Home Sweat Home: Living Room

You recall me painting my living room blue, right? Well, I finally found a gray…

Enter Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.

It was inspired by this blog post written by Emily Henderson, a designer for HGTV. Sadly, I read this article way back when I was living in my apartment. I knew about this gray already. But I worried that Gray Owl was much too light for my liking. I worried it was not “moody” enough. I was worried it was too soft. I disregarded it and went on my own search for the perfect gray and, as you know, fell flat on my face.

ANYWAY. I spent every spare minute of nap time last week repainting and Hubs had to help me this weekend to finish it up.

Let’s first check out the before, from inspection day:

And now the after:

A different angle:

It’s a very soft, airy, light gray. It’s just what this wide open space needed, especially in contrast to the deeper gray in the den and Amelie’s nursery (which is Ashes by Behr). Oooh, so fresh and clean! Well, cleaner anyway. I do admit that this gray can still read a bit blue during the day but my theory is the oak-everything is working against us. Did you know that if you pair gold eye shadow with blue eyes, it really makes blue eyes pop?  I think that’s exactly what all of this orangey oak is doing to the gray, enhancing any blue tones that might exist.

Pretend there is white trim and dark walnut floors instead. We plan to get rid of the oak furniture (or rehab it) as well as update the rust/cream pillows and accessories. We painted a quick swipe of primer on the front door trim just so we could get a better feel for what we hope it’ll look like someday (please excuse my terrible photography):

Me likey! The front door needs replacing and I want a funky colored door. Maybe a happy yellow one like Young House Love did for their second house?

Here is the hallway which lends a better view of the gray paired with white trim and walnut floors. Our delicious interior door (Zinc by Martha Stewart) plays nicely too!

Considering this picture of my favorite baby bird:

how could I not have known Gray Owl was the right choice in the first place?!?

12 thoughts on “Home Sweat Home: Living Room

  1. Aww…it’s beautiful! And the gray appears to actually be making the oak floors seem darker now too compared with the closing day photos….

    You guys continually amaze us by your projects during nap time! Looks fantastic! And my goodness, yes…..with a cutie cute little owl like that how could you not have known? :)

    • Thank you, Shelby! I’m always little dismayed by my “after” shots but hopefully I can make this living room fun and fresh. It needs it. Everything takes me a very long time but I’m trying to be ok with this pace and enjoy my baby owl while she’s little (and while she still thinks I’m a hoot!). :)

  2. Ooooh! It’s so pretty!! And I agree, it’s light and airy and the hallway pic with the dark floors and zinc door helps to visualize how the living room will look.

    And can I just say- you get a whole lot of stuff done during nap time – I’m seriously impressed!!

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