After reading some of the comments about brown bedroom paint, I wanted to avoid turning my bedroom into a cave and went lighter. We also went ahead and gave the more expensive Valspar paint+primer another shot because the Lowe's people said that we might have better results with a lighter color compared to the dark blue-grey we painted the dining room with... and they were right! With this paint, we only needed to go back and do a few touch-ups after the first coat. Here's the "Ivory Brown" in action (in the evening and with bad lighting):
It reads as a slightly darker neutral in person and flows well with the living room/ hall color. We also went ahead and painted the ceiling and trim in this room and the living room- the before vs. now really shows off those yellow ceilings!
I know that a lot of people would rather have the blue walls from the before picture, but they were in really rough shape so we had no choice but to paint them. In the end, I think that going in a more neutral direction will give us more decorating options as far as fabrics and rugs.
Yes, we will continue to eat our meals off of a Rubbermaid container on the floor... but I refused to go one more minute without putting up the tree (and no, Nate, my time could not have been better spent elsewhere)! This image kinda-sorta reminds me of Christmas 2009 when I believe I swore off doing renovations and moving during Christmas... oops!