If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen that, during our last snow storm, I got the itch to start moving furniture. Call what you will… winter doldrums, boredom… But, it was more functional. In our front living room (which no one ever uses), we had a sofa that was super comfortable and large. On the flip side, the sofa in our living room was… well… not. It made no sense to me to have the most comfortable sofa not used, so the switching began.
Of course, it’s never just as easy as switching furniture. I also moved the family room drapes into the living room, because they went with that sofa and chair combo best. So, now the front living room looks like this:
The sofa from our living room was a golden brown color and when I moved it into the family room, it was practically the same color as the walls. It bugged me for a couple of weeks until I convinced Mark that it needed to be changed. I wanted a more grey toned brown — something taupe, but dark. I picked up three sample colors at Lowe’s and painted swatches on the wall. I got two grey browns and one color that was just a shade darker than the Crewel Tan (SW0011) we are using in the rest of the house. We had recently picked up some BESTA cabinetry to surround the TV in the white color and I wanted a darker paint to really bring out the white of the cabinetry.
The three sample colors I picked up were AR218 Weekend in the Country, AR519 River Oaks, and AR619 Fish Market (all Valspar colors from Lowe’s).
After living with the three colors for a couple of days, we settled on the darkest color with the most brown tones, Weekend in the Country AR218. I liked the way it looked in all of the natural lighting — sometimes a green tint and sometimes gray. I also loved the way it worked with the TV unit and the new curtains I had purchased for the room. So, we set out to Lowe’s, picked up a couple of gallons, and started painting!
It’s funny that I started out trying to find a new wall color to work better with the sofa, however, I ended up getting slip cover for it anyway!
Here’s a peek at the finished walls…
In my next post, I’ll share where I got all the new accents for the room. I really like how it’s coming together and how (even with the dark color on the walls) it feels so much lighter! I’m thinking of moving the coffee table to the living room as well and getting something lighter…. maybe purchasing a square coffee table from IKEA (I’m eyeing the grey HEMNES table) or making an upholstered ottoman. What do you think?