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Modern Farmhouse Living Room Plans

Modern Farmhouse Living Room by Grace + Gumption

Our living room had been in need of a major overhaul. Knowing that I really wanted a serene, farmhouse feel in the room, I took some time to create a project list and an inspiration board. So far, I have made a good dent in the list of projects and I can’t wait to finish the rest.  Below is my complete, living room to-do list for and my progress.

Modern Farmhouse Living Room – Project List

Grace + Gumption Living Room CheckList

1. New Paint – Check!Silver Strand Sherwin Williams

The wall color in our living room was a taupe color when we first moved into the house.  Although I love neutrals, it made the room look dark and bland. I was ready for a change. I sampled several blue and green hued colors until I found the right one! For a complete list of all my trial colors and the color I ultimately chose, check out my post here.

2. Shiplap Wall – Check!

A new paint color just wasn’t enough for the room to be transformed into the farmhouse look I was going for. It needed an accent wall and a shiplap wall was just the ticket! See the simple 10 step tutorial on how I created this plank wall here.

Grace + Gumption Shiplap Wall

3. Photo Gallery – Check!

Once, the shiplap wall was complete, it did not stay bare for long! I quickly added gallery frames to dress it up. Post coming soon, teaching you how to hang a gallery wall of your own.

Grace + Gumption Shiplap Wall

4. Fireplace Makeover – Coming Soon!

Our current fireplace really has potential, it just needs a little update. Although it has that country feel, it’s a little too country! Currently, our fireplace is floor to ceiling brick and the mantel is a rustic wood beam, makes it look like it belongs in an old 70’s lodge. Although the lodge look is trending again, it only works in moderation. Meaning, it’s okay to have a brick hearth or a wood beam mantel but not when paired together. So instead of completely demolishing the entire fireplace and starting over, I’m planning to keep the floor to ceiling brick and just update the mantel to give the fireplace a more modern update without losing the rustic feel. I plan to add white trim and casing around the fireplace with a crown molding mantel to give this fireplace just what it needs to make it a perfect marriage of country and modern. Not to mention the white casing is also the perfect way to brighten up the dark brick.

Layla, over at theletteredcottage.net, had a fireplace very similar to mine and wrote an amazing post about her fireplace update in her home. 

5. Custom Curtains – Coming Soon!

Drapes are perfect for making windows look larger and your ceiling look taller. They can also dress up a room. Our windows in the living room are boring and bare but I just haven’t found the perfect pattern of curtain in stores or online. I did find however, the perfect pattern of fabric and plan to sew the drapes myself! Although I usually only go for the cheapest options, I am willing to splurge for this pattern below! Can you blame me?GraceGumption Curtains

SourceCourtyard, Oyster fabric from tonicliving.com.

6. Window Trim – Coming Soon!

One of my favorite features of an old farmhouse home is the windows. Farmhouse windows are oversized, plentiful, and have thick, white trim all the way around. This window from Caitlin Creer Interiors is my dream. My house however, has completely bare windows. NO TRIM! My nightmare. 🙁f64e2b7af317ca3e97c7f3ddf90c5c90

Bare windows, without any trim, has become more of a modern day design – not what I’m going for. Thankfully, adding trim to a window is an easy task and something I plan to do soon!

7. Reupholster Accent Chair – Coming Soon!

I want to put an accent chair in the corner of our living room but they are so expensive. For example, this chair from Target is almost $600! Instead of spending a pretty penny on one of these beautiful chairs, I’m going to reupholster one myself. I recently purchased a chair off of craigslist for just $25 and will be purchasing the fabric soon! 16260498

8. Update Decor – Coming Soon!

I’m still loving the pouf trend right now! They are an easy way to add extra color or easy casual seating. So I envision adding a pouf or two to the room, like this one from target, along with a few other country touches such as this bouquet of cotton stems from the Magnolia Market.
Grace + Gumption Pouf     cotton-stem-4

Can’t wait to get all of these plans checked off on my list! Stay tuned for more updates to come.

