Thursday, March 10, 2011
It Started with a Lampshade!
I will be starting my tenth year in Mexico and in this house next week. I had lived with my lime green walls and pastel bedding and chair all of that time. I was ready for a change.
However, I didn't expect this BIG of a change.
It started with the fact that I needed another lamp in the bedroom.......and a new down filled comforter, which of course, would need a new duvet cover. Lordy, it just rolled on.
I found the lamp first. You can see it next to the newly upholstered chair in the photo. I loved the shade. But, it was not in any colors that I had ever used in my home before - ever. "Oh well", I thought, "I'll use white accessories and maybe it will blend". I was kidding myself. So I pulled in the background color of the lamp, the blue-gray color in a throw at the foot of the bed. Then decided to use that color for the walls.
Even I, the colorist, was astonished at the difference it made in the room. Calm, serene, tranquil was what happened, instantly. It is true that paint is the least expensive decorative element to gain the most impact. I lectured on that many times to groups when I was in the business of design.
The bookshelves had previously been stained wood which I had always disliked. They were a focal point, the wood, not the books, and they made the room seem smaller then it is. So, now everything is painted the same color. The room has expanded visually.
I also decided to redo the drapes. The previous ones were white and it was bright at sunup every morning. So, I bought a linen like drop cloth at Home Depot (the ones that painters use) for $32US and used the old drapes as lining. Labor to sew the two together and the drop cloth purchase - $92! Least expensive way to get the most fabric, other then bed sheets.
I had only intended to paint the bedroom. But looking out to the sink area and the bathroom with its yellow and blue walls was yucky.........so, the rest of it has been painted.
I'm thrilled with it. It's like I'm in a new house.
Total cost for the transformation - less then $500 - which included paint, labor, upholstery of chair and stool with suede fabric, drapes, lamp (the least expensive thing at $32!)and bedding.
Life is good - my spring cleaning is done.
It was fun to do - I haven't done any redesigning for myself or others in a long time.