Please don’t fight it. White rooms are ok, really I promise. You’re apprehensive because you think it will be boring or sterile. We can’t design/decorate the room with paint only just because we paint it a great shade of blue/gray doesn’t mean that our work is done in that room. There are layers and layers that can go in that white room and on those walls. It’s clean and bright and we can build on that.
I’ve recommended at least one white paint color to three different homeowners and two resisted and the third client is trying to resist in their bath remodel that has a modern farmhouse lean!
These rooms all have white walls, don’t you love them?
Let’s begin with the epic love affair we have with white kitchens,
People pin this image like it is their JOB,
We love white bathrooms almost as much as white kitchens. And you know what we really crave, fresh white ship lap on the walls whether we live in SoCal or Charleston.
Now don’t be afraid but…everything is white in here except for the floor,
You see the need for white walls here? Because color is bonkers everywhere else. A neutral foundation provides for a situation where you can totally flake out on the throw pillows you just bought every week, every month whatevs
By the way– imagine that reading nook above full of a pile of indigo, from the TEOT Shop!
a white library/den makes it open season for book color and pretty much everything else
White bedrooms…absolutely. Is anyone noticing that white is warmed up by…WOOD
More of that glorious white ship lap even in the dining room,
White is welcoming too, love the contrast of the black frames on those modern lanterns against the white on the walls
white makes for a good workspace wall color too,
And of course white makes for an excellent background for a great art collection,
All you need is a dollop, a splash, a pop—of yellow.
I don’t have any personal desire to paint an entire room yellow or a house but yellow is a fantastic accent and it makes me happy to see the perfect execution of a yellow accent in a room. Case in point,
It got me thinking about color schemes in a predominately neutral room.
If you are like me, then you love color and the thought of a mostly neutral room seems kinda crazy, like a lost opportunity. I understand that many people have problems that are the complete opposite of this (I co-blog with one and I also live with one.)
I’m the type of decorator that needs to harness the power of editing. Which are you?
This room popped into my feed though and I am drawn to it in a way that made me curious. Made me want to break it all down and pull out the scheme. There is such balance. I love the look. Those little pops of blue and orange, pulled from the Suzani draped over the back of the couch, give the room life, right?
Like me, you may be struggling to find that perfect shade of super subtle gray. I know how very difficult this search can be. But search no more because I’ve sampled and identified two most excellent choices during planning of the Bennett kitchen project.
The door to the laundry room at the Bennett kitchen renovation is a newly installed pocket door. I’m thinking about painting it an accent color and I’m considering a bright, pacific blue like this fabric,
Aqua is a big fan favorite as an accent color but I don’t think that’s right for this project. I want a more saturated, stand out color. Here’s the path that others have taken,
Certainly blue, in different shades like navy and blue/grey, is having it’s moment for kitchen islands and lower cabinets but green–green is pretty happening too. Do any of these images set your wheels spinning?
One person who pinned this kitchen said, I can’t get Bailey McCarthy’s kitchen out of my head, it’s fairly easy to see why she can’t–cause that is kelly and it’s high gloss. McCarthy’s kitchen was featured in Southern Living.
Another designer who chose to go green in her own kitchen is Erika Powell from Urban Grace. Erika had her cabinets painted a couple of years ago. I wonder if Erika ever considered painting the open shelving white?
Betsy and I are big fans of CA designer Kishani Perera, like the McCarthy design above this is also pretty freakin’ bold
You could go more on the camo, Army side of green which I whole heartedly support,
This is my favorite, the suspended shelves are very cool,
So are you prepared to take an official position on green cabinets, if so write to us…in the comments.
I stayed relatively neutral with all of my choices because it’s not my living space– it was made to be attractive to all sorts of prospective tenants. I got to try out some new grays, Classic Gray and Moonshine. I especially loved Moonshine. Simply White is my new go to trim color and Woodlawn Blue was great for the bath in Apartment B. If you’re looking for a “greige” I’d test Classic Gray. If you’re curious about which colors went where, they will all be labeled on the posts about the individual rooms.
