When we bought our house, every room on the first floor was painted in very dark, very earthy colors. This is not our style AT ALL and we didn't feel like it fit the vibe of Salem either. So our first major project when we officially closed on the house was to paint every room both upstairs and down. The master bathroom is actually the only room we like the color of and haven't painted over (yet).
For the living room which I'll show here, we opted for a color scheme of gray, duck-egg blue, and navy. We felt like this stayed true to the Federal style of the house and also fit well with the coastal look of Salem. I still don't feel like this room is complete, but it's definitely 100 times better than the day we bought it. Eventually we'll add in those finishing touches and small projects like painting the chest holding the tv to a lighter color to match our coffee table.
Check out these before and afters to really see the transformation! Sorry for the poor quality of the before photos taken from my iphone the day we toured the house. Enjoy!
For the mantle, we painted over the dark brown paint with white and changed out the sconces to something more antique. My husband fell in love with this lion head statement piece (he's a Leo )and we thought this was the perfect spot for it. Also shown: an old oil lamp we picked up at a flea market, a globe and candlesticks we picked up from TJMaxx, and some antique jugs from my grandparents and mom.
The transformation of this room is really night and day! The only thing we kept were the window blinds. We painted the walls a natural gray color, the trim white, and added in a quatrefoil print rug in navy. Also shown: our couch from Ikea, chairs from Amazon, a horse bust from TJMaxx on a small stand from our local consignment shop, end tables we made over with chalk paint (post coming soon), our painted coffee table (here), lamps we also painted, a white tree print and throw pillows from TJMaxx, and a still-life oil painting painted by my grandmother.