Oh man, this post is SO long coming. When I completely painted and made over our wood hutch a few months back, I promised I’d share more about our front room makeover soon. Welllll, one positive pregnancy test, lots of morning (aka all-day) sickness, and about six weeks later, I’m finally getting around to sharing some pictures of our front room makeover!
This room is a small space right off our front door (you can see our most recent house tour from a few months ago here). I think it’s designed to be a “sitting room” or more formal parlor of sorts, but it’s not our main living space so it really isn’t all that functional. It might eventually become some sort of kids’ space for homework, books, etc, but for now, it’s just a fun space we get to play with and walk by without really doing anything practical there (we’ll soak that in as much as we can before kiddos enter the picture and destroy everything, you know?).
When we started, everything in this room just seemed BEIGE. It’s the same paint color as the rest of our main level (a pretty greige from Behr called Wheat Bread), but that paint combined with the burlap curtains we inherited from the previous owner, our brown coffee table, our brown hutch, and the tan sofa we bought when we got married made the whole space just feel blah and beige and boring. It needed some brightness, lightness, and color and I was more than happy to give it just that! So without further ado…
The first step that inspired me to makeover this room was painting the hutch. We inherited this beautiful piece from a friend’s grandparents, but the dark wood just didn’t fit in our new, open space. I wanted something light that would fit into the general theme of whites, blues, and greens throughout our house, so I chose a light shade of green-blue-gray that would add light to a room instead of absorb it all. You can read more about how I made over this hutch here, but for now, let’s just admire how bright and pretty it is, shall we?
Next, we needed to fill that big wall. I’ve always loved the look of frames and art of various sizes lined up on a shelf (Shelf gallery walls? Is there a name for this?), so with that vision in mind I started looking for some fun pieces to add. We bought the little hanging white shelves from Ikea for about $5 a pop, and then I did my super formal and fancy method for creating gallery walls and just played around with everything we had out on the floor until I found a combination that looked good together. (See below for a picture of how glamorous things look when we work on our house.)
We did have to be creative to get multiple frames to fit on the shelf, so there are lots of Command strips holding these frames to the wall and to each other. But you can’t see those unless you look really close, so I think we’re good. When I do a gallery wall, I try to keep a general color theme and make sure there is overall balance in the layout. For this, I tried to stick with crisp whites, rustic wood, and some shades of blue and green and have pieces of relatively equal height on either side to keep it balanced. I love how it turned out!
A quick side-note…I love this silly map print we found in Colorado. I’m a big believer that the things on our walls should be both beautiful things we love and silly things that tell our story, and since we laughed about this map print for about 30 minutes during our trip to Boulder, CO, we love having it up in our home to make other people giggle too! (PS, I stole this picture off of the Sunny Side Up Etsy shop because I think it’s actually impossible for me to take a picture of a frame with glass on it and not have it be a shiny white square. My photography skills are quite limited, people.)
The rest of the furniture in here is a hodge-podge of things we already had (like the couch, end table, hutch, lamps, etc), and things we’ve gradually accumulated, like this coffee table we’ve admired at World Market forever and finally bought when it was on major sale AND we had a coupon. I love the soft, weathered look of the wood in this coffee table and think it looks so pretty with the crisp whites and blues of the gallery wall and the hutch!
Finally, I added some pretty white curtains (Ikea), a cheap light fixture (also Ikea) to replace the big metallic one that was there before, grabbed some pillows and accessories from other parts of the house (and two new sale pillows from Target), and called it good! This space will very likely be a work in progress as our little ones grow and we figure out a more functional use for it in the years to come. But for now, I love how clean and bright it looks, especially opposite our dining room which has a more moody feel to it.
Since we moved into this house, I’ve learned that decorating and creativity come in seasons, that sometimes I feel motivated to work on my home and sometimes I need to dedicate my time and energy elsewhere. It took several months for all the pieces of this room to come together, but I’m so glad we took the time to let it happen. Because you know what? I think the final result is pretty darn beautiful. And if it makes me smile every time I walk by it, then I call it a room well decorated!
Here’s where I need your help: The two things left to do in this room are fill that back corner (that currently has just a lonely little floor lamp) and put something by the window. I’m thinking maybe some sort of end table/lamp combo in that corner or a pretty, rustic wood blanket ladder. For the window, I’m dreaming of some sort of tufted bench (gray maybe?) or something else low and small that might be a good place to sit while putting shoes on or something like that. But maybe a chair could work? I clearly haven’t made up my mind yet! Any other suggestions? I love hearing other people’s ideas!