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My Favorite Paint for Cabinets +Easy Peasy Touch-Up Paint

Today I am showing you the brand of paint we used on our cabinets and a quick, easy way to touch them up. I think the most important part of painting cabinets of any kind is the prep and the brand of paint you decide to use. For our kitchen cabinets we chose Benjamin Moore Advance.favorite paint for cabinets

I heard and read great reviews about this paint and after 3 years of everyday use and 4 kids, I can honestly say that this brand has exceeded all of my expectations. It is as hard as nails and I can scrub it and scrub it and it still keeps it sheen and shine. 🙂

 

There is one spot below our sink that gets the most wear and tear because it’s the cabinet where we keep our garbage and a lot of gunk gets on it,  you can see where the paint has rubbed off a little, but it’s very minimal and I have a super easy solution to touching it up.

I received this paint product from a company called Soto, and it’s been a lifesaver when having to touch-up little spots on my cabinets. If you have white kitchen cabinets, this is for you.  Soto comes in 9-shades of white, which match the majority of white surfaces,so chances are there is a shade that is perfect for your cabinets. You can browse their database here to find out which shade best matches your white paint.

Our cabinets are painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore and the closest match is Turkish White. I have painted it on a few places that had chips or marks and it blends in beautifully.

There is also a polyurethane top coat that you put over the paint that helps to seal and harden it.

And the best part? It’s soo easy and quick! I posted a quick video on my Instastories and it took me all of 10 seconds to touch up. 

Easy peasy and they look as good as new.

I always love learning about new products that are made to simplify my life, and this is definitely one of them. You can order them from Amazon (affiliate link) or go directly to their site. I hope this helps!

(These are all of my own opinions, Soto offered me the products which I have used and loved and wanted to share with you. Also, my review of Benjamin Moore Advance is all my own. I have not received any compensation from Benjamin Moore for this post. )

Have a beautiful day!

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Top 5 Painting Tips from a Pro

Today I am excited to share with you some painting advice from a pro who has had years of service in the paint industry. The best part, if you have a burning question that was not answered in this post, please feel free to comment or message me at favoritepaintcolors@gmail.com and I will ask our expert, Nigel. We will do our best to answer it!
Please know that all of the opinions are 100% his own, no paid compensation was given.
1.You get what you pay for! Whether it’s the quality of the paint your purchase, or the painter you choose to hire, there is a
distinct and proven relationship between paying for peace of mind versus cutting corners. At Catchlight Painting, we use only the best paint we can get our hands on and even then, the cost of the paint only makes up 10% of the cost of the typical project. Similarly, we hire the best
painters we can and pay them well – shouldn’t you do the same? We want ethical painters with proven experience and skills, painters we would be comfortable with in our own homes.
Benjamin Moore

Our favorite brand of paint is Benjamin Moore. Here in New England they have been the preferred paint forever, and most architects and designers specify their product too. We absolutely love their new Century paint which is designed to compete with luxe European paints in look and feel. When dry, Century feels like leather – I kid you not. It has a finish between flat and matte but looks rich and deep.

What we most like about the Benjamin Moore product line is the consistency of their quality standards and the caliber of their field reps. Benjamin Moore has serious brand loyalty in our market, and their support staff are talented, educated, trained, and offer exceptional service – you can’t ask for more than that!

5 painting tips from a pro
 2. Read the directions! I know, this seems obvious but trust me, most people and painters don’t. The paint manufacturer has invested research, time, and money in developing a high performing coating that will last for years if it is applied properly. This includes stirring or shaking the paint (read the label – clear finishes don’t like being shaken!), allowing proper coverage rates and dry times for optimal results.
5 painting tips from a pro

3.Use a bathroom specific paint in your bathrooms! Moisture, steam, humidity, condensation – these will quickly dissolve a poor-quality paint so use a paint engineered for the bathroom environment and you will be a lot happier.

Our go-to is the Aura Bath and Spa line by Benjamin Moore. Optimized for hot, steamy, humid environments, it covers easily and with a durable, matte finish, provides a uniform and sophisticated finish to ceilings and walls. Best of all, it is self-priming over surfaces in good condition.

best bathroom paint

And when mildew shows up on your ceiling in a few years, don’t call a painter, simply wipe if off with a typical bathroom type cleaner that contains a bleach dilution.

