So Many Choices!
If the thought of walking into Lowes or Home Depot‘s paint department makes you want to curl up in the fetal position and put a blanket over your head, you are not alone. Picking out the perfect paint color for a space can be stressful, I mean – so many paint swabs!! How is one to make the right choice?!? Not only that, there are so many brands and finishes!
Eggshell. Flat. Semi-gloss. Latex. Oil-based.
Then you have to think about lighting, the particular shade of the color you want, and complimenting colors. Since the purchase of our first “flip”, almost 8 years ago, I have had a lot of opportunites to stress over paint. I am going to share a few painting tips – somethings I have learned – and some of the colors we love and have used in our flips.
- Perfect Taupe by Behr – This color is the perfect combination of grey and tan. Most of the interior of my house is some form of this color…
- Sea Port by Valspar Signature – Nautical looking blue that hugs the grey side of things. This is the color I have in my dining room.
- La Paloma by Benjamin Moore – This true grey color is what I used to paint the lower set of cabinets in my kitchen.. which is still a work in progress…
- French Gray by Sherwin Williams – We used this modern gray color in the master bedroom and master bathroom of the House on Drewy Hill. It looks best with crisp white trim and lots of windows.
- Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams – This was the complimenting color of French Gray. I loved this color. It was also used in the House on Drewy Hill for all the other main living areas. I can thank my good friend Hannah Smith for this gorgeous color choice. Hannah owns and runs a design business in Raleigh called Hannah Smith Design. We hired her for the Drewy House project to help us with selections… because it was a massive project. She did a fabulous job. Read more about that project here.
- Bleached Linen by Behr- As a trim color, Bleached Linen compliments Perfect Taupe very well. It’s a soft off-white that is not too yellow.
- Whythe Blue by Benjamin Moore – This is a similar color to the one I chose for my front door and I am in love with it! It complements dark hardware so well.
- Olympic One interior paint is the best brand to cover dark colors.
- A flat finish paint will minimize drywall imperfections. An eggshell finish is also completely appropriate.
- Ceilings should almost always be painted in a flat finish.
- Semi-gloss finish goes best on trim.
- Bathrooms should not be painted in a flat finish paint. If your drywall looks good, do a semi-gloss. If its not the best, do an eggshell finish.
- Latex paint is the way to go for painting interior walls. Oil-based paints are best used on items that will take more wear and tear – like wood furniture.
- A consistent color on your walls makes for a more cohesive look throughout your home.
- Be sparing with darker shades of color – use them as accents. (see my living room as an example)
- Use different shades of the same neutral color throughout your home – A little trick my mom taught me
** For example: I used Perfect Taupe above the chair rail in my living room. I went to Lowes and asked them for another can of Perfect Taupe at 50% and painted all the bedrooms in that color. Then I did this again, but asked them to only put 25% of Perfect Taupe in it and painted all the hallways with it.
Hope this helps as you choose a paint color for your space.
Until Next Time…