Picking the Perfect Paint Color

     I have made plenty of paint color mistakes in my life.  I finally saw the light when a decorator I had hired for the sole purpose of picking out paint colors about 2 houses ago explained paint to me.  All I was looking at was the swatch of the color.  I learned you have to look at the entire swatch – that way you see the undertones of the color you are picking.  I told the decorator my house looked like a big brown blob with light brown cabinets – she showed me that the beige color I had selected had very pink undertones and did not match the tones of the wood in my cabinetry.  We ended up going bold – TANSY GREEN from Sherwin Williams bold – and I promise you, I have never had so many compliments on a paint color in my life.  Tansy Green is the perfect apple green – and actually a very neutral color.  You don’t get sick of it.  My cabinets popped, my ceiling and trim popped and the room was decorator perfect!

     Because the Beach House (aka the Short Sale Project) will be a rental, we need to paint the walls neutral.  We selected blue cabinets for the kitchen (gorg!!!) but the walls and floors will be very neutral.  Picking the perfect netural white or cream can be very, very tricky.  So I’m sharing with you the contenders – the tried and true whites.  White can read very yellow or pink once you get it on the wall.   I’m looking for the perfect balance of white and cream with no yellows or pinks, please!

 First up – Candice Olson’s reportedly favorite whites – Niveous OC-36 and Cloud White OC-130 by Benjamin Moore.  I haven’t personally used these colors and I think they will read more gray than I am looking for, but Candice Olson is definitely more experienced than I and if these are her favorite, they must be great…

 Next up is one of my personal faves – Dover White SW6385 by Sherwin Williams.  This is the perfect creamy white.  I have always used this on the trim in all of my houses and recommend it to our Seller’s when they have to re-paint to sell.  I don’t have a paint swatch for this one, just a photo of a room painted Dover White…

 

Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 is a universal white – and also great on trim…

 

Farrow and Ball Lime White is the perfect off-white…

 

Benjamin Moore Atrium White…

 

Pale Oak OC-20 by Benjamin Moore – a great “greige” neutral…

 

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee 1812 is lovely…

Now moving right along to my favorite paint color – Blue!  I will have to incorporate some blue somewhere – this is a beach house after all.  Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue is always a favorite – it really is the perfect blue…

 

And Benjamine Moore Wythe Blue is equally lovely and soothing…

 

And last but not least, Farrow and Ball Blue Powder…

 

     As for the Short Sale Project – the kitchen has been demo’d, the 3rd bedroom has been drywalled and the living room walls are being prepared for the paneling we are installing.  We’ve had a few bumps in the road – on the first day of demo, I got a voicemail from the Contractor telling me there were sparks and fire at the meter!  I immediately called the power company and they repaired it before we burned the entire house down!  We had to replace the front door – turns out we also have termites!

Here is a sneak peek of our kitchen cabinetry – it is maple and the color is called “Lagoon” – the color is much more muted in real life:

Here is the new front door and hardware:

The door is by Jeld-Wen and the hardware is Schlage

And last but not least – the kitchen after the demo!

~Kris

 

About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!

Comments

  1. Sandy Bienvenu says:

    Kris,

    Where can I buy the product for my hair – It’s a 10? I have the same type hair and one of the things that I do is take Biotin600 and Inositol500 (both from GNC). They are the ingredients in vitamins for hair and nails. They make my hair shiny and both hair and nails grow much faster. Thanks for the info on It’s a 10.

    Sandy

  2. Benjamin Moore “Mascarpone AF-20″ is as creamy and as yummy as it sounds!

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