4. Don’t forget to prime! Many homeowners wonder if they need to prime their walls before they paint – the answer is yes! Many new paints are labelled self-priming – make sure you still apply sufficient coats per the directions for best results. Otherwise, buy a high quality acrylic primer to seal porous or spackled/repaired surfaces and you’ll save yourself a ton of extra labor. For exterior projects, most wood comes pre-primed from the lumberyard – this coating is designed to keep the wood stable during transportation and storage – it is NOT intended to act as a ‘field’ primer so make sure you prime here too.
Our favorite primer these days is Stix by Insul-x, now owned by Benjamin Moore. It’s a urethane-based acrylic primer that dries quickly and sticks to glossy and hard surfaces with minimal extra prep besides ensuring the surfaces are squeaky clean. It has almost no odor and dries fast enough to seal stains, but slowly enough that it can be brushed and rolled to a smooth finish, making the topcoating even easier. Whether we are priming over kitchen cabinets or old oil-painted trim, Stix performs as advertised – it sticks!
best primer
5 painting tips from a pro

5. Take your time! Remember that scene from The Karate Kid where the patient brushing of a fence instilled a sense of calm and intentionality in the tempestuous kid?

Painting requires patience, attention to detail, cleanliness, and planning – done well it can be meditative and immensely satisfying. Done in a rush, it will get the better of you and yield disappointing results.

Nigel Costolloe is both the owner and estimator at Catchlight Painting, a commercial and house painting company serving Greater Boston. Nigel is active regionally and nationally in the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) as a leader, speaker, and mentor.
5 painting tips from a pro
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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…
dipsy dabber 4
I dabbed … (one other thing I love, the container brushes off the paint for you so you don’t get excess paint or drips)
dipsy dabber 5
…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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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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How to Pick Out the Perfect Paint Color {Paint Tips}

One of my most asked questions I get is about picking out paint colors. This is a revised article that I wrote that was published in a local magazine.
Favorite Paint Colors - how to pick out the perfect color
Paint color can transform a house into a home.
The problem is that there are thousands of colors to choose from, and the picking the perfect color can be the hardest part of the process. Do you go neutral or bold, dark or light, cool or warm? Here are a few tips for choosing the best color for you:
Where are we?
Ask yourself some questions. What is the purpose of the room you are painting? Is it a dining room that will entertain guests and gather your family in each evening for dinner? A master bedroom that you want to make your “sanctuary”, or a laundry room that you want to be bright and colorful to make the time you spend there more pleasant?
Favorite Paint Colors - Waterscape by Sherwin Williams
Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams
(Love how this paint color sets the mood for the whole room)
Gather your favorites.
Once you’ve decided your purpose and how you want yourself and others to feel in your room, pick a color palette. Look at your room. Are you picking a color that’s going to go with everything in your room (more of a neutral), or are you picking the color first and then working around that? Are you going to add color to your room by accessorizing (curtains, painted furniture, décor, etc.) or do you want the paint to be the main accessory?
Start small and inexpensive: Go to your favorite paint store, pick a few colors you like and have sample sizes mixed. Most paint stores sell them for around $3. This is the best way to find the right color without having a whole gallon of paint mixed up and then deciding when you get it home that you hate the color.
Seeing is believing: Paint the colors you’re considering onto white poster boards. Put it next to your cabinets, trim, carpet or furniture. Paint can look a totally different color in various lighting, so make sure you look at it for a good 24 hours. Move your poster boards to different places in the room. Look for any color undertones it might have during bright daylight hours, rainy days and at night in artificial lighting.
Go for it! If you love the way the color you’ve chosen looks in all conditions, then go for the kill. You have just completed the hardest part of the process.
Do you want professional advice? Some paint stores have color consultants on hand that will come to your home when you buy a $75 giftcard, that you can then use to buy paint. I know our local Sherwin-Williams partcipates, but make sure to call and ask first. Happy painting!
 

