Just purchased a 1927 tudor and it is our dream home after years of looking, moving, searching. I am so ready to settle in with our 3 little boys and just grow some roots. Space has always been a big issue, both physical space and a "feeling" of space.
I know it is a travesty to cover up or erase period details so I am having a hard time with this. I really love this old house and don't want to do it a disservice. The living room has a vaulted wood ceiling, stained very dark, and original. My first thought was to lighten the stain, or even strip it then do a wash and go for the Swedish look. But it is very cost prohibitive. Soo...second thought was to just paint the ceiling but not the beams. Is this a bad idea?
We are not moved in yet, these are pictures during our inspection with previous owners items.
The floors are a medium oak. Our style is rustic with a little sparkle. Sofa is layered whites/creams, fireplace chairs are belgian linen, I have a 12 light antler chandelier being made, lots of layered creams, oatmeal, some grey, burnished gold here and there, some old silver, a vintage Navajo rug to hang over the fireplace. (we are taking the clock down).
I would like to keep the walls a nice cream. Thinking RL Pale Cream, or maybe since it has good light from the S, W and North I should go on the cooler side with something like a BM French Canvas or even Celery Salt? I like lighter straw tones, but I am afraid with all that light it would really warm up too much? Thoughts? And, then what do I paint the ceiling? Just a nice subtle cream, a little lighter than the walls? The ceiling remains pretty dark in the day. Or is there a trick like using a perle somehow up there? Will the dark beams stick out too much, in a bad way? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance. Any ideas for anything else you see is welcome. These bay windows are going to be tricky for me. Thanks again.