We have just two weeks until our sojourn in Walla Walla ends and we’re back in our red house for good. I’m so excited! After consulting the mile-long to-do list, I’ve decided that the very first house project I want to tackle upon return is painting the living room. The problem? I’m still not sure just what paint color I want to use, though I do at least know the color family. I think.
First up, let me give you a little tour so you know what we’re working with. This room has great bones and a lot of potential. It is south-facing and filled with incredible light throughout the day. It is currently painted a soft green – that sometimes reads beige – which is in itself inoffensive, but which doesn’t work at all with our furniture and art, or with the transition into the newly blue dining room.
Our house was built in 1930, and had a major remodel done in 1960. They opened up what had previously been a number of small rooms into one large space linked by generous archways. The room is bisected by the front door and the dining room arch (as seen in the image above, taken from the dining room) which means that though it’s visually a single room, there’s a sort of pathway in the middle where we can’t really have any furniture, so we use it more like two rooms. Let me show you what I’m talking about:
Here we are standing by the front door and looking toward the dining room. I’m sure it’s hard to tear your eyes from the wonder of Beatrice, so let me quickly introduce you. I found Beatrice (so named because of the artist – Beatrice Roitmann Metrick) at an antique store and for more than a year I would drop in and visit her. Cameron and my mom teamed up and gave her to me as a gift, and I love her. I find Beatrice’s heavy-lidded stare serene, my father finds it homicidal, and Cameron loves the bird in the party hat. Something for everyone. I think both she, and the orange couch I got on Craigslist, will benefit greatly from a change of wall color.
Here’s a wider view of that part of the room. That cat-ravaged pink chair? Fixing it up is number two on that mile-long to-do list.
If you were to stand next to the couch and look across the room, this is what you would see. An indoor jungle. I consolidated most of the houseplants so our housesitter would have an easier time watering them, but I can still admit I *might* have a problem.
The little alcove where the tulip chair sits was the home’s original front porch; they moved the entrance to its current location in the 1960s.
We’re definitely still figuring out how best to use the space, but I’ll save thoughts on layout/furnishings for another post. For now? Paint! I’m on the hunt for a soft white or very light gray. It’s important that the color we choose plays nicely with Beatrice, the couch, and the orange-y fir floors. It’s also imperative that it work with the linen curtains. Cameron’s mom and I made them not too long after we moved in and I’ve got no interest in sewing that many hems again any time soon.
First up in the closer-to-white colors I’m considering is Seapearl by Benjamin Moore. It’s kind of an earthy white with gray/brown (griege) undertones.
A nice, creamy white I’ve tried out is Mascarpone, also by Benjamin Moore. I think it’s whiter than I want for this space -and a bit on the yellow side next to the color of the floors and curtains – but it’s very pretty.
I really loved the quality of the Miller Paint I used in the dining room, and this light gray color called Crystal Ball is a frontrunner. Unfortunately there are no images online of this color being used in an actual space.
I’m also very interested in a couple of colors by Farrow & Ball, but there isn’t anywhere in Eugene to buy their paint and shipping expenses for a sample pot are too steep for me to pay. There are lots of images online, though, and the colors I’m most crushing on are Cornforth White and Blackened. It might just be worth a road trip to Portland to pick some up.
Have you used any of these colors? Do you have a clear favorite of the ones I’ve shown or a recommendation of your own? Thanks for reading along – I’m so excited to paint this room and share it with you! Make sure to check the blog on Wednesday, Mera made an enviable Craigslist score and will be sharing a couple of really great restoration methods.