This post has been a long time coming! I frequently get asked about the paint colors in my home, especially the family room. It's not surprising because picking a paint color can be one of the toughest decisions when starting a new project. I've even googled the name and brand of a particular paint to see how it looks in other people's homes. Since I am the designated painter in the house I do not want to make a color mistake and have to repaint a room. And, have you seen the price of paint lately?! I picked up a gallon without a coupon a couple of months ago and was shocked to find it was over $50. Ouch! Thankfully, I had bought a sample first so I knew the color was the right one. I love samples not only for testing out paint colors, but using them for small projects. My boys bathroom walls were almost completely painted from a sample!
Most of the paints I use are from Sherwin Williams, but I've found myself buying quite a bit of Benjamin Moore lately after seeing so many of their great colors on Pinterest and other blogs. I love it when I immediately know what color a room is going to be without having to consult paint chips. It's a great feeling that rarely happens!
The most asked about color in my home is the one in my great room, Comfort Gray. It tends to look more green in the daytime and more blue in the evening. That doesn't bother me because both colors work in here, but if you are looking specifically for green or blue then it might not be for your room.
Great Room- Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray (Flat)
I also chose a flat finish for this room. Why? The walls frequently get scuffed from the kids since it's a high traffic area. At least every couple of days I catch one of them riding around on their scooter or bike. Scuffs, holes in the walls, and things I've scraped off the walls that I won't mention do damage. I made the mistake of using a satin finish last time I painted and found that touching up leaves noticeable brush marks. I decided to go with a flat this time for that reason. It probably does get dirtier than a satin, but touching up more often is preferable to repainting the entire wall.
Entryway, Dining Room, Office-Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray (Satin)
What I love about this color is that it doesn't matter how much sun you get or don't get, it stays a perfect medium gray. There are no undertones of blue, green, or purple. It's pure gray. I was pleased to see how well it goes with dark wood floors and furniture, too.
Kitchen and Trim-Sherwin Williams color match to Valspar's White Dove (Oil based enamel)
I stressed over this color like you wouldn't believe! That's the reason it's custom. SW Creamy was too creamy and BM White Dove was too white. I wanted the perfect in between shade. I didn't want the kitchen to look stark white or yellow. All of that stress was well worth it because I love this color so much I decided to paint all of the trim in the house with it. However, this paint is not cheap at $70 a gallon. It's an oil based enamel that is so smooth to the touch, which is perfect for woodwork so it's well worth the splurge. Thankfully, SW offers coupons regularly!
Gameroom-Sherwin Williams Softened Green (Satin)
I love the combination of green and navy. I decided to go with a softer green to blend with the nearby Mindful Gray walls.
Boys Bathroom-Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray on the cabinets and mirror trim, BM White Dove on the walls (Satin)
This is one of those times I knew immediately what color would be perfect for this room. I've wanted to use this color in one of my boys rooms forever. When I decided to paint the cabinets something other than white (because that doesn't scream boy), this is what I decided on. It's a medium shade, and a blend of tan and gray. It's a small bathroom with very little light and quickly decided on an off white I knew well, White Dove. This is the first time I've used a latex paint on cabinets with success. It's a hybrid version of latex by BM. I described the paint and the process I used here.
FYI, this room is almost done! A new shower curtain brought everything together and made the rest of the decisions fall in place. I hope to show you soon!
Master Bedroom-Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (Satin)
Do you know those pretty white marble bathrooms with pale gray walls you see everywhere? Many of them use Gray Owl on the walls. That's what inspired me to use it on my bedroom walls. I wanted light and bright. That's my thing! With all of the white on furniture and bedding I wanted a little contrast on the walls without sacrificing my black and white color scheme. I could not be happier with this color. It feels so fresh and clean when I walk in this room and it's the perfect contrast to the dark floors (that you can't see in this picture).
You might have noticed I don't have any of my kids rooms pictured. Hopefully, that will soon change. I spent yesterday painting my youngest son's room. I'm so sad to be getting rid of the baby things. This is his before. He's had a big boy bed for a while, but everything else has stayed the same.
Now, that I'm looking at it and remembering...I don't really like this room that much. Maybe change isn't bad. That's his little sweet baby head in the picture. He just turned six last week and is a big kid by his estimation. I'm hoping he likes his new room because I didn't paint it red like he wanted.
Boys rooms, bathroom, mudroom...I have a lot of projects going on at the same time. I'll be adding to this post quite a bit this year!