I have recently received a lot of e-mails and comments asking for the name of the paint colors I use in my home, so I thought I would share them in a post. (I’ve also been asked how I hang my plates, so that post is coming up.)
Do you remember the era when everyone had a yellow kitchen, red dining room and beige family room? Well, just about everyone I knew did! Anyway, during that era, Jeff and I bought our first home – an 1100 square foot, two story condo. I had been dreaming about paint colors the entire time we rented and lived with white white walls. I also spent most of my childhood in military housing (with white walls) and with a mom who was a little scared of color (which meant white walls.) She has since gotten more daring with “accent walls” and even beiges! Go, mom!
So, when we moved into that small condo, I was ready for some color. I painted every single surface in that place except for the carpet. The ceilings, cabinets, fixtures, walls, railings, banisters, trim, everything. I chose strong colors like Blue Stone by Eddie Bauer Home, Ink by Martha Stewart and Red Bay by Sherwin Williams. When we moved to our home in PA about seven years ago, I carried a lot of those colors with me, but over the years I’ve repainted each room in softer shades (some multiple times!) I’ve learned that with as often as I like to change things up, it’s nice to have a neutral backdrop. Neutral doesn’t always mean white. In the case of my house, neutral is whites, creams and blues.
So, these are the colors that we’ve had for about three years, which is really long for me!
The living and dining rooms are connected, so I painted them in the same color – Aria Ivory by Sherwin Williams. It’s a soft cream color, but it doesn’t look yellowish. It plays well with warm and cool colors and looks lovely against a bright white trim. It is a retired color, so it’s not in their paint deck and you have to ask for it by name.
The home office is painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. I’ve seen this color all over blog land lately and there’s good reason for it. It’s a pretty, cool neutral that’s a bit of a chameleon color. It looks blue sometimes, gray sometimes, a little warmer sometimes. I like it in a room that transitions from one room to another, because it’s soft without being blah.
The color in the family room and kitchen is definitely my favorite. It’s Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore. It’s a very cool, pale blue that looks almost white in the can, but it shows nicely on the wall, especially against the crisp white cabinets, ceiling and trim.
The half bath is also painted in Gray Owl.
The master bedroom and bath are painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore. I would describe it as a slightly creamy white that provides a subtle contrast against bright white trim.
(This is an older picture of the master bedroom. There’s a different rug in there now, since that one is in the home office. Just to clarify!) I’ve also been asked about the “wallpaper” in the master bedroom. That’s actually fabric that was starched to the wall. You can see a link to the tutorial and information about the fabric HERE.
For the trim in the house, it is all painted in “off the shelf” bright white by Benjamin Moore. I just love how bright white frames out soft colors on the wall. This is also what we used on the kitchen cabinets and all of the built-ins in the master bathroom, home office and half bath.
I’m planning to keep things as they are for a while, but I have been thinking about how pretty it would be to have a soft blue gray trim with white walls. Yummy! I might try that in the guest room, which is due for a paint job or the upstairs bathroom. We’ll see…
The nice thing about paint is that it’s just paint and it can always be changed.