When we bought our house we bought it with the intention of either renting it out eventually or reselling it. We figured it would be at least 2-3 years before we did either of those things, but life, it is a changin', and it looks like we'll be trying to rent it out sooner rather than later. I can't go into all the deets yet, but I will let you all know as soon as I can!
What this means as far as the house goes is that I've had to scrap my whole design plan. Even though I love white walls and their versatility, I had planned on reaching out of my comfort zone and experimenting with color in this house. Well, now we want the interior to have a little more of a universal appeal rather than being tailored to our tastes in hopes of acquiring renters soon after we move out. So, guess what? For the most part we'll be going with white walls in the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom, and laundry room. I'm kind of excited about it! The idea with going with white walls is to make the interior feel really crisp and clean and also give the renters a mostly blank slate if they'd like to paint. The wood floors in image 1 and 3 below are similar to how I'm hoping ours will come out. They will add an element of warmth to a mostly white space and keep it from feeling cold and bland.
In the bedrooms I'll be going with a bluish grey. I want them to feel really calming and it is a color that a lot of people gravitate towards.
We'll be going with white trim instead of the grey I had planned on originally that way if renters would like to paint, the grey trim won't be a problem. And I can't leave this house without doing a little something off the beaten path. I love some strong contrast in a space. I feel like it gives a space depth and helps to ground it. To counteract all the white and help ground the interior without the aid of rugs and furniture and accessories, I'm going to paint the interior doors black as well as install black lower cabinets in the kitchen, and if I can convince the husband, put some black tile around the fireplace between the mantel and the firebox.
To wrap it all up:
- We're going with white in the main living spaces to give a fresh, crisp, clean feel and allow renters a blank slate.
- We're going with a bluish grey in the bedrooms to make them feel calm and inviting.
- We're painting the interior doors black and installing black lower cabinets in the kitchen to help ground a very white and neutral interior in order to give it some depth without the aid of furniture, rugs, and other decor.
- The wood floors will add warmth and also help keep the space from feeling bland.
- And not mentioned above, but we'll be using mostly muted brass hardware like in the kitchen above to also add an element of warmth and a little bling.
The goal is to keep the palette simple, classic, and sophisticated.
I'm trying to view and prep this place as if we were selling it in order to hopefully attract renters quickly and also hopefully attract either a young couple or family that will take care of the house and be a good fit for our family-oriented neighborhood.
I'm really excited about the new color palette, but a little sad that I probably won't get to style and accessorize it.
I also haven't decided what to do with the office yet. I kind of want to go with the bluish grey because it doesn't really get enough light in there to paint it white, but we shall see. It's our storage room right now so it will probably be the last room we touch.
Tomorrow I'll be back to share what our house looks like right now in the middle of renovations. It ain't pretty but it's reality and I want to give you guys hope whether you're renovating yourselves right now or will be sometime in the future. It's got to get ugly before it gets pretty!
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