Before & After: A Historic Home Goes From Icky Green to Light & Clean

updated May 3, 2019
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When you’re lucky enough to live in a home with beautiful historic architectural features, you probably want to highlight those features with your decor. Paint can work, sure, but maybe not in this icky green color? That’s what Danny and Lyndsay faced when they moved into this Portland, Maine rental. So they used the power of paint to cover up the unpleasant green, refresh the space, brighten the home and turn the focus on one charming architectural feature in particular.

Danny writes:

“Our friends always comment on how open and bright it feels with the high ceilings and white walls. The friends that helped us move in two months ago are amazed at how we turned the place around. When we moved in, the walls were sea-foam green with a dark green trim.”

(Image credit: Lindsay Ribe)

Danny continues:

“…We recently painted the entire apartment white with white trim to tone down some of the massive architectural details and focus on the black fireplaces. This gave us the freedom to start from scratch, decorate minimally and load up on plants. We love having a home that reflects our design style!”

Not all the green is gone, though, as Danny explains in their house tour’s biggest embarrassment: “The inside of one of the closets is still puke green.

(Image credit: Lindsay Ribe)

Thanks Danny and Lyndsay!