Is livingroom one or two words? Oh, must be two words because spell check just corrected me...
Anyway, this is what it looked like when we first moved in:
We spent a bunch of time painting it recently! It looks so much brighter in here now:
We also replaced the mayonnaise-colored wall with the cooler grey-toned Balboa Mist from Benjamin Moore (Aura matte). The white trim really stands out nicely I think. We have the same exact colors in the adjacent dining room and the whole shebang is just so much better than before!
The fireplace was fairly simple to paint, but took a little more time. We simply put a coat of masonry-friendly white primer on the wall, then bought regular old Benjamin Moore in a semi gloss finish in the same Balboa Mist color. We didn't use the Aura paint because its a little more touchy to work with, unnecessary, and more expensive then the regular Ben paint.
I'm still debating whether or not to paint the bookcases. They look OK for now, but I think they may look better painted. I'm having the same doubts about the wooden staircase on the opposite wall. We also hope to replace the sconces someday. And add furniture. And throw something awesome in the bookcases. And tile the floor in front of the fireplace. I'm not sure I'm ready for a living room inspiration board so this list will have to do for now!