I’ve been saying for a few months now that I’m ready to re-fresh the whole house. I think I just want a change. Change is good, right? Although I have loved the colors I originally used in the house, we’ve been here almost seven years now and I just want to go in a little different direction.
Soooo, you all are invited to the new paint party at my house. Since we are doing so much of the house, we had to hire a professional painter and she starts in about two weeks.
Welcome to my party tray of paint samples!!! (All parties have serving trays…might as well serve up some paint)
This is what I have been doing all week. Carrying this tray around the house and brushing swatches of paint on my walls. (There’s actually something very therapeutic about this)
9 sample cans in all. You think I may be a little unsure of what color I want? You should have seen the look on the salesman’s face when I said I needed this many samples. Hey, it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.
Let me explain why you see a Sherwin Williams fan deck and Valspar sample cans.
We have a great Sherwin Williams paint store here locally and that’s where I buy all my paint. I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with Valspar, but I think Sherwin Williams is better and so does my painter. And, no, I’m not being compensated by them. I’ve used Sherwin Williams for a long time now.
A girl has to be frugal though. You all probably already know this, but Lowe’s samples are less expensive than SW and they can mix any SW color. When you’re buying as many samples as I did, you have to try to save some dough.
I’m moving from the two cards on the left to the two cards on the right.
The majority of my rooms are currently painted SW Blonde then Porter Beige Tellon (which is a lot like SW Practical Beige which I also use). Don’t ask where the Porter came from. That’s a whole other story! In the dining room and guest room I have SW Mannered Gold.
I don’t want to just jump on the bandwagon and paint everything gray. But I do want a softer, fresher, more subtle coloration without a lot of color tone.
There’s two philosophies that I’m subscribing to on the paint:
1. I’m agreeing with Suzanne Kasler’s mantra of keeping a light neutral background that let colors pop in the use of textiles and furnishings in the room.
2. I like greige. Yes, I do. It’s a nice compromise.
I’ll be posting a lot about paint over the next couple of months. I think this is going to be a long process. At least, I’ll be going room by room with lots of befores and afters. That should be fun!
What are your go-to colors? What are your favorite neutrals?