When you walk into my house, you walk right into the living room. The room has 3 windows but there are 2 windows on one side facing our neighbor and 1 window facing the backyard. We also have a brick fireplace with black mortar. The brick, the black mortar, and the fact that 2 of the windows face our neighbor, make the room so dark despite having so many windows and the walls being yellow. It has always bothered me. Even though we plan on moving in about 2 years, I felt like the rooms needed a new paint job to look a little refreshed.
I wanted to soften the look and picked out Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter for the living room, hallway going upstairs, and our dining room. Our painter started with the upstairs hallway and the walls by the stairs at the back of the living room. After he painted it, he strongly hinted that it was too dark. I didn't think so but he painted a sample by the fireplace for me to preview what it would look like.
I liked the contrast of the gray/beige color against the white. Our living room opens up into the dining room so I was going to use Revere Pewter in both rooms. Since he thought the color was too dark, he suggested going a shade lighter in the dining room. I didn't really want to. I like the color I chose.
After he painted the living room, I looked around and decided that the real culprit was the fireplace. I asked our painter, George, what he thought about painting the fireplace white. He said he thought it would be a great idea. I was kind of nervous since once you paint the fireplace brick, there is no going back but I thought the white would really brighten up the place.
Yesterday, he painted the fireplace and when my mom got to my house she told me that he finished. I asked how it looked and she didn't answer me right away. I was so nervous! What if it looked cheezy? What if I made a mistake? She sent over a picture and said "It looks great!"
The white made a world of difference! The room looks so much larger and brighter and I'm so glad we painted the fireplace.
Now I have to decide what to do with the dining room. I still think I'll stick to the Revere Pewter color but George has created doubt in my mind! What do you think?