When you renovate a house for resale, you usually are very careful to select neutral colors that appeal to the broadest popular audience. That’s why you see so many gray interiors with gleaming white kitchens. That’s what’s popular right now, though I’m sure someday it will look as horrible as brown wood cabinets with laminate counters look to buyers today. And walls today seem to be nothing but various shades of “crisp white.” Actually, it’s been hard to find color at all in the past couple of years—even the beloved “pops of color” are getting fewer and fewer.
For the Bobcat Lair, we are taking a little liberty with the gray on white theme, since we do plan to live there for a few years before finding another homestead to renovate. I decided to bite the bullet and put in gray cabinets and some gray walls, assuming that will still work in a few years. And I am tempering the gray with a lot of neutral cream, which even Joanna Gaines would like, I’m sure.
But, we are going bold with our pops of color, and most rooms have colorful accent walls. The main living area will have a gray wall that matches the cabinets, which you can see in the photo here. It should all be painted the next time I drop by.
As you can see in the gallery below, there is a lot of green and orange in the house. The laundry/powder room is Copper Penny, as is one of the walls in the new bedroom. That will keep you awake! And one of the existing bedrooms has an orange wall, too. The other existing bedroom has a green wall (not shown), but I also decided to paint the breakfast area a lovely grayish green, that even Ruben the GC liked enough to save to recommend to future clients. I think it will look GREAT with the kitchen, and gives a bit of interest when looking from the living area. Our office, as we’ve mentioned, has no windows, so there is a rather intense spring green wall in there. That room needs cheer! We did decide against painting the hallway that green. That would have been a bit much.
But there are a few other colors. There’s a chocolate brown in the wine room (which we hope will have white or cream shelving in it), and on the master bedroom’s accent wall. And yes, the master is yellow. I ordered some cheerful bedding that will really make it a happy, bright room, plus there are curtains that match the brown wall, so it will be a little less intense.
The master bathroom had still not been painted last time I was in the house. I’ll save THAT color for another blog. It better look good.
The idea behind all these bright colors is that it will be very easy to repaint them all the accent wall gray, or even the cream color when it’s time to move on. I get some fun colors (very different from any house I’ve ever owned), but I haven’t made it hard to sell in the future. Seems reasonable to me!
In other news, tile is also happening. Sadly, they messed up on the master bathroom and there ended up not being enough of the beautiful accent tile to finish (see photo in gallery). Of course, since we bought that stuff 2.5 years ago, it’s discontinued. They called all over the US to try to find a store that still had some, but no luck. I’m afraid we are going to have to use the accent tile from the other new bathroom on the top row. That may or may not look yucky.
The trim and doors are still getting installed, and shelving is going in all the closets. There will be a good deal of storage, thankfully.