You know that one room in every home, where you just stop and admire it’s beauty in the stillness. That one room where you can read a book, have good conversation with your favorite people, or just to have a minute to yourself. It’s the one room that is the heart of the entire home. For our 1950’s rambler, it is this four season porch. Today on the blog, I am sharing this room transformation and all the details in between – like how to modernize and embrace tongue and groove walls. Pictured above and below are the before images… scary, I know! Read on for more of this transformation!
When designing this room, it was important showcase the three main features – vaulted ceilings, windows and beams. I wanted this area to feel bright and airy, almost ethereal. We started with replacing the windows with double hung to allow for better insulation and the ability to open them during the spring, summer and fall months. Additionally, we added modern farmhouse style trim which is consistent throughout our home. This really makes the windows pop in a clean and modern way.
We insulated the vaulted ceiling and extended the beams to ensure they were pronounced. The beams tend to draw your eyes upward creating that airy feeling, especially with the bright white color. Next, we needed to modernize and embrace the tongue and groove walls we inherited. I admit, I HATED the walls. But I needed to embrace the character and figure out how to work with it. At first we painted the walls white as I was going for the white on white look. But with this type of wood, yellow started to bleed through the paint. It just wasn’t working. We ended up painting the walls a light gray which ended up better than I thought. I’ve learned to love these beautiful tongue and groove walls! And now, we are friends.
Additionally, we added french doors, a new chandelier, gas stove for heat, and of course dark hardwood flooring that is throughout the first level of our home.
Below are the after images of our four season porch transformation! I’ve included links/sources to decor and paint at the end of the post. (Dog not included) :).
Coffee Table: Houzz
Pillows: West Elm and Lulu & Georgia
Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore “Snowfall White”
Trim, Ceiling, Beam Paint: Benjamin Moore “Nimbus”