Remember how I started a new column called Making a House a Home in a rental? Well, first I started out by defining my style and gave some tips on how to identify your own. Then recently I worked with Farrow and Ball on a paint makeover project. This whole time I've been wrestling with what I want to do with my living room. I have a MAJOR thing for pink right now (as do a lot of people. sigh.) I know pink produces the gag factor in a lot of people, but I'm not talking about that pop pink where it's paired with black and "princess" is written in Curlz. Pink, like nearly every color, when paired with the right colors can be gorgeous. For me, a dusty or blush pink paired with lots of greenery and botanical black with golds is the tops. Or a coral pink with emerald green. Gah! It's all about what you put with a color.
SO, I'm going pink. But the problem is, in what combo do I use pink in my living room? As far as I see it, I have a few options. First, paint the walls pink as seen above. These pictures make my heart race. I might die of so much gorgeousness.
Here are the pros to painting our living room pink:
- it's gorgeous
- it's different
- it goes well with greenery and flowers
- then we could get a more neutral sofa and the sofa will be in style longer?
- devil on my shoulder
Here are the cons to painting our living room pink:
- We live in a basement that already doesn't get too much light. I'm afraid that the light we do get will cast a fun golden glow on it. Perhaps painting it white would reflect better and allow us for more light? Anyone have any experience with this?
- Paul's opinion
- what if we get a pink sofa (see below)? Will it be too much?
- angel on my shoulder
The pros of a pink sofa:
- Ummm, a pink sofa.
- So much fun.
The cons of a pink sofa:
- I haven't been able to find the right pink upholstery fabric. If I was in NYC, I'd head to the D&D and I'm sure I'd find it in no time flat. But I live in Utah and we don't have showrooms. If you have any tips on the perfect shade of pink, I'm all ears! I'm thinking more of a dusty pink like the image above, bottom left. I'm thinking velvet or possibly linen. Or maybe I need to take a trip to NYC.
- $$$$. If I had endless amounts of money I wouldn't be so concerned with it, but I struggle with commitment because for us right now, this would be an investment. (Any sofa company or upholsterer or fabric company want to work with us on it? Sigh. High hopes.)
OR, do I go pink walls AND a pink sofa? Of course, it helps when you live in a neoclassical, high-ceilinged house.
Alternatively, I do love me some white walls. And then perhaps I would use it as a canvas for everything else.
- clean & airy
- acts as a canvas
- reflects more light into our basement
- I can still fill our space with lovely artwork
The cons of white walls:
- am I just being a chicken? Our landlord has said we can paint it however we'd like. Do we dare paint it rental white?
- Will a pink sofa against white walls be enough of the statement I'm going for?
Ultimately, I have a hard time deciding on things like this because of where we are at. We don't know how long we will stay here and I have a hard time thinking that I'm investing money into something that won't last long. Do you suffer from this? I know lots of people who make a home wherever they go no matter how long they are there for. That's not me. I've never invested money into any place I've lived. A lot of it is because I know I can't afford the things I really want and I don't want to fill it with just stuff in the mean time. I want the things around me to be meaningful, quality-made, and beautiful.
Or do I just get over it and put up something in the mean time?