Monday, May 2, 2011

Our living room is finally painted!

Our living room is still a work in progress, but the walls and trim are now finally painted!

If you were expecting a lovely colour, you might be surprised that I chose white. I know it might not be a popular choice, but I'm really happy with it.

It is an overcast day today, but I think these photos give an idea of the colour.

The photos might not show a huge difference in colours but this room really lacks natural light. In real life the change in colour is quite significant.

The before (after Christmas and as accessories were being switched out):

I began the process of redoing our living room by asking for your opinions here. This is what we started with in January, with items just piled on surfaces after putting all the Christmas ornaments away. The walls in the photo above look white, but they were actually a soft yellow, a mistint of BM Monroe Bisque. I liked the lightness but wanted to lose the strong yellow undertone. Then one day we ripped the mantel shelf off the wall and I emptied out the room (except for the larger pieces) and lived with the room bare bones for three months a bit and tried lots of different paint chips to try and pick a colour.


My favourite suggestion was a soft very light blue gray, but no matter how hard I tried I just couldn't see it in this room. I was inspired by lots of photos of beach/lakeside homes and country homes with white walls.

image: Simply White

image: Kelly McGuill O so D

image: Southern Living
I kept coming back to white. I finally decided on Benjamin Moore Cotton Balls  in eggshell for the walls, and the trim colour, BM Snowfall White, is from the new board and batten in the kitchen.

A soft blank canvas that could be accented with colours really appealed to me. I can add pops of blue, or change it if I want.


The trim was finally painted and it is surprising how a detail like that can make me so happy. We installed the flooring a few years ago and neglected to caulk the nail holes in the quarter round and repaint the baseboards. Primer barely covered the quarter round in some spots. It wasn't horribly noticeable but one of those pesky things that just needed doing. Now the surfaces of the room are fresh and finished. (I still need to figure out accessories and small furniture.)

I am considering changing out the white lampshades to a different colour. I had suggestions to lose the dark checker board end table on the right, but I need to find something else first so it will stay to hold the lamp for now. When I do find a little table, I may paint it a fun colour. I'm open to suggestions!


I have a few ideas for artwork above the leather couch and hope to work on that in the near future. I will probably bring the white slipcovered chairs back in too. I was considering white curtains, but thought that might just be too much white. For now I am going with my blue paisley drapes. I think they look good with the quilted pillows I made. So what do you think so far? Any suggestions?


I'm sharing this with Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on The Porch. Thanks so much to Susan for hosting, and for your 119th time.

13 comments:

  1. The white is fabulous. As someone who has a dark house, I know how white can just illuminate a dark space. Once you get your Bits back in there, it will look amazing.

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  2. Hi Elizabeth! I think your freshly painted walls look wonderful! You can use any color with it. Your floors look lovely too.
    Thanks so much for popping in to see me and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  3. Elizabeth it looks SO good! I think you can never go wrong with white walls and with all of your beautiful furniture and accessories that room is going to sing!

    Kat :)

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  4. I love it. It looks so fresh and clean and will be a lovely backdrop for your homey touches.

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  5. The white is very pretty and I agree, if the room doesn't get a lot of natural light... the blue/gray might have been too dark. Looking forward to seeing the room put together. You always do such a fantastic job!
    Take care!
    ~Michelle :)

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  6. Beautiful job you have done so far. I know how much hard work it takes in doing a room. I am still working on our BR.

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  7. While white is a "safe" choice for many people, Elizabeth, you put a lot of thought into it considering your space--it looks like it will work out wonderfully, plus with an eqgshell finish you should get some extra light bouncing around. I can hear your wheels spinning from here, I know you're going to make this room fabulous! Hugs, Kim

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  8. Elizabeth I love it white! I am really into the lighter and brighter look now. Martina

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  9. I love the white! We just painted our walls white this year as well, and I like that I can introduce color with accessories and furniture. We have white curtains on the window, and I don't think that it is too much white. The curtains and the wall being the same color actually looks really nice. But that is the nice thing about white walls. You can pretty much go with any color curtain you like!
    Have you considered doing the board and batten in this room? I think it would really add something to the room.
    I can't wait to see it all pulled together. Your room is going to be lovely!
    Hope you have a great day!
    Beth.

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  10. White is always a good color - you know when it is right for you - goes well with the floor and the dark colored couch!
    Love your ottoman!
    Kathy

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  11. I am debating using these exact colors for my whole upstairs of my new cottage....do you find that the cotton balls reads yellow at all, against the snowfall or is it still a true white? Thanks for your thoughts on this,

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  12. Dear Jane, sorry I couldn't email you but your profile is set as 'no-reply'. Hopefully you will stop by again. In our living room I don't find it reads yellow at all, a really nice white. The previous BM Monroe Bisque was quite light yellowy, but neither the Cotton Balls or Snowfall read white in our basement or living room that has low light. When I was searching for the colours in my paint deck, I also consulted two long term employees of our local Benjamin Moores and asked for whites that didn't read yellow or have pink undertones, were not 'cold' and both included these 2 in their recommendations. Hope this explanation helps with your decision

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