These photos show the project in progress. There was more done besides just paint, but I think that it shows what I meant in Part 1.
In the living room the color was lightened using flat paint on walls and ceiling, closet doors were added, front door was painted, ceiling fan is new, old window looking into garage (on right wall) was covered in drywall, dark curtains too small for windows removed, new (light colored) curtains not yet installed.
Kitchen and dining area in progress; painted bright white, cabinets were modified and repaired, new light fixtures.
The main bathroom Before had popcorn texture on walls, purple paint showing through white gloss paint, white plastic shower curtain, black framed surface mounted medicine cabinet, no light fixture.
Same view of bathroom In Progress (shows new wall texture, new flat wall and ceiling paint, vent fan cover, new toilet seat, raised shower curtain rod, new fabric shower curtain).
Different view of bathroom In Progress (new mirror & light fixture, new wall texture).
Blue Bedroom In Progress, same color scheme as bathroom.
Grey Bedroom In Progress, paint only
These bedrooms were originally painted in the same paint as the living room (terra cotta semi-gloss shown in Part 1), with dark brown (too small) curtains in the now blue bedroom. The rooms were so dark that I couldn't get any "before" photos with my camera.
I hope to soon have some photos of the progress being made.
This entire home has been painted in this color and other similar dark semi-gloss paints. The "idea" was to match the wall color to the living room floor tile shown. I KNOW that paint is the quickest fix, and most "bang for the buck", but every room that gets paint in this house, and every dark brown curtain panel that I take down surprises even me. It gets more cheerful each day.
When decorating a space, there are multiple decisions that set the tone of the room. How much is enough? How much is too much? That depends on personal taste. I decided to post some comparison photos, and by selecting the version that you like better in each case I think that you can get an idea of your own style preferences.
Do you prefer the green with neutrals, or the green with blue? Would you like the blue and green room with that other green wall, or do you prefer the walls that match the floor?
Any time I set out to decorate a space, I know what I like, and where I am trying to end up before I start. People who know me can guess how I would answer each question, and that is what determines my style.