Style Board Series: Living Room

The living room. It’s one of the most important rooms in the house. Especially since it’s connected to the kitchen, dining room, breakfast nook and entry way. It’s called an open floor plan. And they can be tricky to design and decorate. Getting the rooms to flow together, but still have a little somthin’ somthin’ of their own is a tad tricky for me. Especially in the paint department.

I thought I had it all figured out, I really did, and then a color named gray happened. I was going to go all soft and creamy, but then I kept seeing inspirational pictures of rooms with gray paint (a faint gray color) and I’m rather enjoying it. My problem is that the kitchen is connected to the living room. And I don’t particularly want gray in the kitchen. Our cabinets are a dark chocolate color and I’m not sure how that would look with gray. Know what I mean? See my dilemma?

Here’s what I’ve came up with:

I really love it. The fun accessories, the bright pops of blue paired with the sweet hints of yellow. It’s too pretty. And cheerful! And the thought of mixing patterns and textures is completely exciting! It’s just the paint color that has become the challenge.  And not even really in the living room, but the kitchen.

Here’s what I mean:

Here’s the living room. The breakfast nook is to the top right, which is connected to the kitchen.

The kitchen, looking from the living room. It’s all one.

Sure, it’s completely possible that I just paint the wall behind the cabinets a different color. That would probably solve my problem. Seeing the cabinets in person would probably be extremely beneficial too. Fact of the matter is, I am wanting a more “seamless” look, if you will. All in good time.

Until then, feast your eyes upon these gorgeous living rooms:









Beautiful rooms, eh? I am completely loving the look of sectionals, mixed patterns, textures and bamboo roman shades with drapery. It’s big. And I am firm believer in the saying: “Decorate with what you love”!

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Source Information:

Sectional- American Furniture Warehouse

Hardwood Flooring- Home  Depot

Coffee Table- Home Decorators Collection

Wall Mirror- Amazon

Trunk- Target

White Drapes- Target

Armless Chair- Target

Grey & White Pattern Pillow- Home Decorators Collection

Aqua Pillow- Fabric Junkie Etsy Shop

Grey & White Floral Pillow- Fabric Junkie Etsy Shop

Turquoise Glass Vases- Horchow

Pattern Rug- Horchow

Swing Arm Floor Lamp- World Market Cost Plus

Paint Color- Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray


What about you? Has anything made you re-think you decorating ideas? Any paint color picking woes? Feel free to share!


  1. I love mint colors I painted my living room a mint color but it is simply too bright. I wanted it more subtle and light and am looking to repaint it. As I get older, I begin to love more neutral colors but still want some colored paint, just perhaps a little toned down. Do you happen to know what color the walls are on your fourth living room picture? I’m pretty desperate. 🙂

  2. Hi Shayna, it me , Diena again. I’m having the same problem as you. I feel like we are twins from another mother and separated by decades and miles, lol because this year I’m so in love with the same color palette as you. In fact I painted my bathroom (master) the same sort of minty agua called Mystic seaport by Glidden, But it was a little darker than the sample was so i stuck with two walls of that color and the other two i painted a color called Indian painting by Glidden. I love the Indian painting, it’s sort of a light taupe. But now I’m into the greys, and i want a warm grey, sort of like the Indian painting with a gallon of grey added. Grey is a neutral so it will go with just about anything you add to it. I wouldn’t worry if I were you. Go with your gut ( it’s done you well so far !) You can always repaint. ( : There is also a wonderful warm grey i found called Sleeping Cabin by Kilz that I bought to paint a couple of picture frames so they would stand out against the Indian painting and i love it so that’s a greyt i am definitely considering for a wall or two. Well have a great day. Sincerely, Diena <3

  3. Can u tell me what type of rods u used ? Looks like 2 rods with sheets in back ? I am looking to do a treatment like that however can’t find the hardware? Help

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