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…
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.
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:
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.
Another before photo
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.
Last week’s project was painting the living room and dining room. As you may have seen in other posts, the living room and dining room were all a dreary sage green and the living room had brown curtains. Drab and dull and not my speed. I wanted to brighten up the place and ultimately ended up decided to paint three walls in each room white (Glidden White on White) and the fourth wall Caribbean Blue (another Glidden color). I wanted a bright color but the area just seemed too small to paint all the walls the bright blue and I didn’t want the entire room white. The area is much brighter now and I love the color choices! I still have a bit of touch-up work to do, the “hallway” downstairs needs another coat and some trim work, and the upstairs stairwell needs to be painted. The window trim in both rooms needs re-painting as well.
Other plans for the living room and dining room include getting new curtains (that aren’t brown), a new (at least to us) couch, and possibly other new furniture pieces if I find something that catches my eye.
I have yet to have a sunny day where I’ve had a chance to take a good pictures of the new look so for now you’ll have to use your imagination. We’ve had an exceptionally rainy/wet spring here and we seem to average about one sunny and warm day followed by five rainy, cloudy, cold days. Once I have a sunny day and five minutes, I’ll take a few pictures and get them posted for you to see.