My finger, on the pulse of y’alls reaction to the Pantone Marsala announcement, well – it tells me that you aren’t so excited. But what if we just pretend that what Pantone really meant to say was: Pink. The folks over at Dering Hall suggested it and I’m inclined to agree, so now it’s got me digging and thinking.
I feel that it is at it’s best when its the blushy kind, not that alarming electric hot kind, but rather a dirty baby soft and warm shade is where it’s at. Y’all feel me? Jump in and then let me know what you think about all of this?
This is how blush is presentedat the Riad Charai in Marrakech. It’s inspiring.
Justina revealed her new jungalow headquarters. I’m always excited when a blogger levels up and Justina didn’t disappoint with her big pink armoire.
This ceramic elephant is a sweet little detail that inspired Sarah in Laney’s nursery. Sarah jumped into the pink for that room, a perfect choice for a baby girl naturally, and the results were more sweet than saccharine!
What a knowing color to luxuriate on when offered up as a velvet sofa. These traditional lines and finishes could offer just the right air of bohemian sophistication in my imagined setting. I just love the muddy tint, like a pink that has lost a bit of its innocence.
This room by Dimore Studio just smacks of another element in interior design photography that I’m all about, which is the mood and airiness of these rich saturated walls. Here, the breathy charcoal swallows up a dusty rose duvet with shadowy mystery.
I like to think that I march to the beat of my own drum where it comes to fashion. Yet, I’ve been rocking the ubiquitous dusty rose pink locks thing since I first met Heffe, four years ago. I’ve recently cut it all out. He asked me to go back the other day, and I had to tell him that I’m not sure I can, b/c I keep reading about how this look is OUT! And you know what I hear is on it’s way in? Metallic hair. Perfect, I’ve alway battled with the brass.
This is our edition of the Very Best of…Front Door Colors— of course until there are more that surpass these in bestiness.
This door is on an interesting modern Georgian farmhouse fusion, pretty wild combo
I’ve always liked this simple modern entry
The old Blueprint mag cover. Makes you want to go out paint your whole cottage white with a little black trim on the gables, get some modern steel house numbers and some of those barn lights from Lowes, and don’t forget your IKEA watering can to get all styled up for your photo opp.
This is really tempting to me. I have warm brown shingles on my house with white trim and I’ve really been thinking about this,
Before we could spruce up the Connecticut Ave duplex, I painted the front doors a color similar to this to shape the place up temporarily. It’s a stately blue.
I know all you beachy cottage loving boys and girls want to know what this color is and according to most sources on the interwebs, it’s Ben Moore’s Wythe Blue
We couldn’t talk about front door color without mentioning the exquisite front entry of the townhome of designer Miles Redd,
Even if this is not your style, surely you must appreciate the detail and sophistication here,
Again with that quiet blue/green,
OK things got a bit serious there now we’re back to a little more fun in a coastal cottage with robin’s egg blue paired with yellow shingles,
I love those big tall french entry doors with a quarter of the bottom a solid panel and lime green well that just makes it all the more better, again with the barn light
the contrast is paramount here, love it
having a little fun with a traditional entry, clearly there was risk that the gas lanterns were going to make things too formal,
this shade of spruce green is so rich, wonder if it’s pine scented?
Coral and navy, now that’s something you don’t see everyday
a pattern will emerge, light blue likes to commiserate with orange quite often
and rounding up the round up, is pink and peach on old brick, pretty dope if you ask me. Please email me if you actually do this to your brick house and then convince your neighbor to use the other color.
If you paint enough rooms, you’ll have the fan decks memorized and you’ll have a select group of colors that almost always work. Your go-to paint colors. I’m pretty close to committing the entire Benjamin Moore Classic Colors fan deck to memory but I also have a few colors that I always try first because they look great in most settings.
I like complicated colors that don’t read clearly one way or another, is it blue, green or gray—it appears slightly blue in the daylight and entirely gray at night. Choosing paint colors is pretty challenging, it’s a sampling and trial and error based process– like when I painted the same house three times (not recommended). Exterior painting is trickier than interior in my opinion because so much of the house’s identity rests on the colors.
