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E-mail questions + paint color ideas for your nursery

Happy Friday everyone! Today I am sharing with you some e-mails I received from my readers. The first one is a paint submission from Catie.

Valspar paint colors for living room

The left wall is painted Faint Maple by Valspar and the right wall is painted Carmelized Onion by Valspar.

Gray paint for living room

Pantone Charcoal Gray by Valspar

Pantone Charcoal Gray by Valspar

Paint color for the rooms above: Pantone Charcoal Gray by Valspar

Thanks so much, Catie for sharing with us. You know I love submissions!!

Also, Beth from Brooklyn wrote me with this question: “I love your website!  what colors do you recommend for a baby boys room? I am expecting another baby in February,…thinking a cream color would be beautiful, any ideas using Valspar paint?”

Congratulations, Beth! Here are a couple of inspirational photos for a baby boys room with cream/neutral walls from Valspar.

Soft Slipcover by Valspar Paint - neutral nursery paint ideas

Soft Slipcover by Valspar

Little House on the Update

neutral nursery ideas

Project Nursery

Milestone by Valspar - nursery paint color ideasMilestone by Valspar

Roomzaar

Here are a few of my favorite neutrals by Valspar that I think would look lovely in any room.

Fairmont Penthouse Stone by Valspar {favorite neutrals}

Homestead Resort Parlor Taupe by Valspar {neutral paint colors}

Oatbran by Valspar {neutral paint colors from Valspar}

Drumskin by Valspar {neutral paint colors from Valspar}

Woodrow Wilson Putty by Valspar {neutral paint colors from Valspar}

Neutral paint colors from Valspar

See the image above for more neutral paint colors from Valspar.

Also, click on the image below to see many more nursery paint color ideas from right here on the blog.

My Album 4-001

Nursery Paint Color Ideas

And speaking of nurseries, I could do this all day…

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Harvest Brown by Behr

Paint Color Q&A: Living Room

Paint Color Questions @ Favorite Paint Colors

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great Friday! Today I am answering a paint color question from a dear reader Liza . She wrote:
“I came across your blog in search for the perfect paint color for our living room. We’ve bought over 20 samples and have even painted it twice. We just can’t seem to find the right color.
The color we have on there right now is too dark; it’s Mariner by Martha Stewart (Glidden). Our closest store is Home Depot so Behr is our brand of choice. What would you recommend? We want something lighter that ties in the stone and flooring. We have an open floor plan too which opens into our kitchen (another project in waiting).
Any recommendations? Your opinion would be greatly welcomed.”
Sound familiar to anyone? I’m so glad Liza contacted me and sent me her pictures. I love looking at the possibilities of a room and imagining the transformation that a simple paint color can make. Everyone has different tastes and style, but here are a few of my suggestions:
1. Lighten Up:  You’ve got a beautiful open space and the more light you have, the more open your room will feel. The first place to start, which you already know, is to lighten up your paint color. If you like the shade you have, but just think it’s just too dark, you could always try colors above your current paint color on the paint deck.
2. Choose Colors From Your Room:  If you want a completely different look but you’re not sure where to start, look at the colors that are already in your room. You have tans, beiges, grays, and browns. Pick a tan, beige, etc. that you are drawn to and go from there.
3. Look at Your Color Tones: Look at the tones that come from the room you are painting. Do you want to bring those out, or do you want to subdue them? From this picture, I can see tones from each primary color. I see mostly yellow tones from the stones, some red from the wood, and a hint of blue coming out from some of the darker stone. If you have access to a paint deck from Behr, you can see that the neutrals are divided into three categories: yellow-toned neutrals, red-toned neutrals, and blue-toned neutrals. Personally, I would try and pick from the yellow-toned neutrals to add more warmth and to bring out the “gold” tones from the fireplace. Red-toned neutrals may look too pink in this room and although you have blue on the walls right now, I think the yellow-tones would add more warmth and light, therefore giving your room a more open and airy feel.
Based on those three criteria, here a few samples I have come up with from the Behr paint deck.
Wheat Bread by Behr

