One Room Challenge Spring 2020: Living Room Week 3

It’s been a productive week for my One Room Challenge! I painted the room, and we couldn’t be happier with it!

It’s Jet Black by Benjamin Moore, and it’s what moody dreams are made of! I’m so glad I made the decision to take the black paint from floor to ceiling. Meaning, I painted the baseboards and crown molding as well. I didn’t do that in here prior to this, and I think it really brings the eye all the way up and makes the room appear taller. Which I think is helpful when painting it such a dark color. Here’s the “before” where it was still white…

Saying goodbye to the wall stencil I did nine years ago!

And after…

I was too lazy to move the furniture all the way out. Lol! Risky!

Frogtape® was a huge help with this! I don’t do a painting project without it! It never fails to leave crisp lines when it’s time to pull it off. It has a patended paintblock® technology that prevents the paint from seeping underneath. If you’re new here, you can see the reveal of my FrogTape® Paintover Challenge I won in 2018, by clicking HERE, and the YouTube video of my interview HERE.

My biggest tip for peeling off painter’s tape is to do it at a 45 degree angle and also do it while it’s still slightly wet. Makes the world of difference!

We just love the overall feeling of the room now. It’s rich and sophisticated and classic and moody. Certainly makes us want to come in here with a good book! Which is a good thing, because the new chairs arrived!

Aren’t they beautiful? I’m so happy with the color! Always a gamble to order online, but in person they really are a fabulous rust hue. And I love the brass legs!

So, the next step for me has been narrowing down rug options. I’ve struggled with this! I want to bring out the color of the chairs, but I don’t necessarily want too much of it in the rug, because then it becomes “the orange room.” I wanted something vintage inspired. Something that partially reminds me of my dad’s prayer rugs and partially reminds me of all the live shows I’ve been to – where my favorite musicians are always playing their guitars while standing on beautiful Persian rugs. You know what I’m talking about, right? 🙂 Sadly, the real deals are very expensive. So far, this is the rug I’ve settled on….

It’s on the way and I’ll be sure to show it in place, next week. I loved how warm it is. The gold color really drew me in with just a hint of rust mixed in. I wish the darker areas were black instead of navy, but I’m hoping once it’s in the room, it may read black? We shall see.

The main thing I struggled with was trying to figure out which size to order! Unfortunately, the sizes offered were just odd. An 8 x 10 would be perfect, but it was either 6 ft 7 in x 9 ft 4 in, or 7 ft 10 in x 11 ft 2 in. I needed more width than length. I mapped it out on the floor with my Frogtape® (funny how much it comes in handy for!) and realized that the smaller size just didn’t go under the furniture enough and that was going to drive me crazy. Lol. I know it may have seemed obvious from the get-go to order the bigger one, but I actually didn’t like the extra foot in the length. I was hoping the rug wouldn’t go under the cabinets going on the far wall, but so be it.

Here’s another one I considered. So inexpensive! …

What do you think? I love how it would tie in with the walls, but would it be too much orange? Here’s the mood board showing both…

Still playing around with different coffee tables and end tables. Both linked at the end of this post.

I also totally got ahead of myself and ordered some goodies for accessorizing the room:) Couldn’t help myself- it’s my favorite part! But I won’t share those just yet. Stay tuned, friends! I gotta spread this content out! Lol. I’m simultaneously working on my master closet makeover. The new closet system arrived and it’s time to start putting it together. I shared the plans for that earlier this week. Busy, busy! And thank goodness, really. Staying busy is the only thing keeping me sane during this quarantine! If you’re new here, click HERE to read all about what I’m loving and what I’m missing while at home these days:)

Shop the room…

Stay tuned for next week! I’ve got tools on the way to start working on the arch trim going over the sofa. The walls could use one more coat of paint, but I figured I’d wait for the trim to go up before making it perfect;) We”ll also see what the rug looks like in here, and fingers crossed, the cabinets from Universal Furniture may arrive!

Cheers,

Haneen

*This post was generously sponsored by Frogtape®. And Benjamin Moore provided the paint. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Jenasie Earl says:

    This room is my fave that I’ve seen yet. I love that you went bold with the black. I’m always nervous to paint baseboards, but every time I see it done I love it. This room tho, is soooo good Haneen! Can’t wait to see the rest come together.

  2. Demi says:

    Love this entire look! Those chairs are gorgeous!!

  3. I am in love with the rich black! It is looking stunning and super chic.

  4. Nikki says:

    Swoon! I love this soo much. You can’t go wrong with either rug, the gold is brighter and the black looks so good on the second! Btw, the chairs and couch are so sleek and scrumptious.

  5. Mickey Wood says:

    i love the black moulding. totally sophisticated. and the chair, which i liked as soon as you showed them. as far as the rug choice, i think the second one is fabulous! i hope you go wit that one.💖

  6. Channing says:

    Haneen it’s beautiful! I’m only following three rooms this time and I love watching how it’s coming together. I love the black too. I like the first rug more it helps it not look like the “orange room”.

  7. I love the black walls with the orange chairs and those lights. This looks amazing!!

  8. The black looks so sophisticated! I love the moodboard and am excited to follow this room throughout the challenge.

  9. Ellen Rebeka says:

    I love it. I love the first rug that is one the way. The second one is nice but I like the first one the best.

  10. I love the black walls! I painted my dining room black a few years ago and still love it! I like the first rug better as it’s more muted, vintage looking and personally that’s the look I like best.

  11. That black is looking amazing! I am so loving it as a backdrop for those rust velvet chairs

  12. tim says:

    loving the moody color and how you’ve warmed up the space with those gorgeous chairs and that sofa has a beautiful curve! so hard to pick which rug to go for! i think i am more leaning toward the second one!

  13. Jenna Pilant of Room Bloom Design says:

    Great Pop of color 👍

  14. Jewel says:

    That black!!!! Also, the rug you picked is my fav too. Looking sooo good!

  15. Jewel says:

    That black!!!! Also, the rug you picked is my fav too. Looking sooo good!

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