Several people have been asking, so let’s talk paint colors and which ones I selected for our house. I didn’t feel much urgency for selecting colors since I had so much wallpaper to strip, but now that the job is completed, I am ready to get rolling. It was nice to have that unhurried time, though, so I could firmly make my choices. Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to transform and update a room, but it still costs money and it still takes time and energy. You want to get it right if you can!
After living with paint swatches for a while (you can read about my paint swatches HERE), I selected Farrow & Ball’s Card Room Green for the living room. Truth be told, that was the color I had in my mind the whole time, but I needed to live with it a bit, in different lighting and in different parts of the room, to be sure. It was also nice to compare other colors and to get some feedback. (Card Room Green is the color sample on the right.)
I am also planning on using Card Room Green on the exterior doors and shutters. It goes nicely with our brick and the green is a nod to the original homeowner, who had a love for green as well.
Here are a few examples of Card Room Green in homes. It’s a color that feels rich, yet neutral to me. I think it’ll really bring the living room to life.
I do plan on painting the built-ins, walls, trim, back door, and beams all in Card Room Green. Since the walls are paneled, I am going to use Modern Eggshell, which has a bit of sheen to it. I usually like matte walls, but the paneling currently has paint with some reflection to it and I like how the light bounces off of it. I will leave the brick natural, though, which, along with the oak floors, will bring visual warmth to the room.
I saved this picture as inspiration for the mantel surround I would like to build. The living room is designed by Becca Interiors and I think that the mantel is a nice style for our fireplace and is within our capabilities to build. It will be painted in Card Room Green also.
For the dining room, foyer, and hallway, I selected Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue. Oh, this is such a yummy color! being a silvery blue/green/gray, it’s just perfect for me. I like that it has a lot of depth and doesn’t feel like a cool, modern gray. I think it will finish off the library/dining room and hall nicely.
Here are some examples of Light Blue in a home…
I think I am most excited about getting this color on the wall! It’s actually similar in value to the green color the previous homeowner had in those spaces, but Light Blue isn’t as minty and acidic. When I held up the paint sample, it looked like it might not be too dramatic of a change, but I know that even subtle differences in paint colors can make a tremendous difference.
I haven’t selected paint colors for the kitchen, yet, but the construction of that room isn’t starting until April, so I have plenty of time to mull it over.
Calvin selected Fallow & Ball’s Railings for his room. While black wouldn’t be my top choice, he is excited about it and I know it will look stately and handsome in his room. We have one wall in his room with wallpaper glue that needs to be removed, but then we can start painting in there.
As I shared in the post yesterday, Marshall wanted Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore, which is the color he had in his room in MN. I picked that up at the paint store yesterday, so we can get his room painted and finished over the next few days.
I wanted to share a tip with you when using quality paints, which run more expensive – use a primer tinted in the color of the paint in order to reduce coats. While at the paint store, I had primers tinted to Light Blue, Card Room Green, and Newburyport Blue. (I already have Farrow & Balls dark primer for Railings.) These primers will provide one more layer of insurance between any remaining wallpaper glue and will help the final color cover more evenly. When using top-of-the-line paints, which I think are worth the money for their quality, coverage, and durability, it’s more cost-effective to put on a coat of tinted primary and a coat of paint instead of two coats of paint.
I’m going to prime some of the trim and closet doors today and then I’ll get started on the ceilings tomorrow. Jeff and I have a painting day date for Friday and we’ll get more knocked out. It’s going to feel good to have some of these rooms freshly painted!