Putting Together a Living Room Design

This room feels like it is taking years to put together…mostly because of the scrapping and sanding of the original window trim.  Hoping the windows will be the crowning jewel of this room. The good news is, I did get all the walls painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore and the floors have been sanded and prepped for new stain. We are making small strides.  If all goes well we should be able to wrap up this project just before the new sectional arrives…I have my fingers crossed!

I figured it was about time that I put an idea board together for this room so I can start putting all the colors and textures together.  I not a big planner usually but it’s time for change.  I want to buy items with a purpose no justt because they are on sale. That being said, here is what I came up with for the living room design.

living room idea board the vibrant pad

1, The color palette for the room is a soft relaxing gray, I decided on Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.  This will keep my small living room looking bright and spacious. Plus by keeping all the trim bright white the room does take on a beautiful classy look.

2. I need away to bring in some complimentary colors with the gray tones in the room.  A area rug is the prefect way to do this.  By keep the background light, the busy pattern takes on a more classic look and doesn’t darken the room.  I do love the pattern on this rug.

3. The sectional I order from England is smaller in size with a lower back.  I choose Caprice Gray in a durable texture for the fabric.  I can’t wait until it arrives, only a few more weeks!

4. I already own these lamps.  The substantial bases in a white washed finish make a bold statement in the small living room plus they give off a great glow!

5. I need to add a little “bling” to this room and some brass light fixtures are the prefect way to do it.  I’m hoping they will add a nice glow to our built-in bookcases. Plus they look nice and they serve a great function!

6. We already have built in bookcases in our living room but they need some revamping.  The main issue is the lack of concealed storage space for electronics.  I want to keep all the receivers and wires hidden. It makes the room feel less cluttered to have the electronics tucked away.

7. Still torn on the end tables but I think the glass and metal may be a good look for this room. This nesting tables from Pottery Barn are prefect.  The size is good and they have an awesome finish on the metal.

So there you have it.  My first planning attempt! Now back to window scrapping and painting…yippy.


Give Me Gray!

Back on my gray kick again! Time to start transforming the living room before the new sectional arrives. This transformation will include stripping down the faux stone finish on the original window trim, re-staining the hard wood floors and changing the wall color from a dark tan to a soft gray…my favorite of course.

We started with the faux stone finish on the original stone work…talk about a process. We tried paint stripper, which worked but created a huge mess.

faux stone texture the vibrant pad

historical wood window trim the vibrant pad

Now, the color that was on the walls wasn’t a horrible color but being so dark it made the room feel smaller and it wasn’t really the look I was going for.  As we all know picking out the right gray color can be a little challenging but after a few weeks I finally had chosen “the one”…Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. I absolutely love it. It is light and airy and makes the room feel so different.


living room at the vibrant pad


owl gray benjamin moore the vibrant pad

oewl gray benjamin moore the vibrant pad

Now that we have the walls done I guess I should move on to the trim and floors.  Stay tuned for more updates to come this week. I have a few long nights ahead of me 🙂

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