I’m suffering from indecisiveness with two different things right now. Let me share.
First up, I’m not sure about the bookshelves in the music room. You’ll remember that they started out all white, and the doors were black.
And then last year, I did some repainting. The doors are now a dark teal (the same Kristi Teal that is on the living room fireplace and the entryway wall), and I also painted the insides of the bookshelves that same teal.
Well, now I’m not so sure if I like the choppiness/striped effect of having just the insides of the bookcases painted, and I’m thinking about painting everything from floor to ceiling just on that wall in the dark teal.
I’ve been heavily influenced by Lucy at Craftberry Bush, who’s kind of followed the same trajectory with her fireplace wall in her living room. Her fireplace is flanked by bookcases, and the entire wall started out all white, which you can see in older photos in her Instagram feed. Here’s an example…
And then she painted just the backs of the bookcases a dark navy blue. You can see lots of before and after pics of that in this post.
And then towards the end of last year, she painted the entire wall a very dark, almost black color. You can see many more pictures of that here.
And now, every time I see a picture of this beautiful wall of hers pop up on my Instagram feed (you can follow her here), I have a strong urge to pick up a paint brush and paint my entire music room wall dark teal.
I almost think it would highlight the design on the doors more, because right now, the bookcases draw attention since they’re two different colors. If they were all dark, they would kind of disappear and the eye would be drawn more towards the door design. Right?
Honestly, the only thing that has held me back is knowing where to stop. That always trips me up, because the basesboards that wrap around the bookcases are actually part of the bookcases, so I think those would need to be dark teal.
But isn’t the crown molding also part of the bookcases? Or is the crown molding more part of the ceiling? Lucy didn’t paint her crown molding dark, and it looks great. And I think on my particular ceiling design in this room, the crown moulding is more part of the ceiling design and not the bookcase design, so I’d leave mine white as well.
So I think I should go for it, right? It’s just paint, after all. Maybe I can finish up my kitchen organization projects, and then spend a few hours painting this wall, and then jump into my reupholstering projects.
And I know I need new pictures. That one above still has the dreadful gray bathroom vanity. 😀
But speaking of upholstery projects, that’s my second area of indecisiveness. As I showed you yesterday, I have ordered and received the fabrics that I have planned to use on the chairs in the living room. One is a bright floral, and the other is a solid velvet. I have the sources in yesterday’s post.
I plan for the floral to be wrapped around the backs and sides of the chairs, and the solid velvet (since it’s much harder wearing fabric) to be on the front and seat.
So in addition to the chairs upholstered in those two fabrics, the other new piece of furniture going in there will be a loveseat/settee that I plan to build and upholster myself using a dark purple velvety chenille fabric that I fell in love with at Joann Fabrics. I don’t think I have a picture of it, but just imagine a gorgeous dark velvety purple. The color is very close to the dark purple stripe in the ottomans in the entryway.
And I planned for that loveseat/settee to sit in front of the big window that looks out to the front porch, flanked by the light purple draperies.
Wow, I really do need to take new pictures. I had a hard time finding any living room pictures at all with the teal fireplace and the purple drapery panel. But that one gives you an idea. And the purple velvety chenille loveseat would go where the light green one currently sits. So the dark purple would be flanked by light purple.
So that’s been the plan for several months now….until a couple of days ago when I realized that I actually have enough of the azalea velvet to do an entire loveseat in that color. And when I’ve searched for velvet loveseats, the ones upholstered in those bright warm colors are the ones that always catch my eye. In fact, this is the one I saved as inspiration for when I build my own.
I mean, that just makes my heart happy. Isn’t it amazing? Of course, the color I chose is a bit brighter than that one. My fabric looks like this (at least in the Tonic Living photos)…
And I think it would look better sitting next to my dark teal fireplace than a dark purple loveseat would. But then I could use the dark purple with the bright floral on the chairs. So basically, the azalea velvet and the dark purple chenille would just be swapping places.
BUT…I don’t think the azalea looks good that close the light purple drapery fabric. And you see where this is going. One again, I’d be back to the drawing board for living room draperies.
Now before I get raked over the coals for wasting so much money on fabric, let me assure you that all of the past iterations of living room draperies (with the exception of the very first floral) will eventually find homes. I’m really hoping that my black and white striped curtains will work in my studio on the two doors. That’s the current plan, at least. The blue and green ones with the Greek key leading edge will be used in the guest bedroom. And our future bedroom (after the addition) will be a perfect place for these light purple draperies since purple is one of Matt’s favorite colors.
So none of those will go to waste. They’re just being moved around a bit. I love all of the fabrics, so there’s no reason for them to go to waste.
But before I get there, I just need to decide on the upholstery. Azalea and floral together on the chairs, with a dark purple loveseat? Or dark purple and floral together on the chairs with an azalea loveseat?
Honestly, right now, I’m leaning towards an azalea lovseat. I think it would look so pretty sitting next to the dark teal fireplace.