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Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color — layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

I found a fun slideshow at Better Homes & Gardens that loosely ties in with our discussion yesterday! {Can I just say that I’m really enjoying all of your comments on that post, by the way! You all give such thoughtful and interesting contributions, so thank you!}

I’ve always been fascinated by makeovers. LOVE before and afters. I really enjoy step by step photos of a room makeovers so I can see how things can evolve. It is fun to see how you could stop at any point and either be happy with the look or get really brave and keep going for a more dramatic layered result.

There are some good examples in the Better Homes & Gardens slideshow of taking a room from all neutral to adding texture, pattern and one or more colors.

Let’s check out some of the progression photos … starting with the dining room! Take your time and look at each one, noticing what they add (or take away!) and how it changes the feel of the room.

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Now, check out the bedroom … take your time again and don’t miss the details!

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

And finally, check out this corner with a chair for a fairly simple makeover …

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

Before & Afters: Going from neutral to color -- layer by layer

This makes me want to add some more layers to my latest room makeovers, which I’ll be sharing soon! One of my attempts to add some layers had me laughing so hard I thought I was going to pass out. You won’t want to miss that post, trust me.

Wasn’t it fun to see the layers being added and noticing all the details? What did you think? Share your observations and thoughts! (Remember our old “observation game” posts?)

To see more of the slideshow, check it out at BH&G! Enjoy!

All images BH&G
Note:  Designer JOE RUGGIERO did this project in his daughter’s house in Los Angeles. The fabrics are from his collections for Sunbrella and most are available at the Calico Corners stores around the country (and many, but not all, are on line too)!

(Disclosure: I just happened to love these ideas — no one paid me to advertise for Calico Corners or BH&G. Although I would be happy to work with either of them as they are both some of my favorite sources of inspiration) :-)

Colored Walls

Colored Walls

Country Living Keith Scott Morton

I have lived with mostly white or pale walls with color in the accessories look for years and years now (my entire 23 years of married life, actually!). It has always been the look I felt comfortable with, I love the idea of the color in fabrics and accessories being in focus with neutral backdrops.

But, even so, in most of my houses I’ve had at least one room with colored walls. Even if the color is brown, I love it.

Colored Walls Mary Jane McCartyCountry Living

I particularly like white or neutral walls if the walls are wood or plaster so they have some existing texture for interest. We have always lived in older houses, so I guess I am used to walls having a little personality. I really miss a lot of the texture that our older homes had already built in.

Now that I am living in a new house with plain ol’ drywall, I am really tempted to add a cozy color to give them a little more “oomph.”

Colored Walls Coastal Living

I’m thinking about painting my bedroom and bathroom a pretty color and maybe even papering my powder room walls (yes, wallpaper. Hush. Don’t hate me because I like wallpaper).

For sure, though, I can.not.keep the swine walls. I still dislike them. Really really dislike them. No one should have under belly of a pig walls if they don’t like them. I cannot stress that enough.

Colored Walls

This Old House

Colored Walls

Coastal Living

I have never felt totally comfortable making my own home VOID of color. Our life is lived in full color — I would have a hard time with all neutral because my kids backpacks and lunch boxes and sweatshirts laying around would always ruin my decor. Having color makes real life fit in to the decor, and that is important to me.

Other than knowing that I must have color in my home, I can be so all over the map as far as what I like. So much so that sometimes I have trouble deciding what to do in my own home. Never enough rooms in my own house to do everything I love. Now you know why I had to be a decorator…it was either that or buy six houses to play in.

Colored Walls

House to Home

Colored Walls My Home Ideas

Colored Walls

HGTV

Colored Walls Point Click Home

Colored Walls Southern Living

Colored Walls Cottage Living

Colored Walls

House Beautiful

Colored Walls

Cottage Living

Colored Walls House Beautiful

Colored Walls Cottage Living

How about you? Are you ever indecisive and easily confused by all the color options in decorating?

And let’s talk about colored walls, neutral walls and what everyone likes. Are you tired of neutral walls? Ready to see color? Or are you trying to get rid of your color and craving something neutral? Let’s chat. I’m curious about what you are thinking!

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