The Journey I Went On To FINALLY Pick A Wall Color For Our Living Room (And How I Feel Now That It’s Done)

As you understand this room is my downside youngster – a lot potential and I can actually love the nice qualities about it, however I’ve been stumped with the way to deal with it. It’s coming alongside now (as you’ll be able to see on the finish) nevertheless it took plenty of indecision to get to the purpose the place I felt 65% certain that I needed to color the drywall – a share I want have been greater, however I simply went forward and did it. However earlier than that, I had Misty photoshop some choices for the partitions to see if that might assist my resolution course of and it did. I didn’t like every of the concepts that I had, so there’s that! Right here we go:

Swivel Chairs (from opening photograph) | Rug | Sectional | Leather-based Couch | Sconces | Chandelier | Black Facet Desk

That is the place the room was after we despatched it to Misty (now realizing she ought to have executed it off the primary photograph when the partitions have been naked – sorry Misty!). You’ll be able to see the room coming alongside, however the partitions felt unfinished and the wooden jams and sashes bothered me however I had NO CLEAR SOLUTION.

The three largest challenges:

  1. The Paneling and Trimwork. The paneling was painted a really cool white in semi-gloss and repainting it requires a 3-day paint job the place the room needs to be emptied and sprayed as a result of the paneling can’t be rolled (nicely it may, however it’ll look higher if its sprayed evenly). I kinda backed myself into this nook on accident, with means much less flexibility. That is doable however costly and very disruptive. After which change it to what? Even when I may snap my fingers I didn’t know what the fitting coloration could be.
  2. The Drywall is so damaged up. As you’ll be able to see there are such a lot of doorways, home windows, and so forth., so portray the drywall one thing darker would make the room so uneven and busy. So we wanted lighter… Wonderful, however selecting the best gentle tone I discover to be a lot more durable than darkish as a result of it’s more durable to get a way of the tone from a pattern. And boy did I check out a billion samples.
  3. The paint coloration shouldn’t compete with and may improve the kitchen tile.

So we tried some choices:

Impartial Wallpaper

I really like the Sandberg Rafael white wallpaper a lot – only a few tones of white (one which matches our cooler white). However when Misty photoshopped it in right here (granted renderings are laborious) it was actually not a hell sure. However then I believed that perhaps it’s the wooden of the home windows that pops an excessive amount of for me and throws all the things off steadiness (that is nonetheless a present working concept).

Impartial Wallpaper With White Painted Home windows

Now portray these white oak home windows is NOT IDEAL and would take me being 95% certain it’s the fitting resolution. However seeing it photoshopped the identical because the trim coloration is one thing I do actually like. Brian and different individuals don’t agree so I’m not doing it anytime quickly, however to me, it makes the room means much less busy to be able to deal with the actual moments – the ceiling, the hearth, and the large wooden doorways (that we wouldn’t paint). However y’all, as soon as painted you’ll be able to NOT return. On this one Misty additionally made the mantel wooden – which I like however don’t love (unsure why).

Gentle Blue Wallpaper And Trim

Linen Wallpaper

This was meant to be a material wallpaper/texture and have the trim match it fully. We tried to make this work actually laborious – utilizing the Ashley Stark cloth wallcoverings. Once more, only a texture (it appears to be like like a sample up there). In the end we fearful that the tones of the material which you’ll be able to see right here (stone and pebble) may need been a little bit grey for this room.

Impartial Partitions

This was a impartial I believed I favored (so as to add heat) however uh, no.

Daring(er) Pink

Now we have plenty of blue and inexperienced (and extra inexperienced coming) so I believed perhaps a pink on the partitions could be good to see. Nope!

Pale Pink

Nonetheless nope! Excellent for Easter!

Pale Pink And Trim

However right here it’s with the home windows painted out the identical pink (which I nonetheless want than the wooden if you have a look at the general room).

What We Painted – The place We Are This Week

Paint Colour

So after we have been gone for Spring Break we had the drywall painted Mantra SW 9631 by Sherwin–Williams. It was a last-minute resolution however I felt 85% good in regards to the pattern and for the reason that drywall was only a few hundred {dollars}, took in the future, and didn’t require spraying (so we didn’t should unload the room) I mentioned, “let’s simply do it”. I got here again and was so pleasantly stunned. It’s a contented extraordinarily pale gentle tone of blue, with some inexperienced in it. We have been fearful about going too grey as to look unhappy in Portland nevertheless it’s such a fairly coloration. Am I 100% certain that it really works? Nope! However I’m transferring ahead with the opposite parts which can be taking place. Now we have purchased this couch, and am planning on cafe curtains on the deep sills, huge curtains on the large doorways (perhaps), and nonetheless contemplating upgrading the mantel to one thing hotter (and even nonetheless portray the brick). So I might say I’m 70% proud of this coloration and do not know the way it might be higher. I nonetheless kinda need to paint the wooden of the home windows, however final week I performed with a bit of sheer white cloth as a restaurant curtain and assume that may assist quite a bit. I’m going to strive all the things I can earlier than we paint these home windows, FYI. I believe my largest problem is that the room appears to be like extra formal than I would like it to be due to all my decisions. The paneling in semi-gloss is kinda formal. The lights are very conventional and might be thought of formal. And all of the trimwork – molding and paneling give off this higher-end vibe, which isn’t a nasty factor nevertheless it additionally reads extra formal. However I’m embracing it and actually really feel hopeful that by means of furnishings and decor, I could make it really feel pleased, lovely, and extra informal. However all in all, we love this pale coloration and I can’t wait to indicate you different angles of it (simply must shoot the eating nook earlier than I can present you :))

Extra to return quickly, however what do you assume?


Wooden flooring: Oregon White Oak by Zena Flooring
Home windows and Doorways: White oak, Aspen Casement by Sierra Pacific Home windows
Stairwell Colour: Smoky Blue by Sherwin-Williams
Wall Colour: Additional White by Sherwin-Williams

*Images by Kaitlin Inexperienced

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