Recently I had the itch to update the paint in our living room. We had been living with the choice of the previous owners, which was a dark gray that seemed to have a brown undertone. At first (and by “at first” I mean the last 1.5 years) it was livable and went with our decor and furniture but lately the more I looked at it, the browner it got. Our living room just needed a nice bright and refreshing colour. It was time to start choosing paint for the living room.
First, I gathered a few paint samples I had from previous projects and also picked up a couple more from our local Benjamin Moore. Next, swatch time!! As you will see in some of the not so glamorous photos below, I like to make my own swatches beyond just holding the paint fan deck against the wall. I do this for a few reasons, to see the true colour wet and dry, as well as, the swatches can be easily moved around the room at various heights, and times of the day. We face south and the sun sets northwest of us so the 8 pm sun is harsh and beams right into our living room. You will see that below as well. In the photos I captured all the colours I tested on my DIY swatches, in a few places (including directly over the gray even though I knew I had to prime), and on the coat of primer to make my final decision. I knew a nice cool white or a white with a touch of blue/gray would do just the trick.
Colours tested (all Benjamin Moore): Chantilly Lace, Distant Gray, Marilyns Dress, Paper White, Wickham Gray, Stonington Gray.
This photo was taken around the 8 o’clock hour when the sun is setting and the light is harsh. It was really important to me to make sure I was satisfied with the paint colour at all times of the day. If you don’t test the colour you may end up wasting money and time by painting and then repainting. Not fun.
As you can see some look very bright and others have a touch of blue, green and gray.
I narrowed my choices down to two; Marilyns Dress and Distant Gray.
Same two over the primer.
At last, I settled on Marilyns Dress because of its clean and crisp feel and finish. It’s a really nice combination of white, blue and light gray. The colour really just made it feel airy and refreshing and not too stark and gallery like (which I love but doesn’t work in all homes and with all families).
And a little parting shot featuring Lucy.