Thursday, February 18, 2016

Living Room Design Inspiration - White Walls

In our ever ongoing grey-color painting failures in the living room (first purple, now blue), I've been going "back to the drawing board" and revisiting what I'm picturing for our living room. Ultimately, I've been drawn back to my Pinterest living room board, and as I've looked through what I pinned over the years, the stark truth is there:

White walls.

I like a white kitchen or bathroom, but from the beginning I've been resisting white walls for the living room. One, I had a white bedroom all during childhood and I got tired of it. Add in that I grew up near Lancaster county and white looks like a plain Amish or Mennonite house to me, it's a color I wanted to avoid to the ninth degree.

However, my subconscious seems to think otherwise, and perhaps even feel like white has some piece of familiarity to it as a result of my childhood room, because nearly all of my pinterest's living room board has...white-walled rooms.

via housepretty
via lookslikewhite
via bhg
via RH
via RH
via elementsofstyle
via lizmarieblog
via mariakillam
via apartmenttherapy
It's true that white is versatile, and you can add color, or in my case, still have "drama", warmth and interest to the room using curtains, rug, decor, and pillows. I think I wanted to try grey to add just a little bit of warmth to the room's overall color, but it seems not altogether out of the question that white can't do the same with the right accessories.

Maybe, juuuust maybe I'm starting to come around...

p.s. - I know Karl will be all too happy to paint it white - he's been mister "white paint advocate" for that room. Annnd he's got a German-Mennonite family background from a few generations back, so you could argue it's in his genes, hehe.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Painted Living Room - It's Not Supposed to be Blue Either

I was hoping we'd have more progress made in our living room since failing for the second time with a paint color, but alas, it is not so (obviously). Thus, up this post goes, and here's hoping that it's three times the charm...meanwhile I'll go bury myself into a good Korean variety show to mellow my frustrations... 

It was Friday afternoon. The crazy snowstorm was to start later that evening. Guess where I was?

Lowes. Looking at...not snow blowers.

Not shovels.

Or salt.

But paint colors.

It seemed I wasn't the only one thinking that being stuck inside from the snow was a great time to paint a room as the paint center had a steady stream of people buying paint.

Just the week before, Karl and I had painted our yellow living room using a Sherwin Williams grey paint called Alpaca. We had put a sample on the wall and let it sit there for days, and it was a light grey all that time. So we went with it.

We painted the room after dark, and so it was not until we had painted our entire room with it...and then confirmed it the next morning...that we had purple walls.

Or more precisely, lavender.


...annnnd it was our presently lavender-colored living room that was supposed to be grey that had me at Lowes just hours before the snow began.

We had a giftcard from Christmas for Lowes, so not wanting to spend any more on paint, that's where I chose to go. That, and after telling some friends about our purple woes, we heard from a lot that Sherwin Williams is pretty bad with greys and that they were presently living with purple or blue walls.

I picked up a few sample swatches and held them up under the fluorescents, went to their lighting section and held it under those bulbs, and went outside the store and looked at them there...

...all of their greys seemed to go either toward blue or green.

Somewhat frustrated, an idea started to grow, so I went back inside and asked the lady who was mixing paint if she could add nothing but black to the white paint base.

She said yes. I was thrilled and simultaneously giving myself mental pats on the back: how can you get anything but grey when you add black to the white base paint?! Why didn't I think of this before?!

She added about 20 drops of black paint to the gallon can and I was all set. The paint samples she gave me of it on the lid were of a light grey. I was psyched to have finally come up with a solution that had no reason not to work.

arrow is pointing to the final mixed grey we got after adding nothing but black

As the snow came down on Saturday the room got painted. We finished all the big areas.

It's blue.


Allow me a moment here.


K. I'm done.

At least blue is better than purple...

Starting to see paint color layers almost as bad as our wallpaper...

As for progress made in other rooms, we currently have our living room furniture in the dining room and are slowly back to work on removing more of the wallpaper glue from the walls. Feels good to be getting something done.

We're going to wait now until the weather warms up a bit so we can open windows next time we make an attempt to paint. This last can has been really high with the fumes (to me at least - Karl hasn't smelled it as much) and having some ventilation would be nice.

In the meantime I'm seriously debating about whether to drop grey altogether for this room. However, what color should I go with if I do?  I'd love some feedback! :)

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