Back in August, I received an email from Hanna: “Hi Cathy…My family and I recently moved to Glen Allen from Connecticut and I could use some design/decorating help with making our new house feel like home.”
Over the next few months, Hanna and I met several times to help her vision come to life. Hanna has a good design eye, but wanted help pulling everything together in their new home. She had already visited a few fabric stores and was willing to have fun with color choices. Her main goals were to choose paint colors for the majority of the house and to add window treatments to the downstairs rooms.
We started in the Living Room and Dining Room.
Hanna found the brown floral silk and the tan silk at Williams & Sherrill. With the expertise of Christine from Iron Gate Interiors, we designed complimentary window treatments for the adjoining rooms.
As I mentioned before, Hanna was willing to have fun with color. To complement the fabric, we chose three shades of blue to use on the walls.
All Benjamin Moore:
Painting the tray ceiling in the Dining Room the lightest shade of blue gives the room added interest without being overbearing. Here is an angle where you can see all three colors (dining room on the right, living room on the left):
The kitchen contains an eat-in area and also opens up into the family room. For paint colors and window treatments, we were working with the existing granite in the kitchen and their current sofa.
In order to coordinate with all of the pieces in both rooms, we choose Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage 2142-50 – a nice blend of gray and beige with a hint of green.
Again, we enlisted Christine’s help and decided on neutral linen pleated window panels with a contrasting trim. We repeated the same fabric and trim on all three windows in the space in order to keep the two rooms feeling connected.
Kitchen & eat-in area (Notice the cute idea for hanging Christmas balls!)
The red and green in the trim helped tie in the couch to the rest of the space.
I also helped Hanna and Peter choose a few other paint colors. For their foyer, stairway, and upstairs hallway: Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige 977. Brandon Beige is one of my favorite neutrals right now – sometimes it reads gray, sometimes it reads as a rich beige, and sometimes it picks up a hint of green. It all depends on the light and the time of day!
In the downstairs bathroom we repeated the Rendezvous Bay 726.
For their Master Bedroom, we chose (Benjamin Moore):
And in the Master Bathroom (Benjamin Moore):
I really enjoyed working with Hanna and Peter. They were delightful and friendly, and helping them feel welcome in Richmond was truly a pleasure.
A big thank you to Hanna and Peter for giving me the opportunity to work with them, and for allowing me to share their pictures with you!
º Would any of these paint colors work in your house?