I was looking up some paint colors the other day in a post and came across this post of my living room. I was so surprised when I saw how different the room looks now, and I realized I haven’t shared my repainted living room with you yet! If you remember, I am in the process of repainting our entire house – all the main living areas, hallways, etc. It has been 10 years since it was first painted when we moved in and in desperate need of new paint. I also am changing the paint color from beige to a more greyish beige or greige color.
So here’s our living room October of 2013.
I have made several changes the last almost 2 years that made a huge difference in the room. During fall of 2013, I removed all the red and went more neutral in the room. I painted some new curtains, changed out pillows, and moved a few things around.
Then this spring I did away with that dark brown wall and painted a diamond pattern on it in my new paint color – Wheat Bread by Behr.
That in itself made a HUGE difference! I still can’t believe how much lighter the room looks. I just had some people over to my house on Saturday for a bridal shower and they all remarked at how much better/lighter it looked – they thought I got new furniture, or did something different but it was just that the room feels so incredibly different with the dark wall gone. I loved it for a while but now light and bright is what I crave!
Then the rest of the room needed the new paint.
I color matched the popular BM Revere Pewter in Behr paint and also got a sample of Wheat Bread by Behr. I found that those two colors were very similar to each other. If any difference, the Wheat Bread is just a tad warmer and the Revere Pewter is a little bit cooler. I ultimately decided to stay with Behr Wheat Bread.
You can see what a difference it is going on. The old paint color (Classic Taupe by Behr) was very beige and almost yellow looking and was not what I was going wanting anymore.
You can tell just from that picture how the room is immediately looking lighter. LOVE it!
So here’s the before once again.
And here’s the after.
I love things look on my mantel so much more now! I have been doing a lot more simple mantels this year (although I am sure that will change come fall and Christmas!)
All of the main areas downstairs are painted now. I still have to continue up the stairs in and in the hall there.
This is what I get when I sit down to try to take a close up picture. No, Casper they don’t want a closeup of you – they want a closeup of the paint and décor!
So there’s our updated living room with new greige paint. It still goes well with the browns I have in the room but yet gives the room a lighter/not so beige look to it and looks updated as well.
Hopefully I will have some new paint to show you in our room soon too!
Are you doing any painting this Labor Day weekend? There is always great sales on paint this weekend so if you have some to do, would be a good time to pick up a gallon! (I recommend Behr and not just saying that because I work with them – we used Behr paint to paint our entire house 10 years ago long before I even knew what a home/DIY blog was. )
Disclosure: I am partnering with Behr as a Behr DIY Expert and was provided paint for this project. But all opinions and thoughts expressed are all mine.