After pinning several images on Pinterest (like here, here and here) and asking you all what you thought about getting on the white wall bandwagon. I was living with crazy swatches of paint all over the wall for what felt like an eternity. Staring at those swatches all day was starting to make me go cross-eyed. Eventually my eyes uncrossed and the fear of picking the wrong color succumbed to my annoyance with the swatches and I just picked one I felt good about.
What I really love about painting is that it forces you to take everything off of the walls and out of the room and really helps with looking at the space in a whole new light.
Sometimes though it also uncovers things like an ugly wall air conditioning and an off centered window that you’ve been camouflaging for three years. Who ever thought that building house without central air and completely off centering a window was a good idea? Thank heavens for the lake breeze around here.
For anyone that’s curious here’s what the living room looked like before we rearranged the furniture and painted. I loved the pale blue walls for a while but as our tastes keep changing I really wanted a fresh start.
The color is Vapor by Benjamin Moore and it was the warmest and creamiest of the whites that we sampled and also the one that went really well with the sectional we have. It took 3 nights after work and 2 full coats to cover all the old paint but I’m really happy I did it. Bryan was a little worried about the trim not contrasting enough with the walls so I gave it a fresh coat of a brighter white and in person it’s just enough that the trim work doesn’t blend right into the wall.
Adding some black accents has been on the top of my priority list for a while too now and on this weekends trip to IKEA we picked up 6 of the large square Ribba frames in black. Hung in a grid I like the graphic statement they make on the wall. I’m still thinking about what to put in them but we’ll keep you posted.
The room feels really fresh and new to me now and I just want to decorate it, get some new pillows and add a little color and texture back into the space. But right now painting the kitchen is next on the agenda. Both rooms are open to each other so I think that will help with the whole space to feel larger and more cohesive.
Soon (hopefully) we want to open that cutout completely and make a doorway so you enter the room in the center instead of the awkward side entrance we have going on now. All in all I’m really loving the change and I so don’t regret following my instincts and painting out this room.
Well that’s all for now, but before I go for the day please make a girl feel better and tell me I’m not the only one thinks who leaves paint swatches on the wall for far too long?
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