I had oil paintings with heavy gold frames, yellow walls, and a gold and brown rug. I am moving toward a white palette, so the yellow on the walls was bothering me, but I didn't want to paint the wall right now, if I didn't have to.
The first thing I did was to put out a distress call on Facebook. I got so many wonderful suggestions.
I decided to change out the rug to a tan colored wool flat-woven rug.
Then, Linsey at Farmhouse Porch, suggested I add some elements of white and gray to the room. I know if you just have a color in just one place, it can look odd, but when you repeat it, it can look intentional and coordinated. Some suggested adding yellow pillows to the sofa, but I just got rid of the red and yellow, and didn't want add more yellow, when I am moving away from that color.
So here is the bookcase with more creams and grays. I shopped my house, and saved money on the bookcase redo.
I had just opened a box from One Kings Lane the day before, so I had this gorgeous gray bouquet to add to my room. You can find a link to One Kings Lane in my sidebar.
The gray metal picnic basket was one I bought at World Market. It had been sitting in my closet just screaming for me to do something with it. When I bought it, it was red, white and blue. You can see what it used to look like in the Three Pixie Lane picnic post, that you can see here. I painted it Paris Gray, then used a stamp with white paint to make the fleur de lis, then used an antiquing wax on top of that.
Remember my white gesso frames, click here? I found a place for them! They were just leaning against my fireplace, and I did like them on the fireplace, but I really needed them here, on my walls. The best addition on the walls are these ORIGINAL oil paintings by Linsey at Farmhouse Porch. (Check out the link, because she sells her paintings on her blog.) I just realized I took these photos before I put candles in the sconce. Oh well! BTW, the sconce was on clearance at Kirklands for $5.
I think the room would probably look better if I painted it a more neutral color, but I am not excited about tackling a big painting project right now, and we will be moving soon enough. So do I go to all of that work if I know we are moving any way? Do I need to paint it to sell the house? What do you think?
I will say I have learned my lesson about wall color, only neutrals from now on!! This wall color was in half of my house! The color I am considering for our new house is SW Windsor Greige, which is the color we used on all of the interior walls at the ranch. It goes with everything, and yet adds a warmth to the room. But if you have any paint color suggestions, I'm taking those too.
Here's a list of the parties that I visit on a regular basis. I might have shared this link at any number of these.