In our new living room we have beautiful custom raised paneling but it was painted a dull sage green. Now if we were back in colonial times (I wish we were by the way!) this color would be perfect. But we aren’t! After living with it a week I felt like there was something dark and sleepy about it…I literally felt like taking a nap every time we walked in our living room. We had a lot of work to do so that wasn’t really going to work 🙂
Living Room Refresh – Paint Goes a Long Way
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I have a love affair with white trim. It is classic, like vanilla ice cream. You can never go wrong with white. White or light paint allows you the freedom to be more bold with furniture, pillows, curtains, and decorations. It also is a lot easier to bring in seasonal decorations and not worry about things clashing. We decided on painting the walls with Sherwin Williams Kestrel White (which is a cool light tan) and the trim is Sherwin Williams Bright White. It makes the room so much bigger and brighter. What a difference!
We also painted the old black recessed lights white. (you can read about how we did that HERE)
The old denim couch wasn’t working in this room. The size, style, and color just didn’t fit the room. We found this new restoration hardware couch on craigslist for $200! (read about our craigslist finds HERE)
Our existing chairs, coffee table, side table, and ottomans work well in the room. The pillows and rug are from pottery barn. I always keep an eye out for pillows on clearance at pottery barn. You can usually pick up very nice pillows for half of the original price. The pottery barn rug is another craigslist steal for $50! I love utilizing mirrors in a room and hanging wreaths on them. The mirrors really help brighten up the room and the wreaths provide year round interest (tip: switch them out with the seasons). Jason made the cabinet in the below picture for our old house. It was made as an entertainment cabinet but it worked great as a side table in the living room in this house. It creates a great spot to display family photos. The top of the cabinet is made from cherry wood that was milled from a cherry tree taken down in Jason’s parents yard. The rocking chair is a curbside freebie that we found and simply sanded and re-stained. The corner hutch used to be in our kitchen in the old house. It was from Jason’s grandparents house & re-purposed it for a library cabinet.
We bought this black secretary desk with hutch soon after we were married. It is a very classic piece of furniture that hides a lot of my crafty supplies.
Here is the view of our living room from the foyer.
We are still incredibly happy with how our living room paint turned out. Here is a current pic of what our living room looks like now from our winter home tour.