House Project: Part II – Painting the Room

In this blog series Jessica, co-founder of Roomations, shares her personal story of transforming an awkward and outdated Cincinnati house into a place that reflects her style and adds real estate value. 

The living room, I will not lie, took me months to approach. After the daunting process of looking for and buying my first home, I was exhausted. I spent the first few weekends just sleeping. I had no couch, and I didn’t care. I was in my house, and that’s what mattered.

Before painting, the living room felt dark and dreary.

My friends soon started asking me when I would tackle “the grey” (the living room, not my hair.) They offered to come over in a crowd of six for pizza and beer, and to show me how to paint.
You might think my first trip to Home Depot to assemble all the supplies – the drop cloths, brushes, rollers, and paint holders – and, doing the actual painting, were the overwhelming parts. But no. It was – SELECTING THE PAINT COLOR. What a daunting task. How could I pick a color when I didn’t even know what this room would ultimately be?
I started by narrowing my choices. The room was large with a dark carpet, and for the time being, the carpet had to stay. So the walls had to be bright to brighten up the space.
That eliminated half the paint colors in the market, and kept the other half. Now what? There were certain colors I was always drawn to. Light, floral colors – sea green, light purples. I wanted to incorporate myself into the room.
I asked my Roomations expert. I told my designer I wanted to use the space to entertain. I shared the unavoidable floor situation. I talked about the need to lighten the room. I talked about my modern vision for the space. And I talked about my love for sea green.

I bought samples of these colors before deciding on Edgecomb Gray (swatch on the far left).

The Roomations designer had great vision, took my desires into account, and also set me straight. “A very light grey will match the carpet, brighten the room, look modern. And for a space this large, I fear any green will end up looking minty.”
That sealed it for me. A light light grey. My designer recommended Edgecomb Gray. I  bought a sample of it, and just to check, also bought samples of Philadelphia Cream, Oatlands Gold Buff Salmon, and Silver Leaf Satin. I was worried that Edgecomb Grey would be too blah – the little dot on the sample paint can looked almost white. But, when I put all the colors on the wall, lo and behold, the Edgecomb Gray looked great. The white trim that was around the fireplace, the outlet covers and the perimeter of the room near the floor made for a nice contrast. The wall certainly had a shading to it while still achieving the objective of brightening and opening up the room. Not to mention that the salmon color looked way more – well, salmony, when it was out of the can, while the cream color looked a little too – well, creamy.

The light gray paint brightened up entire living room.

My friends arrived, and showed me how to use spackle where it was needed, how to tape the ceiling and doors, and how to roll the roller. Some pizza, beer, six hours and six tired friends later, the room was done!

I spent the next few weeks relishing over my enhanced space. I was content to just sit on the floor in the room and look at the light being emitted from the walls.
That was until two months later, when I invited 20 friends to my house for the Kentucky Derby weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Painting a room is a task that requires patience, sound painting knowledge and a passion for colors. Thank you for posting such a useful blog.