Do you see it? There's a pretty significant change from the last time I showed you the hallway, but I'm not sure anyone but my husband and I could tell you what it is. In fact, if he wasn't involved, I'm not even sure he could tell you.
I'll give you a hint: it involved me, a couple of hours, and a raging hatred for the old wall color. That's right folks, I painted. But only someone who's obsessive (and that'd be me) will be able to tell. The old color was a beige with a healthy dose of yellow as the base. It changed based on the lighting, and sometimes it was tolerable. Other times it made my eyes beg for forgiveness for whatever crime they committed. Did I mention I hated the color? You can see it in its full on mustard glory here:
I hate that color so much it bothers me even looking at that photo...
Anyway, after two and a half years of loathing the paint, I finally broke down and tried out swatches. I gave four different colors a try, from bright white to a cream to blue and grey. The winner was the cream, called Sandstone Cove by Behr. It's much brighter, and it makes the space feel a little more alive (and way, way less jaundiced).
Truth be told, I've always been partial to crisp white spaces--the kinds of rooms you find in Dwell. Going light in color seems to be having its moment right now, which shouldn't really be a surprise if you consider how many people are renting instead of owning these days. Rentals = white walls. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that this is an example of design following the way folks live.
Anyway, enough of my philosophizing. Here's another photo for you to enjoy:
Soothing and serene, even according to Dixie, our house guest for the weekend. There's more painting to come, and you can kind of see where in this photo. But I'll save that story for once it's finished...