Although it may seem I’ve been neglecting the living room project, I haven’t been (entirely, anyway).
I got some lamps from Goodwill that will be wonderful after some DIY-love and new drum shades.
They were $10 each and they’re a pair. (I was sad it wasn’t 1/2-off day, but they were still a good deal.) The brushed nickel looks new, and I plan on painting/doing something creative to the light wood middle.
I got a perfectly-sized round end table for the corner between the couches at The Comfy Couch in Highland, IN. It, too, will need some DIY-love of some sort, but I’m so happy with it. The size and shape couldn’t be better.
And, I’ve finished the mudding of the never-ending mudwork of the fireplace (didn’t really think it’d take me 3 months, but mudwork is boring and frustrating and messy and dusty!)
The wall around the fireplace is finally ready to be primed and painted before I start working on the mantel.
Which leads me into the real topic of this post, which is picking a new living room color. As much as I love the current creamy color it is, it’s time to move in a new direction to keep up the uniformity and style of the living room (or so says my friend Valerie, of Vj Interiors). :)
She showed me a few options, Pittsburgh Paint colors, that she gets in these huge swatches.
The colors shown here are: top left: Blue Willow, bottom left: Gray Stone, top right: Steel City, and bottom right: Babbling Brook.
Valerie liked the idea of the teal-ish colors to blend with the bookcases and bring some color and happy to the living room. I like the idea of happy, but I’m not sure if I love the idea of the teal living room. I love the color…I just don’t know how much of it I will love. :)
We narrowed it down to Gray Stone and Babbling Brook.
Besides how they’d look with the trim and the couch, I also wanted to see how they’d look with the bookcases and the blue color we have in our kitchen and bedroom, so we moved the swatches around the room.
I really love the lightness of my current creamy color, and I like that the Babbling Brook is also light and happy, but I think I feel more comfortable with the Gray Stone. (I think it looks a little darker in these pictures than it does in real life.) I like the contrast it brings to the trim and the bookshelves, and once I hang curtains and artwork, there really won’t be that much of it showing.
(Although, as I’m writing this post, I’m wondering about whether or not I should just keep my creamy color! (I’ll find the name for you, it’s a Benjamin Moore color.))
What about you? Do you have trouble with paint choices? Do you prefer neutrals over something more colorful?