After tackling our small laundry room, motivation kicked in to upgrade the look of our kitchen/living room space. (Just a little bigger than the laundry room though). Since moving into the house, we never painted the kitchen walls. They were white and bland. A few years ago we painted the living room, what was supposed to be a beige color, turned out pretty yellow. We weren’t happy with it from the beginning, but we also didn’t want to re-do it right away either. My favorite color is red, so I convinced my lovely husband to paint the wall between the living room and kitchen red, as an accent wall. I loved it! But over time, the bold color made me feel stuck in a particular décor color pallet. So, we both determined we wanted a neutral color for the rooms. At first we considered using our color-concoction, but we were afraid the color would have a pink tint in some of the lighting. So, we purchased samples to decide what beige color we wanted. Guys, we purchased $$$ worth of paint samples, 15 some colors!!!! It was the most ridiculous thing. Every.single.beige.color looked pink on our walls! I am not kidding. We have so many windows, oak trim, and interesting lighting within the rooms that not one color turned out the way we expected. To say we were frustrated is a complete understatement. So, rather than continue down the failing path of tans and beiges – we gravitated toward the gray spectrum.
After looking at quite a few color chips, we narrowed our choices to 5 colors:
Sherwin-Williams Intellectual Gray
Sherwin-Williams Perpetual Gray
Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray
Valspar Filtered Shade
We went with Woodlawn Colonial Gray for the entirety of both rooms, with the exception of the old red accent wall and the garage entryway – which we decided to paint Valspar Rocky Bluffs. (You are correct, that name was not on the above list. We actually already have this color painted in our bedroom as an accent wall. So, after all that ridiculousness of choosing paint colors, we ended up using one already in our house. Oh, the irony).
This time I did include before pictures. However, I took them after I’d removed all the décor. So, it still won’t be a great representation of the before and after. (Maybe one day I will get it right.) Our household bleeds scarlet and gray, so most of our previous décor was all about the Buckeyes. But we both felt like it was time to grow up a bit and go for a more classic/sophisticated style. After some Pinterest research, I settled on the transitional décor style, but with pops of color.
Without further ado – the living room/kitchen makeover.
Living Room Before
A huge shout-out to my husband who did so much work on the rooms! He is awesome. Love you, babe.