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Charlotte Color Palette

Charlotte Project: Paint Color Selection

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I worked briefly with a family in Charlotte, NC who had just moved in to a new home. You might remember the inspiration for their family room design. They had moved a few times over the last few years because of careers and had found that they always moved from an unfinished house. They had ideas and aspirations about what they could do to the houses they’d lived in but never got anything accomplished. They wanted cohesiveness and something they could finally call finished. When they bought the house there were some pretty unattractive paint colors in play, electric blue ceilings and walls, teal and lots of drab tan. They hired a painter and it was time to select colors. The Charlotte family’s home is a traditional five bedroom, three and half bath home with a vaulted ceiling in the entry, formal living and dining rooms and a family room. The client decided…

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My New Favorite Subtle Gray

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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. I know how truly relieved you must feel now.  

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Pretty Pantry Doors

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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,   I really like this one,           This makes me want to go lime green,      

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Grout Cottage: Interior Paint Colors

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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.

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The Very Best of…Front Door Colors

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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…

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Connecticut Avenue Duplex: Exterior Paint Selection

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Lately I feel like I’ve been in a perpetual state of paint color selection. It was time to begin the color selection process for the Connecticut Avenue Duplex project. You might recall we’re giving a rancher a Venice Beach bungalow inspired facelift. I knew I wanted to go dark because the trim work and arbor we’re adding to the front will really stand out on the dark house. Set that dark house and white trim up with some more green in the landscape and maybe a white flower here and there and we’ll have a solid outcome. Here are the lead off colors (all Benjamin Moore), In this image, we’re looking at these colors in the harsh morning sun in a spot on the house that gets the most direct light. The reason I put the samples up here is to ensure that I choose a color that has enough…

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Best Neutral Paint Colors

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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. sampling exterior colors at Grout Cottage project 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…

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Benjamin Moore Nuberg Green

Sheena Murphy and Benjamin Moore Newburg Green

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The glimpse into Sheena Murphy’s layered Brooklyn apartment featured on House Beautiful has been on my mind. I’ve been digging dark moody walls more and more lately, and really have been wondering if something this blue and bold would be good for the Heffe House dining room. Maybe I’ll have to hold onto dreams of this much wall color for the next hizzy. For now, I’ll live vicariously through Sheena’s apartment pics that feature Benjamin Moore’s Newburg Green, a nuanced navy that tends to come play between the blue and green hues depending on the light. Enjoy! Photo Credit: Kelly Stuart

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Sarah’s Desk Revamp

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A few months ago I bought this old desk at my favorite local thrift shop for about $30.   I was immediately drawn to the brass pulls. And then upon closer inspection, I realized it kind of has a Parsons look with classic straight lines. The finish was in horrible shape, it had not been treated well. I needed a desk and the price was right and it appeared that I could repair the finish with some wood filler and paint. You know lots of bloggers post about painting furniture but two of my go to sources are Little Green Notebook and Young House Love. I felt confident about my knowledge of the overall painting process but needed to review the recommended primer and what kind of clear finish to apply over the paint. So I consulted YHL’s furniture painting tutorial before starting. I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to…

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Grout Cottage: Exterior Paint Selection

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Leaving dirty yellow, Pepto pink, white and a battleship gray foundation would be no trouble at all. From previous experience I know how painstaking the process of choosing an exterior paint color can be and I didn’t want to be rushed or procrastinate. I’ll sheepishly remind you all that I once had a house painted three times. In order to get ahead and never make that mistake again, I let samples stay up for something like two months at the Grout Cottage. In gathering inspiration at the start of the project on the Grout Cottage pinboard, I pinned a few color combinations on Queen Anne style homes. For a hot minute, I kicked around maybe stepping away from the blues, greens & grays and doing some sort of terra cotta combo. Ultimately, I couldn’t depart from what I love so much so I decided that I would do something in…

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Grout Cottage: Samplin’

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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…

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Grout Cottage: Bathroom Choices

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Look what came in the mail, snowflake tile for the Grout Cottage. I ordered this because I’m about to do this, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams house in NC only in a bathroom sort of way with a painted vanity. Right now I’ve got my eye on Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue or Brewster Gray. They look totally different in the actual bathroom of the Grout Cottage but you get the idea. images via Pinterest

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Sarah’s House: Dining Room Spruce Up

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I’m giving my dining room an inexpensive spruce up quick like a bunny…well now that’s a lie. It’s taken my husband and I roughly three weeks to paint the walls which we finally did last weekend. But we’ve yet to finish the trim. Some inspiration for point of reference,         Before pics, Our dining room when the house was for sale and someone else lived here (view toward kitchen), When we took the old folding doors down, Boring and flickering nickel chandelier, Remember all of the grey/blue paint samples, And now it’s Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe,  

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Sights

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What’s been going on with me, well mostly painting or intending to and endless yard work. Don’t we always have good intentions of doing some home/design improvement. I’m full of good intentions when it comes to design. The results of a recent Iphone unload, What happens when paint isn’t stored according to the directions on the can? Peanut butter paint–this is Martha Stewart’s Rainwater.  These are all the colors I’ve sampled in my dining room. 1. Glacier Lake 2. Stonewashed 3. In Your Eyes 4. Silver Crest 5. Pale Smoke 6. Healing Aloe 7. Palladian Blue 8. Iceberg 9. Martha Stewart’s Rainwater Healing Aloe is in the lead! Healing Aloe is in the middle. Really like this pot my Mom bought on OKL, its by Evergreen. She planted Japanese Forest Grass in there which is an awesome plant, great for borders. Still at Mom’s place, Irish Moss in a bright blue square planter, like…

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What Will it Take?

What Will it Take?

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How many examples do I need before I will commit to painting the tiny office upstairs a dark blue? Exhibits 1-100, well not quite 100 but this is enough,   Meg Braff Living Etc House Beautiful Although this room appears slate or almost black it is still a compelling argument for dark rooms   via Coco+Kelley Diane Bergeron  and the most convincing for me is,  Black & Poole Plum Cushion a little brighter blue but I had to include it because it is such a handsome room, David Jimenez

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