To make the selection process a little less of a guessing game I’ve got a set of go-to neutral paint colors. This particular set contains all Benjamin Moore colors.
Paper White OC-55
This is a great subtle gray. If you need just a hint of gray, this is your color. It’s crisp and it can go modern or cottage.
Simply White OC-117
For the last year or so I’ve been steadily using Simply White for all my trim, cabinetry and millwork. It’s a relatively warm white but remains pretty crisp because the yellow tone isn’t overdone. It plays well every time even with walls that are painted white. I apply it in satin but I’m sure it’s great glossy.
This is a warm gray that in the evenings when subjected to only interior light doesn’t turn lilac. I commonly use it in living areas and bedrooms but it will work anywhere.
White Dove OC-17
I’ve painted both kitchens and baths White Dove. It’s an almost infallible warm white that works well on millwork and cabinetry and makes for the perfect wall color for those white kitchens that we all love.
Stonington Gray HC-170
If you’re looking for a cooler, more traditional gray that stays consistent throughout the day and night, this gray is a good option. I’ve only used this particular gray in living areas.
Healing Aloe lives in that uncertain mix of blue, gray and green. It can go any of those three directions depending on the amount of light in the room. But no matter which direction it turns it always looks great. Although I commonly use it in bathrooms, it worked out surprisingly well in the dining room at the Connecticut house.
Images in this post via The Estate of Things or Pinterest
This week it was time to do some color sampling on the exterior of the house and the interior of the upstairs apartment. The interior selection is fairly straight forward. I generally approach the paint color selection process in this way.
I gather some inspiration via Pinterest, Houzz, blogs, misc interwebs
Based on the inspiration and my personal preferences I choose a general color for a room, i.e. I’d like to paint the bathroom aqua blue, living area will be gray etc.
Take some paint chips and the color wheel over and see how some specific shades look in the actual space
Purchase paint samples and paint them on
Live with things, re-visit at different times of day. Hopefully don’t have to repeat.
So I’m at Step 4 of the process and this is what things looked like this week,
This is the open kitchen and living area combination, there is no way to break this room up to change colors so the whole space will be all the same color. I have so many light gray samples already so I boxed up some of my favorites and took them over.
The samples in the kitchen area,
1. Gray Owl 2. Classic Gray 3. Moonshine
Before putting the brush to the wall I was really banking on Moonshine being a sure thing but I don’t feel 100% about it yet. Everyone loves Gray Owl and I thought I would give Classic Gray a chance. I had tried Winter White in the downstairs apartment and it was too light although it looks like perfection on the chip. There’s no clear winner at this point. I’ll have to keep visiting and I have a week to decide on interior colors.
Here are the same colors in the living area,
1. Gray Owl 2. Moonshine 3. Classic Gray
On the same day I tested some colors in the bathroom. I thought about maybe going bottle green this time but I just can’t seem to get away from blue/green and I’m going to use the snowflake tile again and I like the blue/black/white combo.
I tested Woodlawn Blue, my go to Healing Aloe and Hollingsworth Green. Woodlawn is the winner.
Moving to the really exciting part on the exterior. This is my first round and really this project warrants at least a 2nd round BUT I think you’ll agree there are some solid possibilities here.
Testing on the side of the house,
1. Woodlawn Blue 2. Hollingsworth Green 3. Stratton Blue 4. Wythe Blue
5. Knoxville Gray 6. Templeton Gray
Colors 5 and 6 are meant to be accents. I originally set out to find a 3-color scheme but I really want to make things a bit easier on myself and do two colors–a color for the body of the house and a trim color. But I think I can easily use Knoxville Gray on some small trim parts on the house without over thinking things.
Same set of samples on front porch of house under cover,
And again on the back of house,
I know someone out there has a opinion so let’s hear it. Favorites, clear front runner, instincts, experiences with these colors? Do tell.
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