A wonderful feature of this old house is the grand living room. It is huge! Several comments have been made about pushing the furniture against the wall and holding a full-fledged dance party. It could happen.
This room has a grand old fireplace with intricate wood detail and two sets of French doors (one to the front porch and one to the back yard). We have not used the fireplace as we do not know the condition of the chimney and there are very few wood burn days in the Central Valley. The wood trim and the crown molding continue in this room and add to its character.
The wood floor in this room is also spectacular – old growth timber, quarter cut, gorgeous patterns. When Tim, our floor restorer, saw the floor in this room, he said not to let anyone else touch it – he wanted to be the one to bring it back to life. We all agree that he did a great job!
We elected not to penetrate the ceiling to install built in light for this room. This meant less holes (and less expense). However, now we need to add more floor and table lamps as the lighting is just a little too subdued.
There was no wallpaper in this room (thank goodness!), but it was painted a washed out shade of yellow and the crown molding had a wide blue stripe. As result, the fine wood trim and molding were not well showcased. In addition, the bold stripe in the crown molding made the ceiling feel lower.
Painting the trim in the room would have been a huge job, so we cleaned it up a bit and decided to paint the walls a shade of latte. This color is enough to provide some contrast and really highlights the trim.
We have enjoyed hanging pictures in this room (and in the dining room and entry as well) using the original picture rail molding. We purchased picture rail hooks and wire, which allow us to hang pictures without making holes in the plaster walls. If we want to change the location of a picture, we can just slide the picture rail hook along the molding. Cool.