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dipsy dabber - paint storage solution

My Favorite Product for QUICK and EASY paint touch-ups {paint storage solution}

Happy Friday my friends! I have an awesome tool that I want to share with you that I am so excited about. Before I explain this product, a little bit of what is going with me. As some of you may know, we moved to Montana last year and are taking care of my parents house while they are on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are so grateful to be doing it, but with two little girls I am a bit paranoid about keeping it in tip top condition for when they get back. One of the biggest problems we have had is dings in the wall – from toys, laundry baskets, rocking chairs, etc. I have been looking for a quick solution for touch ups that I can do quickly and easily without a lot of hassle. As I was browsing the internet for a good solution, I came across Dipsy Dabber, which was exactly what I was looking for. Have you ever heard of it?
I contacted the company and they were so nice to send me a few to show to you.

dipsy dabber - paint storage solution

This basically sums it up…

Dipsy Dabber - the perfect paint storage solution

To put it simply, it’s a storage container for paint  that comes with the brush attached. You don’t’ have to worry about storing huge cans, which I love, and when you do see a spot that needs a little touching up, everything is right there.  I love the label that is on the container where you can write everything down that you need to know. No more guessing or testing when trying to cover up those little dings in your wall.

Dipsy Dabber - the perfect paint storage solution
As soon as I got it I wanted to try it out.

Dipsy Dabber - the perfect paint storage solution

Here is my first culprit. So I dipped…
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I dabbed … (one other thing I love, the container brushes off the paint for you so you don’t get excess paint or drips)
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…and VOILA!! As good as new. Seriously one of the easiest thing I’ve ever done. I was able to touch up all of the spots I wanted to within 10 minutes.

Another great thing about Dipsy Dabbers, you can stack the containers.  LOVE!!!
Has anyone else tried Dipsy Dabber? I haven’t been given any compensation to write this post, just a few containers to try out from the company, and am passing along a product that I think is great. If you are interested in ordering some, you can go to the site here or order them off of Amazon.
Also, I am finally jumping ship from blogger and switching over to Word Press with some new and exciting things coming to the blog. The migration is happening this weekend so I apologize for any technical difficulties, but am so excited to show you the new and improved Favorite Paint Colors. 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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Kwal paint color

Reader Question + Top 5 Paint Colors for Every Room in Your Home

Happy Friday everyone! It has been absolutely beautiful here in Montana – blue skies, perfect temperatures and fall colors all around. I love it.  We are supposed to get snow on Monday though so I am soaking up the sun while we still can. I hope all is well with you!

Today I wanted to answer a question from a reader. Kristin wrote to me:
“I stumbled across your blog while googling ideas for paint colors. I read through several of your posts and was really inspired by the ideas you gave.
We are building a house and I have 1 week to finalize what paint colors to use in my house.   We are going with 3 tone paint & are going to paint the entire house one color, with the exception of the bedrooms and washroom upstairs.  We have dark espresso cabinets throughout the house. Do you have any suggestions on a color to pick for painting the whole house? We can use either Sherwin Williams or Kwal paint. I was wondering if you have any favorite paint colors to do a whole house in that you have seen before??”

Love this, because, yes, I do have a few favorites. Smile As I have seen new homes built and have looked at the latest trends, most people are going with one solid paint color throughout the main part of their home. I love it because it’s continuous, you don’t have to worry about whether a room will flow into the next, and I think it’s more calming. So if I were going to paint a whole house one main color, and had to use Sherwin Williams, these are the colors that I have seen that work. I have not seen a room painted in any of these 5 paint colors that I have disliked. So here we go!Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home - Favorite Paint Colors
#1: I love Kilim Beige. My sister used it in her old house, my mother-in-law went through about every Sherwin-Williams color imaginable and Kilim Beige ended up being her favorite , and my aunt has painted the majority of her house this color. It must be a family thing, but I have loved it in every home.

Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home

Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#2: Balanced Beige – a perfect go with everything color with warmth and color, yet it’s subtle and soothing. I love it in Emily’s house and in the living room down below. (Not sure of the original source, if anyone has any information let me know.)
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
 Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#3: Universal Khaki is another favorite. I absolutely love it in Janell Beals’ home from House of Fifty. She has great style and who wouldn’t love that kitchen?!
#Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#4: Perfect Greige – super popular color right now, and as the name states, it’s a perfect balance of gray and beige.
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#5: Agreeable Gray – another color that I really, really love. The pictures speak for themselves and it definitely has agreed with me every time I have seen it in a home.
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
See more of this home tour here.
So there are MY suggestions. I definitely have favorites from other brands, but if I were working with Sherwin Williams then this is where I would start. I am not as familiar with Kwal paint, but I do love the colors I have seen. One of my favorites was from a Parade of Homes that I posted here. It was painted throughout the whole house and it was a nice, airy light color. Remember “Trotting”?
Kwal paint color
So do you have any favorite paint colors that you have used throughout your home? Or maybe you have seen a color that you love in someone else’s home? Let us know, but thank you for stopping by and for your submissions, ideas, and questions. I love my readers! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Reader Question + Top 5 Paint Colors for Every Room in Your Home

