We painted the living room with Benjamin Moore's Balboa Mist colour matched in Olympic's Low VOC paint. The colour is very similar to the Silver Screen we used in the hallway (they're from the same paint chip) without being the exact same.
I won't lie - when we picked the colour I thought it was going to be a moody grey colour based on the tester. It's the third paint swatch from the right.
But when I got back from vacation I was surprised to see that it's more of a grey-blue. The picture below doesn't do it justice, but it was hard to get a good shot with the light coming in the doors. The dining room pictures are a much better representation of what the colour actually looks like.
It's hard to explain but the colour works really well with our hall colour. It's like the blue-grey counterpart to the green-grey in the hall. The two go really well together without being the exact same.
Once the walls were painted, Matt replaced all the living room trim to match the hall and upstairs and gave it all a coat of white paint. It's amazing what a difference the white trim makes compared to the cream that was there before. Take a look at the basement door, which has yet to be painted white, compared to the new white trim.
Next the curtains went back up, but this time I hung them wider to make the door seem larger. See the difference?
And then we spent forever trying to rearrange the sofas to make the living room more open to the dining room. See how spacious everything seems when the love seat isn't blocking the dining room?
Unfortunately, there's nowhere else for the love seat to go, so we're stuck with the same layout as before. Maybe someday I'll have a sofa that fits this space a little better.
Last but not least, we hung the photos and the dining room mirror and called it a day.
We didn't rehang the gallery wall above the sofa yet. The mixture of frames doesn't work with the new wall colour so we're debating either spraying them white or replacing them with a larger piece of art that's more sized to the space. We'll have to wait and see what we decide on.
And there you have it. A long overdue update on the living room progress.