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Thursday, March 22, 2012

From Dreary to Dreamy



This weekend retreat in Colorado is a perfect example of how changing the wall colours can completely transform a space. This pretty cabinet flanked by two chairs is in the entry way of the home.


This living room with its yellow walls and very imposing stone chimney breast was badly in need of an update.




The interior designer, Jessica McIntyre, has been so clever with her choice of colours in this home - mostly neutrals with a touch of blue every now and then.

Somehow the yellow walls made these beams in the dining room seem oppressive. With the lightening of the wall colour below the whole room gets a lift.  







The kitchen with its blue range and red and yellow walls and brown/beige tiles was just a "mish mash" of colour with no cohesiveness.


The only changes are the wall colour and the tiles behind the blue range, yet what a transformation!


 



The breakfast room area here looks small and poky.



Now totally transformed by paint - what a pretty room. The art is a faded tobacco label on a wooden panel.




Here is the master bedroom before which looks rather dreary with its flat brown walls.

 

Transformed to light and airy.



Furnishings are kept simple.







The TV room with its sloping ceiling, yellow walls and brown carpet looks very unwelcoming.

 


The small window was replaced by this gorgeous reclaimed barn door. The ceiling is painted a few shades darker than the walls making it disappear. This combined with the light coloured flooring make this room seem spacious and airy - a far cry from what it was.

So here's to the POWER OF PAINT!


Till next time

Sharon x


Image source: here

19 comments:

  1. Wow, this is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Wow! Totally amazing transformations and to think it was mostly done by the colour white!
    I love white and never tire of it!
    That barn door is gorgeous!
    Pamela xo

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  3. Oh, I gasped when I saw the antler trophies wall. Just gorgeous.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Luv it all! Much love, Lisa

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  5. I can't believe what an amazing transformation was brought just by changing something like the paint color...ok and the addition of some really fabulous pieces of furiture. But you're right the yellow was ugly! Love this home now.

    XX
    Debra~

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  6. Oh my gosh Sharon I LOVE everything about this house!! That kitchen and eat in area is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us!

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  7. This is such a fabulous transformation. I love before and after shots. The colours really make a massive difference. Leahx

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  8. This is interesting post. Those all photos really looks wonderful as well as this is totally amazing transformations.This addition of some really fabulous pieces of furniture. I like to do this type of decoration.

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  9. Astounding what color can do! That is quite a transformation....love the after!!

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  10. This was so fun to see...I love her furniture choices too but yes, the paint color makes all the difference!!! Gorgeous transformation.

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  11. Love the transformation.The color made such a difference.

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  12. This is now my dream ski house. I love the color palette and the Swedish chairs in the dining room.

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  13. Wow I love color...but I so appreciate what this white has done for this home. Especially the beams new look,,,they just look so much better with the white.

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  14. Sharon,
    I had read your blog name in other blog sites but Belclaire House mentioned a before and after and I had to see it. Wow, you're right, paint transformed this home in ways I couldn't have imagined.

    I've looked at some of your other posts and have signed up to receive notice of new posts, thank you.

    BTW, Vignette Design or Centsational Girl did a post on losing Picnik. I'm 100% in the same boat as you are...I'm not that techno savvy and found Picnik to be soooo easy. Anyway, one of the sites mentioned a site called Pixlr...I haven't tried it yet but let me know if you find one that is as simple to use as Picnik.
    Karen

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  15. Spectacular. Can you tell me where you found the kitchen bar stools? I love them!

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  16. This is one of the most amazing homes I've seen! It is so beautiful and just my style! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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  18. What a stunning difference...now that's an amazing transformation!!

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  19. Wow!! I need to start taking more before and afters!! This was an amazing transformation! xo Leslie

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