After I put forth the question about my breakfast room ceiling the other day, Matt and I had a discussion about vaulting the ceiling. We both love that idea, and I think that will certainly be the long term plan. But I think we both agreed that for now, it would probably have to wait. If the contractor was correct, and his framer would do it for about $1500, that seems like quite a bargain. But the fact of the matter is that all of these “just $1500” projects are really adding up quickly, and ever since we bought this house, it seems like it’s been one $1500+ project after another with no financial recovery time in between. And really, before I can even think about having the ceiling vaulted, I need to have the floor leveled in the breakfast room. And of course, that will be done for the bargain price of just $1500.
For now, it looks like I’m living with the low ceiling. I’ll rip down the plywood that’s up there and re-drywall the ceiling, but that’s about it for now. (Some of you suggested keeping the plywood and just painting. Evidently my pictures didn’t show the water damage that’s present in several areas on the plywood.)
So a couple of days ago, I was thinking about the breakfast room with its low ceiling, and dreading having to work with it, and then I had a thought. Instead of fighting the “cozy” feeling of that room, why not fully embrace it? I mean…fully embrace it. Accent it, even.
As in, paint the room black.
Green, white, and black has been a favorite color combo of mine for several years now, probably ever since the first time I saw the Viceroy Santa Monica, designed by Kelly Wearstler.
The bathroom, with the beautiful green subway tile, is probably my favorite. That color combo is just so bold.
There’s just something about adding black to a room that adds a look of sophistication.
I know lots of black in a room, and especially on the walls, isn’t for everyone. But I’m just not one of those people who has to have everything light, white, and bright. I love color, and I love deep, dark hues. I don’t find them depressing at all. I find them warm and cozy.
Of course, it does help to add lots of white to the mix.
So that’s the direction I’m leaning right now. I think it would be cozy, sophisticated, and maybe a bit unexpected. I’ve also considered a really deep midnight blue instead of black, but I keep going back to black.
And if I try it and it looks too dark and depressing, it’s just paint, right? What’s the harm in trying?
Oh, and as far as window treatments for the breakfast room go, I won’t be doing any kind of drapery panels since the ceiling is low. Instead, I’m leaning towards making my own grosgrain ribbon Roman shades like these from Pottery Barn. I want white shades with wide green ribbon the color of my cabinets.
Can you picture it? White roman shades with green grosgrain ribbon the color of my cabinets, in a black room. Alright, stick with me. We’ll see where this goes.