I'm sure it seems silly that we haven't painted our walls yet, but it's really hard to narrow it down!
Our plans for the living room so far:
1. Scrape off the popcorn ceiling down to the plaster and resurface it. Of course, first we have to make sure there's no asbestos in it, by dropping off a sample at an environmental services company. If it is asbestos, then we'll just have to cover it with a drywall ceiling -- as long as we can get one thin enough that it won't obscure the crown moldings.
2. Restore those crown moldings! The moldings in historic homes were most often originally white. However, the original moldings in Craftsman style homes like ours were often dark, stained wood, like our window frames. We'll need to get our hands on a heat gun to remove some paint and see. And ask many questions of the previous longtime owners -- a wonderful family who still live locally, and whom we knew by 2 degrees even before we bought the house! (Ypsi is so small).
3. Paint the walls in a lush, Craftsman color (when we finally pick one). Part of what we love, love, love about our house is the gorgeous, distinct historic style that comes with it. The craftsmen, designers, and architects of the Arts & Crafts movement had particular colors in mind when they designed all the details we love, like the arches, built-ins, solid wood window and door frames, etc. We want to work with that style to bring the intended beauty out and not work against it. You'd think that would make narrowing down our paint colors easy -- but there are still SO many choices!
4. Finish it off with a stencil or trim.
Craftsman/Arts & Crafts Inspiration...
A crude mock-up exploring paint possibilities...