Monday, November 3, 2014

Out of the red and into the black

Black walls. They are starting to creep up everywhere you go in blogland. Maybe not black but dark walls are definitely making a comeback again. Our basement hallway has taken a bit of beating from moving furniture in and out, shuffling stock in and out of the garage, an accidental flood from a buddha fountain that caused a ripple in the drywall and paint. 
So, it was time to paint, at least these were the excuses I used. I took down the gallery wall, filled the holes that were no longer going to be in use and then patched the giant ripple that once I started sanding peeled off the old paint like it was oil paint underneath.
Trevor came home when I was in the patching phase with a friend and he just started laughing. I rolled right over the rest of the nail holes and wall plugs for screws.

I was originally thinking of doing an emerald green down here but then was watching Genevieve's renovation on HGTV and saw her do her living room in black and the light bulb went off.
 I am truly in love with my black hallway and have been going to just sit on the rug and look at the pictures.

we also had an uneven joint in our floor at the door so after about a year of looking for the right rug i finally found one from ecarpet gallery at the same time as painting the hallway. score!

trevor bought this italian advertisment for me 14 years ago and to be honest i'm not sure where i had this hung in those days but, i like that the black of the umbrellas stands out against the walls instead of the red writing in its place here. i found this old gold picture light in my stash and hung it over top to add some night time ambiance.

i generally hung the gallery wall back the way it was with the addition of some clipboards to hold the loose papers from our family.

we're still searching for an antique wood door to replace this newer one with the frosted glass but no luck so far. not having a door is not an option as it quarantines animals into other floors to eliminate some chairs they could be hiding underneath when you are trying to leave the house.

sometime this winter we would like to rip up the regular carpet on the stairs that we have found isn't holding up to our abuse from moving the stock up and down with boots on. we will be switching it up to jute like our other staircase.

i had a few of these neat prints i picked from a house in our city but sold a few of them. i kept these 2 and the black with subtle colours looks lovely again the walls.

In case you're new here this is what the hallway looked like before

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  1. I love the black, how fabulous is that. Looks amazing with the red runner too and that gallery wall is wonderful.

  2. wow, it's stunning!!!!! classic and elegant!

  3. Absolutely LOVE the black wall. What sheen did you use?

  4. Oh my, Meg! This is absolutely stunning! Swooning!

  5. GOSH!!! This is gorgeous!! I'd be sitting on the floor, too, just loving all of it!!! great choice!!

  6. WOW Meg it looks stunning!! LOVE the black walls!

  7. I love the black wall. So classy. Picture galleries in homes are wonderful and such a nice way to be reminded of your roots. Lovely.

  8. FANTASTIC!!!! Your pictures/other items, look so beautiful on the black wall. I just don't have enough words for how lovely
    your decor is. Your rug is so perfect. I have several that are similar in two different hallways, and in front of my kitchen sink. Yours is
    the frosting on the cake. LOVE LOVE LOVE it all!!!!!!!!!!! Yea to BLACK MAGIC!!!

  9. You knocked it out of the park again, Meg. Stunning! I think the lighting and your art collections really make it. I went so far as buying 2 samples of black (yes, the name always influences my decision too.) but with our smaller basement, poorer lighting and lack of cool artwork I'm not sure that it is going to work. Hoping to see your home in a magazine soon.

  10. I LOVE your black hallway! I love how you have the gallery wall arranged. I'm soooo jealous! I need to Repaint my hall but it's already so dark I didn't know if using a dark paint makes it worse. You have great lighting. I painted my family room Kendall gray and it's a dark gray that I love, but just don't know if I should use it in my hall. You've given me a great idea of how it might look. Job well done!

  11. I've noticed the black trend too, and think it looks so sophisticated. I love every element of this little space; it is so cozy and inviting. Fun to see!

  12. Wow! The black wall looks so great, it really makes all the frames & things on the gallery wall pop! So beautiful.

  13. it's stunning! I saw the show on HGTV too and loved her black walls. Everything shows up beautifully! Let us know if dust or Knicks show up easily because I'm thinking I. Ignite want to do the walls going down into my basement black. I love your new look!!!

  14. Gorgeous as usual...everything you touch is pure beauty.

  15. I've had a black wall in most of my homes - just love them ( once had a dining room entirely black with white trim ) so I'm a huge huge fan - and you aced this !!!
    Absolutely gorgeous
    ( I just did a post on black walls last week - I would have asked if I could have included one of your pics had I known !!! )
    Beautiful job - just beautiful !

  16. Stunning! The lighting is wonderful too. Great job.

  17. Not sure yet about the black, but the gallery wall arrangement and the items you included are fantastic!

  18. Looks great - definitely much better in black!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  19. WOW. This is amazing! That gallery wall is a show stopper, especially against the black paint. Great job! I'm hosting a new link party on Saturdays at 8 PM and would love to have you stop by and link up! - hope to see you.

  20. I'm not sure if my first comment went through, so I'll try this again... I love the black walls, they make everything on them stand out and become extra special! I followed over from a pin on pinterest, then I followed your instagram badge and then back to pinterest and I want to assure you that I am not a stalker, but I absolutely love your style! Thanks for the inspiration! t.xoxo

  21. Oh my gosh! The black is transforming in this space....absolutely gorgeous. Jane


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