Gold Standard

Gold Standard

I’m not really sure why this particular wall color was chosen for this particular room, but I’m willing to bet the decision making process involved darts being thrown at a color wheel or someone losing a bet.  And see that lovely gold couch?  It’s a sentimental piece, but the poor thing was just getting lost in the chaos. 

Well, Trish was ready for a more serene feel, something a little more worthy of the couch, so out went the green walls and the checkered drapes in exchange for a soothing Wickham Gray and some lovely new curtains fashioned with Annie Selke fabric and IKEA panels. (Love that idea, going to try it.)  And boy howdy, does that couch shine now! 

Check out more of this room on Trish’s blog, The Old Post Road.




  1. June 14, 2011 / 2:58 AM

    wow the whole room looks a lot bigger with the new color scheme! <3 it!

  2. June 14, 2011 / 5:08 AM

    Most of the afters that you share are truly better afters, but every now and then….

    Meaning no offense to the owner, I don’t think this was a successful makeover.

    The green walls and plaid drapes while bright, were lively and cheerful, but I find the grey and white just plain dull. The room no longer has a personality.

    Part of the reason the room looks bigger is that the piano and chair are gone, replaced by a mostly unadorned, much smaller chest that, incidentally, looks much more suited to a bedroom. (Also the after photo was taken from much farther back in the room, so the whole room appears larger.)

    The brown rug and gold sofa just add nothing. And why, for heaven’s sake are they placed right in front of the fireplace?? The fireplace could/should be a lovely focal point for the room. Grey is the “hot new color for interior design, but this room just doesn’t make it! There is nothing that ties the room together!

    I sure would have made different choices for drapes, accessories, and furniture placement…..but then, it’s not my house! If they like it, I guess that’s all that matters. 🙂

  3. June 14, 2011 / 5:12 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with melody! She is dead on. This after is not better, not even close I looked back and forth three different times to see if these were posted backwards. This did nothing for this room. Fireplace is suddenly hidden and the color was so so so so so much better before.

  4. June 14, 2011 / 5:54 AM

    i do love the color change. but, why in the world would the couch be placed blocking the fireplace? isn’t that like the #1 rule for rearranging furniture? someone should let them know. p.s. love love the painting above the mantle

  5. June 14, 2011 / 8:51 AM

    I disagree with some of the others, I think the room has a sophisticated, understated feel to it now. Bright and colorful isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

  6. June 14, 2011 / 11:37 AM

    Wow- Hard to believe a coat of paint can make such a difference but this room is gorgeous after that green went bye bye!

  7. June 14, 2011 / 1:03 PM

    oh my gosh! what an upgrade! i love looking at your blog because it leaves a very specific satisfaction. thank you for blogging!
    i would LOVE if you checked out my humble blog.

  8. June 14, 2011 / 1:37 PM

    Gorgeous. I love the transformation. The couch looks so grand now. And why not break a few decorating rules.

  9. June 14, 2011 / 6:45 PM

    I love the green and the couch, but you’re right, not in the same room! It looks like a leprechaun’s dream!

    The couch really stands out in the after. A few more gold and mustard accents in the accessories would really pull it all together.

  10. Anonymous
    April 2, 2012 / 7:39 PM

    I was scrolling down and praying that they didnt change the couch! and was so please! i love the after and think it is wonderful!!

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