Living Room Updates: A Reading Nook and New Paint

This post is sponsored by Ace Hardware.

Living Room Updates | Freckled Italian

Just over a year ago, in an effort to make our new apartment feel a bit more like home, I got some new pillow covers for our sofa and artwork to hang in the living room. It certainly did the trick, but lately I've been feeling frustrated about our furniture--I like every piece on its own, but thrown together in one room it feels kind of disjointed.

Everything in our living room is either black, white, or grey, so I thought we'd have a nice neutral vibe going on, but there was still something missing. We put our dinner table in storage because we never used it and I moved a light blue vintage chair into that corner and hung some more art, which helped, but it still wasn't finished.

Living Room Updates | Freckled Italian

So when Ace Hardware asked me to participate in their 31 Days of Color campaign like I did last year, I jumped at the opportunity and started looking through all of the colors. I thought a grey statement wall behind the couch (where I hung that print last year--Untitled 2 by Jamie Derringer at Minted) would be the final piece that would make the living room feel complete. And it was! On Saturday night Rob and I played a few episodes of our favorite shows in the background and painted our wall with Valspar's Tabby Cat Gray, which is pretty much the perfect color--neutral, cool, and not too dark while still contrasting the white of the other walls.

Living Room Updates | Freckled Italian
Valspar Tabby Cat Gray | Freckled Italian
Valspar Tabby Cat Gray | Freckled Italian

We spend a ton of time in our living room, so it's nice to feel proud of it. It's finally cozy!

I'm often overwhelmed with the task of making our apartment feel "homey," and I always forget both how easy it is to paint a wall and what a huge difference it can make. It's cheap and relatively fast and really brings a space to life.

Living Room Updates | Freckled Italian
Living Room Updates | Freckled Italian
Living Room Updates | Freckled Italian

Keep up with all the colors in Ace's 31 Days of Color calendar and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $10,000 paint makeover and daily gift cards!

Another day, another color to inspire your home projects. Every day in March, Ace is unveiling a featured color and giving you a chance to win a $10,000 room makeover! To learn more visit thepaintstudio.com.

No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. Open to legal US residents residing in the contiguous United States and the District of Columbia who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age and who are homeowners. Sweepstakes will run from 3/1/16-3/31/16. Full rules located here: http://www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor/pdf/2016AceHardware31DaysofColorSweepstakesRules.pdf

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