Happy Friday everyone! It has been absolutely beautiful here in Montana – blue skies, perfect temperatures and fall colors all around. I love it.  We are supposed to get snow on Monday though so I am soaking up the sun while we still can. I hope all is well with you!

Today I wanted to answer a question from a reader. Kristin wrote to me:
“I stumbled across your blog while googling ideas for paint colors. I read through several of your posts and was really inspired by the ideas you gave.
We are building a house and I have 1 week to finalize what paint colors to use in my house.   We are going with 3 tone paint & are going to paint the entire house one color, with the exception of the bedrooms and washroom upstairs.  We have dark espresso cabinets throughout the house. Do you have any suggestions on a color to pick for painting the whole house? We can use either Sherwin Williams or Kwal paint. I was wondering if you have any favorite paint colors to do a whole house in that you have seen before??”

Love this, because, yes, I do have a few favorites. Smile As I have seen new homes built and have looked at the latest trends, most people are going with one solid paint color throughout the main part of their home. I love it because it’s continuous, you don’t have to worry about whether a room will flow into the next, and I think it’s more calming. So if I were going to paint a whole house one main color, and had to use Sherwin Williams, these are the colors that I have seen that work. I have not seen a room painted in any of these 5 paint colors that I have disliked. So here we go!Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home - Favorite Paint Colors
#1: I love Kilim Beige. My sister used it in her old house, my mother-in-law went through about every Sherwin-Williams color imaginable and Kilim Beige ended up being her favorite , and my aunt has painted the majority of her house this color. It must be a family thing, but I have loved it in every home.

Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home

Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#2: Balanced Beige – a perfect go with everything color with warmth and color, yet it’s subtle and soothing. I love it in Emily’s house and in the living room down below. (Not sure of the original source, if anyone has any information let me know.)
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
 Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#3: Universal Khaki is another favorite. I absolutely love it in Janell Beals’ home from House of Fifty. She has great style and who wouldn’t love that kitchen?!
#Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#4: Perfect Greige – super popular color right now, and as the name states, it’s a perfect balance of gray and beige.
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
#5: Agreeable Gray – another color that I really, really love. The pictures speak for themselves and it definitely has agreed with me every time I have seen it in a home.
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
Top 5 paint colors for every room in your home
See more of this home tour here.
So there are MY suggestions. I definitely have favorites from other brands, but if I were working with Sherwin Williams then this is where I would start. I am not as familiar with Kwal paint, but I do love the colors I have seen. One of my favorites was from a Parade of Homes that I posted here. It was painted throughout the whole house and it was a nice, airy light color. Remember “Trotting”?
Kwal paint color
So do you have any favorite paint colors that you have used throughout your home? Or maybe you have seen a color that you love in someone else’s home? Let us know, but thank you for stopping by and for your submissions, ideas, and questions. I love my readers! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Paint colors that go with wood trim and cabinets

Paint Colors that go with WOOD {trim and cabinets} + My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

One of my most frequently asked questions deals with paint colors that coordinate well with wood trim and cabinets. Today, that is what we are going to talk about! Most of the pictures that are submitted and posted on this site have painted white trim or cabinets, which I think looks clean, crisp and makes the paint pop – I love white, but not everyone has white cabinets or trim, or even wants them, or maybe you do want them but you have a stubborn husband or landlord.  So if you have any type of wood in your home and are trying to  pick out a paint color to go with it, this post is for you!

Paint colors that go with wood trim and cabinets
I know there are a lot of different opinions and tastes on what goes with wood and what doesn’t, but when picking out paint colors – I would leave wood in it’s natural element. Think earth tones and neutrals. That’s what God put wood with in nature and I would leave it that way in your home. I would try and avoid bright colors, especially yellows. The two will clash and there won’t be a harmonious feel.

If you have darker wood, I would definitely choose a lighter color, something that will provide contrast and showcase the trim – because that can be art in itself.

For lighter woods, go a little darker, once again to provide contrast.

