From Light Blue to Moody Gray

Ready for some before and after pics? Like I showed you a couple of weeks ago, after slipcovering our sofa we decided to re-paint the living room & entry way walls a darker gray. The color we had was way too light and blue for the new beige slipcover. Although I liked how the color looked in the entry way, something was always off in the living room. Since we didn’t want to have different colors in the living room and entry way we decided to let go of the light blue color. Instead, we picked a darkish pure gray, (it’s as pure as a gray can be, meaning that it doesn’t have any green/blue/pink undertones).

When we paint a room, we always do the following: push furniture to the middle and tape around trim & edges. We usually don’t bother covering the floor anymore but we have yet to master cutting in sans tape (except for our windows, because the trim is made of metal so they’re easy to clean if we need to). Regarding brushes and rollers, we use three: a brush for the edges, a small roller to further cut into the room, and a big roller for everything else. I usually handle the brush and Andoni has the big roller; we both take turns with the small roller – unless we can convince someone to help us paint!

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Taped off edges/trim

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We moved everything to the middle and removed the curtains.

But anyway, here are the results…

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The pass-through window to the kitchen will be centered just above this table

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Although we still have stuff to do (like adding the pass through and pops of color here and there because it’s all very neutral right now), I think we’ve come a long way:

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Do you guys have any tips on how to incorporate color into a neutral room? I’m all ears!

What do you think? Share your opinion in the comments.

12 thoughts on “From Light Blue to Moody Gray

  1. Britt

    I love that grey! Looks great! We have red cushions in our grey room that look great. I’d pick a few accents – maybe a funky brightly coloured lamp? Or a throw for the couch?

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Yeah I was thinking pillows/throw/basic accessories I’m just having trouble picking out colors because I want to work with things I already have (and love) but I’m not sure I can work with everything!
      Also we’ll be replacing the Poang chair in the corner with the one my aunt gave us, but we want to reupholster it first. I’m stumped on what fabric to choose for that though, because I want some pattern but not sure what.

  2. John @ Our Home from Scratch

    Beautiful color! I have to admit, I liked the blue, but you’re right, the grey looks better! Who makes the paint? Can you give me the color name or is this from a local Spanish paint supplier? I may steal this color from you for our office.

  3. Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    It looks beautiful. Very nice gray and I think you have some great pops of color already. I love the red matting on one of the pictures and the two red Socker containers look really good too.

    For more color, I would add pillows, some greenery… maybe a Fejka here or there ;) and more pictures with colors. That is how I do it at least. I love a neutral backdrop as well. :) Love how everything is turning out!

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      You read my mind with the Fejka, hah! I was thinking of putting a few artificial plants inside the mini greenhouse I got for Secret Santa.

  4. Christine @ Casa-de-Christine

    Love the new grey colour! It’s beautiful! I really love your gallery wall too! As for adding colour- I’d add a patterned chair when you replace the chair in the living room. Add a throw and some colourful art. I really like the accessories you have already so I’m sure whatever you add will be great!

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Thanks for the ideas Christine! We’d love to reupholster the chair with a patterned fabric but still don’t know which one.

    1. Ainhoa Post author

      Hah, yeah, I was thinking of buying several pillowcases on Etsy but still not sure as to what type of pattern/color. I’ll have to look!

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