Have a blessed day!





Three Serene and Blue-Hued Paint Colors


The walls in our living room were painted a taupe color when we first moved into the house. I’m normally a big fan of tans and taupes for wall colors but in our living room, the taupe just made the room look dark and feel small. The walls needed a good pick-me-up!

Wanting to brighten up the room, I began looking for blue/green toned paint colors that still felt a little more neutral. When it comes to color, it’s easy to get it wrong. What looks good on paper, does not always look good on the walls of a room. So I followed these simple steps in how-to choose the perfect paint color for any room, that I describe in this post.

After doing research and purchasing several samples, I narrowed the color down to three favorites: Pale Smoke (BM), Brittany Blue (BM), and Silver Strand (SW) [pictured below left to right].

Grace + Gumption Living Room Color Options

From left to right: Pale Smoke, Brittany Blue, and Silver Strand

Pale Smoke by Benjamin Moore has more of a greenish tint to it that is very lovely. I fell in love with this color after seeing it in the room below designed by Nate Berkus. It’s such a subdued color and yet, it makes such an impact.


Brittany Blue by Benjamin Moore is the perfect shade of blue; it’s not too blue but just right. I was inspired by The Lilly Pad Cottage who used this color in her coastal living room. I loved how bright the color made her room look!

Silver Strand is the perfect marriage of blue, green and grey. I love how it’s used in this room designed by Joanna Gaines from FixerUpper. It compliments brick and wood floors nicely and has that old french farmhouse feel that I love!


All three of these colors were very tranquil and would have worked nicely in our space. But at the end of the day, I went with Silver Strand and boy, am I glad!  Now, our living room is bright fresh, and has that french cottage feel. I hope you love it as much as I do!


For more help with picking a paint color, don’t forget to check out my post for how-to pick the perfect color for any room!

Have a blessed day!




How-to Pick the Perfect Paint Color


Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or are looking to update your current one, a fresh coat of paint is often the cheapest and most effective way to improve your space. However, picking a paint color can quickly become an overwhelming and frustrating task. Not only is there more than 50 shades of gray (blue, purple, red, and yellow) to choose from, you still have to be able to determine which shade will look best in your space.

When picking out a paint color, it’s good to keep in mind that it’s shade or tone can look completely different in your home than it does under the florescent lighting of the store. So unless the color is white, purchasing a gallon of paint before testing the color in your home could result in a very unhappy homeowner. In order to pick the perfect paint color for your space the first time, I recommend trying one or all three of the following techniques:

          • Paint swatches are your friend. Bring home several different color swatches (even more than what you think you like) and view them in the room you want to paint. This will allow you to see which shades and tones look best in the lighting of your room. You’ll be instantly surprised at how the color the changes when put in different spaces.


          • Visualize it virtually. For those who have a harder time envisioning a color in a room with just a small paint swatch, I would recommend using an online virtual tool to aid your selection of a paint color. Thanks to todays technology, visualizing a color on your walls is a easy as uploading a photo. One of my favorites is Sherwin-Williams’ Color Visualizer tool, plus they have every color you can imagine under the sun. (Oh, and just as a secret between you and me – most Menards can mix Sherwin-Williams’ colors straight from their system. Just select a color and a Menards paint (I recommend Dutch Boy) and they do the rest. Best bang for your buck.)

Sherwin-Williams Visualizer

              • Try before you buy. The safest way to ensure you achieve color perfection is to purchase a few (or five) samples of the colors you are really considering and testing them out in sections on your wall. Many stores such as Menards offer their paint in sample sizes for a around $3 a piece. Trust me, the couple buck investment will is a lot cheaper than buying the full gallon only to realize that the color just isn’t working out.


I hope these tips help you find the perfect paint color for you and your room. Comment below if you have any questions.

Krista Elaine