My Wee Abode will be taking part in the HomeRight Refresh Your Walls Today Contest! I’m asking my wonderful readers to help me choose a living room paint color!
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Want to hear some fun (and exciting-to-me) news?! HomeRight (makers of the HomeRight Super Finish Max Paint Sprayer, EZ-Twist Paint Stick, and more!) is sponsoring the HomeRight Refresh Your Walls Today Contest, and My Wee Abode will be taking part! Woot-woot!
HELP ME CHOOSE A LIVING ROOM PAINT COLOR
First things first! If y’all are up for the challenge, I would love to get your opinion and help in choosing the color that will be used to refresh the walls in My Wee Abode’s living room! First, here’s a pic of my current living room color… it actually looks a bit better in this photo than it actually is. AND you can also get a peek at my sofa color and a tiny-tiny bit of the carpet color (next to the basket on the floor).
Now, let’s take a look at the issues.
Issue #1 – Pink Walls?
When painting a room, whether a living room or bathroom, take into consideration the undertone of the color. Does it lean to cool colors or warm? Pink or gold? Choosing several colors you love, then painting samples on large pieces of white poster board or foam board, is a great idea. Set them against the walls, next to furniture/carpet, and in different areas of the room. Then, see how the paint looks, or reacts, at different times of the day. This will save a whole lot of ‘heart-ache’ when you paint the entire room!
When I moved into MWA, I thought the color of the walls was quite nice. However, the more I sat in the rooms, and then tried to photograph the rooms, the more I realized that the paint color had just a wee bit too much of a pink undertone for me. The walls actually look like the Mary Kay pan-cake makeup of days-gone-by (Google-it, friends)! 😉 This was most visible at night while sitting and blogging. Kinda depressing, and really not good for photo editing. Y’all, I REALLY don’t want pink walls!
You can see my spring home tour, and the wall color> HERE!
Issue #2 – Rental Walls
As you know, My Wee Abode is a rental loft apartment. When painting walls in a rental home, keeping the color a tone that both the renter and the landlord will be happy with is key. If a bright paint color is used, the walls will need to be repainted upon moving out. That’s extra work that most of us don’t want to do.
Another issue with rental walls… spending a lot of money is not needed (which would happen if re-painting needs to be done at move out, or if a paint is used that requires two coats). However, making the room LOOK like a million bucks is a nice goal, right?
Issue #3 – Walls with a Purpose
Another issue to take into consideration is what will be happening in the room you are painting. A kitchen may have white or off-white walls, while a dining room may need to have some warmth in the paint color, or a playroom may need something more bright and cheery.
As I mentioned above, when I started trying to photograph My Wee Abode, the color of the walls, and the reflection of the light on the walls, made it difficult to photograph. The new paint color will need to photograph well in bright light, as well as more ‘shadowed’ areas. “Shadowed” is new-blogger talk for “those areas that I’m still learning to photograph”. Hehe.
Issue #4 – “Decor Style” Walls
When painting a home, take into consideration the decor style of your home, as well as the color of large pieces of furniture in the rooms. Replacing a sofa, love seat, or carpet is not, necessarily, an option. So be sure that the paint color compliments the items that are staying in the room.
My Wee Abode has a coastal/farmhouse/cottage style. The sofa/love seat in the living room is a taupe-y sand color that looks great with just about any undertone… even pink (ugh)! However, the carpet is a gold color (again, not the choice I would make). Neither of these items is going anywhere (at least for a while). Sticking to a color that will compliment both the sofa and the carpet, yet stay true to the light and airy décor style is a must!
List of Must-Haves
So, with all that said, I think this is what’s needed:
- Keep away from the pink undertone, a greige (grey/beige) paint with a warm undertone that leans towards a gold/brown. This will make my landlord happy, too.
- In order to keep costs down, a paint that can be done in one coat. The walls in MWA are already painted in Swiss Coffee, which will make it easy to cover in a greige colored paint. I should only need one gallon.
- A paint color that is just a bit darker than a ‘white’ will be best in the living room. The natural light is very bright in the living room, so using a paint that is just a bit darker than a white will help with the light reflection, yet still photograph well in shadows.
- Using a color that is just a bit darker than white, and has the gold/brown undertones, but is still a grey color will complement the coastal/farmhouse/cottage décor and style in My Wee Abode.
Some of My Faves
Here are some examples from my blogger friends of some beautiful colors and brands. Let me know what you think…
H2O Bungalow has a similar style and ‘color-love’ that I do. And, we both live in small homes! Take a look at Wendi’s whole bedroom reveal, which includes her brand/color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.
Cindy at County Road 407 did a dining room makeover with a beautiful neutral greige, Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, to be exact. I love this color!
Girl Just DIY did a beautiful office makeover! Toni has actually painted most of her home in Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, and the office was one of the last rooms to get this paint update! Side note…Check out that beautiful trim on her cupboards!
Post Cards from the Ridge used Benjamin Moore’s Smokey Taupe in her modern farmhouse bedroom makeover. I love how it compliments both the warm and cool tones in Angie’s bedroom.
T. Moore Home recently updated their living room, and I fell in love with the wall color. I asked Teri what color she had used, and she let me know it was Sherwin Williams Maison Blanche. This definitely leans more beige than gray (at least on my monitor)! What does it look like to you?
Stonegable is one of my very fave homes and décor style, and has really helped me in discovering my own style! Yvonne’s home is painted throughout in Benjamin Moore’s Sonnet. Such a lovely white, with just a bit of warmth!
I love Christy’s style AND the colors in her home. Last year, she moved into a new home and decided to use Behr’s Campfire Ash throughout her bottom floor. Not only do I love Behr paint (it’s my go-to), but I love how the Campfire Ash adds the perfect ‘greige’ to Christy’s coastal/cottage style at Confessions of a Serial DIYer.
Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog has a fave Behr paint color, too! Behr’s Silver City is used in many of her beautiful rooms and looks great with the golden tone of her floors in this photo.
Green with Decor enjoys using tan colored paints in her home(s). This living room is from Meg’s “Favorite Tan Colors” post and features the living room of the home she moved out of, and recently moved back into! She really loves Sherwin Williams Camelback.
And last, but certainly not least, Suzy at Worthing Court was one of the first bloggers I started following. I’ve always loved the grays she uses in her home, and I especially love the color of her recent guest room makeover! See how the light is hitting on the right, and the left is more in the ‘shadow’. Both sides look great! Oh, the color? Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige. (Yep, the second time I’ve featured it…. hmmmm, I wonder if that means….)
Oh… I lied! I have one more… This is actually a ‘room’ that I created on Behr.com. Did you know you can ‘paint’ rooms on their app, and even upload a photo of your own room and paint it? Yep! However, this is NOT a photo of My Wee Abode, but I do like the color, Toasty Beige. I think this photo gives off more of the gray than the beige that it actually is. This is one of my fave Behr colors, though I have yet to use it! What do you think?
So… what are your thoughts? I love ALL these colors! Which do you like best? Do you have a color you think I should take a look at that isn’t listed here? Should I go with a known-to-cover paint that will cost a wee bit more, but truly covers in one coat? What brand is your fave? Leave it in the comments below… the brand and the name, and help me choose a living room paint color! I truly value your opinion, and would love to hear what y’all think!