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A Fresh Coat of Paint in the Living Room

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Is the time change affecting everyone as much as it is me?  My clock is officially off and come 11 am, I’m starving!  This weekend the change was an added bonus since we decided to tackle the paint job in our living room.  We definitely took advantage of that extra hour in the day!

My vision for this room has always been to create a serene and elegant space where I can read and relax or sit with a friend and laugh over drinks.  Basically a grown up space with no TV (gasp!).  It still has a long way to go, but isn’t it just amazing what a coat or two of paint can do to transform the mood of a room?!  It’s basically the most cost effective (aka cheap!) way to liven things up.  The color we chose is Svelte Sage from Sherwin Williams.

Living Room Before

Living Room After

But of course I still have big plans ahead so be sure to stay tuned!

Has a coat of paint ever transformed a room or piece of furniture in your world? Do tell!


  • heather

    it is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! i love your new sage room, and how much light you have. so many windows! seems like you did well with that extra hour of light 🙂

    November 9, 2010 at 7:15 am Reply
  • shaz

    I had to laugh at your before pic – my bedroom has a paint swatch like that, only it’s about a year and a half old by now! Sigh, I’d love to paint it, but it requires time I don’t have just yet 🙂 Love the colour, ours is very similar. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    November 9, 2010 at 7:19 am Reply
    • The BonBon Rose Girls

      @shaz, Oh yes, I’m all about the test spots on the wall. And you are not alone, there are a few others throughout the house that I haven’t gotten to and have been up for ages!

      November 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • Kristin @ Ellie-Town

    Love it! Makes the crown molding pop!

    November 9, 2010 at 8:19 am Reply
  • lenore-nevermore

    compliments the color of the rug~

    November 9, 2010 at 8:20 am Reply
  • Kris

    Great color. Love your ideas too. I love painting.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:33 am Reply
  • everton terrace

    Beautiful light coming into that room and I love the colors in the rug. Yes, in my last house I was painting rooms all the time. My husband would come home from work only to find our kitchen a whole new color than when he left that morning. Our current home is all white and I’m enjoying that for now – perhaps I overloaded in the last one.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Karena

    Megan absolutely, I now have a deep teal in my entryway and office/den. I love what you have done!

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    November 9, 2010 at 8:40 am Reply
    • The BonBon Rose Girls

      @Karena, Ohh I love the idea of a deep teal!

      November 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm Reply
  • Joanna

    It looks great! So bright! Definitely hang some fun stuff on the walls to add some pops of color.
    I hear ya on the time change – I feel out of whack!

    November 9, 2010 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Britt

    Love the paint and that rug!!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:03 am Reply
  • ms Givens

    I once painted the smooth ceiling in my bedroom seaglass green and I loved it!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Megan

    Love the color! My bf just recently bought a house and we’ve painted every single room in the house. It is amazing how much better they look!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:16 am Reply
  • pve

    I love the white and the color too….cannot wait to see it all come together.
    Love all the windows and the light!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:28 am Reply
  • krystal/village

    I love that room, so much you can do! I’m a huge window lover, so it’s perfect 🙂

    November 9, 2010 at 9:29 am Reply
  • Krysten

    Totally transformed it! I really want to get to painting in our place, make it more our own.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:32 am Reply
  • McKenzie

    I’m always surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do… We painted the living room a chocolate brown color earlier this fall and it feels like a new space — I love it!!

    November 9, 2010 at 9:44 am Reply
  • DeAnna

    I LOVE IT!!! i love your sense of decor style!!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:01 am Reply
  • Rachel (Inspiration in Italy)

    It’s so great to be back and visiting you again! Thanks for the welcome and I’m completely amazed by this post. WOW, the coat of paint made all the difference in the world!!! I can’t believe it!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:09 am Reply
  • betsy

    looks awesome. i have a cute holiday photo card giveaway today. Stop by!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Jude

    It’s amazing, how so little can do so much to transform a room – looks great already! (Also, you’ve just made me super-hungry and it’s definitely not nearly the next mealtime :)).

    November 9, 2010 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Shop N' Chomp

    I love the color! It’s amazing how much a fresh coat of paint can do. 😀

    November 9, 2010 at 10:30 am Reply
  • Cafe Fashionista

    Haha! The before pic is priceless – love it! It’s amazing the difference a fresh coat of paint can make in reviving a room!! 🙂

    November 9, 2010 at 10:47 am Reply
  • Betty Manousos

    I love your ideas!! Great colours!
    Looks amazing!

    B xx

    November 9, 2010 at 10:51 am Reply
  • Taylor

    It looks sooo serene!!! LOVE!!!! You need some fashion coffee table books in there for sure too! 😉

    November 9, 2010 at 10:52 am Reply
    • The BonBon Rose Girls

      @Taylor, For sure about the big stack of fashion books!

