I hate picking paint. On my list of things I hate to do, this is VERY-VERY-VERY high on the list. I especially hate paint cards that have four colors on them and the colors graduate from light to dark. UGH!! How am I suppose to know what will look good on a wall??
This house has been harder for me than any other house. I think it’s because I am getting older and honestly don’t want to paint and repaint walls as the whim of what’s popular changes. As a kid, people wouldn’t dream of painting a wall a dark color as it made rooms look small.
My niece bought a house recently that was all mauve and blues…I grew up in the avocado green, orange, gold era. Right now it seems the dark colors are in…but even that I am seeing fade a little and grays are really popular.
So what do I do about the color?? We have antiques and I want the antiques to look good. Right now the dining room in the house is a red and I like it…Hubby, hates it. I walked in on him and the dry wall guy having a chat about dark colors and how they suck the light out of everything….oh well. There went my chance of convincing him of anything different.
To be honest, I was debating about going with traditional colors for the most part….no not white-white but off white. We tried to make the kitchen cupboards and cabinets look historic. I want the old red counter tops so it seems strange to have anything but off white on the walls. Plus, we do have lots of wood everywhere so the light white might be best.
Our son ended up telling me about paint that they have at the Restore in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He said it’s $14 a gallon and there are limited color choices. Well that sounded interesting to me. So I checked it out. These are their colors.
I ended up deciding on the Ivory White for the kitchen and entry way. Island Sand for the dining room, living room and office. It will go up the hallway and down the hall too. The upstairs bathroom with be Dessert Beige. I did actually decide on Vintage Buff for the sewing room…that one I didn’t have to clear with Hubby. Part of me wishes I would have went with bolder colors but a bigger part of me is so relieved that I can live with these colors for a LONG-LONG time without being worried about trends or fashion.
White and beige go with everything….I can easily seasonally decorate around those colors too. In the end after debate after debate about colors I am just happy to say it’s over!!
You might be wondering about the bedrooms…To be honest, I bought the paint for them about six months ago and I don’t have a clue what colors I picked. I simply can’t remember. I guess when I get that far and open the can I’ll just be surprised. It won’t be the first surprise I’ve gotten with the house.
And that’s the story of paint colors…Soon I will be able to show you how it all looks on the wall!! I can’t wait.