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Vintage Life: Paint the Walls!

It is amazing how a coat of paint can change a space. Or in our case, quite a few coats of paint can really start to make our three-year long 1920s vintage bungalow renovation project look like a home! But before you can appreciate the painted surfaces, I want to show you a
creative touch Greg thought up.
Vintage bungalow beadboardTrimAfter the drywall went up, we decided to add a bit more character to the walls in the front living room as well as the master bathroom. We created wainscoting from beaded board that was original to the house. You might remember that some of the ceilings had water damage and those areas had to be replaced with new beaded board. We cut out the bad spots from the original beaded board, planed it down to remove the paint, and then dovetailed it in place with the shoe molding and the chair rail trim.
Vintage Beaded Board CeilingHere is a shot of the original beaded board ceiling after it was sanded down, caulked between every board, and then painted a fresh coat of bright white! It was very labor intensive, but we think the result is fabulous! We have 10-foot beaded board ceilings throughout the whole house and most of it is original.

Vintage Bungalow Front Living Room
You’ll notice we’ve chosen 1950s pastel colors throughout the house to keep with our vintage motif. The front living room is a pretty mint green that has a nice calming effect and it really sets off the beaded board wainscoting after it was sanded, caulked between each board and painted bright white. My living room is pretty close to Guilford Green, one of the paint colors of the year that I blogged about last week, but it is definitely more minty than silvery.

Vintage 1920 bungalow FrontRoom2

Vintage bungalow fireplace

We also painted the original fireplace that had been painted dark maroon with orange walls and changed out the ugly front door with vintage Craftsman style door.

Vintage bungalow kitchen

For the kitchen and sun room at the back of the house, we chose a cheery, warm yellowish-peach color that seems to change throughout the day as the light changes.

vintage bungalow master bedroom

The master bedroom is a soft greyish-blue that feels very relaxed. We found a great 1920s vintage kitchen cabinet at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville and built it into the bedroom wall. We’ll use it as a bookcase and as a place to display framed family photos and personal mementos. Here it is:

1920 Vintage Painted Bookcase

I have still have to replace the glass in the cabinet doors with seeded glass and paint the doors – it is on my very long to-do list!

I’ll show you the paint colors in other rooms as we add vintage light fixtures throughout the whole house and start on the flooring. Till then, thanks for reading about our vintage bungalow adventures. What do you think of our decor so far?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Decor Trends 2015: Paint Colors of the Year

Just because the various paint and color trend companies release their ‘Colors of the Year’, it doesn’t mean that we all want to run out and change our color scheme! But it’s great to see the colors chosen each year. Sometimes they shake up my ideas about home decor, just in case I’m falling into a rut. Even if I don’t want to use the paint color on my walls, the Colors of the Year might inspire me to try a new color as a decorative accent.  Let’s take a look at the paint Colors of the Year for 2015.

I’m starting with the paint color that I think is the most accessible for most people. Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year is Guilford Green HC-116. It’s a serene silvery green from Benjamin Moore’s Historic Color collection. The Historic Color paints are all inspired by  colors found in buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Maybe that’s why I like it so much!

Pantone Marsala Color of the Year 2015

The next shade with broad appeal is Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala. It’s a deep red-brown shade that can look earthy, sophisticated, or dramatic, depending how you use it.

Ambella Home Red Wine DecorNow, excuse me for blowing my own trumpet, but I was inspired to write a post about Red Wine Colored Decor a few months ago. The rooms I showed were very similar to the Marsala shade, but I promise you I had no idea that Pantone was promoting Marsala for 2015. Hey, I’m more on-trend than I thought I was! This is one of the rooms from that Red Wine Colored Decor post.

Next up are the more adventurous hues for 2015… starting with the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year. The paint color is called Coral Reef, and you can see why.

Sherwin Williams Coral Reef

The lively mix of pink, orange and red is probably best used in small doses, for an accent wall or a smaller room like the hallway in this photo. It looks fresh and pretty glimpsed against the softer peach of the kitchen walls and the clean white trim.

Coral pink wall cabinetSherwin-Williams also suggests that you might try using the Coral Reef color to paint a piece of furniture. We can help with that! We have many types of coral painted furniture in our gallery, like this arched coral wall cabinet.

Although the newly crafted wall cabinet is not painted with the Sherwin-Williams Coral Reef color specifically, I think it’s a pretty good match if you want the look but don’t want to paint your walls coral. An accent piece of furniture like this gives you a charming dash of the trend color without taking over the house!
Finally, the PPG PIttsburgh Paints Color of the Year is the boldly saturated Blue Paisley
.Other by Allison Park Paint & Wall Coverings PPG Pittsburgh Paints

This green-hued blue really is electric, isn’t it? A bolt of the color on an accent wall or in color blocking will give a powerful wake-up call to a room. I can imagine it creating a lush tropical mood in a beach cottage or condo. I can also picture it looking glamorous in a petite powder room, with a contrast of crisp white or sunny yellow.

What do you think of the paint Colors of the Year for 2015? Do any of them tempt you, and how might you use them in your home decor?

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.