Did you know that the most asked question here at StoneGable is WHAT IS YOUR PAINT COLOR! It’s the most asked question by far!!!! And it’s no wonder. I think picking out paint color can sometimes be a harrowing experience. It’s like trying on bathing suits in January or not being able to get an appointment with your hair colorist for three weeks and your roots are growing out! Finding that perfect paint color for your home is a HUGE decision and one that we don’t want to get wrong! So today on the blog and on the podcast we are talking about my favorite paint colors and how I chose them and how you can choose the perfect paint color too!
Finding that paint color that makes you swoon and works with your decor does take some research and some trial and error. But when you find it… it’s magical!!!
Episode 10 of our podcast DECORATING TIPS AND TRICKS is all about our trials, triumphs and best paint tips! And our favorite paint colors, of course!!!! You can listen below…
OR… you can find and listen to all 10 of our podcasts HERE. And if you want to listen on the go you can find us on itunes or you can also listen on your android! If you want the show notes with all the links to the colors and posts we are talking about go HERE .
I’ve painted my home everything from Pepto Bismol pink to mud brown! And I have learned many lessons from all the painting mistakes I’ve made. Finally, I’ve made my peace with wall colors and have come to terms with that elusive perfect color!
Style and trends come and go and so does paint color. There will always be a Pantone color of the year. Last year’s Benjamin Moore’s color was Simply White (actually a very sensible choice) and this year’s Pantone color is Greenery. Greenery? Are you kidding? Decor and tastes change so why wouldn’t our walls? I just don’t want my wall color changing like an indecisive chameleon with every new decorating whim. I bet you feel the same way too!
Here’s what I do want from my wall color. I do want the color I choose to feel like me! The mud brown did not and neither did the Pepto Bismol pink! I want the paint I choose to work wonderfully with my furnishings. I do want it to blend into my rooms and be supportive letting other things in my room show off. I want wall color to be a backdrop for everything else, including the people in my home! And I want my paint color to work for more than five years. Painting more often than that (other than touching up) is way too often!
On the podcast, I describe the ways I decide on a paint color. It works like a charm. I hope you listen and find my technique for finding the perfect paint color helpful!
Before we get into specific colors I want to let you know all the walls in StoneGable have been painted with flat paint and the trim in a semi-gloss. I like the look of flat paint on walls and love the sheen a semi-gloss gives to trim!
Right now at StoneGable, I am living a blissful life with my favorite paint color SONNET! Sonnet is a Benjamin Moore color that is a soft and neutral and sort of creamy looking without being too yellow. It’s a cross between bone and beige and greige. A very pale, slightly warm paint color.
And here it is on the living room wall.
And here on the dining room wall. I think the dining room picture give the truest example of the paint color. The ceiling is not Sonnet but Philadelphia Cream by Benjamin Moore.
Sonnet ties most of the rooms in my downstairs together! Choosing one paint color that will work to connect rooms in your home is a great way to have your spaces flow together!
The other color I’m just wild about is SIMPLY WHITE by Benjamin Moore. It is an off white that looks pure white until you hold it up to a piece of white paper. It’s gorgeous. What keeps Simply White from being stark looking or like painter’s grade white paint is that is slightly warm but you really can’t see any yellow when it’s painted on walls. It looks crisp and clean and oh, so so pretty. And it makes a room look bright and airy!
Our laundry room is painted Simply White and right now we are painting a bedroom in it too! I love this pretty white!
If you like off white colors these are two you might want to experiment with the next time you need to paint a room… or your whole house!
I learned a very critical lesson about white paint as we were painting one of our guest bedrooms white. For some reason, the paint had an almost green cast to it. So we painted it again with Simply White. And again, it had a slight green look to it. It was after the second coat of white paint that I realized it was not the paint at all but the green leaves from a big tree outside the window reflecting off the white paint! The lesson to this story is to be aware of what is outside your windows that could change the color of your paint!
So instead of another white paint we went with Benjamin Moore SILVER MIST for the guest bedroom. It not only looks beautiful and soft in the bedroom but plays nicely with the rest of the colors in our home. Silver Mist is a light and airy and whisper soft blue with gray undertones. Just beautiful!
As we work on our office, master bed and bath, and guest suite and bath we will be buying lots and lots of Simply White. I love the clean, fresh look for our upstairs living spaces.
Let’s talk about the trim at StoneGable. All the trim, kitchen and mantel in our home is ATRIUM WHITE by Benjamin Moore. It’s a soft white with a very slight pink undertone that makes it just a tad on the warm side. It’s perfect for trim!
So there you have it… the colors of StoneGable! I hope this post and podcast have helped you and inspired you to pick out your perfect paint colors!
For lots more suggestions and tips and other favorite paint colors listen to Decorating Tips and Tricks!
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