As I mentioned in my post about painting the stairwell walls, I decided to change the color of the living room from Wickham Gray to Stonington Gray. It’s a very subtle change, but it will ultimately flow better with the rest of the first floor. Wickham Gray was looking a little green in comparison and, since you can see the foyer and kitchen from the living room, it was feeling off.
I needed to finish painting the trim in that room, which would involve moving the furniture and taking the curtains down, anyway, so it made sense to change the color at the same time.
You can see the subtle change in color. Stonington is on the left and Wickham on the right…
It’s a little bit warmer, darker, and feels more sophisticated for some reason.
(I need to keep telling my boys to turn off the fire! They really enjoyed it over the winter, but it’s now finally spring!)
While painting, I also added some more layers to the room, like the corbels flanking Eulalie on the fireplace mantle.
The white frame doesn’t draw the eye as much as the gold, but that allows more opportunity for accessories to add interest and support to focal points.
Oh, I’ve been asked if I’m going to change the stone on the fireplace, since it will no longer match the counters. The immediate answer is no, because it’s such a small area and not a priority right now. Eventually? Yes, I’d like to change it, but most likely to something traditional like brick or slate. It’s just a whimsical thought at this point, though, and not something I’m looking into.
Last week, I bought a pair of lamps for the guest room and some plants to use in the master bedroom and kitchen, but all of the purchases ended up in the living room. They were sitting in there and I noticed how well suited they were for the space. That kicked off one of those “I wonder how this will look” rearranging sessions and I’m so happy where everything landed.
The pair of lamps were put on a sofa table and I added an antique French apple basket between them with the two plants nestled inside.
The arrangement adds so much warmth, texture, and interest to the space.
The lamps are from HomeGoods and were $50/each. The basket was from Dreamy Whites.
I had to play around with the side table a bit to get the height right, but I ended up with a large crock filled with lavender, an ironstone bowl filled with wooden croquet balls, and a scale.
I’ll trade out the lavender for a houseplant, but it’s holding the place nicely for right now. The large window is south facing, so plants seem to love this room.
I’ve had the scale, bowl, and wooden balls for a long time, but the crock was a newer purchase. I got a good deal on it ($25), because it has some paint on it. I just need to scrape it off with a razor and it will be good to go! Truth be told, I don’t mind it all that much with the paint on it.
Next up for this room is some custom pillows…