Paint colors are so tricky. I often wonder if choosing paint color gets easier the more you do it. Everyone knows that paint looks different in every room… in every house… in every state… ok I’m kidding but you get what I mean.
In the kids rooms I was pretty sure what I wanted. For the nursery there was very little wall space and all of the furniture was gray so I wanted to paint it a faint baby blue. I actually ended up choosing a color that was one shade lighter than the color I chose for Leon’s room.
For my son’s room I loved the look Emily Henderson did in her son’s room so I actually got a paint swatch from the paint company that she used in California. Yes, I called California and they sent me a swatch of the paint she used… I believe it was called Sharkskin. Then I took the paint swatch to Benjamin Moore and matched it as best as I could with one of their colors. I love how it turned out. It took a few extra steps to get the right color but it was worth it.
Guest Bath #1:
We painted the bathroom a really fun dark navy – Gentleman’s Gray – Ben Moore (not a gray at all). I love bright spaces but also love a really dark painted room. One day I’ll have a study and paint it a super moody color! Then I can write long intense novels with a feathered pen… or blog some more.
We also painted our master bath vanities Hale Navy – Ben Moore. But I want to save those details for the master bath post that we are working on!
The rest of the House:
Ok, so the rest of our home is Benjamin Moore – Decorators White… but that wasn’t what we first painted it. This was probably one of our biggest mistakes we made, but in my defense I was LITERALLY having a baby. I knew this was a big decision so I read tons of blogs, narrowed it down to about 6 whites, painted samples on walls in every room, AND went to the house to look at them in the daytime AND the evening. People, this is like DAYS before I was having a baby. I finally picked White Dove by Benjamin Moore crossed my fingers and said let’s go have a baby.
***Side note: Our trim was Chantilly Laced. Which we love and was the right choice.
So here’s where the drama began… I do remember being in a hospital bed talking to my husband about how they are painting the whole house White Dove in between contractions. Paint is exciting and a really big deal so you better believe as soon as I was able to get into that reno house to see what it looked like painted I was going to get myself there… even if I had a newborn in tow. I walked in and almost burst into tears. Not in a “its to beautiful” way. Keep in mind I had A LOT of hormones running through my body but still! EVERYTHING WAS YELLOW!!! I mean everything… the entire house minus 1 bathroom and the kids rooms!
GUEST BATH #2
I absolutely hated it! I got in the car and called Steve as my heart was racing and said “he has to repaint. He totally agreed but even choosing the next color filled me with anxiety. I knew I wanted my walls white so we went with Decorators White but this time I wasn’t in a hospital bed so I had the painter paint just 1 wall so I could double check then approve it.
SO GLAD we decided to get it right… I mean I don’t think Steve and I would have been able to sleep but still glad we changed it. WHY IS PAINT SO HARD!? I really hope this is something that gets easier with time.
The nice thing about paint is that it’s the easiest to fix. So that might have felt more dramatic then it really was. If we were going to mess something up in our home renovation I’d rather it be paint then something else. It wouldn’t be home if you weren’t able to make mistakes, now would it?
Design a life you love!