Wheat Bread by Behr
Ocean Pearl by Behr
Ocean Pearl by Behr
Oat Straw by Behr
Oat Straw by Behr
Pebble Stone by Behr
Pebble Stone by Behr
Harvest Brown by Behr
Harvest Brown by Behr
One other color that I would suggest that is not from Behr, but can be color matched, is Kilim Beige from Sherwin Williams. I saw a similar room with almost identical stone and wood that was painted a light green. After many paint samples, Kilim Beige became the chosen color and it looked perfect with the wood and stone. It wasn’t too heavy, didn’t have any crazy undertones, it added warmth and made the room feel bigger.
I hope this gives you a good place to start, Liza. I am anticipating a new room reveal and can’t wait to see what you decide.
Any other suggestions from my awesome and talented readers? What you recommend Liza do?
Thanks so much for your input and have a great weekend!!
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Follow-up to Jenna’s House {paint color suggestions}

Thank you so much for all of your comments and suggestions on Jenna’s home. I think any one of the colors mentioned would look great and would say to anyone in a similar predicament to look at the comments here. There are lots of great suggestions for anyone trying to find a great neutral paint color, particularly one that goes with wood trim or cabinets. I also did a post awhile back with other suggestions on picking out paint colors that go with wood.
This home is great because it’s pretty much a blank slate. So, if this were my home? These are some options that I would look at. Looking at paint decks and trying to match it with pictures can be a lot different than actually trying out samples on the walls. These are just suggestions to look at. 🙂

I would start out with the kitchen since it has the most wood. I would get a few neutral paint colors that I love and put them on the wall and see what works the best. Here are some samples I would probably try.
Kilim Beige by SW   Buckwheat Flour   Putnam Ivory BM
Wheeling Neutral
by BM
Relaxed Khaki SW Powell Buff by BM

Pavilion Beige SW

Latte – Restoration Hardware

Blonde by SW
Jenna mentioned that she has been looking at Tobacco Road at 50%, which has been a pretty popular color, especially with wood cabinets.  I think it’s a great choice. TR 100% is on the top, 50% in the middle and 25% on the bottom.


I would then move on to the dining area and great room. Here, depending on what color I picked in the kitchen, I would go a shade or two darker to give it some more contrast and to add more color to such an open, natural lit room. The wall with the clock on it would be a great breaking point for the dining area.
For this living area, I would probably paint it a different color than the kitchen and great room. Here are some options I woud look at.

Lenox Tan BM

Wickham Gray BM
 Edgecomb Gray BM

Restrained Gold SW

Ramie by SW
Comfort Gray SW
For the bathroom I think a green/gray color would look nice. Here are some of my favorites, some have a little more blue to them which I like as well.

Svelte Sage by SW

Salisbury Green by BM


Aganthus Green by BM

Sycamore Green by Restoration Hardware
That is where I would start. I know colors can look one way on the computer or paint chip and totally different on the walls, so the key is sampling. I hope Jenna can find the perfect color she loves. Thank you so much for all of your input and suggestions.  You guys are awesome! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Follow-up to Jenna’s House {paint color suggestions}

Thank you so much for all of your comments and suggestions on Jenna’s home. I think any one of the colors mentioned would look great and would say to anyone in a similar predicament to look at the comments here. There are lots of great suggestions for anyone trying to find a great neutral paint color, particularly one that goes with wood trim or cabinets. I also did a post awhile back with other suggestions on picking out paint colors that go with wood.
This home is great because it’s pretty much a blank slate. So, if this were my home? These are some options that I would look at. Looking at paint decks and trying to match it with pictures can be a lot different than actually trying out samples on the walls. These are just suggestions to look at. 🙂

I would start out with the kitchen since it has the most wood. I would get a few neutral paint colors that I love and put them on the wall and see what works the best. Here are some samples I would probably try.
Kilim Beige by SW   Buckwheat Flour   Putnam Ivory BM
Wheeling Neutral
            by BM
Relaxed Khaki SW Powell Buff by BM

Pavilion Beige SW

Latte – Restoration Hardware

Blonde by SW
Jenna mentioned that she has been looking at Tobacco Road at 50%, which has been a pretty popular color, especially with wood cabinets.  I think it’s a great choice. TR 100% is on the top, 50% in the middle and 25% on the bottom.


