Everyone has a favorite, what’s yours?
Nothing can bring calm and serenity into a space like color. There was a time I embraced warm saturated colors. The brick reds and deep golds made me feel cozy and secure. Lately though I’ve lightened everything, choosing instead to bathe my surroundings in softer, lighter hues.
Now that we’re moving, I’ve been working on a color palette for Stone House Lane. I wanted to narrow down the choices without painting 20 squares of color in every room – In researching the best way to decide on a color palette I ran across a blog written by a color specialist. She made the suggestion to paint pieces of poster board instead of your walls…but I can’t find that blog again! If you know who she is tell me so I can give her proper kudos! I love this idea!
After deciding to go with a soft toned-down color palette in the new house, I went through a hundred colors…Finally I narrowed my choices down to ten! Yikes! Since I like the colors in my house to flow smoothly from one room into another, all the colors I chose were similar. But still, I had to choose and the process of painting small pieces of poster board, made it ever-so easy to narrow down my colors.
After getting my 10 Behr Ultra paint samples, foam brushes and poster board…
I painted each sheet of (small) poster board leaving a taped off strip at the bottom. After the first coat of paint dried, I put on a second coat and removed the tape leaving a place to label my color!
Here are the colors … (I added a couple from the Willow Creek house)
It’s kinda fun to play around with different combinations! I tried out combos and when I found one I liked I wrote it down in my design book…
After we closed on the new house, I took the color boards to Stone House Lane and put them in the room I was considering…I was able to rule out lots of the colors immediately. Lighting totally changes color, that’s why it’s important to live with the color you have in mind for a few days. You’ll be amazed at how the color changes from morning to evening light.
In the end I chose Behr Dolphin Fin to be repeated throughout the living area…it’s soothing, calming and reminds me of the just before dawn moments when the sky goes from inky dark …to soft gray. I’m going to change the name of this paint color from Dolphin Fin to First Light.
The bottom of the walls in the dinning room and (I’m almost sure) the kitchen cabinet color will be Irish Mist…I will not change this color name because I like it!
In the great room, foyer and up the stairway I chose the soft- whipped taupe color (also Behr) … sadly for this Celiac, the name of the Behr color is Wheat Bread! Hence forth I will be calling this color Whipped Taupe. 😉
And to add a bit of accent color…the guest bath will be Rhino…(not crazy about that name either!)
I spent all weekend painting the dinning room, the guest bath and the master bedroom- I’m so happy with the result. Mr. Max is sending his helper Tony to paint the great room, foyer, up the staircase and the kitchen tomorrow, I’m so thankful I won’t have to paint all of that because some of those walls are really high!
Remember my one-word for 2012…Simplicity? And remember when I wrote earlier this year that Chaos proceeds Simplicity…?
I’m saying that to myself over and over all day long my friends…whew.
What colors do you have in your house and how did you pick them out?
Sending you love today my friends…xo