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].
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!