I would then move on to the dining area and great room. Here, depending on what color I picked in the kitchen, I would go a shade or two darker to give it some more contrast and to add more color to such an open, natural lit room. The wall with the clock on it would be a great breaking point for the dining area.
 
For this living area, I would probably paint it a different color than the kitchen and great room. Here are some options I woud look at.

Lenox Tan BM

Wickham Gray BM
 Edgecomb Gray BM

Restrained Gold SW

Ramie by SW
Comfort Gray SW
For the bathroom I think a green/gray color would look nice. Here are some of my favorites, some have a little more blue to them which I like as well.
 

Svelte Sage by SW

Salisbury Green by BM


Aganthus Green by BM

Sycamore Green by Restoration Hardware
That is where I would start. I know colors can look one way on the computer or paint chip and totally different on the walls, so the key is sampling. I hope Jenna can find the perfect color she loves. Thank you so much for all of your input and suggestions.  You guys are awesome! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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manchester tan by benjamin moore

Questions + Manchester Tan Color Combination

Here is another e-mail I received from a reader. 

Love your blog and it is where I decided to go with BM Manchester Tan as a main color in our home. However, I’m stuck picking out a color to go with it. Can you recommend a color?

Manchester Tan is one of my all-time favorite neutrals. It’s one of those colors you can’t really go wrong with and it goes with just about anything. Do you remember this room (see more here) Becca submitted last year? It’s clean, crisp and I love the colors she chose as accents.

manchester tan by benjamin moore

If you’re picking out a Benjamin Moore color, they have a great tool on their site that shows you paint combinations that will go with the color you are choosing. In this instance, if you search Manchester Tan and click on the link, it will take you to their site with two colors underneath that will coordinate with it – Jackson Tan and Squirrel Tail. You can also click on the link to the left that says more color combos and get Dried Basil and Sienna.

I put together a color combination with Squirrel Tail and Dried Basil but also added Vapor and Natural Linen, both which I love. All are paint colors that will look great with Manchester Tan. If you are looking for a great neutral, Manchester Tan is a beautiful color and one that I recommend often.


(Every computer screen shows a slightly different shade of color. Please make sure you use paint samples to see the true shade.)
*Make sure you do Vapor Trails and not just Vapor when sampling. I had Vapor on my original post by mistake, but it’s a white and not the blue/gray that you see above. Thanks!
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blog questions 06*22*12

I get numerous e-mails from readers with various questions about paint and wanted to start posting some to hopefully help those out who may be wondering the same thing. Here is an e-mail I received from Kelly:

I have spent hours looking at your blog and fell in love with RL Canvas Natural only to find I can only get it through the mail. Do you happen to know a color that is similar in Behr or a paint that Home Depot would carry?


Canvas Natural by Ralph Lauren

Have you ever been in a situation like Kelly’s? Well if you have, or currently are there is a great online tool called colorcharts.org. Have you ever heard of it? If you havn’t it’s basically a database with every color imaginable. You can also color match and find similar colors available from different manufacturers, which is my favorite tool they have.

So to answer Kelly’s question:
1. Go to colorcharts.org
2. Type in canvas natural (1 result was found for Ralph Lauren Paints)
3. Click on Ralph Lauren Paints – canvas natural will come up on the right, click on it
4. You will be brought to a pallette of colors with canvas natural on the right once again
5. Below Canvas Natural, click on “match this color”.
6. Six “excellent” matches will come up with Behr paint being the top match at 95.4%.

So to answer Kelly’s question, her best match to RL Canvas Natural is Behr’s Cameo, which is carried at Home Depot.

This can be done with any paint color. If you have found a color you love but don’t have a store nearby, or you are brand specific, or you just want to browse their color pallettes, check it out if you havn’t already done so. (I’m not getting compensated in anyway to say this, I just think it’s a great paint tool!)

I hope that everyone is having a great summer! If you have a question for me, I would love to help you out. Sometimes I can answer your question right away, other times everyday life gets in the way and it takes a little while to get back to you, but I promise I will try to reply!

Also, I am currently at Haven having a blast with my sister Melissa and meeting lots of new blogger buddies and reconnecting with old ones. Can’t wait to share what great DIY and paint tips I have learned here next week, along with more great paint colors. Have a great weekend!

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