wall surfaces of wood and paint in this whole house cottage remodel
Photo: Keith Scott Morton
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Harmonizing Colors

Rather than replaster, Stephan lined rooms with old fir, oak, and pine boards painted on all sides to discourage warping. "You get a wall surface that has such character, texture, depth, and detail," he says. Not historically accurate, maybe, "but it looks really cool."

Paul finished the interior with rich shades of red, blue, and gold tied together by trim painted a uniform pale gray. "You think the contrast is going to make a small house claustrophobic," he says, "but if the colors work together it can make it feel bigger—and warmer."

Shown: The Master Suite bedroom is lined with pine boards that hide ductwork while showcasing brass fixtures and an ornate register grate. Paint: Benjamin Moore's Buckland Blue (walls); Bed: Crate & Barrel; Sconces: Visual Comfort; Vintage fan: ebay; Register grate: Reggio Register; Sisal rug: The Carpet Man
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