Real Estate Musings: Making a home less “country”.

A friend of mine recently asked for my thoughts on a house. She loves the lot, the architectural details and the flow of the home. What she isn’t so sure about is how to make it a little less “country”.

So, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts on how to take this beautiful country home and bring it into 2012 while still respecting and celebrating its heritage. Today I’m starting with the foyer and dining room.

Here are some shots of the exterior:


Lovely property!

One of the easiest things to change in your home is the colour of your walls and this house is no different. The first thing I would do would be to rid every wall of the orangey-taupey browns. I’m the first to be in love with brown but in this particular home they really date the space.

Take the foyer for example:

The front door is fabulous as are the baseboards, ceiling height and the oak flooring.

But the wall colour is dated (think nineties) and the ceiling fan/light fixture could use a little va-voom.

Here’s what I would do in the foyer:

Paint the handrail black … like this

Paint the walls a creamy white or warm grey like Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (HC-172)

Change out the fan for a hurricane pendant like this

Now, on to the dining room:

A few easy changes can update this space.

I’d start by ditching the window coverings. Period.

Then, I’d paint out the crown to match the same colour as the ceiling. This would blend it together but the texture of the distinctive crown moulding would still stand out.

Am thinking something like Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray (HC-105) for the walls (shown below) and a creamy white for the ceiling and all trim such as White Dove (OC-17) or Marscapone (AF-20).

And, finally, I’d incorporate a new light fixture like this:

In another post I will share with you what I’d do with the kitchen but in the meantime here are some other pics of the house. It’s got fantastic potential but needs a little TLC and a splash of youth.

What changes would you make?

images via 1 -3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

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Posted on January 4, 2012, in Blog Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Wow, what an awesome house! Great simple-but-powerful design recommendations, too.

  1. Pingback: Real Estate Musings: Making A Home Less Country Part II « ReDesigning Sarah

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