Our new house is a 1900 Colonial Revival, which I have learned is essentially a mixture of styles all uniquely American.
It is a blank slate for us to work with to create a new home – both exhilarating and overwhelming all at once.
We have a lot of work planned, update windows, improve front curb appeal, new kitchen, new bathrooms, rip up wall to wall carpet and lay hardwood floors…we will attempt to live in the house through most of it.
One of the most important first steps will be to get the third floor bedrooms move in ready – which we hope to do with minimal work.
We peeled back to wall to wall carpet to find the original oak floors, that appear to be painted, likely with lead based paint. Our options are a.) tear out and replace with new hardwood, or b.) repaint to contain the lead.
We are going to try option “b” first. It will likely be the least expensive and most timely option, plus, it will be in keeping with the original style.
The first question then, is what color? My initial thought was either a light off white to give an airy feeling, something like this room done by Rafe Churchill (I love his work):
Another option would be a light grey blue/green, like you might see on a paint d covered porch. We had one like this in the Vermont farmhouse I grew up in: