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Let’s Lighten Things Up

It wasn’t so very long ago that I was making plans for my yellow living room. I chose a lovely buttery yellow shade and accented with lots of soft grays and dark woods. A year has passed and I’m no longer thrilled with my yellow walls. Daniel agrees. I’m a bit fickle when it comes to design, falling head first for every new idea and stepping back and regretting it later (or just changing my mind half way through). I’ve repainted several rooms in this house already in the one year we’ve lived here (much to Daniel’s dismay). Maybe some day I’ll get it right 🙂

living room before1

So here’s the deal:

The walls need a new shade
and several people have insisted NO WHITE, even though that was my first instinct.

The sofa needs to go.
Macy’s hair shows up against the dark gray and drives me crazy. It’s also too small and not comfy.

The rug is too small.
The little area rug is just a placeholder, and I’m thinking a natural jute rug would be lovely.

The witch finger lights are creepy.
Seriously… who decided that was a good idea?

living room before2

Now here’s the vision:

living room2

Kinda like a cottage/coastal vide. Bright and natural.

I’m deciding between a few shades of gray/green for the walls, I’m considering white-washing the barn door (gah! I never thought I would say that), and I’ll switch out the sofa, curtains, coffee table and lights someday when the funds allow.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who can’t get paint right the first time. At least as far as home renovation costs go, paint is on the less expensive side.

I’ll leave you with this lovely room (my current inspiration photo) featured on one of my favorite blogs: The Lettered Cottage

living room inspiration

NOTE: Most of the above images are from Joss and Main, the curtain photo is from Crate & Barrel, the paint swatches are Sherwin Williams and the door image is from houzz.com via pinterest. Just want to give credit where credit is due!


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