We received an email from Stephanie the other day and thought I'd share it here to see if our reader's had some ideas for her.
"I am in the process of closing on a new apartment in Brooklyn! The apartment is completely white now, and I want to do something fun with it. The layout is very open, which isn't totally obvious from the photos, so maybe the color change from room to room shouldn't be too drastic? The middle room (with the huge closet) has no windows, so that might be important to consider. Questions: What is worse, leaving ratty-looking brick exposed, or covering it up with paint (in the kitchen)? How should I deal with the panel molding that covers the entire lower half of the living room (with the blue sofa)? It's the smallest room so I don't want it to feel too disjointed. Warning: the rooms all feel smaller than they look in the photos (damn that fish-eye lens!). Any help would be great!
P.S. The furniture in the pictures is the previous owner's, so no need to match any of that (the photos are from the original listing and taken by a company called VHT, for credit's sake).
I'm sure a lot of good ideas will come from this. That kitchen brick is really in shoddy shape in real life and I think I should paint it, but since it's irreversible I'm nervous. Anyway, the apartment is truly "cozier" than it looks through a fish eye!"
What a fantastic apartment - love the tin ceiling (!!!), the brick fireplace in the bedroom, the open floor plan. Here's my 2 cents. Leave everything white and paint out a wall in each room in an accent colour. That way the white keeps the open spaces unified and flowing into each other, but you get some colour in each space to define them (ie. the wall the bed is on). Judging by the poor condition of the brick in the photo, you should go for it and paint it out. And I'd go bold with that wall. Stephanie had sent a link to this post from Apartment Therapy, which included this photo:
That colour would be AMAZING over the brick. I'd keep the rest of the kitchen white and punch it up with accents in that colour and a bit of red. (Or do the opposite - paint the brick white and the walls/backsplash the yellow). And use a bench like the former owners did - great space saver and emphasizes the brick wall. I was going to say that you could paint the panel molding in the living room but it's right next to the brick wall in the kitchen...so painting that would depend on what you do with the kitchen. I'd maybe leave it white and paint the upper part of the walls (something coordinating with the kitchen colour...a grey maybe). Anyway, I'd love to know what our readers think so comment away everyone!