This post was most recently updated on January 1st, 2020
Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue won me over the very first time I saw it used in a Pinterest photo! So when it was time to re-paint our sage green living room, it’s the color we chose. We painted it about 5 months ago, and I’ve been slowly re-decorating the room over the past few months.
But, without accessories, the space began to feel void of personality. Isn’t it interesting how some people can live contently in a minimalist space, while others find happiness in eclectic rooms filled with their ‘favorite things’? I’m realizing that I’m definitely one of those people who draws energy from ‘collected spaces’. I began to miss my gallery wall over the sofa. (See: I Miss my Gallery Wall: The Great Debate – Simplicity vs. Eclectic / Collected Decor).
So I added some new artwork to the room, starting with these two large pieces over the sofa (below). (Note, I found them in a local store but I’ve since seen the eiffel tower piece at Z Gallerie. They are by artist Avery Tillman). You might recall that I didn’t like the color of the frames they came in so I spray painted them cream. See Love the Art, but Hate the Frame? How to change it in 2 easy steps! That’s pretty much all we had on the walls for a few months.
That new artwork satisfied my craving for “more” for awhile, but the room still felt unfinished to me. So, over the past month or so, I decided it was time to ‘finish’ it in the ‘collected’ style I’m most comfortable with!
I still LOVED the muted color scheme of Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue-brown-cream, but it seemed like it was missing a little excitement. I tried adding this pillow – kind of a chartreusey-olivey color – and it rocked my world. (I know, I know, I’m overly-dramatic about decorating, lol!)
I liked it so much that decided to introduce a few pops of green to other areas of the room too. Just one plate from Pier 1 helped to liven up this gallery wall that I created on one side of the mantel.
Since our living room and kitchen/dining area are open concept, I pulled a few pops of the green into the cabinet in my dining area too. I was in the market for new mugs, anyway ;-).
So now the living room is a little more visually interesting.
Until next time,
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Love Love!! Where did you get the Accent chair with the matching pillows?
The chair is from Lane furnishings in Canada! I purchased it a few years ago, and unfortunately, I’m not sure of the name of the fabric. ~Kerri
What is the brand and name of the original painted Sage Green walls?
It’s SICO Kalahari Beige. Hope that helps!~Kerri
Love this room! I’ve been lookin for a mirror just like that! Where do you get it?
I found this mirror at HomeSense in Canada, but I’ve also seen it at Bombay Company. (Not sure if Bombay is a Canadian company or not?) but you might check there! Thanks for coming by.
Love your decor! I have been transforming my home in the same colors! I have actually had the browns, creams and blues in my bedroom for 8 years and I still love it! Could you PLEASE tell me where you purchased the pillow on the left side of the sofa? I love it and I must admit, I have a thing for pillows!
Could you PLEASE tell me where you purchased the pillow on the left of the sofa? I LOVE the colors. I am in the process of changing my colors as well. Your design reminds me of me! I am your newest follower!
Hi, are the columns in your living room painted the creamy white also? I have columns like those in our home , it’s an open floor plan and the seperate the living room from dining room. My trim is just white, should I paint them the same white or use a creamy white? Thanks
The columns are the same color as the trimwork (Cloud White), except on the bottom which is technically ‘wall’ so I did paint that part the Navajo White like the other creamy walls. Hope this helps, Kerri
What are the 3 colors you used on your walls in this post? We’re about to paint our living room/ kitchen open floor plan and I love the colors !
Hi Kelly! The colors are all Benjamin Moore: Navajo White (the creamy white), Woodlawn Blue (the blue) and Silver Fox (the gray in the kitchen area). Hope this is helpful! ~Kerri
I found your blog the other day while searching for pictures of living rooms painted in woodlawn blue. That’s a color we are getting ready to paint our, currently, very beige open living/dining/kitchen area. We have a very similar fireplace with white surround and beige/tan tile. I was excited when I saw the pictures of your room – very pretty! I am curious to know if are still loving the change to blue now that you’ve lived with it a while. Big color changes scare me but I really am in love with this color. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks.
Yes, I still LOVE the blue. It’s a great color to pair with chocolate browns and creams. I only used it on a couple of walls though; the area it’s in is ‘open concept’, so I paired it with some cream walls too. I think that helps to keep it feeling light and airy. Good luck with it!! ~Kerri
Thanks for replying. It helps me feel braver with this color change to know you’re still loving it. We’ve decided to start with just a few walls as you did. We have a big sample board up against the fireplace now. I can almost not stand the wait to get it on the walls! Thanks again. I’ll continue to follow your posts. Happy decorating 🙂
The magic of accessories is right! Love it!
Thanks so much! ~Kerri
First off, let me say how charming I find your site and how nice your very personal ideas are. Despite the blue, it’s fairly obvious you’re a girl. Having said that I do feel a lot of personality in that room and almost surprisingly everything works.
I confess I’m somewhat more of the minimal type but I put my hands up and say that the down side of minimal is that it lacks heart sometimes. That cannot be said by your example of how to clutter up a room tastefully. I really do like it.
I think the choice of Woodlawn blue sets up the whole room for a lot of crazy colours, but the safety in your colour choice allows every mix from the burgundy and even greens, gold’s and silver.
You have thrown in patterns and I keep expecting something to not look right with so much going on, but I can honestly say everything looks in place. There are, in principle, far too many lights and lamps and in some respects it should look a mess but it doesn’t, I love it cause it is so tasteful and personal.
You have a good eye, Kerri, and I think I should start to find a little tasteful clutter myself. Love the end product and will be following your ideas further.
Carol-Anne (Use The Good Dishes!) says
This looks just lovely now! I really like the added pops of olive green! Just what it needed!