Final Touches

Maine HouseChanging the sofa seemed simple, but rarely is anything as simple as we first think.  That yellow coffee table just didn’t resonate with the new sofa, so it had to change.  Some of you suggested painting it red, orange, turquoise or white, all good ideas.

My first inclination was to go with one of the colors, but as I looked at the room, several things struck me.  First, there is a lot of white trim.  There is  more contrast between the sofa and the wall color than previously.  There is ample color in the accessories.  With all this going on, I feared this relatively small room getting too chaotic.

Maine houseThe final decision: paint the table the same color as the wall.  Looking at the table, you might think the color different from the walls.  It does differ slightly, and this is why.  The wall is a flat paint that absorbs light making it appear darker.  The table is a satin gloss which reflects light making it appear shades lighter.  When you are painting different surfaces with a different paint, this is something to remember.  To come close to matching color, have gloss paints made darker by doubling  or tripling the formula.  For this paint, I also had black added for more depth.  When adding black, however, do be careful because too much can muddy the color.

Maine houseLook and you will see another change: the rug.  While waiting for the paint on the table to dry, I kept looking at the purple rug and feeling that it no longer worked.  The new one is from eSaleRugs, a wonderful internet resource. The multiple shades of green tie everything together as well as relate to the dining room rug which is a few feet from this space.  The rug is slightly larger than 5×8 and was a great price, $148 including shipping.  To my amazement, it arrived two days after the order was placed.  How often does that happen!

Maine houseAll done, most everything is different.  One thing that did stay the same is the art over the sofa.  It is a piece by one of my talented daughters whose work is always our favorite.  Maine houseLook closely and you will see that it is a combination of painted and collaged surfaces, and the house shapes are suspended with tape measures.   Such a clever presentation.

Well, that’s it.  It’s amazing what a few changes can do to give a room a whole different look, and, in this case, make it a much more comfortable space. 

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31 thoughts on “Final Touches

  1. Hello cute lady! This looks so amazing. Pinned. We couldn’t think of anyone better to party with. We hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm.
    Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  2. Uh huh… perfect! I guess if you stare at something long enough, the devil comes on out with the details! I think it’s great that the table doesn’t EXACTLY match the wall color. It complements it without there being too much of a drastic contrast. That works out great. The new rug rocks, too, and I’m glad you were privy to such great customer satisfaction!!! What great turn around time!!!

    Enjoy your new space!

  3. I love all these little touches- colourful pillows,bowl,wooden toys,wall collage…
    And the new rug is beautiful -works perfect with green walls!

    1. Thank you for noticing the details. Some of my favorite things are in this room.

  4. well done, except I thought your dtr’s art was a bunch of fly swatters (only at first 🙂

    1. You are not the first person to think that at first glance. In much of Holly’s work, you have to take a close look to see all that is there.

  5. Beautiful changes, they work perfectly!

  6. Good color choice, as much as I would have loved to see it in red or turquoise, this serene green will let you change out your accessories for different looks. Your daughter’s artwork is simple and stunning!

    1. My thoughts, too. It’s easier to change pillows than to paint tables!

  7. I wish I had the eye to do this. Luckily my best friend is a designer and helps me. Looks great.

    1. I need a designer friend. That might relieve some of the anguish of making a decision.

  8. Came out well Linda.. well done for following through with your mission.. tick .. tick.. lovely shade of green too.. x j

  9. Lots of fun changes! Enjoy!

  10. Love it! Great job the table is perfect.

  11. It came out perfect!! Looks so inviting and relaxing

  12. I like what you have done…really pretty and so comfortable looking…I did not know there was such a difference in the shades of flat vs. gloss paints…really
    appreciate the tip!

  13. Love it!

    Sent from my iPhone🌴♻


  14. Love the couch and media wall, but I would not know what to do with the table. I heard that it is just paint, if you don’t like it you can always repaint. Easy for me to say….:)

  15. The new color looks great! I was going to say go black- but I don’t think that was on your list! That artwork is really cute- very clever! The rug looks wonderful and ties things together nicely!

  16. Regality (aka The Quing) October 13, 2014 — 10:09 am

    Well done!

  17. The table is a lovely shade of green and the rug ties in everything together. How talented your daughter is…unique artwork.

    1. I couldn’t agree more about the daughter! Thanks for visiting.

  18. Lovely, just lovely. Warm and inviting, beautiful blend of complimentary and contrasting colors and textures.

  19. Really like the new look with all the greens…it looks very fresh.

    1. Thanks, Karen….at least it’s done!

  20. Great choice for the color transformation of the table…the room seems to have a beautiful warm glow…and the artwork above the sofa is beautiful…how clever of she to use the tape measures… Great rug and just a magnificent room makeover!!!

    1. Amazing how a few changes make such a difference, but they are never as easy as I start out thinking.

  21. This was a fun metamorphosis to watch. Thanks for describing it. And, I might add, it looks so very lovely. I’m really liking that coffee table! You gave me some ideas for transforming my space. :0) Have a GRAND day!

    1. Thank you. The good thing is that it’s done!

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