Welcome to the dramatic conclusion of my living room paint saga. Okay, maybe not a saga but definitely a struggle to find the right gray paint color for my living room.

Well, friends, as I alluded to earlier this week, it seems I’ve found the perfect gray paint color for my living room. It’s not what I had originally thought or planned, but I’m super pleased with the outcome.

To backtrack a bit, when I moved in, my living room was painted a basic beige. You can see that here:


I decided to freshen things up with what I thought was a light gray color. However, I ended up with something that looked baby blue. See below. (You can also read more about that here.)

Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

After testing at least four more colors on the wall, I found something that I liked: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.

On my living room walls, this particular gray color felt like more of a putty or mushroom gray. It made me a bit nervous because it’s not what I thought I wanted. However, I happened to catch a Q&A that Nate Berkus was doing on his Instagram stories. In one of his answers, he mentioned that a putty brown/gray wall color works beautifully with an emerald green sofa. *aha moment*

With that little nugget of wisdom and my beautiful green chairs staring at me, I forged ahead.

Thankfully, I was able to repaint with just one coat, so in about two hours, I completed the entire room. Goodbye, frosty blueish gray. Hello, beautiful putty gray. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is definitely a winner!

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

It’s interesting how the wall color has a chameleon quality in this room. (I assume it’s because of the light.) It changes throughout the day and often looks different on one wall compared with another. But now I’m happy with how it appears from every angle.

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Also, as Nate predicted, it works well with the color of my chairs. I even love how it goes with the pine garland on the mantel. (Please don’t judge me too harshly on the state of this room. After moving things around to paint and then starting to prep for holiday decor, it’s a bit of a mess. But that’s real life!)

I’m also loving how well it coordinates with my new blue entryway too!

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Well, I think I can finally call this a painting win! It took me a couple tries to get there, but I’m loving the results.

What do you think?

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  • Lisa at

    Love it! Looks clean and a bit warmer than the other gray you had chosen. I may need to file this color away for when we repaint in our house.

  • Donna at

    Looks great! Such a pretty space! So

  • Teri at

    I love it!!! It looks SO good and the green chairs 😍.

  • Charmainedfuller at

    Stunning as ever!!

  • Teresa at

    Love the new color and it looks beautiful on your walls! My living room is painted in BM Revere Pewter and it also changes color throughout the day depending on the light.

  • Brocanteuserose at

    It’s gorgeous, and I’m so excited to see you are starting to decorate for the holidays! I can’t wait to see what you do this year!!!

  • KimS at

    Love it!

  • Cheryl at

    I’m on my second house painted this color!!

  • Holly at

    Really love it! Also, sorry if this is posted somewhere else (I couldn’t find a reference) but where is the mantle mirror from?

  • Krystle at

    I used the same color in my living room and agree it’s the perfect gray! We have very high ceilings with a lot of natural light so I had to find the perfect shade that looked great at every time of the day. I love the lightness but also the warmth at the same time. We even used it in our hallways and master bedroom, and it truly allows your decor to pop and complements so many other colors in a room.

  • JoEllen at

    Glad to hear you found a color you love. This looks gorgeous! Especially with the new entry way. I can’t wait to see what you put together for Christmas in your new home!

  • Emma P at

    Oh my gosh I love it – it looks awesome!!!

  • Leah at

    Sending color love your way!

  • Anne Weber-Falk at

    The room and hallway look beautiful. I would rethink the placement of your mirror though. I feel it is too large for the space above the mantel. It seems too close to the ceiling. The mirror is very nice but would showcase better elsewhere.
    Your home is so lovely. The colors and furnishings make the home so warm and comfortable looking. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    • Donna at

      I disagree with the comment about the mirror being too large. I’m an interior designer and think the larger scale is right for the space and helps make the fireplace an even more beautiful focal point in the room. I also love the paint color you chose Michael. It’s perfect!

  • Mary at

    Your new home looks beautiful! How much fun you’ll have decorating for the holidays, can’t wait to see your special touches.

  • Cindy at

    Just PERFECT! As well as it goes smoothly with the entry, first thing I noticed because of being so close together. Great pick!!

  • Teri at

    Perfecto . . . Love it!

  • Carole at

    I’m generally not into gray on the walls (I live in Oregon, enough said)….but this is a really nice color! And it does look fabulous with those chairs.

    I saw quite a few glass trees similar to yours at Home Goods yesterday. I was tempted to buy one or two, but then I’d have to store them. lol

  • Dave Bush at

    So funny we bought our house last February. That’s what we painted our main floor except kitchen. We also used orange for accent color in living room. Kitchen we went with a just a little darker gray with the white cabinets.

  • Kelly at

    Beautiful. Where is your fireplace mirror from?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      From a local antique shop. It’s vintage.

      xo Michael

  • Pat at

    Michael, noticed a lot of sunlight on your beautiful green chair…you might want to watch that, as that will fade the color quickly. The paint color is perfect and much better than the original choice.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you! I’m adding curtains and my Christmas tree is somewhat blocking the window now. I appreciate the thoughtfulness!

      xo Michael

  • Deirdre at

    Absolutely beautiful. Everything looks so warm, happy and welcoming. I also love the entry color and how beautiful they work together. xo

  • Nancy at

    I love the blue and gray. Beautiful colors. Also love your collection of trees

  • PJ at

    The color is lovely and looks great with your antique cabinet (which I am coveting). I am enjoying watching your journey as I have a “project house” and am gradually making it mine.

  • Susan Schonauer at

    Hi Michael,

    I am new to your blog and LOVE it! I great up in Pittsburgh, and it is so interesting how your front
    entry is the same flooring as my parents was – the beautiful slate. I feel as if I could recognize the
    neighborhood just by your house. Pittsburgh is a wonderful town that is very under rated and has
    so many cool areas to discover and enjoy. Your progress will inspire me as we have a to do list
    to get our home ready to sell. Thank you for the great content.

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