Paint Color Opinions Needed

I really want to have all of the interior walls in our living room, dining room, office/studio and hallway painted a new color. While the green/grey/tan color the previous owner chose is just fine (and I actually do get some compliments on the current wall color), it's just not doing it for me.

I feel like it is too dark! I want something brighter to make the rooms feel bigger. I'm not feeling that green/grey/tan with the off-white trim... especially the trim. I believe trim should be white, not beige/tan!


Why haven't these rooms been painted yet? Well, the workhorse of the family really dislikes painting projects. The other day he told me he would rather build me another wooden fence than paint those rooms. (I'm pretty sure that's an exaggeration, but he got his point across.) I get it, I get it, you don't like painting!

Anyway, I've been trying to figure out what paint color would look good in here. Keep in mind that we will probably either paint the fireplace white or resurface it with stone/tile. I don't want to keep that brick forever!

I have a "Home Inspiration" folder on Pinterest, so I thought I would look through my favorite images to see what might work in our house. 

How about a light grey like these gorgeous rooms? My parents have something like this in their house, and it looks great. I like the grey rooms with crisp white moulding.



Or we could go with something in a warmer color family, like this beige:



 I even like this really like blue/grey they used in this home. They have a lot of warm browns and reds like our living room does, so maybe this could actually work.


We could even go with a milky white color like we did in the kitchen. I've noticed that a lot of my inspiration images have white walls, although they also have awesome architectural features that our home doesn't have to make them more interesting.


I need your opinions and advice! 

What do you think– grey, beige, blue/grey, white or some other color altogether?

While we're at it, what's the cheapest amount you've ever paid to have your interior walls painted? I'm trying to figure out what a decent price is. Chances are we'll end up doing it ourselves, but if I can find an affordable company to do it I would be very tempted to hire this project out!
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  1. First, I love that horse sculpture you have on your sofa table. Love it.

    Secondly, I'm a sucker for light gray. I think it's so modern but so classic at the same time. We painted our sitting room/sunroom a gray called Pelican by Valspar and it so pretty. We get compliments on it practically everytime someone comes over. You can see what it looks like on our walls here: http://lolainspired.blogspot.com/p/my-home.html (it's the gray room...not the turquoise dining room...lol) but keep in mind that we have lots of windows so there's a lot of natural light which may look it look different in your living room.

    Can't wait to see what y'all choose!

  2. You have such a knack for design; I wish I was as talented. Now to your question, I am actually thinking of painting our dining room, living, and foyer a crisp grey. Our living areas also have cream trim, which I despise, and a beige thing going on. BORING! After creeping around your blog, I think the blue/grey or grey would look fabulous in your home. IMO the blue/grey would add a nice pop of color, but still remain neutral. Can't wait to see what you pick!


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