Living Room Redesign : Paint


Our living room has been feeling like disarray for far too long. Our first few attempts at trying to make our living room look nice just really never worked out. Ugly dog throws, dead grass and toddler toys seem to fill up our living room on the regular.  


The non-contrasting blue wall and dark brown couch were really what bothered me most though. I was super excited to learn that Behr had come out with a new paint and primer in one called Behr Marquee. We received a swatch book and selected our paint from Behr to put our living room redesign in motion.


Our original vision for the living room was always good but the execution never quite came together. We used the Behr Marquee swatch book to find a color similar to the color we had used on our hallway (and loved) and found that Gravelstone MQ2-50U in Matte to be almost exactly the same color.


We got the paint and Mark started painting the very next weekend. I was so happy that he took over this project. He only used one thick coat of paint to cover the dark blue. The built in primer was super helpful. The finished product looked really nice. I was so happy to get a matte paint for the living room vs. our previous glossy finish.


Behr Marquee #BEHRMARQUEESince I live and work in the same room most days I feel it is very important to feel comfortable in my surroundings. It could also be the designer in me that needs a little change now and then. There is also something about Feng Shui and feeling good in your environment that makes other things in life just come together.

The color has made the room look so much bigger and brighter. I really needed this change and the room feels good when I walk inside. If you didn’t notice from that first picture, I had a blank canvas hanging on the wall. It was originally a purple flower that just didn’t quite blend in and one day I thought I would paint it to match better. I got as far as painting it white and putting it back up.

I really wanted to do something fun with it and finally got the idea to put a black and white print of my kiddo’s baby photo. I got the idea from Chelsea at Someday I’ll Learn. She had done something similar to the Whole Foods boards she made at the Sunset Millinial Blogger Summit I went to. This 24 x 24 inch print only cost me ~$4 at Kinkos.

Overall I am really happy with the color but the closer I took a look at our living room as a whole I realized there were some other items that could use some updating. I reached out to BoConcept – a company I recently met at the AIGA Y-Conference and I am so excited to share that we will be working together to finish up our living room redesign! I will be sharing our whole process over the next few months so keep your eye out!


What do you think of the color change?

We received paint from Behr for our project. All opinions are my own. 


I love sharing about family, food and fun in and around San Diego! Enjoy, Bri

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  1. Love the new color and the print of your kiddo! So cute.

    1. Thank you Terri! I am happy you like it!

  2. Great job. It looks awesome.

    1. Thanks Maggie!

  3. Love the new look! That color really brightens the space up.

    1. Thank you! I love the new color!

  4. Looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the rest of the redesign! My place could use one too so I will be following along!

    1. Awesome! I can’t wait to see it all come together!

  5. Jeremy

    Nice job and looks great! We’re using this same color at our new place today, glad to see it worked so well for you!

    1. Awesome! I’d love to see how it turns out.

  6. […] to share these photos of our living room makeover. Do you remember what our living room looked like before? Our journey started off with new paint from Behr (which we love). Then we met BoConcept and I […]

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