Ways To Modernize Pine Ceilings and Walls — Good Questions Apartment Therapy

Ways To Modernize Pine Ceilings and Walls — Good Questions Apartment Therapy

Ways To Modernize Pine Ceilings and Walls?

Q: My boyfriend and I have just purchased a ski chalet in France which we’re absolutely thrilled with. It’s a massive project however, as the house although charming from the outside is lacking in charm on the inside.

Regina Yunghans

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I think it would look great with some/all of the walls/ceilings painted but I don’t have any insight into the technicalities of doing that. I’ll be interested to see what the other posters come up with!

I recalled there was something recently about a woman painting her basement bedroom paneling white, which looked great. I searched, and here’s a link to Apartment Therapy postings on the topic (with that particular transformation included).

Hi! Samantha Pym does great cottages renos /decos and one of her projects involved just that: refreshing a dark, old, and all wood cottage by painting it all white. It made such a difference. She also covered the floors with high end linoleum «wood» planks. The deco she does is always fresh and practical. You might find it on HGTV. Nice place you got there! Have fun and good luck!

This seems like a pretty authentic ski house to me—nothing too plush, simple, comfortable, a little tatty. Yeah!

I personally wouldn’t paint it. I think painted pine is going the way of the all white kitchen.

Go white. At least for the walls. It will brighten up the space. You could also consider painting the ceiling a different color, maybe a soft blue to brighten it even more. Paint is your easiest line of defense to make a dramatic change for a small price.

Painting real pine is NOT like painting paneling. If it’s not done exactly, exactly right, all the knots will «bleed through» and be like dark spots all over the wall. It can look absolutely terrible.

Buy the French Elle Déco or Marie Claire Maison for idées, keep the spirit. Or Maison et Travaux. And Maison Française.

Congratulations, I am sooo envious. Here’s the thing, don’t be too hasty abuot painting the walls white. If this is a ski chalet, you will want refuge from the glaring white snow. Even in the summer, who wants pristine white to keep clean in their holiday getaway? Besides, wood and rustic elements are all the rage. If it were me, I would focus on working with it and breaking it up with white or white ground, colourful patterned curtains, bright artwork. Maybe paint elements like the banister an rich vintage blue or red. Add lighting of all kinds. Think about how you can contrast the wood with colour and texture (hello awesome rugs!)

Do you have an idea of what your style is? You might clip some inspiration pics from various magazines (even better if they represent the area you’re in, so you stay within the same general family of aesthetic—and that means you won’t have as far to stretch when you re-do what you have). If you want to stick to a fairly neutral re-do, I might recommend repaining or bleaching (can you do that?) or anyway somewhow lightening the walls. You can keep the ceiling and floors as is, if you like. If you do keep the pine on the floor and ceilings, then you will want to be careful that the color you paint on the other wood compliments it. I’m not sure if grey would be the way to go. or if it is, then mabe a very specific kind of grey? And I’m not sure what that would be. Otherwise, stick with a creamy sort of white.

Ways To Modernize Pine Ceilings and Walls?

Q: My boyfriend and I have just purchased a ski chalet in France which we’re absolutely thrilled with. It’s a massive project however, as the house although charming from the outside is lacking in charm on the inside.

Regina Yunghans

51 Comments

I think it would look great with some/all of the walls/ceilings painted but I don’t have any insight into the technicalities of doing that. I’ll be interested to see what the other posters come up with!

Ways To Modernize Pine Ceilings and Walls — Good Questions Apartment Therapy

I recalled there was something recently about a woman painting her basement bedroom paneling white, which looked great. I searched, and here’s a link to Apartment Therapy postings on the topic (with that particular transformation included).

Hi! Samantha Pym does great cottages renos /decos and one of her projects involved just that: refreshing a dark, old, and all wood cottage by painting it all white. It made such a difference. She also covered the floors with high end linoleum «wood» planks. The deco she does is always fresh and practical. You might find it on HGTV. Nice place you got there! Have fun and good luck!

This seems like a pretty authentic ski house to me—nothing too plush, simple, comfortable, a little tatty. Yeah!

I personally wouldn’t paint it. I think painted pine is going the way of the all white kitchen.

Go white. At least for the walls. It will brighten up the space. You could also consider painting the ceiling a different color, maybe a soft blue to brighten it even more. Paint is your easiest line of defense to make a dramatic change for a small price.

Painting real pine is NOT like painting paneling. If it’s not done exactly, exactly right, all the knots will «bleed through» and be like dark spots all over the wall. It can look absolutely terrible.

Buy the French Elle Déco or Marie Claire Maison for idées, keep the spirit. Or Maison et Travaux. And Maison Française.

Congratulations, I am sooo envious. Here’s the thing, don’t be too hasty abuot painting the walls white. If this is a ski chalet, you will want refuge from the glaring white snow. Even in the summer, who wants pristine white to keep clean in their holiday getaway? Besides, wood and rustic elements are all the rage. If it were me, I would focus on working with it and breaking it up with white or white ground, colourful patterned curtains, bright artwork. Maybe paint elements like the banister an rich vintage blue or red. Add lighting of all kinds. Think about how you can contrast the wood with colour and texture (hello awesome rugs!)

Do you have an idea of what your style is? You might clip some inspiration pics from various magazines (even better if they represent the area you’re in, so you stay within the same general family of aesthetic—and that means you won’t have as far to stretch when you re-do what you have). If you want to stick to a fairly neutral re-do, I might recommend repaining or bleaching (can you do that?) or anyway somewhow lightening the walls. You can keep the ceiling and floors as is, if you like. If you do keep the pine on the floor and ceilings, then you will want to be careful that the color you paint on the other wood compliments it. I’m not sure if grey would be the way to go. or if it is, then mabe a very specific kind of grey? And I’m not sure what that would be. Otherwise, stick with a creamy sort of white.


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