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Favorite Paint Colors- combination for Believable Buff

Paint Color Combination for Believable Buff {What Color to Paint Your Powder Room}

Question from Tracy:
Q: I’m a long time follower of your blog. I’ve been putting off painting my powder room for months because I can’t choose a color that will look good with my SW Believable Buff, which is the main color in my house. My husband is begging me to get away from all the beige I have going on. Any ideas for something that will coordinate nicely but still give us a pop of color?
A: Tracy, having a great neutral like Believable Buff can make picking out coordinating colors a whole lot easier. There is no one answer to this question and it really depends upon your preference. Your powder room has separation from the rest of your home so the flow between colors is not as critical as it would be with an adjoining wall.
Below I put together some suggestions that I think would be a great place to start, once again depending upon your preference. I would choose a color you love, maybe one from the color combination below, and get samples of colors that are similar.
Lighting can also be a big factor. Powder rooms usually don’t have a lot of natural light so the color can change quite a bit from room to room. The key is to sample.

Favorite Paint Colors- combination for Believable Buff
Paint Colors to go with Believable Buff in powder room:
*Silvermist by Sherwin Williams
*Cordial by SW (I think an eggplant purple would look awesome too!)
*Footlight by SW
*Dried Thyme by SW
(On-screen paint color may differ from actual color)
 

Also, look through Favorite Paint Colors bathroom/powder room gallery for more inspiration. There are dozens of rooms to get your creative juices flowing and some awesome ideas not only for colors to use but decorating ideas as well.
And when you are done, send us pictures so we can see how everything turned out. 🙂
If any of you have any other suggestions, colors that you have used in your bathroom or powder room that you love, feel free to comment below.
Speaking of that, I have installed Disqus so commenting should be much easier. I would love to make it more like a forum, where you can leave paint color suggestions to posts such as this one and you don’t have to do it anonymously because of restrictions. Also, if you have a question that you need to ask I can answer you back and it will go straight to your e-mail if you subscribe to the comments, plus others will be able to see it as well.
Thank you and have a great weekend! So glad it’s Friday!

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Paint Color Combination for Believable Buff {What Color to Paint Your Powder Room}

Question from Tracy:
Q: I’m a long time follower of your blog. I’ve been putting off painting my powder room for months because I can’t choose a color that will look good with my SW Believable Buff, which is the main color in my house. My husband is begging me to get away from all the beige I have going on. Any ideas for something that will coordinate nicely but still give us a pop of color?
A: Tracy, having a great neutral like Believable Buff can make picking out coordinating colors a whole lot easier. There is no one answer to this question and it really depends upon your preference. Your powder room has separation from the rest of your home so the flow between colors is not as critical as it would be with an adjoining wall.
Below I put together some suggestions that I think would be a great place to start, once again depending upon your preference. I would choose a color you love, maybe one from the color combination below, and get samples of colors that are similar.
Lighting can also be a big factor. Powder rooms usually don’t have a lot of natural light so the color can change quite a bit from room to room. The key is to sample.

Favorite Paint Colors- combination for Believable Buff
Paint Colors to go with Believable Buff in powder room:
*Silvermist by Sherwin Williams
*Cordial by SW (I think an eggplant purple would look awesome too!)
*Footlight by SW
*Dried Thyme by SW
(On-screen paint color may differ from actual color)

Also, look through Favorite Paint Colors bathroom/powder room gallery for more inspiration. There are dozens of rooms to get your creative juices flowing and some awesome ideas not only for colors to use but decorating ideas as well.
And when you are done, send us pictures so we can see how everything turned out. 🙂
If any of you have any other suggestions, colors that you have used in your bathroom or powder room that you love, feel free to comment below.
Speaking of that, I have installed Disqus so commenting should be much easier. I would love to make it more like a forum, where you can leave paint color suggestions to posts such as this one and you don’t have to do it anonymously because of restrictions. Also, if you have a question that you need to ask I can answer you back and it will go straight to your e-mail if you subscribe to the comments, plus others will be able to see it as well.
Thank you and have a great weekend! So glad it’s Friday!

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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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