Farmhouse Living Room // Picking Paint
THE FARMHOUSE We finally started work on our living room makeover this weekend! It’s a space that I’ve been excited to tackle but didn’t want to start until I knew that our custom sofa was on its way. So after receiving an email from Interior Define that our sofa would arrive later this week, we cleared the room of toys and painted.
In truth, I’ve been going back and forth on the living room paint color for a good two months now. You’d think that after five home renovations, I’d be more decisive about color, but alas, I find it a unique challenge in every home and every new lighting scenario.
I’ve always imagined a light wall color in our farmhouse living room – both to keep the space feeling airy as well as highlight the wood trim and blue velvet sofa that will anchor the room (I can’t wait until it arrives!!!) – but I couldn’t decide between white or a light neutral. All of the upstairs bedrooms are painted Simply White, and while I love the color in those spaces, I found myself contemplating whether the living room couldn’t use a cozier color.
My paint color indecisiveness was spurred on by these two inspiration images.
Such lovely living rooms, right?! I should note that while I don’t know the exact paint color used in the rooms, the top paint sample is BM Revere Pewter and the lower sample is BM Simply White.
In the end, Garrett voted for a wall color other than white (and deep down I was leaning that way too). So decision made. My first inclination was to use Balboa Mist on the walls, a color I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest for months, but after sampling it in the space, it felt darker and colder than I wanted. So I went with my go-to warm grey – Revere Pewter at 50% tint. I used this color at the Ravenna House, and loved it.
After painting the Farmhouse living room walls last weekend, I have to say that I still love Revere Pewter (at 50% tint) as much as I did three years ago.
The lighting in those photos is awful (we finished painting yesterday evening), but hopefully you get a feel for the color. In case you’re wondering, the walls above the picture railing as well as the ceilings are painted with a flat ceiling paint tinted in Simply White. I am really digging the look of the white over the Revere Pewter on the walls.
Next up, we’re ripping out the carpets. Fingers crossed that the hardwood floors underneath don’t need to be refinished like the upstairs floors did. Wish us luck!