it was actually a lot more orangy brown looking and not my style at all. I sat on it for several weeks, and then one day grabbed the lighter taupe paint of which the previous home owners had left us 5 gallons and started painting it.
It was amazing how quickly the space felt like ours and no longer felt like the previous owners'. I don't know if you notice in the photo above, but I also changed out the light shades on the lamp. At first I felt like this chandelier would need to be replaced to make it feel more modern and fit the space better, but then I realized that if I replaced the light shades, it would go a long way in creating the look I liked without the cost of replacing the whole chandelier. So, for less than $6 a pop, I was able to change the look of the chandelier:
The seeded glass light shades are a nod to the seeded glass in our front door and in a kitchen cupboard. The glass ties in to the touches I already love in the house and changes the whole feel of the chandelier.
That leaves just the living room that still has the offending brown color. Guess what's up next? :)