Over the Christmas Holidays, Daniel and I are exceptionally busy as we transform our home for a new year of broadcasting for YouTube. This is the best time of year to do this for us.
Both Daniel and I are tired of conforming to what others feel a home should look like. We love colour and boldness of colour. To be fair, everything staged in the photographs were items we already owned. The only difference is that we carefully selected the furniture and accessory items to be in this room after we had transformed the walls.
In this article, I am going to share some tips. Though I would love to take credit for the colours, this 100% Diva Dan’s creativity.
Colour Palette by Benjamin Moore Paints
- Main Colour, Crushed Berries (Bubble Gum Look) – Benjamin Moore Paints, 2076-30
- Trim Colour, Metropolis (Silver Look) – Benjamin Moore Paints, CC-546
- Ceiling, Dune White (White Look), Benjamin Moore Paints, CC-70
We used the Benjamin Moore Paint Line. Though Benjamin Moore Paints are typically more expensive than other brands, we opted to use the Aura Waterborne Interior Paint. Though the paint is more expensive, you do not need to prime in advance as this paint has the primer and paint together. We have a dealer for Benjamin Moore Paints here in Walkerton Ontario, they don’t have a website, nor do they sell online. The store is called Cuneo’s.
We are loyal to this store as they are non-judgmental and open to new colour ideas. Their exceptionally friendly staff takes your ideas and helps you with further ideas.
Diva Dan is responsible for the over all look and colour designed. Our goal was to get outside the box on a typical household setting of neutral colours. Knowing we had stylish furniture and artwork, we decided to try a bold approach. Typically, neither of us would ever think to be this bold. We decided to really reach and see where our creativity goes.
Furniture & Decor
The furniture you see is from HomeSense in Ontario Canada. They have really great home decor, kitchenware, linens and much more. We typically visit two locations in Kitchener / Waterloo Ontario. The one in Waterloo is far superior as the one in Kitchener is combined with Winners. They are both owned by the same company; therefore, they are together. The mannequins are also from HomeSense.
Accessories such as the glass raised table in the background and candles, they are from Pier 1. We find Pier 1 to be pricey. Though we visit frequently, we rarely buy anything. If we do splurge, we wait for a sale.
The silver curtains were found at a store in the summer time. The store was going out of business and moving inventory at 70% off.
Daniel and I decided not to have a couch. We find couches to be big and bulky reducing room layout options. We are one to change a room layout frequently. Single chairs gives us unlimited options for how a room can be set up. We don’t have a TV in any living ‘public’ spaces of our home. Only 1 in our bedroom. This means a TV isn’t the focal point where everything must align to.
Typically, Daniel and I have taken years to accumulate our furniture and accessories. We wait for sales to ensure we don’t break the bank to pay full retail price if we can avoid it.
Cost of Transformation
This renovation cost us about $170 CDN to do. With paint and painting supplies. We did minor repairs to the walls with putty to fix up surfaces with nails and etc. Considering how differently it looks, it was pretty inexpensive.
This house has been in Daniel’s family since the very beginning. It’s Daniel’s house through an inheritance. The entire house was in disrepair when Daniel acquired the house about 10 years ago. The entire house had to be gutted and redone. It’s why we are in constant renovations as we do each section when the money allows.
Daniel loves light transference between rooms and has put square cutouts in the wall. It’s artistic and practical at the same time.
Certain parts of the front of the house have Angel Stone. This same stone is used within the Fireplace. The fireplace has been plugged with insulation as we don’t use it. Though this type of stone was frequently used when the house was built in the 70’s. This stone is harder to find today and is extremely expensive. Painting over this stone isn’t an option as it would be a tragedy to do so. If the bricks were standard, we would have considered it.
The design of this room had to work with the fireplace being untouched.
As you can see, this room is been transformed from neutral safe colours to be a bold and stylish room. This styling won’t suit the average person but that’s okay. Our home is our work environment where creativity is free flowing. We work with very colourful and exciting yarns, it’s hard to not want to decorate with the same ideas of the yarn.
Both Daniel and I were nervous when we had completed one wall with the crushed berries. We were terrified of it. Once the paint dried and the colour ‘dried down’ to the colour on the chip, we were more settled. It wasn’t until everything in the room was put back before we were fully convinced.
Now that one room is completed, we are now transforming our dining room, kitchen, foyer and library on the main floor to match the boldness. When I say matching, I’m not saying we are using the same colours. We are going with bold and bright colours for each area. Stay tuned as I show you more transformation photos.