Red, Yellow, Blue, or Green?

I’m getting the itch to paint again (why, I’m not sure…). Thus far, I’ve only painted the living room and the dining room. I started on one of the walls for the upstairs stairwell but haven’t finished it yet. I painted one wall the same blue that’s in the living room and dining room but now I’m thinking I want to paint it white. I’ve also been trying to pick colors for the rest of the house. I walked out of Home Depot with a large stack of paint chips the other day. It would appear that I lean towards blues and greens…
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So many colors to choose from

The paint chips often look very different at home than they do in the store so I can usually quickly eliminate a few. I’ve had a bunch of paint chips sitting on the coffee table for a couple weeks and occasionally I take a look at them. I look at them all sorts of lighting – direct and indirect sunlight, daytime, nighttime, on cloudy days, in a dark shadowy corner of the room, next to the window. That helps me narrow down the colors a bit more. Sometimes I really like a particular color at first but don’t like it nearly as much a bit later.

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Narrowing down the options

After I narrow down some options, I ask for hubby’s input. I pick the general color I want in a room (navy blue, light green, cream, etc.) then ask his opinion. He gives his input and I adjust the options accordingly.

Thus far, I’ve come up with the general colors I want to use for our bedroom, my office, and the upstairs hallway. I still can’t decide what color I want to paint the kitchen and whether or not I’m going to paint the bathroom. I’m sort of liking the green that’s in there and it goes well with the blue in the living room (you can see the bathroom walls from the living room). Perhaps I’ll paint the trim white and leave the green… We shall see.

Before we go, here’s a snapshot of the view out my office the other morning:
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Living Room Before and After Photos

As I previously mentioned, I have the living room painted (save for a bit of touch-up work.  Here are the before and after pictures.

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Before

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Another before photo

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And after!

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Partway done.

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Another “in progress” picture

I’m quite happy with the new paint job. It brightens up the room quite a lot and is so much more “us”. I’ll have to get a daylight photo sometime. I painted the archway between the living room and dining room blue as well. Hubby thought it looked better white. I think it looks better blue. I’m still finishing up the painting in the “hallway” – I just have one more coat around a few edges and then we can put the trim back up. I still have some touch-up work to do in the living room and dining room and the window frames need a new coat of paint. The stairwell heading upstairs is still sage green and I’m going to paint it blue. The stairs are currently painted a brownish-maroon. I think I will paint the horizontal parts blue and the backs of the stairs white. At some point we plan to put a carpet runner on the stairs for some cushion.