Picking paint colors is one of my favorite parts of design. It’s also my favorite DIY task. Although, let’s be honest, it’s pretty much the only DIY skill I have.
I tend to choose Benjamin Moore paints because they roll on very nicely. The first time I painted a wall with my favorite charcoal gray (Cheating Heart #1617, which I’ve already mentioned about 100 times on this blog), I was absolutely thrilled that it covered perfectly in two coats with no primer. That’s awesome for a dark paint.
Here’s a look at the various paint colors I’m considering for the new house… I’ve included a paint swatch along with an example of a finished room (from another source) that uses that color.
Oxford White #869
White is by far the hardest paint color to choose. I’m leaning toward Oxford White for all painted trim. I would also use the same color for the shiplap walls in the entryway, living room, master bathroom, and master bedroom sleeping area. This is one shade I will definitely try out before fully committing. It’s just too hard to tell how the undertones in whites will look in your space without giving them a whirl.
This neutral gray is the color I plan to use for the craft room. I already have a big statement going on with the wallpaper, so the rest of the walls need to be understated and neutral. This is isn’t just to avoid competing with the wallpaper; it’s also to create a “blank slate” for creativity. More color in this room could make it difficult to focus on projects that have a totally different or clashing color palette.
Here’s a look at the paint chip and wallpaper side-by-side:
Mulberry Wine #1251
Unfortunately, I can’t find a good picture of this paint color used in a finished project. In my house, I plan to use this color in a very small space: the dressing area and office nook at the entrance to the master bedroom. On my screen, this color is looking more purple than it does in my fan deck. It’s sort of a medium brown with strong purple undertones. One of the things I love about this type of color is that it makes you look fabulous. The light that bounces off shades with purpley-brown or pink undertones makes your skin look amazing. It takes a good five years off your age. So what better color for the dressing area?? It will be nice to have a confidence boost before I leave the house every day.
I like to call this shade “grown-up pink.” It’s sophisticated and pretty, but not a little-girl pink. This is the shade I’ll use in the master closet. Again, that pink undertone is very flattering, and it will be fun have girly closet (but grown-up girly!).
Cheating Heart #1617
I can’t find a good photo of a finished project with this color either. Comet is the shade I plan to use for the guest bedroom. It’s a lovely blue-gray. I like colors like this that are almost neutral, but not quite.
An obvious choice for the ceilings would be white. But I can’t stop thinking about blue ceilings… Check out some of these inspiration photos:
The blue ceilings look so perfectly RIGHT in these rooms that it’s hard to imagine them with plain old white ceilings. If I go in this direction, one shade I’m considering is Fantasy Blue #716:
I have a feeling that picking the exact right shade of blue for the ceilings will be as challenging as picking the perfect shade of white.
Here’s a look at the full interior paint color palette:
These colors feel calming and cozy to me. What do you think about the idea of blue ceilings? Yea or nay?
(Btw, when I first wrote that, I totally typed “yea or neigh.” So if the idea of painting ceilings blue makes you feel like horsing around, feel free to vote “Neigh!”)