I didn’t take a before photo of the dining and living room but they were just empty blank canvases with ratty old carpet, so I don’t think you missed much!
Both rooms are painted with Valspar’s allen + roth Rock ar720 (Lowes) and I have to say that I’m LOVING THIS COLOR! It’s dark enough that it gives color to the wall – unlike the cream neutral we had before. It also isn’t so dark that I feel like I’m living in a cave! It’s also neutral so would go with many colors that you would want to use for furnishings, art, etc…
The Rock color will go through the entire downstairs area – the formal living and dining, as well as the front hall, the kitchen and the family room. I’ve mentioned that when we went on the Parade of Homes tour, the builders had all used the same neutral color in the downstairs to make the area look larger. That’s the point of this paint job as we hope to put the house on the market within 18 months.
Because of the natural lighting and the flash on my camera, the color on the walls doesn’t always appear accurate in the photos; I’ve noted where the most accurate color representation is in the following photos:
Still to do on Dining Room: sheers for window, 4 wall sconces, floor and baseboard.
Still to do on Living Room: wall art, floor and baseboard.
The biggest problem I’m having though is this stupid formal living room. Because of the room layout – one very large window on one wall, another wall with a very large arch doorway into the dining and another wall with an entry arch, the room is pretty much nothing but a pass through. Furniture will have to be arranged facing each other, leaving a huge road in the middle to allow traffic. I’ve got to figure out a way to make this appealing and comfortable.