The Cleland House Has Made a Bold Statement for the New Year

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

My husband James and I moved to our brand new home in December 2004.  To be exact, it was the day after the tsunami in Thailand.  I'll never forget that.  The movers were so in awe of the unfolding news that we suggested they pack up the TV and put it on the truck first. 

Moving into a brand new construction home is great, with the exception of one thing.  All those wonderful frills you saw in the model home do not come with the home.  The most obvious was the bland colored walls. Knowing we'd want to emulate some of the decorating in the model, we took loads of photos.  My husband's favorite room was the dining room. In the model, it was a shade of red that he could not get out of his head. 

I've been griping for years about wanting color on the walls.  My husband did the kitchen last Valentine's Day, but with the amount of work that went into it, wasn't too thrilled about doing more.  So we hired our friend, Noel Huston who runs Huston Painting to come out and do the dining room.  He had some down time at the end of the week so we booked it.  It happened so fast that we literally picked a color in an hour's time.  And anyone who knows my husband and I knows we don't often agree on anything.  So the fact that we both picked Sherwin Williams Crabby Apple, at separate times, out of a stack of reds was amazing. 

I'll do another post on Huston Painting, but for now here's the after of the dining room.  What a difference color makes.

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Hannah:  I used to love cream and white, but once I started seeing color in other people's homes, I fell in love.

Pat:  I think we'll darken the ceiling with a light taupe.  When you are in the room, the trim at the top seems to blend with the ceiling.

Anita:  I thought so too.

Jan 16, 2011 05:19 AM #8
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The red is beautiful; I love the windows too. I agree - sometimes hiring it out is WELL worth it!
Jan 16, 2011 05:41 AM #9
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The shade of red is wonderful. It frames the windows so nicely. The chandelier is more noticable too.  

Jan 16, 2011 05:56 AM #10
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Ellen:  Hiring it out is the only way to go.

JoAnn:  And because the chandelier is more noticeable (I hate it--builder grade brass) it's time to find a new one.

Jan 16, 2011 06:26 AM #11
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Chris, red is a great bold choice. Love it. I'm with your husband--hire it out.

Jan 16, 2011 06:28 AM #12
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Hi Chris Ann... it looks incredible!  I love the color and it gives the room so much more impact!

Jan 16, 2011 06:50 AM #13
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Ted:  I would have hired out the kitchen too, but that was my Valentine's Day gift last year.  My husband is a born and breed D-I-Y'er.

Steve:  I can't stop looking into the room.  I love it.

Jan 16, 2011 08:59 AM #14
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Huge difference in the room, Chris Ann. I love your choice of color, too. I think red also stimulates the appetite. It's a fabulous color for a dining room!

Jan 16, 2011 10:55 AM #15
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Donna Foerster
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Hi Chris Ann~ That's a long time to wait for some color!  Love the crabby apple, it's perfect.

Jan 16, 2011 12:36 PM #16
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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That POPS!!  I look at some photos online, and the rooms look so sterile.  Color, and with the wonderful wainscoting really stands out!  LOVELY!

Jan 16, 2011 12:45 PM #17
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What a great red - and I would have picked it just for the name.  Love it!

Jan 16, 2011 02:07 PM #18
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Michelle Gibson
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Chris Anne - GORGEOUS!!!  The red is such a great shade and makes all of the beautiful molding pop.

Jan 16, 2011 03:05 PM #19
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Chris Ann - Red is a great color!  It looks wonderful!  I love it and have it in my kitchen.

Jan 16, 2011 04:23 PM #20
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What a great color.  I would love to have information about Neil and his company.  We have been toying with painting our place too, as you know we have the same icky builder coloring as you have.  Keith is just not into painting either.  Please share if you don't mind.

Jan 17, 2011 12:13 AM #21
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Elizabeth:  I can guarantee that I don't need my appetite stimulated.  I hope this color choice doesn't mean I'll gain 10 pounds.

Donna:  I'm a patient woman.  That's why I work with Short Sales.

Susan:  The name made us laugh for sure.

Jan 17, 2011 02:49 AM #22
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Michelle:  We're going to do the ceiling a khaki color, so I think the crown molding will pop even more after.

Donne:  We tried it looking for a shade of red for our kitchen, but the cabinets and countertops didn't agree with that choice.

Darlene:  Will do.  I actually have some coupons from him too.  I'll walk one up.

Jan 17, 2011 02:51 AM #23
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Chris Ann.....you're right....what a difference color makes.....and I'm a stark white person....I like contemporary....black-white-red accent....type person....the dining room look marvelous.

Jan 17, 2011 07:00 AM #24
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Barbara:  Thanks.  I can't wait to liven up the rest of the house.

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Hi Chris, I love color. Too much white will make anyone feel like they are in a padded room, lol. Your dining room looks so great! Noel did an awesome job!

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Jackie:  Now all I need is a new lighting fixture, drapes, new blinds, area rug and...oh yeah...a dining room table.

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