Color Correcting my Home

 

I am slowly trying to neutralize all the honey/beige/warm tones in my house and it has taken quite some time. I'm so excited to finally be ripping out the horrible beige, chipped tile that covers over half of my first floor (foyer, powder room, kitchen, back addition area).

 
My orange kitchen.

My orange kitchen.

I use rugs to cover the beige tile as much as possible.

I use rugs to cover the beige tile as much as possible.

 

I'm doing hardwood to match what is existing in my living and dining room.

Hardwoods in living/dining area. And a room that is not orange!

Hardwoods in living/dining area. And a room that is not orange!

Then patterned tile in the kitchen (can you imagine all that honey colored wood together??), penny rounds in the powder room, and a charcoal colored "looks like wood" tile for back entry way area.

I often feel like I am digging myself out of a bottomless hole when it comes to my house. And I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way, because I like the work. But it's one of those...If I replace the flooring, then what about these baseboards? And how can I touch up paint that I want to change? And how can we NOT replace this toilet and wallpaper that is peeling off? And do I really want to match tile to this granite which I will eventually replace? And so on.

It's a work in progress and I'm not sure it will ever be done. And I'm kind of OK with that. Our previous homeowners left us plenty of work to dig our way out of. They made some odd choices.

Like, "Let's match the kitchen cabinetry to the hardwood floor stain to the tile color. Everything will look orange! What a great idea!"

I swear to you when we bought the house the kitchen was even painted orange. Oh wait! I found the photo. My apologies in advance.

 
My home as furnished by previous home owners. Their other furniture was purple and leather. A nice compliment to the orange.

My home as furnished by previous home owners. Their other furniture was purple and leather. A nice compliment to the orange.

 

As a designer, I think it's fun to work with distinct boundaries. If you gave me a plot of grass to build on my head would spin (with excitement but still....where to begin?!!?). But give me an old 1960 center-staircase colonial with a bad addition, too many soffits all over the place, bad flooring but still a good, sweet soul...I can work with that.

So, I knew I wanted to neutralize the warm bieges so I decided to go with a patterned tile in the kitchen. I wanted that updated Spanish tile feeling.

Here are my inspiration pics for this look.

Ultimately, I decided I really was attracted to black/white/neutrals so I zero'd in on the above pattern above as one of my favorites and then went searching and found the tile on the below right as my kitchen choice.

Inspiration Pic / Actual tile select

Inspiration Pic / Actual tile select

I like that it has a taupe that plays off the flecks of warmer tones in the granite. And I also thought, let's stay the hell away from orange or honey tones for God's sake.

Here is the select pictured in kitchen.

It's almost beginning to look like a kitchen that was done after the millenium. Pretty exciting.

This is the tile for the back area of my house that was, yes, also beige.

And cream penny rounds for the powder room. (The wallpaper in there is also orange-y and leopard print. I will spare you.)

 
 
 

I will post when finished! Nothing excites me like new flooring!!!

 

Happy Decorating.

xx

Anna