If you have Honey Oak, or “orange” oak in your home, and really any type of wood, you will have to determine if you want your cabinets or trim to stand out and “pop”, or if you want your paint color to blend with the oak. If you want it to stand out, picking a cool paint color will give the paint and the oak a distinct contrast. Go with the purple, blue or green family.

Warmer paint colors, from the red, orange and gold family, will create a welcoming feel and will give your room more of a glow.

If you go with neutral colors, which I would most definitely recommend, you have the ability to not only create a harmonious feel between the paint and the wood, but you can add color elsewhere when you decorate. Neutral colors are meant to compliment just about anything, so you won’t have to worry about other colors in your home clashing with the paint.

So below I have listed some of my favorite neutrals. Colors that I believe will compliment the wood in your home.  These are meant to provide a starting point for you. Not every color will look good on your walls. Every home has different lighting, home décor and colors in general so what may look good on my walls might look terrible on yours. Just make sure to sample – that will give you the best idea of how the paint will truly look.

Another tip – most every paint brand (Benjamin Moore, Martha Stewart, Sherwin Williams, etc.) has a neutral section that you can find in their fan decks or at the actual store, with a variety of colors to choose from. That would be another great place to start if you want more choices than the ones listed below.

Here are my favorite nuetrals – many have been featured here at FPC and are colors that I would use if I were to paint my home today. This is where I would start.


Hush by Benjamin Moore

China Doll by Sherwin Williams

Ancient Marble by SW
                Gray Owl by BM
Consentino Chardonnay by BM

Upward by SW

Universal Khaki by SW

Blonde by SW

Revere Pewter by BM

Oat Straw by Behr
Ocean Pearl by Behr
Rice Grain by SW

Fossil by SW

Nutshell by Martha Stewart

Pebble by Martha Stewart

Cityscape by Martha Stewart

Kilim Beige by SW

Softened Green by SW
I have also included more photos of inspiration, to give you an idea of what certain colors may look like against wood.
Paint that goes with wood
Latte by Sherwin-Williams

Favorite Paint Colors - paint with wood

White Raisin by Sherwin Williams
Paint that goes with wood
*not sure of the exact paint color name, but added it for inspiration. love the gray here with the wood trim. for more info click on the link below.*
Design Sponge

Neutral paint that goes with wood

Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore. Another one of my favorite neutrals. See more here.
Paint color that goes with wood cabinets
Tobacco Road by Duron
Tobacco Road again– see more here

Paint color that goes with wood trim

Cliff Rock by Behr
From my cute sis-in-law’s house.

Paint with wood trim and cabinets

Cliff Rock again in the kitchen.

Paint color with wood cabinets

Spring Fawn by ColorPlace

Paint with light wood floor

Bing Cherry by Porter Paint. I showed this because of the light wood floors.

Paint with wood floor

Betsy Ross House Moss by Valspar (National Trust Historic paint collection). Once again, I love this color with the wood floors.

Paint with wood trim and cabinets

Paint with wood wainscoting and cabinets

Grasslands by SW – Garden Web

Green paint with wood cabinets

Tate Olive by Benjamin Moore
*I scanned this from the “Pacific Northwest” pamphlet from Benjamin Moore.

paint with wood

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
*I scanned this one too, taken from the “timeless neutrals” pamphlet from BM.  You can barely notice wood trim on the bottom, but I loved it with the table and chairs too.

Paint with wood

Neutral with Oak
I would love to see the paint colors you have chosen to go with the wood in your home. If you have a paint color that you love, please send me your pictures and I will try to add them to this post. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to comment or e-mail me at favoritepaintcolors@gmail.com. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and Happy Painting!
*For more paint colors that go with wood trim, see here. Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Paint Colors that go with WOOD {trim and cabinets} + My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

Thank you for stopping by Favorite Paint Colors! For more paint colors that go with wood trim and cabinets, see here. Have a great day!
One of my most frequently asked questions deals with paint colors that coordinate well with wood trim and cabinets. Today, that is what we are going to talk about! Most of the pictures that are submitted and posted on this site have painted white trim or cabinets, which I think looks clean, crisp and makes the paint pop – I love white, but not everyone has white cabinets or trim, or even wants them, or maybe you do want them but you have a stubborn husband or landlord.  So if you have any type of wood in your home and are trying to  pick out a paint color this post is for you!
paint with wood-001

