before and after

before & after: dining + living room redo

by Kate Pruitt

It seems contradictory that painting walls black could brighten a room, but that’s certainly the result in this lovely dining and living room makeover from painter Adriane Duckworth. The contrast of dark and light, echoed in the furniture as well as the walls, works wonders to modernize and freshen up this space. I also love that the few items of color, like Adriane’s beautiful paintings, pop against the elegant neutral background. Nice work, Adriane! — Kate

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Time: about one month

Cost: $3500

Basic Steps: I started out by replacing all of the furniture and painting the walls, then slowly added more little touches to the room as time went on. My advice is to paint each room with your other rooms in mind. Don’t randomly pick colors; create a scheme that flows from room to room so that there is continuity. I learned this lesson in our first house and will never make that mistake again. — Adriane

Paint colours: Benjamin Moore Blackberry (black walls), Benjamin Moore Cloud White (white walls)
Couch: EQ3
Furniture: Ikea (sideboard, shelves, TV bench, bookcases, area rug, curtains, light fixtures, dining chairs)
Coffee table: The Brick
Dining Table: antique find
Throw pillows: handmade
Artwork: Original paintings by me

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