I think most of you know that I have a step by step approach to decide on colors for wall, trim, tile, etc. I start with something I love (fabric, artwork, favorite pillow, etc) and build from there (for more how-to, see this blog post How to Choose Paint Colors).
For the duplex, we got off to an easy start! The gorgeous stained glass in the living room of both units gave us our starting point. It has a beautiful color palette with earthy colors - golds, creams, green and a bit of aubergine (aka purple).
Oh, and remember the plaster repair that was being done all over the 2 units? Well look at the difference in the ceiling!
The tile in the Owner's Kitchen still needs to be grouted.....but I'm loving the look! Can't decide what I like best: spherical pendant, tile or industrial style faucet!!!
We went with a marble tile in the Tenants Kitchen - but with the same inset style and a chicken wire and glass pendant. Still a little work to do, but once the tile is finished and the open shelves are installed, it will be great!
The first floor bathrooms already had quite a bit of the creamy color with the tile, so we wanted to go with something a bit more monochromatic. We choose Shoji White in an eggshell finish (eggshell is much more durable in a bathroom with the high humidity).
And in the upstairs bathrooms? We wanted to have a little more color! So here we went with a color called Mild Blue. It's a great companion for the tile floor, with its glass and marble mini mosaic.
Finally, we had to choose carpet color. We wanted to do the master bedrooms in wall-to-wall carpet. I know, I know, carpet isn't trendy these days. But I still like it for a bedroom. It warms up the space (particularly for bare feet!) and absorbs a lot of sound as well. We went with a mini pattern, low pile carpet in a color called Hazelnut. It's soft underfoot and looks great in the Master Bedroom of each unit.
The guys are finishing up the painting now. We're in the home stretch on this project. Can't wait to see it all finished!