Family Room Makeover: Wall Color
One of the very first things we did to the family room when we moved in was to paint the walls. I wasn’t a big fan of the VERY pale yellow that was in there before. It was light and airy, for sure, but – in my opinion – a bit, well, BORING. And it was too close to the color of the walls in the adjoining entry hall and living room.
First, I sought to settle on a color scheme for the room. Ultimately, I was inspired by these pillows that I found, fell in love with, and purchased through Etsy.
We tried to go with something that complemented the tan/camel color in the pillows when selecting a new sofa and chair from Crate and Barrel. And I knew I wanted to go with another color from the pillows for the wall color. I ruled out red because our kitchen is/was already red. I also ruled out the gray because we’d already decided on gray for a couple of other rooms (powder room, my son’s bedroom). And I ruled out the dark brown because I thought it would be really dark and, well, BROWN. So, through the process of elimination, I decided to go with sage green for the walls.
At first, in an attempt not to be too matchy-matchy, I sought to find a sage green that was slightly lighter and tad subtler than the one in the pillow. I really fell in love with this picture in the Pottery Barn catalog and decided to give Benjamin Moore’s Nantucket Breeze a try. So, we trekked off to Benjamin Moore and bought us a whole lot of Nantucket Breeze and I started painting up a storm in our rather large family room. After I had done one of the walls, I started to feel a little disappointed. It was MUCH lighter than I thought it would be and WAY YELLOWER than I expected. But I hoped (prayed!) that once the furniture arrived and we got everything in the room, it would be better – so on I painted. Well, the sofa and chair arrived and everything got in the room, and *well* it didn’t look any better. It was really washed out. Not what I wanted at all. Shucks.
We lived with it for about a month and then I JUST COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE and decided that I needed to bite the bullet and paint it something significantly darker. After playing around on the Internet and trying out some paint samples from Behr*, we ended up going with Sagey. It’s actually very close to the sage green in the pillows.
THE RESULT: Yay! Much better! Phew.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any photos of the room when the failed color was on the wall - but here’s a good BEFORE (when it was yellow) and AFTER (with the Behr Sagey on the wall) for your viewing pleasure.
* By the way, I can’t tell you enough how much I really enjoy painting with the Behr paint + primer. We’ve used it in several rooms and, in my experience, it goes on really smooth and easy. I also enjoying painting with Sherwin Williams paint, but have not been a particularly huge fan of Benjamin Moore paint. I want to like it. Everyone says I should like it. But, I don’t. Sorry.