I keep meaning to tell you that several weeks ago, I did, finally, paint our living room. :) I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Gray Lake, which I learned about and loved in these sunroom makeover posts at The Lettered Cottage blog.
I LOVE it! Which is very unusual for me on the first color try. It is very peaceful and calm, and depending on the light in the room it looks gray or blue. I don't think I expected myself to ever paint anything gray, or for gray to feel fresh, but somehow it does. I just love it. I think I will do the dining room later this summer.
I used Benjamin Moore Aura (their top-quality) paint, which I had never done before, because it is $60.00 a gallon (!!!) and that just seemed nutters.
However, the guy at the store talked me into it (I know), but it only took two coats (one gallon) to completely cover the bright yellow, and I mean not a hint of yellow was showing through. I've never used a paint quite like that before, with such good coverage. (I'm not doing an ad for Benjamin Moore. I'm just telling you, it was great.)
When I just painted Claire's room last week, I was painting over the exact same yellow (Melted Butter by Behr), and I thought, "Well, I'll save some money in here and just use Behr Premium Plus (which is Behr's top-quality paint but is only $32.00 per gallon), but that took three coats of paint to cover (four or five using the brush in the corners), and I had to buy a second gallon, so my cost was $63.00.
So! I think I will use Aura from now on whenever possible, because two coats makes painting very fast and almost pleasant.
I will take some real photos of the living room later with my real camera, but for now here is a fake photo from the fake camera on my phone. :)