I’m giving you a peek inside the new farmhouse I showed you earlier this week. It’s a new build and about to go on the market, so it’s not furnished at this point. I did a complete interior and exterior paint color and design consultation on this home a couple of months ago, and I got to take a look at the progress just last week.
The above photo is a “before” of the breakfast room. The builder was considering wood beams on the ceiling. I recommended a light gray wall, warm white trim, and almost black on the windows and interior doors.
Here’s the same area after:
The wood beams were stained in ebony, and the look is more upscale and contemporary than if a predictable brown stain had been applied. Here is where the kitchen started:
Didn’t look like much, but wait until you see it now! Working off the idea of a “white kitchen” and the quartz countertop my client had chosen, this is the result:
Painting the island in a dramatic, on-trend color gives it personality. And it’s not as permanent as cabinets painted a dark color (which is not really permanent, of course), if the new homeowner wants to change the color in 5-10 years.
The light gray walls play nicely with the penny tile backsplash and the grey metal you see on the stove hood, and the black “eyeliner” on the windows is perfection.
The kitchen is open to a great room. I advised on all things requiring color (floor, ceiling, walls, trim, accents) as well as the design of the bookcases. Here is where that room started:
Excuse the boxes and other junk, but I think you’ll like the “after” of the space! The back of the bookcases are the same color as the kitchen island, which is where this shot was taken from:
Here’s a ‘before” shot from the entry of the room, facing the back french doors:
The view out the back of the house are amazing, and I knew that dark window mullions would draw your eye and frame that landscape beautifully.
Painting the interior doors, windows, and specific trim pieces almost black could have made this gothic farmhouse look dark and forboding. By keeping lots of white and a very light wall color in the main areas, the off-black grounds the space and gives it a subtle sophistication it wouldn’t have had were it all painted white.
moody color in the back of the bookcases
And by using a dramatic color in the back of the bookcases and the kitchen island, this space has a personality it wouldn’t have it we had gone all white and black.
All the interior doors are now almost black – not just the french doors. These aren’t even solid wood doors, but the dark color makes them look so impressive!
I hope you enjoyed these before and afters – I am really proud of this one! I just did a completely different color palette for a neighboring new build last week, so hopefully you’ll get to see how much COLOR can make a difference in the way a home feels. What’s your favorite thing about this house?