So as I mentioned on an earlier blog, I will be moving into my third home in a year. This one though, I will be staying in for a couple years and therefore, I can not wait to paint it!
This may seem like a stupid thing to be excited over, but in reality, I was only allowed to do minor painting as the homes were never mine. As long as they were in neutral colors, I could pick whatever color I wanted.
The first home did have a light green bedroom, but every other room in the house was tan. A boring awful tan. Bleh.
The second home, the master bedroom was allowed to be painted Rainwater by Martha Stewart over a violet-ish color from before. The rest of the house stayed the same off-white kind of color though and some rooms had outdated and dark wallpaper.
This home though… I get to paint the whole thing if I want… and after perusing pictures of the tans and olive greens (one on one side of the hallway and the other on the opposite wall????) well then, yes, yes I would like to repaint!
So, did you see my aside above about the hallway being two colors? Well that’s because this house has an open floor plan. I have not lived in a house with an open floor plan and I’m a little nervous. There are so many questions!
Where does the furniture go? How do I run wires from the middle of the room to the outlets on the walls?? Why is there a built in for the television in the corner of the room right next to the bay window? How am I supposed to put furniture around that?!!
I’m foreseeing a lot of moving around of furniture in months to come.
I also had to start looking into paint colors. Keeping in the mind the problem the last homeowners had (hallway being two colors) I began looking around for the best way to paint something all the way through.
I made a lot of little palettes. I perused the Farrow & Ball website. I love that the colors are very limited and kind of classic. I didn’t want to get stuck with a super trendy color on my wall that I’d need to repaint in two years.
I found myself leaning towards grays. When I was in high school, I redid my room with very light gray walls with darker gray trim, nickel accents, wispy white curtains and black furniture. I loved that room and still do. It wasn’t too feminine and I felt that it had staying power even years later. The only problem with that was most of the curtains and linens in my home tend to be grays. Not all, I also gravitate to whites, browns and light aquas in the accents. I was afraid though that if I painted my walls gray, that it would be gray overload in the home.
The other color I really wanted was the Rainwater by Martha Stewart. I didn’t get a chance to love it enough in the second home but I was really impressed with the color next to the wide white trim, gray lines and dark furniture. In some lights it’s blue gray, in others a green blue, it’s versatile that way. It was something that I wanted to reuse if I could.
I also received a request for one of the rooms to be green or bluish green, nothing too dark or trendy. So onto a way to try and incorporate the two.
So I came up with a few color schemes, but nothing looked quite right.
So they’re not meshing…. and I wasn’t going to start painting until I could fix that. When walking into the front door, the dining room, office, living room, and breakfast nook are all visible right away. Everything needs to look cohesive.
So I stumbled around onto this website showing how to make a cohesive paint plan in the home. I was inspired by a lot of the changes they had made and even more of the colors chosen in their new home.
How about this one?
Which they used in it’s entirety inside a guest bedroom. For me, I was thinking more a long the lines of the office (where the bookshelves will go!) and the back of the built-ins.
This also brought me around to Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. It’s bold and would work well against a gray.
Here it is on some kitchen cabinets:
This all seems a bit much for me, but I can’t deny how great it looks. So I came up with a color palette I think I’m happy with.
I’m not sure… Like I said, I won’t be painting until I figure it all out but I would appreciate any feedback in the meantime.
What are some of your favorite paint colors??