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Knotty to Nice: Painted Wood Paneling Lightens a Room's Look

Children ran from the scary dark walls in this spare room, but white paint and new flooring put fears and style travesties to rest Full Story
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jlhaner: I'm so happy you like what we did- based on your pictures, it is SO doable. One question- is that 2 different rooms and where are they in relation to each other ? You have a lot going for you already with those vaulted ceilings and huge windows and great stone fireplace. We started by adding a lot of built-in lighting to try to bring more light into the room before taking the plunge and painting, but what we found and what I suspect you'll find is that all that dark wood was absorbing all the light from the windows/skylights in the room.
My advice: if you're going to take this on, (because your room is quite large, like ours) take it one bite at a time. Set a task for yourselves and do it, and don't worry about what you've gotten yourself into!

In the vaulted celing room: I would leave the beams dark but paint the bookcases, wood ceiling, and all of the window trim. Some ppl choose to leave ceilings wood in rooms like these but I think it looks confused . Mantle : u could do a reclaimed wood one that matches the beams or white. Painting the window trim white in both those spaces will change your life. I would also paint beadboard/wainscot on the bottom of the green room white. I used Farrow and Ball's Lime White (kind of looks like aged book pages) on the paneling and backs of bookcases for subtle contrast, and a high white for the bookcases themselves and all window trim and crown molding. I think you could use a neutral grasscloth in lieu of green paint. If u want to do hardwoods instead of carpet that would be amazing.
Not sure where the home is, but we 're in upstate NY and didn't want to
look too Nantuckety. Using neutrals on walls/ceilings/ major furnishings and adding color with rugs/pillows/antiques is how I decided to respect the space - our home is a colonial and I was going for warm, not stark white. I have a great idea for a light fixture u could hang down from the middle of the vaulted ceiling to downscale the room and create a cozy feeling. Hope that helps! U can e-mail me at cgdjrb@yahoo.com if u have more questions - I love to talk houses! Best- Jessica
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Jessica,

Thank you so, so much for all the great advice. Yes, the carpets will soon be history in favor of hardwoods. We used to live in an historic home in the Princeton, NJ area and I really miss hardwood floors throughout. Fortunately 1 floor in this home is done... This is a mountain house near Asheville, so this style is a huge departure from our home in the North. The top two pictures are of one room, the bottom left is the family room and the bottom right is our bedroom. I'll definitely take you up on your gracious email offer. Warm regards!
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