Here is a picture of our family room from the seller's photos. Sorry, it's the only one I have that shows it before all the painting I did.
Shortly after we moved in, one of the first things I did was paint the fireplace mantel white. I just didn't like that oak color, and you couldn't see the beautiful details at all. I had been in love with white mantels for a long time, so I was pretty excited to do it! I also painted the left and right side walls a soft green color.
Originally, I left the wall above the fireplace that khaki color - it looked pretty good, I thought.
Here is a photo taken around Easter after I painted the mantel.
Sorry, the wall color looks a little weird in this pic, but it's the same as above.
See all the cute detail in the mantel?
Recently I decided with the soft green walls, and dark brown furniture that the fireplace wall needed a punch of color. This room connects with the dining area and kitchen, and I have these gorgeous rugs I bought at Pier 1 that have all the colors I want.
There is brown, the green of my walls, beige, mustard and a warm rusty red color.
I also bought these dried peppers in Mexico that bring that punch of rusty red in. They are HUGE - but I love them! haha
So here is my new bright fireplace wall:
It looks pretty orange in the picture, but trust me, it's not. It's more of a brownish color really. I love it! Every time I look over at that wall, it just looks so warm and yummy. hahaha(maybe cozy is a better word).
Here is a side-by-side for you to compare:
What do you think? Seriously - it looks so much better in person. The only bad thing is, it totally clashes with my Valentine Decorations!
The next thing I need to work on is window treatments - I hate bare windows!
UPDATE: Here is an after after picture.... :)
We added shelves!! You can read the full post HERE.
Well, thanks for stopping by!