The living room is painted! I got some nice comments and encouraging words from people after I posted about my green dilemma, and in the end I decided to paint the room Sherwin Williams 'Rice Paddy' and I lurve it. So glad I went with my gut and picked a lighter shade.
Here's a peek:
It is definitely green. And I like it that way -- it's a nice light color that changes depending on the light, but I like all the color variations I've noticed so far. On a side note, I'm incredibly glad I painted test patches all over my walls, some of those seemingly harmless greens looked horrible in the wrong light! (think hospital green or 1980's bridesmaid seafoam green...ew?)
As much as I like the contrast of deep colors with crisp white trim, I think I prefer the light, cheerful feeling this paint brings to the room. I finished painting in the evening, and even with the lamps off the room felt much lighter than it has for the past eighteen months... it made me realize how cave-like my poor living room has been. I still want can lights installed in my lightless living room, but for now I'm much happier with my lighter, brighter, cheerful living room!