My newly painted living room – part 1

Posted on Thu, 13 Nov 2014 by KiM

It is finally time to reveal my now very dark living room. This freaking room took me FOUR weekends to complete. What a pain in the arse. And I didn’t even sand the trim like I should have. The result is pretty dramatic and I absolutely 100% love it. Farrow and Ball‘s downpipe is the most beautiful colour I have ever used and it exceeded my expectations. I used it in estate emulsion (flat) on the walls, full gloss for all of the trim and I used plummett in estate emulsion on the ceiling. I wanted to go with downpipe on the ceiling too but my husband was already losing it over the choice of such a dark wall colour so I caved. They are the perfect combination though as both have hints of green.
I took tons of photos so I thought I would split this post into 2. This post focuses on one side of the rather long space, where my workspace is located. And I should point out that aside from buying a new desk (my previous one was rickety and too small) everything in this room is from my previous home, so it’s a bit of a work in progress although all the major pieces are staying. (And note that I have alot to learn on photographing such a dark space. It’s so tricky!!!)

The photo above is the view from the foyer. TV watching/hangout area is to the left of the fireplace (the next post).

I have rugs all over the floor because the terrible orange/yellow stain on the hardwood makes me pukey. The cowhide needs to be replaced with something darker.

Oh – how about a before shot for impact…

Better now? I would say so!

Conveniently, the curtains I bought at Ikea when we first moved in turned out to be almost identical to the wall colour. I came across the desk on my last trip to Ikea (it’s the Alex) – I wasn’t really looking to buy a desk there but it was too perfect in style and size and there’s that same grey again! I liked the idea of going monochromatic in the space. The table in the corner was found at an antique shop in Almonte a few weeks ago. I haven’t figured out what colour to paint it yet. I think it needs a touch of fluro pink.

Opposite my desk was supposed to be a cat corner but I decided to hell with that, my Panton chairs needed a new home (the chairs always have faux sheepskins on them and as I look behind me right now, both chairs are kitty-occupied so it’s the cat corner after all!). I’m not happy with this corner so I will be giving it more thought. It is a great place for one of my husband’s revamped vintage radios – gutted with new speakers and bluetooth so I connect to it from my PC to play music. (Hubby is leaving his job after the holidays and doing this and other projects full time *GASP* so do have a gander at his shop – Daff Design)

My favourite plant, Mine Design candle from Style Labo and Ikea box.

Blanc de chine lamp from eBay I just unearthed from the basement (glad I never had any takers when I was selling this pair) and a doily bowl I made that stored my phone cable and lip gloss.

My beloved 2 arm Jielde lights up the corner beautifully.

KiM says:

Thanks AMR! (ohhh – black and silver!)
YES! Pencil cactus!!

PSC says:

Grey is beutiful, I really love it. The thing is that it gets too dark with such colours and the paint absorbs all daylight turning the flat into a claustrophobic and dark place. What I did in my flat is to paint parts of it in dark grey/blue paint, like one wall in the living room grey and the rest white or the walls right next to the windows grey making sure that the surface where the sunlight falls is bright white. This way you get a fantastic contrast and keep your flat luminous especially in countries without much natural light during the day.

KiM says:

I have large windows on either end of the room so I wasn't overly concerned about the light situation. And I figured why paint a room dark if you don't want it to be dark. The whole point was for it to be moody and enveloping (which you wouldn't get with contrast).

trav says:

Very sophisticated. Wonderful! The shades of that color are perfect with fireplace, etc. Can't wait to see what color your corner table winds up. A pop of pink would be fun for sure.

KiM says:

Thanks trav! I guess I better get going on that table…

Despinach says:

Wonderful job!!! And I really like the cowhide in front of your desk, it gives the room an eclectic feeling! But if you feel you need to replace it with something darker, why don't you replace it with the one under your Pantone chairs (and try placing it under them instead)? Just an idea…

KiM says:

I can't switch the rugs – the brown spotted one is too big small for the dining room and the grey is too big for my office 🙁

Christina says:

SO GOOD. Ever since Abigail Ahern said that Downpipe is her go-to gray I have hoped to use it one day. Your use of it is absolutely perfect and I love how you used it in a different sheen for the trim. Genius. There's an exceptionally high chance I will do the same thing in a future living room. I do agree that the finish on your floors is unfortunate, but it's nice to see how someone with such good taste deals with an issue like that. 🙂

KiM says:

awww, thanks so much for the kind words Christina!

isn't downpipe just addictive though ! once you paint once place the other rooms just look so boring so you have to go for it everywhere

this living room is beautiful 🙂

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