I have been getting a lot of requests for the paint color in my bedroom & kitchen/dining room and thought I'd share it with you in a post, plus offer some suggestions on how to choose paint colors for your home! From all these emails and comments I'm glad to see that I'm not alone in having difficulty choosing paint colors. I went round and round for weeks trying to find just the right shade and finally I had to mix some to create my own. But before getting to that part, I have a few tips to share with you which helped me to narrow down my ideas, and they just might help you too…
Build an inspiration file of rooms that you love. You can use an online board like Pinterest or HomeTalk or simply tear pages out of magazines that inspire you. No matter where the ideas come from just find a way to gather them. Then look at them all together and see if you start to see a pattern develop. I didn't realize I wanted blue walls until I noticed that many of the photos I was drawn to had that wall color in common. It was only by being able to see these photos all together that I learned that. So, Tip #1 is “Build a Style File”.
Upload a photo of your room to a program like Benjamin Moore's Personal Color Viewer. This is a really great way to test the waters without any investment. It may not give you an absolute vision but it will really help you to imagine the possibilities – which is a lot of fun!! It's a total “Try Before You Buy” concept and I love that.
Buy a sample of the paint and either paint it on your walls or get some poster board from the Dollar Store and paint them. The poster board is nice because you keep your room from looking like a DIY zone sooner than it needs to – and if you are like me and want to live with the “possibilities” for a bit (which I recommend) this is nice AND if you are stuck between a few different colors you aren't distracted by having patches too close together of different paints. (You can always paint right on the walls once you've narrowed your choice down) Plus, you can tuck these away if company is coming over and no one is the wiser!
Now – it's important to note that the poster board is different from drywall so it won't give you a 100% completely true representation but it is pretty close and that was enough for me for the “trial and error” portion of the selection process. Also, when you get samples, make sure to paint more than just one patch in your room. Notice that you have some walls that get more sunlight than others, the paint will appear different on each of these areas, so try to paint patches in each of these spots. You might love the paint color in the sunlight area but hate it in the darker areas. You want to love it in both…
My final tip is to take your time. Get your samples, paint your patches, and let them live in your room for a couple of days at least. Look at them in the morning and the evening. How do they make you feel when you see them? Do they make you smile? For me, that was really important. Working from home, I'm around my walls A LOT – they need to help lift me up, not drag me down.
So, what's my paint color you're wondering? It is by Benjamin Moore and it is a paint color that I have dubbed “Spring Sky”. It is a blend of “Spring Mint” AND “Antiguan Sky” (Take Spring and Sky and you get “Spring Sky” – catchy, right??) I know they have a few zillion paint colors and you would think I would have found one amongst them, but I just couldn't find one that was exactly what I wanted so, I decided to mix two together and – voila! – this new color was born and I LOVE it!!
I hope these tips inspire you on your journey to picking the right paint color for your home. It can be a long process and I encourage you not to rush it – you're gonna live with this paint for a long time and doing it right the first time is so nice – take it from a gal who has learned the hard way…
Happy Celebrating (and painting)!