The Great Color Conundrum

I’ve got a huge confession to make. We have lived in this house for almost a year now, and about six months into it, I got tired of living with so much bright color. There. I said it. It’s good to get that off my chest.

It’s not that I don’t like color or appreciate what it can do for one’s mood, but there was just so much of it all around me. After a while it no longer seemed to reflect mine and my husband’s personal taste. And let’s face it, the eye does need a rest after a while. Am I crazy for having a change of heart so quickly? For me, bright color is like the guy you thought you’d marry and love forever, but turns out you just want to date him on the weekends.

So about a month ago I made the decision to start removing the bright color from our main living spaces and injecting more neutral tones into the home.

First up was the living room. Here’s where we started.
colorful-living-room Nice and bright! The teal overdyed rug is was obviously the major source of color in the room (besides The Walken).  Step number one was to replace the rug with something that had a little more texture and neutral colors. Enter the Beni rug…
eric-on-beni-rug I purchased this rug on sale at and it’s honestly one of the best purchases I’ve made for our home. I knew it instantly when we rolled it out on the floor. It made the room feel so much warmer and more like home. Perhaps it’s because I had a cream shag rug in my last house and I just missed it. I don’t know why, but I love this rug. And obviously Eric does, too!

After replacing the rug I noticed that the wall color seemed a bit on the colder side of gray. It was the only gray color the builder offered at the time, and to tell the truth I think it really worked well with the brighter colors. But now that the color was gone the gray-blue hue stuck out like a sore thumb. The room looked cold and I needed to warm it up. So I turned to my Sherwin Williams fan deck and picked out a warm greige color called Alpaca. It had the exact same tonal value as the original gray, but the hue was slightly different. If I hadn’t told anyone that I repainted the room, they probably would have never noticed. Here’s a photo of the color as it was going on the wall. Can you see the difference?
paint-colors Even if no one else noticed the change, I noticed and it made me very happy. Michael requested that we keep the back of the house light and bright since we have all those lovely windows, and I think SW Alpaca was a perfect fit. So then the room looked like this.
painted-walls Ahhhh! Much better. So clean and fresh and full of possibilities! You may have noticed I switched out my colorful pillow covers for more neutral covers and some furry lumbars from Arhaus. When going neutral it’s important to add more texture. Texture gives a room life and keeps it from looking flat and boring.

The coffee table tray got a little makeover as well. It went from this…
coffee-table-tray-color To this.
coffee-table-tray The oversized tray is from West Elm and I love how large it is. It’s the perfect scale for my ginormous coffee table. I purchased a new one in the silver leaf finish because I have so much brass and gold in the room already, and this girl likes to mix her metals. The Kate Spade hot pink crystal vase was switched out with a vintage tortoise shell vase from Flair Vintage Decor, a new grouping of books were stacked up, and my little faux marble black and white Target tray was added for another layer of texture. Topping it all off are my vintage antelope figurines and my mother-in-law’s crystal votive holders which add an element of sparkle to the mix. Whether you’re creating an entire room or a simple vignette, it’s important to bring in a good mix of materials so that you have a variety of finishes. This grouping is great because I have elements of glass, metal (silver and gold tones), wood tones (in the vase) and paper.

So there you have it… The living room is well on its way to being a cozy retreat for the Julians. There are only two things left on the to-do list for this room: 1) install a larger light fixture, and 2) create different artwork. Both of which are in the works as I type. I hope to be posting on those updates in the next few days. Can’t wait to have photos of a finished room! Hope everyone has a great week!

  • Tabitha

    I love your coffee table! Is it gold tone metal or chrome? May I ask where you got the coffee table and wood end table? You’re home is so pretty and fresh!

    • GinaJulian

      Hi Tabitha! I had my tables custom made because I needed specific sizes. The bases were welded out of steel rebar and I just spray painted them gold. The tops are simply quartz countertops that I had cut to the exact size of the bases. The result has been a sleek modern look that’s totally man and kid-proof! I just wipe them down with windex or a magic eraser if it ever gets any scuffs on it. I highly recommend it!