paired with a black leather couch and a black media center. All the dark colors were way too much when combined together.
So from that lesson I learned I prefer lighter colors, and slowly yet surely I have made some much needed changes. We kept with the grey theme, but repainted the room using a color that is a few shades lighter.
We also sold the black leather couch and replaced it with a light linen couch that has a few pillows that tie in the grey walls and the black media center, which we are keeping for now. Eventually I would like to get something like this to replace it.
I chose a white and light grey patterned rug from Pottery Barn, and we are still in the market for a coffee table to tie that portion of the space together. My window treatments are simple white, dotted curtains from Ikea that hang from a rustic bronze curtain rod with pine cone detail, which came from Target and can be found here. (I have the same rod hanging in my dining room as well. I love it!)
To balance out a pricier desk, I have a few budget-friendly details including this ‘Letters’ box from Home Goods, and my lamp. The base of the lamp is actually a vintage milk glass piece that was my great grandma’s and later my grandma’s, and the lamp shade is from Target that I thought played nicely with the color and the pattern of the Pottery Barn rug, similar to this one. I thought the two were a good mix of vintage and modern when paired together.
I also recently purchased a large, rustic frame from Hobby Lobby for a poster print I ordered from Snapfish, which will be hung above the couch. Another piece I would love to get eventually is a bookshelf and a filing system so we can stay organized with our paperwork. All in good time though!
- Tell me about a painting challenge in your home. Have you ever chosen a paint color and then disliked the outcome? Did you repaint the room or decide to just live with it?
- Think back to your first place. How has your home style changed since the beginning? What lessons on design have you learned since then? What words would you say describes your home style? I would describe my home style as a combination of traditional and rustic, with a touch of coastal!