My friend Erin and her husband bought their home several years ago, and have been making improvements to it ever since. The house was built in the 80’s and was full of dark trim throughout. Their family room has one window, which along with the woodwork, brick and low ceilings, made for a dark space.
I usually try to stay out of friends’ decorating dilemmas (especially when it involves one wife who wants to paint all of the trim throughout the house and one husband who doesn’t see the point. . . .). Since I’m friends with both of them, I just quietly cheered her on from the sidelines :)
Here’s what their family room looked like at Christmas:
And, here’s what it looks like now (she has a good husband—he came around):
They kept all of the same furniture, just painting the walls and trim, and changing out a few accessories.
Another simple change she made was to her family wall gallery. She changed out the mismatched frames for all black frames with white mats, which also helped to lighten things up.
(We found the old dresser at a thrift store a while back. She painted it black, and her husband made places for the media boxes by removing the drawers and adding shelves out of MDF.)
She used “Stone Gray” by Olympic Paint on the walls . . .
Hope this post helps any of you who are on the fence about taking the plunge and painting the trim. Even her husband likes it :)