Before & After: Timothy's Deep Charcoal Living Room

Before & After: Timothy's Deep Charcoal Living Room

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New York, NY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
We purchased our first home in September of 2014, a 700 SQ FT apartment originally built in the 1950s. It was an estate sale and and in rough shape. Ideally, we would've gutted the entire place, but we knew that most of our limited budget needed to go to an overhaul of the kitchen and bathroom. Using what money we had left over, we tackled our living room to give the long, drab room a clean and modern feeling. With refinished floors and new base moulding done by professional contractors, we tackled the walls ourselves to save money, and bought new furniture to fit the room's odd long and narrow shape. Even though the room only gets minimal natural light, we went against conventional wisdom and a chose a deep charcoal color for the walls. The dark color helps to make the space feel more cozy, and the eggshell finish did wonders to minimize the wall's many imperfections. Factoring in costs for labor, materials and new furniture, we ended up spending just under $10,000 on this room.
My makeover advice::
Don't be afraid to make mistakes and try different things even if you're not totally sure it's the right choice. Since moving in, we've had 3 wall colors in this room before we landed on one that felt right. We also experimented with several different furniture configurations over several months before we found one that made sense.
What I love most about my new space::
The bold wall color and mix of materials make for lots of visual interest. The addition of large pieces of artwork--some of which were DIY projects too--all work to create an eclectic yet cohesive feeling.
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