Our painted living room with bathroom was designed by Farrow & Ball

I saw it on the casual Friday show first. We painted the living room – like the whole room. I chose a trusted colour, one I have used before and recommended by many –Dove by Farrow & Ball. We first used Pigeon in our home office, 5 years ago, and decided it was time to bring it back. I think I’ve been wanting to bring it back for a while and I can’t think of a better place for it than the entire living room.

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And a little reminder of what this room looked like even before we installed the new flooring.

Before before

Living room today























This is a mood ring of paint color and I couldn’t love it more.

We recently shared our living room today, and I mentioned that a lot of our furniture wasn’t working well and the layout needed some tweaking. Of course when you paint a new room, you have to rearrange the furniture. We haven’t bought a single new thing and it looks so much better. I promise this room will continue to evolve in terms of furniture, decor (hey, we should fill some empty walls!) and lighting throughout the room – for a session in your home, it feels so good.
























What do you think – are your team’s lights off or on? The furniture shots were in the early evening. We really tried to show what a room really looks like in person, and different lighting obviously changes what you see.

make a decision

To be honest, choosing a paint color for my living room gave me some major headaches. I’ve been experiencing decision paralysis over this for weeks, and for the life of me I have not been able to muster confidence in any colour. I’ve taken my own tips for choosing a paint color and a color palette that flows from room to room that I shared here and this was a good place to start. I wanted a color that would complement and support the adjacent rooms like the green island in the kitchen, the blue in the pantry, and the wallpaper in the powder bathroom.

However, spending my day going in and out of the living room, holding the paint surface under different light, got me nowhere. You know what they say about the definition of insanity, right? Something about doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I was in a vicious circle and needed to switch things up. So we decided to “try out” some paint colors using the magic of technology.




















Magic isn’t it? despite of These are not any actual paint colorsIt was so helpful to see some options for what this room could be.

When it comes down to it, I wanted to use a mid-tone paint color since I shared all my thoughts on the newest trend in this post here. To sum it up, we are seeing fewer and fewer high contrast paint colors (dark tones and lighter tones) and I can’t wait to do this in my home.

Is it blue? green? ashen? -It’s a dove.

The blue, green and gray color stood out to me and actually reminded me of a dove. The chameleon color I loved before, and as soon as I said it, I knew it had to be. At different times of the day this room can look completely different and I’m partial to that. Truly living and breathing color.


We actually color-matched the Sherwin Williams Emerald Designer Edition. Here is the color matching code for your reference.

For the walls, we used Emerald Designer Edition in Eggshell, and for the fireplace and all of the trim and baseboards, we used Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Semi-Gloss.

I must say that the bathroom will look different in everyone’s home. Our living room is probably one of the darkest rooms in our house, so the paint color will appear darker. I like that this room can look moody, while still being mid-tone. My sister has compared it to a mood ring and I think that analogy is quite apt.

Oh, and also, welcome to the new light. See here to read about the bent condition this light was in before it was hung.


Paint color: Dove by Farrow & Ball

chandelierrug, Couch, Navy pillow, Throw blanket, Leather chairs, Coffee table, Wicker tray, Pointed candlesticks, Candle holders, End of table, Pointed lamp shade, Midnight art, Floor lamp with black shade, Pleated floor lamp, seat, Wool blanket, The table was thrown, Large vase, False stems, A coffee table book by British designers