living room color

living room The first thing we did when we moved into our apartment was paint the living room and dining room. It took forever, even with no furniture and lots of help. I have never been 100% happy with the color we chose though, which is generally what happens when you choose from swatches and never see what the paint looks like on the wall. It’s a little too dark and a little too green. While it works better in our dining room with all the dark mahogany furniture, I wish it was just a little lighter and more subdued.

I’ve been talking about repainting for awhile now, (probably since soon after I finished painting the kitchen) but whenever I bring it up Shawn points out I haven’t bothered to repaint our mantel this whole time and that both rooms is quite a bit larger project. Well guess what, I finally painted the mantel this weekend which I think means I get to paint the rest, right?

I really want a pale blue / green / grey. The trick is to pick a color that is neither too dull nor too poppy which can be tricky with blues. I like the blue above from Martha Stewart and also the first blue room in Tamera’s Greek Revival post. Maybe a more subdued grey would be nice. My biggest worry is that I’ll never be totally satisfied because our walls are textured and weird. I think it’s worth a try though. Right now nearly everything in the living room is the same tone and it needs some contrast. We probably also need a wooden coffee table rather than the white one we have and some new accent pillows for the couch, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Photos from Martha Stewart

8 Responses to “living room color”
  1. Kristen says:

    LOVE the blue in the picture above! I did the same thing with our powder bath. I was super impatient and just bought it from a swatch. I wanted something similar to this and it ended up too green!

  2. Anabela says:

    Oh WOW your windows!

  3. Evie says:

    Love that credenza!

  4. Liz says:

    Really pretty jealous when I first thought those photos were your house.

  5. Becka says:

    We’re trying to figure out the same thing with our bedroom. It’s not that big, kind of narrow and weird so I’m going back and forward between a just off white and something like those shades above. I’m so indecisive and scared when making decisions like this! I do love that shade on the left.

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