      November 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm Reply
  • Maddy

    It’s a lovely color!! Love all the windows in that room! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:53 am Reply
  • Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    Gorgeous new paint!!! Absolutely love how the colors in your room all line up now – the floor’s brown goes great with the carpet and its pattern and your walls now totally bring those together and bring out the best in them and in the sofa! Love love love it, great choice!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Dancing Branflake

    I love the new color! And I love a talking room- the best!

    November 9, 2010 at 11:14 am Reply
  • issa

    LOVE IT!! can’t wait to see it after it’s complete 🙂

    November 9, 2010 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Jill@teenageBride

    it always amazes me what a simple coat of paint can do

    November 9, 2010 at 11:25 am Reply
  • Dionne_C

    It looks great! Good choice of color too, love it!

    November 9, 2010 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Josie

    I can’t wait for more! I painted by bedroom the prettiest shade of sage green awhile back and it felt so fresh.
    xo Josie

    November 9, 2010 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Stacey

    Looks lovely! Isn’t it amazing how a little bit of paint can completely transform a room?

    November 9, 2010 at 11:54 am Reply
  • Amanda

    It’s pretty Megan!!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm Reply
  • Gina

    This is beautiful! Paint really DOES make a difference.
    The windows in your room are gorgeous. 😉

    Happy, Happy TUESDAY

    November 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Nikki

    Great color! Love that bold rug too!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • kristen

    it looks great so far! can’t wait to see the finished room!!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi

    Paint can do amazing things!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Sandy a la Mode

    i LOVE it!!! and yes, color can TOTALLY transform the mood of a room, soo soo much!!!! 🙂

    November 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • Camels & Chocolate

    My husband is a painter by trade–he works on all these multi-million-dollar homes in the Bay Area–so I must say YES. We’re a big fan of accent walls, though my current obsession is chalkboard paints. We made a bunch of chalkboards for our wedding and used the remaining paint to paint the inset of our kitchen door, which now serves as a message board or a line-up for the week’s dinner menus!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm Reply
    • The BonBon Rose Girls

      @Camels & Chocolate, What a cute idea! I really like the idea of chalboard paint, I’m just not sure where I can put it but the inside of a cabinet or door sounds perf!

      November 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm Reply
  • Lacretia - Ready Heart

    The room looks so much better with the paint! It’s amazing how much paint can transform a room – I love your vision in this room and think it will be perfect for entertaining! Thanks for sharing your transformation!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    Wow – it totally transformed the room!!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm Reply
  • Dawn {The Alternative Wife}

    What a fabulous room Megan! The color looks amazing!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:56 pm Reply
  • ae

    Love that color! It really does look like a different room.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Melanie's Randomness

    Oh that does brighten up the space!!!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Heidi

    That looks awesome and I love the plans you have for the room! Every room in our house is a different color, but I think my favorite is our cozy royal purple dining room. It looks so stunning and elegant with the dark wood dining room furniture. Although I also love the gray in our bedroom…so many decisions!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Cassie

    It looks great! It really is amazing how much of a difference paint can make!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Tanvi

    It just looks marvelous now!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    i love the new paint color and all the lighting in your living room. can’t wait to see it with more furniture!

    November 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm Reply
  • Emily+Fashion

    I love the furniture, the new paint definitely makes everything pop! And who doesn’t love huge windows?


    November 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm Reply
  • Snuggle Wasteland

    I have a similar paint shade on the walls of my living room and dining room. I really love it. I’m ready to paint quite a few rooms around here. Just can’t muster up the energy to get started.

    November 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • Grace

    I love that olive color; my mom’s office is a similar shade. The only instance I can think of is when I was ten and I finally got to get rid of the dusty pink color in my bedroom. Now it’s a light turquoise and I hate it even more, haha.

    November 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm Reply
  • Sara @ Purses Pastries Etc...

    The whole room just popped with that simple coat of paint! Looks great!

    November 10, 2010 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant!

    I love the light in your living room, and the color just warms the space right up. I’m a renter, but my landlord let me paint, and I went to town in my bedroom. I wanted an Island getaway feel, so i did a neutral light brown on three walls, and a peachy/papaya color as an accent wall, so that my dark wood bedroom set really pops against that backdrop. I never did get around to buying the crisp white curtains and white bedspread, mostly because I was spending that money on more important things (like shoes and alcohol) but I still love look of my bedroom.

    November 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm Reply
  • Mandi

    I absolutely LOVE the pillars in your living room. So fancy! And great choice on the wall color. Very peaceful.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm Reply
  • mary

    did you go with 100% of the svelt sage. I am thinking of toning it down a little. Don’t know if it will be a little too dark. Also I want to use it in kitchen, livingroom and hallways. do you think that will be too much green.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply

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