living room paint

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Ok, things finally calmed down enough this weekend for me to get a photo taken of the living room with it’s new paint.
The painting wheels stated rolling when I was going through my Living Room Pinterest board and realized that almost every photo I have saved included rooms with either white or soft gray walls.  So I asked myself, if that’s the look I’m loving so much, why am I trying to make things work with a wall color I’m not hip on?  So, paint I did!
Here’s the old paint color.  It doesn’t look as yellowy in this pic as it does in person.
Then there was the icy blue paint fail.  Look how dirty the switch plates look – yuck.
And here she is in her new color!  Went with Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.
The one (and only) thing I miss about the old color is the contrast it had with the photos.  But, I’m so happy with how much brighter the room feels now.
I’m now working on taking it through the entire main level (entry, dining room, kitchen) and up the stairs.  Quite the job to take on half way through a pregnancy.  Getting up and down a ladder is more difficult than I thought.
Here’s a little peek into the mess that is my dining room.
Everything has received a new coat of paint in here, including the ceiling.  Now I’m working on getting the bottom half of the wall ready for some molding. 
I’m so freaking pooped people!
Anyone else in over their head with projects lately?


  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    oooh so pretty!!!!! i love that color!

  2. Becky {This Is Happiness} Avatar

    Pretty color Shelley. I'm new to your blog and love your living room set up and decor. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Julia {Pawleys Island Posh} Avatar

    I totally love it. Such a small change yet such a HUGE impact! Seriously worth your efforts. Revere Pewter is on my short list of lovely colors so it's nice to see in someone's home I've "seen" before!

  4. Kristin Cadwallader Designs Avatar

    Love the room! It is so much brighter now. Great style and patterns. Love it!! –Kristin

  5. Tara {The Silver Lining} Avatar

    I loved the room in the before too! But it does look so much brighter and more full of life with the new color. Oh you are one ambitious lady doing all this while pregnant! 🙂 It looks great!!

  6. Allison Cooper Avatar

    Yes, yes, YES! Project central at our place right now! Family room built ins, foyer make over, (I too need to take the foyer wall color up the stairs….and then down the upper hallway…. so.much.painting.) and then we decided to start bookshelves in another room….AHH!
    Revere Pewter is a lovely grey, it looks so great! Great blog, I check in everyday 🙂

  7. Jacqueline Avatar

    love the new color it does look much brighter! I finished painting our master bedroom using BM Classic Gray. Now I'm just working on the smaller projects like curtains.

  8. Andrea Avatar

    Shelley, it looks awesome! I love the new color. You better slow down, missy!!

  9. Melinda {Delighting in Details} Avatar

    Looks so very fresh and inviting! Great pick!!!

  10. Mindy Avatar

    Ha – I just pinned that paint color. I don't have any grey in my house, but I'm thinkin' I just may need some!

  11. Kathryn Avatar

    Looks great! I can't believe you are doing this pregnant… You are amazing! We are about to paint our living room, color to be determined. It will be more gray, though!

  12. Lisa at Shine Your Light Avatar

    Love how Revere Pewter looks in there with the black and white and the brick of the fireplace! You are crazy ambitious – how do you find the energy? I'm so impressed.

  13. Michelle {lovely little things} Avatar

    I just discovered your blog, love it! I love the color palette of your living room, the curtains are great!

  14. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door Avatar

    I'm over my head too. If only I had an uninterrupted 72 hours to get caught up on everything. To dream! Love the wall color. Its so fresh and I love how it makes your curtains pop.

  15. {Hi Sugarplum!} Avatar

    That color is gorgeous — and ohmyword you've been busy!! That is a lot of work!

  16. Kristen | Cottage Modern Avatar

    Looks beautiful! Revere pewter is such a nice gray color, and looks like it was an excellent choice for your living room. I also love the drapery fabric and light fixture in your dining room–beautiful!

  17. Hyphen Interiors Avatar

    Loving your color choice. That one is probably in the running for me, too… I want to do something throughout the house… eventually, but man oh man, I will probably have to hire someone as it's a big job and that will break the bank… so it may be a while. But, I may start in the office at least.

  18. Antoinette Avatar

    Just found your blog and I LOVE it. Thank you. I was hoping you could tell me where you got that great sphere light in your dining room. I will be checking in everyday to see what fabulous ideas I can get from here.

  19. Anselm Armando Avatar

    The new color of your living room is really beautiful! I agree with you, the room does look brighter with the new color than it did with the old color. Not only that, it also made the room look fresher and cleaner. I think, after the failed icy blue paint, you finally found the right color for your living room. Anyway, what color did you use for the other room?

  20. Anonymous Avatar

    Love Revere Pewter! I used it at 125% strength in my home so it was just a shade darker and had more contrast with my crown molding and white plantation shutters. A wonderful color to consider in a adjacent room or on an accent wall is Chelsea Gray by Ben Moore. A dark warm gray which is just beautiful. I used it in my dining room and on a gallery photo wall.

  21. William Gulliver Avatar

    For me, the present color of your living room is absolutely greater than the previous one. It made the room much brighter and sophisticated. Also, I liked the way it blends with the other details in the room. Sometimes, the color you choose might not go well with the rest of the interior, especially when you’re following a theme. But, in your case, it turned out great! 😀

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