As you guys know,  I repainted my downstairs living areas (living/dining, kitchen, and family room).  I’ve been holding out on showing you the spaces mostly because with the holidays and and all of the decorations that come along with them, I wanted the spaces to be free and clear of any of it. 

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The above image is what my living looked like when it was painted Sherwin Williams Toasty (6095)

Today I’m showing you the living and dining room that were painted Virtual Taupe by Sherwin Williams.  The color is part of the gray family on the paint deck.  It’s a really great neutral that will pretty much go with any color you put with it.  It satisfies my love of brown without having any of the different undertones that you find when choosing browns.

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It’s a must that this carpet comes up soon!

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The dresser is making it’s way back to my bedroomWinking smile



Both the chandelier and ceiling fan will be replaced

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All of the doors and trim are painted Aesthetic White (7035)

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As you can see, my living and dining rooms are not large at all!




Now that the rooms are painted, I need to tackle the honey oak banisters.  I’m thinking of staining, but I also have to paint the white railing on the opposite wall.  With that in mind, I may just paint both Well-Bred Brown (7027) by Sherwin Williams. 



I took the picture below to try and show you how the color in the kitchen looks from the living room.  For some reason, it does not show well.  Hopefully by spring, I’ll have better light so you can see both colors the way I see them.  The color used in the kitchen and family room is Accessible Beige (7036) and I’ll talk more about those rooms in another post.


Before I decided on the paint color, you may remember how I tested the colors out first



I also carried the swatches around in my purse and pulled them out every time I saw something I liked for my home just to check and see if the paint worked with the item.  Paint is indeed the cheapest way to update a space, but it can also be the hardest thing to get right.  So make sure before slapping a coat of paint up on the walls because you like what you see in a magazine or in someone else’s home, that the color is going to work in your home too!


Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Great advice to test a color first, how a color looks in one home will most certainly not be how it looks in another! Also, get idea to carry the swatches around with you to see the colors with other items you may be considering...

I love the color, that was a LOT of painting! Looking forward to what you do next!


Nia said...

Very nice space! You've add much value to your home :) and have really nice design style..I love the different use and color of the dresser.

Nancy said...

Have you considered painting the railing on the opposite wall the wall color? Then it would "disappear" and the entire focus would be on the honey oak bannisters which, in my opinion, are always gorgeous stained dark?

kita said...

I love the color makes the room look rich. I am looking to paint my son's bedroom and he likes red and orange what other colors would you suggest for a boys room because I am inspired by what you have done.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Love your blue sideboard, L! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Averill said...

Great job, girl! I think the rooms turned out great. I say go ahead and paint that banister and rail -- a dark brown sounds great!

Oh and to answer your question... I also had trouble finding a white shower curtain that wasn't otherwise adorned or textured.I ended up buying Pottery Barn's PB Essential Shower curtain...


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Goodness that's lot of painting but worth the effort, the color is perfect and amazing with the blue dresser. Happy New Year Lakeitha!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Fabulous job painting! It it great to test to make sure that you like the color. I love the mirror by the way.

The Helpmeet said...

Great job! I love that color! You put in a lot of hard work!!!! But it was so worth it because it looks terrific! I can't wait to see your final outcome with everything.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

That is certainly a great color. Banisters seems to always a cause for pause. I know you will select a great color for it.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting.

Myssie said...

I really like your round mirror that you have sitting on your blue dresser!! The color is lovely!

Fauxology said...

It's coming out so lovely! Love the idea of whipping out the paint chip while shopping. :)

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

You choice of paint color is beautiful. It looks so classy and modern. Just found your blog and glad I did.

Jen said...

That paint color is a PERFECT shade! What wouldn't that go with?? ;-)

Happy Thursday Dear!

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Brooke's Closet said...

so love that color!

And that blue looks GRAND in there. Ummm it should stay! or atlease add some blue in the room. Soooo love it..

Oh and I forgot to say that family room has sooooo much POTENTIAL!
Wish I had one. Yes I do!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I like the space. That dresser is beautiful! I think it should stay in the room, it really pops! Fun to re-design spaces isn't it? Doing the same with our switching around 3 rooms!


I love that color and have used it quite a few times!! Way to pick!

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