Chez Newb: Living Room Paint Colour

I’m at it again. I just can’t stop painting. Mostly it’s because PARA Paints chose us to be part of their Blog Crew and well, it was free paint for a year! Talk about motivation for changing up the colours of your house. And change I have. This year I’ve painted the shed, the mudroom, the kitchen, the dining room, the bathroom, the bedroom and stained the decks and the fence. And so now, obviously, it’s onto the living room. (No, not obviously, I’m a freak!)

mere gate ottawa decor newbery sykes

Here’s the back story to why I’m painting yet another room. When we chose the colour for our living room, we had just finished building an addition to the house.

Floor to ceiling windows Chez Newb

The Addition — Living Room Area

Our contract stated that we could choose two colours for walls and one for the trim. Looking back, I should have negotiated that. Instead, I was carrying around a 5 day old baby and a pack of paint chips trying to figure out what two colours to choose. I was tired of dark since we had just tripled our living space and added lots of light, bright space. I wanted a colour to match my mood. But as Sue reminded me this year, you don’t pick colours for your house five days after you had your first baby. We chose yellow as the main colour for the house. Apparently yellow is the neutral go-to colour when you don’t know the gender of your baby or what the heck your space is going to look like when it’s completely finished.

In all honesty the yellow is a great yellow. But after 3 years of it, I’m okay with a change. Nick was ready for a change right away. In fact, the weekend the painters were working on the house Nick and I were out of town and spent an hour in a paint store debating on whether we’d done the right thing. Nick swore it was Cora’s yellow all over our house. (Cora’s the restaurant, that is. Cora does great breakfast, but that beaming bright yellow is not the colour you want to wake up to every day.) Thankfully once we got back to the house after the weekend and saw the final coat, it was a pretty mellow yellow and looked good. However, Nick was never really sold on the yellow.

So fast forward to a few weekends ago when every wall in my living room looked like this, I was committed to painting. (I was trying out some accent wall colours here too.)


While I thought about going with a new colour, of course I ended up with another shade of grey. It’s the paint splotch on the left and it’s called Snappy Dresser, of course by PARA Paints. This grey is a lot cooler than the yellow, naturally. So I think it will take the room toward a more of a modern feel that we’re looking for. I’m excited about being able to bring some new accent colours into the room now too. I have ideas for an accent wall and I’d love to bring some colour into the room with pillows, artwork and blankets.

It will also flow really well from the kitchen into the living room, and I think it’s a great backdrop for the new rug we picked up at HomeSense. See it there, behind that cute baby ;-)


I’m on a strict timeline to get this done so I can get the Christmas tree up and the decorations around the house! Let’s see if I can get some solid naps tomorrow boys! ;-)

I’ll be back soon with some super cute Christmas kid’s table decor items I made a few weeks ago. Stay tuned!



7 Comments on Chez Newb: Living Room Paint Colour

  1. Sara
    December 12, 2014 at 9:20 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVE Snappy Dresser! That’s the colour we want to paint our upstairs bathroom cabinets. It’s gorg. xo

    • Meredith
      December 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm (2 years ago)

      Great minds!! :)

  2. Anne
    December 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Can’t wait to see the final reveal but seriously Nate will look adorable against any backdrop! That smile!! Love the new rug too. :)

    • Meredith
      December 16, 2014 at 9:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Hee Hee…thanks Anne! I totally agree about Nate…love that little guy!

  3. Lisa Goulet
    December 17, 2014 at 9:52 am (2 years ago)

    What area rug? I only see a cute baby lol! I’m reading your posts in order so I’m now going to see how great the final results look!

    • Meredith
      December 19, 2014 at 10:28 am (2 years ago)

      Ha ha…let’s be honest… That’s all I see too ;)

  4. Sheila S.
    December 19, 2014 at 9:16 am (2 years ago)

    I’m sure your room will look great when your all done but seriously, that little fella of yours is adorable. Would be difficult to look at anything else while he’s in the room.


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