A Change of Color

I predicted this day would come. Back when I painted my office / living room, I told my friend Krista that I loved the turquoise color I chose for above my fireplace, but I had a feeling I would eventually tire of it. Well, it’s happened.

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Goodbye, turquoise. Hello, gray.

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Please don’t get me wrong. I loved the pop of color, but it just became too much for me. As I was accessorizing and furnishing the room, it seemed that it was fighting with everything I was trying to accomplish. Immediately after swapping out the bold color with a neutral gray (which is Sensible Hue from Sherwin Williams – a shade darker than the wall color, Aloof Gray.), the room felt so much calmer. Plus, it’s already allowed me to have more fun with the furnishings and accessories.

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Speaking of accessories, I picked up a pair of these new poufs from Target. I’d been seeing them in lots of places and became obsessed. Not only do I love the color and pattern, but they provide a little extra seating for my space. (And apparently a new place for the cats to hang out.)

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A Change of Color | Inspired by Charm   I always think it’s amazing how much a few simple changes can alter a space. What little tweaks have you made in your space that have made a big difference?

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  • Cecilia Staunton at

    Love grey walls!! Soothing and a nice neutral. Your room looks great!! Can you share where you got your rug? Sure would be perfect for my boy’s room.


  • Janell at

    Wondering where the rug is from. It is amazing !

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much! It’s from CB2.

      xo Michael

  • caroline [the diy nurse] at

    Love this! Can’t go wrong with gray. And I’ve been eyeing those exact poufs. I really have nowhere to put them but I’m still lusting after them!

  • Laura at

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I’m in love! Over the weekend I painted my living room a similar light and bright grey. The neutral background and the pops of color make me happy. You definitely have a new follower!

  • Kris at

    Everything looks fabulous, Michael! The bright pops of color make this room look like a very happy, fun place to be! 🙂

  • Jen at

    Hi Michael,
    I’m new to your blog and a huge fan of your style. This room is absolutely gorgeous, I love how much personality it has. I have a question for you. We have been considering getting the Henry sofa in performance velvet which I believe is what you have. I’m wondering how it holds up with the cats. Is it easy to clean their fur off? My two cats love to sit on the top of the couch, usually ruining the shape of the back cushions. Do yours sit up there? If so, has it held up to them doing that?

  • Maralyn Woods at

    It has been so much fun watching this room come together. Love new new paint. The only thing in the room I was iffy about was the new coffee table (but I’m sure it’s only because I was in love with that little wooden bench you were using). But the poofs integrate it perfectly into the room and now I love it. Also like how the poufs make the chevron lamp shade by the bookcase pop. I look forward to your posts, Michael. They’re always the first thing I read in the morning.

  • Jason at

    I love the wall and the ottomans. I have gray in the living room and also did one shade darker gray on the fireplace bumpout, although it’s a slight difference that I’m sure most don’t realize is there. I’m sure it would look better if you had done it instead of me ha ha!

    That is a great price for those ottomans I have been looking at them different places.

  • Michelle at

    Your living room is beautiful! The gray is perfect with the pops of color in the room.

  • Maureen at

    Michael, I have loved watching this room evolve! It has come together so well. I am in the process of switching out the buttery yellow in our dining and living rooms to grey/blue called East Coast Blue! Like the color you have chosen, it is the perfect neutral with pizzaz!

  • Lori at

    Looks fantastic! Where did you get that beautiful rug with so many great colors?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Lori! It’s from CB2.

      xo Michael

  • Jan at

    I’m going to miss the turquoise wall but I understand the change. I’m trying to get my decor mind around those chevron gold cushy cubes on your print rug. 😉

  • Whitney Moberg at

    Loving everything about this space! Definitely think you made the right move going neutral, even though I can’t get enough turquoise in my life! Could you tell us where you got some of the great items here such as the mirror, lamp, pillows, and side table?

  • Carina at

    Hi Michael, that grey is p u r r fect (sorry, :)) – love it – makes me want to take the paint pot and brush and start on my own home – This colour is very elegant and goes extremely well with your new 2 purchases (your beautiful cat seems to agree as well). Carina

  • Elle at

    Your space is so warm and inviting. Crisp and clean and cozy at the same time. Thanks for the eye candy and inspiration!

  • Teckie at

    LOVE the wall color and LOVE the poufs! My cat as taken over the nicest chair in our living room (naturally) and the pouf would be a fantastic alternative.

  • Courtney at

    I love love love that little gold elephant on your coffee table! Where did you get that little guy?

  • Jen at

    Really, really loved that turquoise wall, but recently just did the very same thing {said goodbye to a green I loved in the living room in exchange for a soft gray}, and it just makes so much sense for us color lovin’ peeps! Your room is absolutely stunning!

  • girlfromwva at

    that kitty sure looks comfy sitting on that pouf!!! love that neutral gray you painted over the fireplace; that color just fits that space so well, like it was meant to be! [love the entire room!]

  • Kassie at

    I love, love this room, and I keep contemplating buying myself that turquoise lamp!

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