Well we have cleaned the place up a little bit (so we no longer look like squatters) but more like devout minimalists. This room is SO big it is hard to even grasp from a photo. That is the same 10 foot long sofa from our A-frame that took up the entire room and it is just floating in a sea of rust carpet with one lonely Smith chair in the corner about 10 more feet away. How the heck am I going to fill this space?! Anyway… we are still living in limbo until construction starts so only unpacking the essentials. Mostly we are waiting on me to finalize designs and get all the materials on order so we can kick this big ole project off and the real reason I am writing this post is because I finally made one big step in the right direction.
It took some major deliberating but I finally made my decision on the plan for the ceiling and flooring materials and I’ll tell you, it wasn’t easy. Really, it was the first decision I had to make before any other finish decisions could be made. Those soaring wood paneled ceilings were one of the main things that drew us to the house in the first place and whether we were going to keep them as is, try and refinish them, or paint them was debilitating!
While I have made up my mind (for now), I had to run through every possible combination because… designer brain never stops. From the realtor photos the wood looked very orange… it is, after all, the 80’s pine wood tongue and groove. In person it doesn’t look nearly as orange and it does make the space feel special. So once we saw the house in person, I initially wanted to keep the ceiling wood because it is what sets it apart, however, the house is dark and of course I want to brighten it up (getting rid of that rust carpeting will help). Having darker tones on the ceiling and the floor isn’t an option with me, so that meant I would have to go light on the flooring and from what I found, that was getting expensive quick (yes terrazzo, I’m looking at you). I also did not like the idea of having wood on the ceiling and wood of a different tone on the floor (like in the kitchen), that is just too much. The more I thought about it, the easiest and most cost effective route was hands down to paint the ceilings white and do light oak wood flooring throughout. It is light and modern but warm, very California and very simple to execute. It would definitely brighten and unify the spaces compared to all the different flooring materials that are going on right now. And of course I found a bazillion beautiful examples of white painted ceilings…
This one is white/bright on the ceiling AND the floor and I love every last detail.
And this one with the painted white ceiling and a light grey/concrete looking floor, I would definitely take it.
Design by Gordana Golubovic, photographer, Lauren Moore via EST magazine.
And then here we are with a painted white ceiling with light wood flooring looking stunning as usual.
Found via Casa Vogue
and then again (by amber interiors). See what I mean? Easy Peasy. Except, I apparently am not one that likes to go the easy route.
So back to keeping the wood ceiling… do I refinish it and see if we can restore it to its more natural color? Do I roll with it and find a light wood flooring that goes with it (no), do I paint the dark stained beams only (I think so) and find a white/light flooring to go with? Can I do poured concrete on a second story? What if I splurged on terrazzo in the main living spaces and source other light/whiteish floorings for the other rooms? DING DING DING! winner winner… at least for now. I haven’t fully pulled the trigger but I’ve got all the material estimates in hand and I’m holding my breath while I wait for the labor costs. It’s difficult splurging at the very beginning of a renovation when you know there is a very very long road ahead of you, but that is the plan and as soon as I made that decision things started to come together for the rest of the house. So I think it will be worth it.
While I did find a ton of inspiration for the white ceilings I found it WAY harder to round up any that felt like me with the natural wood ceilings, which has me a little freaked tbh, but I like to push myself and the few I did find are pretty spectacular.
Especially this one… wood ceiling, white floors and all my favorite golden warm tones. YES!Via Atelier Vime
and this one from This one breaks my rule of no wood on the ceiling and the floor but they are drastically different tones which makes it work and the incredible fireplace and little wood nook (a mini version like the one in our house!) more than makes up for it in this stunning space.Found via @interiortonic
And finally, this one also has the wood on the floors and the ceiling but the kitchen is beautiful and can’t you just see this being Clover and I in a couple years? One could hope ours will look this good, as right now I am in a sea of wood, on wood, on wood, on a rusty wood color in our kitchen (below).
Jessica De Ruiter’s home via The Hive, Photo by Miha Matei.
Along with keeping the wood ceiling as is, I am planning to use a mix of different flooring materials throughout the house in the same light ivory/whiteish shades to keep it cohesive. It will be some combination of terrazzo, carpet, and cement tile. So there we are, one decision down, 8,000,000,000 more to go. Unless of course you guys can change my mind… but really, what would you do?
To see all of the posts on this renovation check here.