After three trips to the paint store(s), we have some samples on the walls! And because I know you guys have been anxiously awaiting an update in the color selection process, I snapped some photos today to share. As always, these may look different on the screen than they do in real life – I know my monitor at work makes everything look psychadelic neon, which is unhelpful when I am trying to procrastinate grading by looking for house inspiration on Pinterest.
Steven and I met yesterday to talk colors, and came up with a paint chip palette that we were decently happy with – or at least happy enough that we were going to try to find some samples in this general viscinity.
From left to right, we were looking for a greeny-yellow for the main living area, blue for the guest bedroom, green for the guest bathroom, and an orangy-red-tan (yes that is the technical term) for the dining room. That would cover the whole first floor, but leaves the upstairs rooms TBD.
So today I added to the collection of paint samples on the wall. Here is the living room by the windows on the south (river) side:
From left to right these are Cypress Grove (388), Sweet Pear (389) and Fresh Cut Grass (2026-50), all from Benjamin Moore (as are the rest of the colors in this post). I loved Fresh Cut Grass most purely as a color – it is so cheerful! – but once it was up on the wall I realized how bright it was. I told Brandon that it almost verged on a shade you’d find in a highlighter marker. The other two are less saturated, but I think Sweet Pear may be a little too dark, and Cypress Grove a little too yellow. Sigh. Not in love with any of them yet, although I took this with the Cypress Grove still wet, so I am holding out hope for that one… Anyway, here they are by the dining room (the corner furthest from the windows), with Cypress Grove on the left, Fresh Cut Grass on the top right, and Sweet Pear on the bottom right:
As you can see we also pulled some samples for the dining room. Here they are closer up:
From top to bottom these are: Copper Mountain (AC-12), Davenport Tan (HC-76), Peanut Shell (2162-40) and Pecos Spice (AC-14).
Copper Mountain and Davenport Tan:
Peanut Shell and Pecos Spice:
I like both of the top two far better than the bottom two, which I thought to myself as I painted looked “fleshy” and “porcine,” respectively. Not ideal words to pop into your head in the dining room… and maybe a bit of a terrifying window into how my brain works.
Moving on to the guest bedroom:
From left to right, these are Fiji (AF-525), Hemlock (719) and Seaport Blue (2060-30). I bought Seaport Blue first and had another “oh wow!” moment when I opened the paint can and realized how darn bright it is. Still a beautiful color, but I love that Fiji still has a bit of turquoise in it while being less “in your face.”
Now for the downstairs bathroom:
These are Dill Pickle (2147-40) and Dill Weed (481), which I thought was hilarious. I kinda like both of these, but I think if we go with a more yellow color for the great room (e.g., Cypress Grove), that Dill Weed would work a bit better with it. We’ll see…
And finally, you can laugh at yet another OMG-bright selection by yours truly for the upstairs bathroom:
These are Passion Plum (2073-30) on the bottom (Take 1), and Bonne Nuit (AF-635) on the top (Take 2).
So that’s what’s on the walls at the moment… I think I’ll take the dogs over to run around and then I can see how these look in the evening. I am trying not to stress out, but the GC would like both bathrooms painted this weekend (!) so that the tile guys can come in next week, so we have to make decisions pretty quickly!