more paint samples + my new favorite greige

We are almost done painting our interior, I can’t believe I’m saying that. There were times when I thought this day would never come. We still have our master bedroom and the kitchen to finish but our flooring is being installed on the 19th of this month so everything HAS to be done by then. I am finally seeing the light at the end of our tunnel. Smile I am not going to do any big reveals until after the flooring is in, the carpet is so gross right now, but I wanted to show you some more samples and how I went about picking my paint colors.

For the main living area, I wanted a warm greige – I had decided to paint it Wheat Bread by Martha Stewart, which I had sampled and loved on the fan deck and on our walls, and I had loved it in my sister’s home and pictures online, but when we painted the entryway and stairway it looked PURPLE.  I thought maybe it was because of the carpeting, which has purple undertones, and so I sat on it a couple of days and thought maybe it was just me or the weird lighting? Then my daughter walked in the house and the first thing she said was “I like the purple paint color, Mom”. So I decided we needed a change. Purple was not what I had in mind. Luckily I had only bought a gallon of paint. I’ve learned to not buy more than that until I am absolutely POSITIVE that’s what we are using. So I sampled more colors and decided to go with Accessible Beige, which I LOVE. You can see in this picture it’s not a whole lot different, except it doesn’t look purple and it’s a perfect greige. It looks beige in some lights and gray in others. I love it and would recommend it to anyone, and at this moment, it’s my new favorite neutral. I loved it so much we painted the nursery that color too, which I will show you in another post.

Testing out paint colors

the perfect greige paint color

A few weeks ago I did post about picking out a paint color for our kitchen. I had chosen Castle Path, which I still love, but I think I’m going to add some more color and use Castle Path in our bedroom. I know, I’m so indecisive. That’s what happens when you spend 2+ months painting I guess, it’s given me too much time to change my mind. I will talk kitchen paint colors later, but just wanted to show you the difference of what Castle Path looks like against white and what it looks like in our bedroom.

castle path by Martha Stewart

In the kitchen

castle path 2

It looks like a completely different color here. I know it’s because of the background color, but it’s crazy how paint can change from room to room. My point? If you want to love your paint color, sample it like crazy and look at it in every room and every light because it will change.

Favorite blue paint colors

Lastly, my daughters wanted “blue” in their room. So I sampled a few different colors, some turquoises and some gray-blues.

1. Rainwashed by Sherwin-Williams

2. Rainwashed at 50%

3. Watery by Sherwin-Williams

4. Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams

5. Vapor Trails by Benjamin Moore

6. Comfort Gray by Benjamin Moore

I decided to go with #1 for their bedroom – one of my top 10 turquoises. Here are some other favorites I posted about here.

Top 10 Turquoise Paint Colors

So this is kind of the process I went through to decide on some of the paint colors for our home. No easy tricks or tips, just getting an idea of what you like by looking at fan decks, online pictures, and other peoples houses, etc. and then sampling the heck out of them. Are any of you as indecisive as I am??? There are just too many pretty colors!

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Top 10 Paint Colors of 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve! I seriously can’t believe it’s the last day of 2014, but what a great time to reflect upon the last year and resolve to make 2015 even better.

 Favorite Paint Colors has over 850 different rooms and colors, which can be a little overwhelming if you don’t know the direction you want to go when picking out paint. So here are your top picks from 2014, based on number of visits, starting with #10.

Popular paint colors - Sea Salt by SW

#10 Sea Salt by Sherwin-Williams: llh designs

Popular paint colors - Manchester Tan by BM

#9 Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore: Adventures in Decorating


Popular paint colors - Perfect Greige by Sherwin-Williams

#8 Perfect Greige by Sherwin-Williams: My House. My Canvas

Popular paint color - Antique White by SW

#7 Antique White by Sherwin-Williams: Homebunch

Popular paint colors - Latte by SW

#6 Latte by Sherwin-Williams: My Mom’s House

Popular paint colors - Revere Pewter by BM

#5 Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore: Keren Threlfall

Popular paint colors - Kilim Beige by SW

#4 Kilim Beige by Sherwin-Williams: 320 Sycamore


Popular paint colors {exterior} - Dovetail and White Dove by BM

#3 Dovetail and White Dove by Benjamin Moore: Submission by Melissa H.

Popular paint colors - Sticks and Stones by SW

#2 Sticks and Stones by Sherwin-Williams: Back Porch Musings

Popular paint colors - Cotswald by BM

#1 Cotswald by Benjamin Moore: Dear Lillie

ALL of these colors are gorgeous and have my stamp of approval for any room. My readers have great taste. Smile Thank you for following along this past year, and here’s to 2015! Have a great time tonight!!

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Progress This Week 12.12.14

December has been crazy! I know it is every year and I always think I am going to be prepared for it, particularly this year, but so far things have been crazier than ever, which is fine, we just haven’t gotten as much done on the house as we would have liked. BUT progress is progress, here is what we have done:

The main area of the basement is completely painted. We painted over the dark wood trim, wood paneling and painted the walls Sedate Gray by S-W and wow, it’s made a huge difference.

Here is the before:

downstairs before

And the after:

Sedate Gray by Sherwin-Williams

These photos are not the best , but it gives you an idea of where we came from. Sedate Gray is an awesome color, I love it and am so happy with how it turned out. It was one that I didn’t even sample, just ordered a couple of gallons. Scary huh?! It’s one of Sherwin-Williams 2015 colors that was recommended and I’ve seen it in some other homes that I loved so I wasn’t too worried about it. We painted the trim and paneling White Dove by Benjamin Moore.


downstairs paint

The dark trim is almost done – not fun to paint but I am in love with the results.

And the kitchen?

kitchen remodel

I think the priming is almost done! I had to do a TON of sanding, we had a little problem with our paint sprayer but I’m hoping to make some good progress on them now and start painting  tomorrow.

kitchen cabinets progress

Today, I’m picking up more paint samples and tomorrow we are going to start on the upstairs and the bedrooms.Hope you have a fun-filled weekend! See you next week!

Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided

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