It's amazing how different a house looks when someone is living in it versus when it's completely empty. The previous owners were still living in the house and had decorated it very lovely when we made our offer, so it wasn't until we unlocked the door the first day that it was ours that I really took stock of the changes I wanted to make.
The first thing that had to change was the interior paint. I think I could have lived with it in a neutral color for the short term, but with all the furniture out, I was stunned to see what I hadn't noticed before: they had painted every wall a different color. In the photo above you can see that the wall to the right of the entry is green and the wall above the stairs is brown.
This is the brown wall above the stairs from a different angle, and you can also see the green wall at the top of the landing and a different shade of brown in the upstairs hallway. Peeking through into the family room, you see two different shades of lighter brown.
This is a good picture showing the differences in the greens where they come together - the green by the door and the green that is over the stair landing.
And the downstairs hallway is yet another shade of brown.
And some walls were painted more than one color. This is the upper half of that green entryway wall, with beige above. I also found it odd at the starting point for the beige, immediately above the air vents but off center from the brown loft balcony.
This is standing on the landing with my back to the green wall. Here you get a view of walls with 8 different colors.
The family room was fairly tame with only three different colors.
And here looking into my office from the loft, these two walls are actually the same color.
But the other side of the family room was three colors again.
The dining room only has two walls, and they were both the same color.
But the kitchen was four different colors plus the hidden green behind the fridge. I mean, why paint what no one is going to see, right?
I couldn't even count how many different colors there were when you stood in the family room and looked back into the kitchen, hallway, and living room beyond.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that if we moved in all our furniture it would be a pain to get everything painted, so we took advantage of the time before our move date to quickly get the job done. This grey was actually the color of my office already, and since you can see into the office from several rooms, we decided on that one for now. This is with the living room painted but the stairs still the original brown.
But the job wasn't quite done when the move in started.
Even with the scaffolding still in the room, it looked so much cleaner.
Stay tuned for more as we get settled in.