This is our dining area "before." The walls were a dirty white and the pop-out window was a dark, deep purple-blue.
Here is the dining area in it's current "in progress" state. The left wall is painted a light green (Sherwin Williams Progreen Paint in Green Sprout) and the window wall and window area are darker green (SW Rookwood Green). I am loving the new color scheme (those same colors extend into the adjacent living room) and love how fresh some new paint can make a room feel. I like how the dark wood of our dining room table looks in this room. What I don't like is that lighting fixture. It's gold and glass and dated and obtrusive. What would you replace it with? How about window coverings? I love our view out this window (especially now that the window is sparkling clean - thanks Dad!) but the sun can be harsh if you're eating your breakfast at just the right time in the morning, so some type of drapery will be necessary. What about wall hangings? Should I keep my eyes peeled for something for the light green wall? Opinions please!
This is the hallway. I'm standing at the far end, looking toward the living room. The walls were in horrid shape and Dan spent hours spackling, sanding, applying texture and sanding again. I didn't like that it felt so closed in and "dark," which is odd, because it was painted white.
Here is the "in progress" shot of the hallway. I'm standing on the other end. I painted the walls and ceiling a lovely light tan/yellow color. (Sherwin Williams Progreen Paint in Beeswax) I wasn't planning on painting the ceiling at first, but the color totally transformed the walls and I thought the ceiling could use a good transformation as well. I really like how it turned out. So once again, I need your opinions. What do you think about the light fixture? I don't really like it, but can probably live with it for a while. What about the walls? Should I hang pictures? If so, what kind? Are hallways meant for family pictures, as my Mum has suggested? What about the open space at the end of the hallway? It has the potential to be a neat focal point, but I have no idea what to put there.
Feel free to offer opinions and ideas. I know a lot of you are way better at this home improvement stuff than I am.