I’m one of those people who can be very creative if I have firm boundaries. It’s probably why I’m in love with HGTVs Get Color and Find Your Style. Or I’m in love with Matt the handyman and Karen McAloon’s hair color.
When we bought our house, it was mostly builders flat finish beige, with a sick inducing green in a guest room, and another shade of sick inducing green in the master bath – that didn’t match the yellow/maize color in the master bedroom. The downstairs powder room? Cranberry with gold accents.
We knew we were going to pain the entire house, I just needed to get me some parameters. Just like FYS, I knew I needed to restrict my colors so I would know what I was working with.
Enter Sherwin Williams. I picked the Arts and Crafts palette and planned around that. The bonus of doing it this way is that I know that generally speaking the entire house flows well. I don’t have any color clashes, like two different colors of green that don’t match a yellow. I’ve also been able to use leftover wall paint to work on some furniture – still with the same assurance that thing will go together. As a bonus, since all my paint colors are on one card, I can carry it with me when I’m looking for fabrics or furniture for the house – and one card is way easier than a bunch of paint strips.
As much as I wanted to be anti white in the house, I’m completely infatuated with this color – White Hyacinth.
I put this in 2 bedrooms and the slightly darker Indian White in the hallway that wraps downstairs. They have a yellow tint so they are bright and keep the dark corners from being so dark.
Speaking of yellow, my mom and I are into the yellow kitchen. She prefers more of the lemonade and I prefer for less of a school bus look, so Hubbard Squash worked for me.
Went an entirely different way with the master suite (hm. that sounds pretentious) and went for Studio Blue Green and a gray.
I put a red in the dining room and as an accent in the kitchen and living room – but they didn’t have a decent sized paint chip online for me to be able to show you.
The only color I’m still not sure of, even a year later, is this one – Ruskin Room Green
it’s in the office and the powder room and I’m still not convinced it’s not a shade of baby poop green. On the upside, when I split it half and half with some White Hyacinth, I loved the color and used it on the shelves in Comfed Out Kaiser headquarters.
Deep question of the day – what’s more interesting – reading about paint colors or watching paint dry? 🙂
Absolutely reading about it. 😉
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reading about it….hands down! Cause I don’t have to smell it this way. 😉
great description, maybe I’ll come visit.
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Oh, I adore painting – love reading about it 🙂 Was just discussing it with a co-worker since I need to paint bathrooms this holiday break. I call myself a “graduate” of Trading Spaces as that was my addiction when I moved into my house in 2003. Consequently there is only one room in the house with just *one* color in it. Every room has accents and white was forbidden.
Your colors look beautiful.
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Reading about it. Definitely.
Because reading about it? I don’t have to worry about toddler fingerprints in it. Plus we need to paint our entire house eventually anyway. We have a LOVELY colour scheme of icy purple, icy blue, sickly pink, peeling wallpaint (in Amy’s room and the bathroom) and BRIGHT blue in our room.
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Very purty! My house is a wash of light beige, except for the girls’ rooms. BOOORING…
I love reading about it. I am terrible at figuring out what to do – especially with my living room (which needs a paint job) and my 1/2 bath (which needs SO MUCH MORE!)
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I like that green. I have a green kitchen, and I’m stunned at how many hits I get to the site for the post I wrote about the green kitchen. I think people really like reading about paint.
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Reading about it is great 🙂 I loved seeing it, too. Looks fantastic. Think we need some more house pictures up online 🙂
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Nice colors! I love seeing what others do, since I was so against white in my house, too.
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Watching paint dry is sooo satisfying (I love LOVE love painting!). I adore the color palette that you chose. It is gorgeous!
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