I know there are a lot of different opinions and tastes on what goes with wood and what doesn’t, but when picking out paint colors – I would leave wood in it’s natural element. Think earth tones and neutrals. Think about lighting too; Hinkley Lighting has some great options. Also, I would try and avoid bright colors, especially yellows. The two will clash and there won’t be a harmonious feel. If you have darker wood, I would definitely choose a lighter color, something that will provide contrast and showcase the trim – because that can be art in itself. For lighter woods, go a little darker, once again to provide contrast. If you have Honey Oak, or “orange” oak in your home, and really any type of wood, you will have to determine if you want your cabinets or trim to stand out and “pop”, or if you want your paint color to blend with the oak. If you want it to stand out, picking a cool paint color will give the paint and the oak a distinct contrast. Go with the purple, blue or green family. Warmer paint colors, from the red, orange and gold family, will create a welcoming feel and will give your room more of a glow. If you go with neutral colors, which I would most definitely recommend, you have the ability to not only create a harmonious feel between the paint and the wood, but you can add color elsewhere when you decorate. Neutral colors are meant to compliment just about anything, so you won’t have to worry about other colors in your home clashing with the paint. So below I have listed some of my favorite neutrals. Colors that I believe will compliment the wood in your home.  These are meant to provide a starting point for you. Not every color will look good on your walls. Every home has different lighting, home décor and colors in general so what may look good on my walls might look terrible on yours. Just make sure to sample – that will give you the best idea of how the paint will truly look. Another tip – most every paint brand (Benjamin Moore, Martha Stewart, Sherwin Williams, etc.) has a nuetral section that you can find in their fan decks or at the actual store, with a variety of colors to choose from. That would be another great place to start if you want more choices than the ones listed below. Here are my favorite nuetrals – many have been featured here at FPC and are colors that I would use if I were to paint my home today. This is where I would start.

Hush by Benjamin Moore China Doll by Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble by SW

Gray Owl by BM
Consentino Chardonnay by BM Upward by SW
Universal Khaki by SW Blonde by SW Revere Pewter by BM
Oat Straw by Behr Ocean Pearl by Behr Rice Grain by SW
Fossil by SW Nutshell by Martha Stewart Pebble by Martha Stewart
Cityscape by Martha Stewart Kilim Beige by SW Softened Green by SW
I have also included more photos of inspiration, to give you an idea of what certain colors may look like against wood.
Latte by Sherwin-Williams

White Raisin by Sherwin Williams
*not sure of the exact paint color name, but added it for inspiration. love the gray here with the wood trim. for more info click on the link below.* Design Sponge

Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore. Another one of my favorite neutrals. See more here.
Tobacco Road by Duron
Tobacco Road again– see more here

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Cliff Rock by Behr
From my cute sis-in-law’s house.

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Cliff Rock again in the kitchen.

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Spring Fawn by ColorPlace

Bing Cherry by Porter Paint. I showed this because of the light wood floors.

Betsy Ross House Moss by Valspar (National Trust Historic paint collection). Once again, I love this color with the wood floors.

Grasslands by SW – Garden Web

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Tate Olive by Benjamin Moore
*I scanned this from the “Pacific Northwest” pamphlet from Benjamin Moore.

paint with wood

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
*I scanned this one too, taken from the “timeless neutrals” pamphlet from BM.  You can barely notice wood trim on the bottom, but I loved it with the table and chairs too.

Neutral with Oak
I would love to see the paint colors you have chosen to go with the wood in your home. If you have a paint color that you love, please send me your pictures and I will try to add them to this post. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to comment or e-mail me at favoritepaintcolors@gmail.com. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and Happy Painting!
*See more paint colors that go with wood trim and cabinets HERE
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Paint Resources

Happy Friday! Today I just wanted to share with you a couple of paint resources that can be helpful when picking out paint colors. You may have already heard of them, but if you havn’t they are worth checking out.
Have you seen the Young House Love paint colors over at Benjamin Moore? John and Sherry have chosen a great variety that I think can be helpful when picking out a color/color scheme and not knowing where to start.
A few of my favorite colors:

Gray Horse
Moonshine
Dragonfly
Nantucket Tan
Sesame
Milano Red
If you havn’t seen the paint colors in their home, that’s  another great resource – one that they are constantly updating and changing. Love these guys and can’t wait to meet them in June!
Have you had a chance to check out My Colortopia? It’s another awesome website recently launched by Glidden that has some great paint tips and inspiration. There is even a quiz you can take to help determine your “color style”.  Some of my favorite bloggers (and I’m sure yours too!) contribute to the Colortopia blog. There are some great posts that have been written and they are all about paint!
Also, I am having a giveaway next week that you won’t want to miss out on. It’s time to celebrate one year at Favorite Paint Colors and I want you to be a part of it! Have a great weekend everyone!
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