Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Yep, I’m back to this question. And for the life of me, I can’t seem to make a decision.
At the end of this week, I should be ready to start on the walls in my music room. My plan is to finish up my new French door wall panels today (I decided to go ahead and do the wood filling, sanding, caulking, priming, and painting). Then I’ll take Tuesday and Wednesday to finish the music room ceiling (it’s about halfway done). If things go as planned, that means that by Thursday or Friday, I’ll be ready to start on the walls.
But then there’s the question of wainscoting. Do I wainscot that room or not? And if I do wainscoting, should it be white? Or another color? And what background color should I use for the “wallpaper”? White? Another light-but-not-white color?
I’m driving myself crazy with indecision over this, and the last thing I want is for progress on this room to be delayed because I can’t make up my mind. I still have a few days, but if I haven’t made up my mind by the time I’m ready to start, I’m going to have Siri flip a coin for me, and I’ll just let her decision stand. 😀
The three options I keep tossing around in my head are these:
First, white wainscoting on the bottom, and the wallpaper with a light-but-not-white background above. The actual wallpaper that has inspired my design has an off-white background. That’s fine, I suppose, but I really prefer something with a little more color, like the light blue background that Shannon Berrey used on her hand-drawn wallpaper.
And she paired her wallpaper with white wainscoting. I think it’s beautiful! I also think it’s much more interesting to look at than a white background on the wallpaper with white waincoting on the bottom. Blue naturally makes sense as a background since a sky would be blue, but if I go with this option, I’m actually leaning towards a really super light green background. I’m not sure yet, though.
The second option is to use wainscoting and paint it black. I keep going back to this entryway designed by Bailey McCarthy.
My hesitation with that is that while I love the idea of black wainscoting in my head, when it comes right down to the practical application, I really dislike baseboards and crown moulding painted black. As a general rule, and especially for my own home, I’m a pretty strict “white trim only” kind of person.
But it’s quite possible to have my black wainscoting AND my white trim. This entryway is one of the most beautiful examples I’ve seen.
But with this option, I have one main concern, and that’s that my rolling doors will blend right in with the wainscoting when they’re open. When they’re closed, that’s not an issue, since the doorway is framed with white trim. But when the doors are open, there’s no white trim around the doors to define them and set them apart from the wainscoting. And if the wainscoting is black, I’ll have black doors blending in with black wainscoting. UNLESS…I paint the wainscoting a very dark charcoal gray or off-black so that it’s a slightly different color.
One thing I’m not concerned about at all is the “bumblebee” effect of my yellow piano against black wainscoting. 🙂 In fact, I find it a little humorous, and I think a little lightheartedness in decorating is perfectly fine.
And of course, the obvious third option is to “wallpaper” the whole walls with no wainscoting.
Every time I start to convince myself that this is the best option, I get worried that the end result will look way too busy, and I talk myself out of it.
So, the clock is ticking, and I have to make a decision by Wednesday night at the latest. If I were to choose my absolute favorite, regardless of any other factors, I’d go with the black wainscoting with white trim. That’s by far my favorite look. But when I factor in those black rolling doors, I just don’t know if it’ll work (although I just realized that it works in the entryway by Bailey McCarthy above, which has a black door).
*Sigh* I just don’t know.
One thing that I love about my new French door wall panels is that it gives much more definition between the entryway and the music room than the pony walls and columns ever did, which I really like. With the pony walls and columns, I don’t think black wainscoting would have worked at all. Now that there’s more definiton/separation, I think it’s a viable option if it’ll work with my rolling doors. I’ll show y’all tomorrow how the French door panels turned out!
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