What would you do with this amazing room?
defender808
October 8, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is an 1923 Craftsman home. It has ALL wood walls. Pine with beveled trim and lots of accents. What would you do to lighten it up?
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rnonwheels
Paint some of them!! Don't be afraid to just because "it's wood", better is better!
October 8, 2013 at 6:56pm        Thanked by defender808
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PYRAMID DESIGN GROUP
TO start with---remove carpet, refinish or install hardwood floors, use area rugs. replace existing wall sconces in last picture
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October 8, 2013 at 6:57pm        Thanked by defender808
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shakerjaebs
I'm not a designer but I'd rip out the carpet first. The wood is gorgeous! I wouldn't paint it!
October 8, 2013 at 6:58pm      Thanked by defender808
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defender808
This is the hallway leading to 4 bedrooms. One of which (the master) which is the picture with the arch windows.
October 8, 2013 at 7:10pm     
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defender808
The master bedroom.
October 8, 2013 at 7:11pm     
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rosecottagehome
Love the fireplace, love, love those arched windows. The wood on the walls, is it oak, I am thinking it may be. This suggestion may be too out there but, just a thought.....could you use that beautiful oak from the walls for the flooring in your entire house that needs new flooring, and then have the walls dry walled? If I haven't made you scream, this lady is a nut......I would leave the wood ceilings, stairs and trim work as is. They would look stunning and contrast nicely with the dry wall. The wood is beautiful, but may be too much of a good thing and does make it dark.
October 8, 2013 at 7:24pm      Thanked by defender808
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Hi Defender! This looks like a house BUILT by a craftsman - full of wood, but with - to my eye - variously styled details. I agree with Pyramid on carpet (obviously well used, and just too light as a reasonable companion to all the wood), and sconce light (some craftsman-styled fixtures would bring some immediate design punch to these areas.

Wonderful window array in master bedroom! From the bit of the place I can see here, I'd lekely put in a good bit more lighting. Especially periodl-styled fixtures that add warm glow to all the wood. Sconces are great for this - will light above themselves on the wall and the ceiling. Maybe paint a ceiling here or there, between the beams left in their wood tones.

Also, alligatored varnish on wood with it's original 1920's finish will have darkened quite a bit with time. Find a spot in a discreet place and experiment with a finish disolver (not remover) and steel wool - to liquify the varnish, work it around, remove half of it or so, and create a newly smooth, lighter look.

It would help to see more photos, and to hear more about your hopes and budget.

Have fun! Mark
October 8, 2013 at 7:41pm        Thanked by defender808
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sstarr
Oil the wood, and add lots of appropriate light fixtures. Take out the carpet of course. Probably hardwood underneath? It's a showplace.
October 8, 2013 at 7:58pm        Thanked by defender808
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hazeldazel
agree with sstarr93, oil the wood (clean it first) and add some lighting. It's gobsmacking gorgeous.
October 9, 2013 at 4:52pm   
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sstarr
I think it's really too bad that somebody painted the brick, and wonder whether you could have it carefully restored. If not, I would tone down the white.
October 9, 2013 at 5:44pm   
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loganp1980
I would get new flooring but maybe not wood since there is so much already. Maybe a nice bright tile floor.
October 9, 2013 at 5:58pm   
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