Welcome back! Thank you for joining me for another week of the One Room Challenge! Time flies doesn’t it? We had a major push this past weekend and I am feeling so much less stressed right now. The paint was a huge component of the overall aesthetic of the room and WOW did it change how the room feels! What a difference paint makes! This post talks about paint and the effects of paint, textiles, and hardware. Ready?
First up, let’s talk paint. Paint really can transform a space or a piece and this was proof of the power of paint! Last week we talked about our selection and so I won’t go into that again here. However, we did use Hirshfield’s Platinum ceramic paint in eggshell. The color we chose was Shell Tint. Do you ever have trouble selecting the sheen of the paint for a room? When in doubt ask a pro! Here are my guidelines:
Flat – will be the least expensive of all paints and I only recommend using on a ceiling if at all. This paint is not wipeable whatsoever. If it were up to me, flat wouldn’t be an option at all.
Eggshell – this is what we chose for the bedroom. It’s wipeable and not too light reflecting which is good for spaces like bedrooms, dining rooms, and living rooms.
Satin – Our whole main floor is satin, we have an open concept floorplan. It’s easily wipeable which is great for a kitchen and bounces light around very subtly. Unlike recommending eggshell for bedrooms, I would definitely suggest this sheen in a kids room or playroom. This is also very durable and practical in a mudroom or any high activity room where walls are prone to scuffs or splatters.
Semi-Gloss – We chose semi-gloss on our cabinets, interior doors, and trim work. You will definitely see a sheen here but that is what we were looking for on these pieces and it’s very wipeable, especially good for cabinetry. I would recommend a spray application if you can when using this finish.
High-Gloss – High-gloss like semi-gloss can be used for trim work, doors, and cabinetry and even furniture. This is the most wipeable finish but I highly recommend you spray this on for a silky smooth finish. This sheen will provide the most reflection.
Ok, are you ready for a little before and after?
Before: Dark and gloomy – calls out WAY too much attention to the roofline.
After: Light and bright. Furnishings stand out. The roofline visually recedes.
You get the picture. Paint is one of the least expensive home improvement purchases but provides one of the largest design impacts. Invest in good, quality paint, it will make all the difference.
Next, let’s move onto textiles. Again, I shared all of the specs of the textiles in last week’s post so I won’t repeat here. (If you missed it and would like to read it, click here to Read Week 3). Now that the paint has dried, it was time to install the curtain hardware and curtains! I have been WAITING for this moment because I knew how beautiful they looked and I couldn’t wait to see them against the crisp, white backdrop. When designing and selecting hardware for our room, I knew I wanted simple but classic. When it comes to design decisions for pieces that will not change, I will always choose classic over trendy and “what’s hot”. A good rule of thumb is classic details never go out of style. My idea of class is clean lines, think from the 1920’s era (shaker cabinetry, penny tile, black and white, and wood, etc.). Here I chose French rods for their smooth silhouette and wrap around ends, this allows the drapery to “bend” with the rod so beautifully.
These were hand forged out of high strength steel in the USA by TMS Menagerie and made to the exact specifications that I provided. I chose these rods in ebony.
See how simple and classic these feel? Another design trick I use is installing the curtain hardware as close to the ceiling as possible when ceilings are low (and ours are 8 feet). This gives the illusion that the windows and ceilings are taller. Another trick I use is installing the curtain hardware a few inches past the outer edges of your window trim. So in my case, I went 6″ over on both sides of the window. Why you may ask? Not only does it play another trick with an illusion that makes your eye see the window as larger but when your curtains are pulled back all the way, they still flow into the window without obstructing the open window view. Like this:
I also chose pinch pleats for my curtains. Pinch pleats offer detail to this very subtle pattern (ticking stripe) and carry a tailored finish to an otherwise flat panel.
I also love curtain rings and use them on all our windows for their ease of smooth opening and closing. All hardware and curtains were expertly crafted by the amazing Calico Corners team! Their designers offer free services (yes, I said FREE) to assist you in maneuvering your way through the textile, trim and embellishment world! Textiles are not necessarily my strong suit so I happily relied on their advice and I loved my experience! They were so patient and knowledgeable and trust me I changed my mind a million and one times and they never made me feel bad about it for one second. They know and understand the textile industry and how much impact great textiles make! They will take all the time to ensure it’s right and you feel comfortable and confident with the final decision.
This is one LARGE window, I think it measures around 9 feet wide so the hand forged rod is heavy and those custom draperies are HEAVY (two solid panels, one on each side). The Calico team recommended a middle support bracket for this window so as not to bow the rod. The rod is constructed so beautifully, that I don’t know that it would have but I trust the experts!
Look how full and generous these panels look. I just love how they kiss the floor just so.
So we talked about curtain width a bit let’s talk about curtain length. Have you ever seen curtains too short for a window, and they look a bit like high waters? Equally, have you ever seen curtains too long for a window they no longer puddle on the floor they just spill? While I love a good curtain puddle (my biggest peeve are too short curtains, gah! don’t get me started), I knew I was going for a very tailored and simple look here so no puddling was going to happen in this room this time. These had to hit the floor just so. Not too short where you can see under them (not even 1/2 an inch) and not too long that they would awkwardly bend (like a pair of ill-tailored dress slacks), these had to “kiss” the floor. They touch ever so slightly but do not drag one bit. And this folks is why I turned to Calico Corners. You can’t pull this look from off the shelf. Just like you can’t pull an exquisitely tailored suit or pant leg off the rack.
Am I a textile snob? No, not one bit. But remember this room was allll about purposeful, meaningful and thoughtful design. All these details counted for this room (after all we’ve been waiting for a retreat all our own for about 20+ years!).
We’ve talked walls and windows now so let’s talk floors for the trifecta!
When we built this house we knew we wanted it to feel like a house that had been around for years. And what do old houses have that most newer homes don’t? Wood floors and I mean on the entire upper level, even our closets. But that wasn’t just a design decision, that was a functional decision because our family has allergies. Ha! So solid surfaces are naturally easier to clean than rooms full of carpet. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love a good rug! If budgets didn’t matter I would have a large vintage rug but when you’re sourcing 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 vintage rugs well…let’s just say I still wanted to stay in my marriage too. Instead, I chose a simple but geometrical pattern by Plush Rugs. I felt that this pattern complements well with the ticking stripe on the windows.
Let’s talk rug sizes. Just like curtains that are too short make me have nightmares, rugs that are too small do the same.
We have a regular king size bed, and if you’re choosing a rug for your bedroom my rule is you should still be able to walk on your rug all the way around your bed (except for where your headboard probably is). Typically, around 24″ on both sides of the bed. I didn’t place my entire bed on the rug, I’ll share more next week so you can see what I’m referring to. But don’t toss that small vintage rug out of your design just yet! You can still utilize those on the side of the bed if a large rug is not an option. The don’t? DON’T place a rug the same size as your bed under your bed.
This week we made a TON of progress but there’s still one more push before the finish line! Next week we’ll talk more about accessorizing, lighting and decor.
Thank you SO much for stopping by and following along this 6 week journey with me! You all are the best and I can’t believe the support and love I feel from you all!
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