As soon as we walked into our house (before it was our house) the first time, a sea of potential paint color started swimming through my head. A softer, brighter yellow for the living room. Definitely a nice navy for the hallways. A light, earthy green for the kitchen and bathroom.
Coming up with colors was easy. Coming up with colors that paint companies make was a whole different story. I spent many an hour on Pinterest searching for yellows, greens, blues, reds, even whites. Apparently white isn’t just white. There’s shades of white.
I basically searched for different types of colors — robin’s egg blue, light green, bright yellow. I spent plenty of time on the site of Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Behr, perusing their color wheels and checking out their different collections. For each room I narrowed down my picks to a few colors. I also took the advice of one my favorite blogs, Young House Love (see tip #3), and went with colors that looked a little tamer on paper in hopes I wouldn’t end up with an obnoxious, blinding shade that I would ultimately have to paint over because it kept me up at night.
One thing I DIDN’T do, which basically everyone on the internet suggested, was to tape up paint chips in different lights or test out colors on the walls. Basically I picked a color and that was that. That’s probably not going to work for everyone, but I’m more than thrilled with all my colors. My research is no joke — I seriously search and analyze before coming to a decision. So I was confident with moving forward in this manner. Ok, now on to the colors we chose (because Joel either suggested a color for a room or approved all of my colors. Marriage is a team effort blah blah blah). Continue reading