We knew we would be painting everything. We had two weeks between closing and moving day. The original plan was to clean and paint the interior of the house before moving in. Then the plan changed. Just get all the bedrooms done. The final plan was to just focus on the bedrooms we would immediately be using. And that was the plan we went with.
I love to paint! I love the whole process: deciding on a color scheme, picking out paint cards, choosing a paint, rolling it on the walls, (John does the cutting in at the ceiling.), and enjoying the clean, finished room. John hates to paint. Poor John. We've been painting on and off since the week before we moved in, and we're not finished yet. John's work schedule seemed to explode right after he set up his home office here, and so many more urgent repairs and needs have demanded our attention, so we'll be painting for a bit yet.
But on to the fun part. Color!
You know, I really do love pictures of dreamy, creamy, peaceful all white rooms.
So pretty. So calm. But I can't do it. I do love white, and I do have it in our master bedroom, but when I see a room that is completely and totally white, all I want to do is warm it up with color on throw pillows or flowers or art or dark-stained wood, or in this case, paint.
We wanted a neutral color on all of the bedroom walls. We made an easy, quick decision of it. Smokey Taupe by Benjamin Moore (color matched to Ace's Clark & Kennsington paint).
Smokey Taupe is the color on the right below.
I'm really happy with this color. It's warm and simple, and it looks nice in any light conditions. Yay!
Emma's room was already painted pink. Happy girl! But, not a happy pink. It was bright and a little too orangey to be a soft pink. We promised her a pink room, so Benjamin Moore's Paisley Pink came to the rescue (color matched again).
It is a bit harder to photograph. It is a very soft, subtle color, but depending on the light, it seems more saturated than it really is in some pictures. In person it looks most like a cross between the first two pictures below. The third picture is not a good representation of the color.
Again, I'm really happy. Emma loves it, too. Another yay!
And now comes the challenge. Finding the perfect green. There were two houses up here that I absolutely and completely loved, but they were both way out of our budget. Interestingly enough, both houses had green on the walls. I like green, but I never would have thought to put it on the walls of my house. After seeing the green in my two favorite houses, however, John and I decided to give it a go.
A sage green, but not too much blue. A soft green, but not too minty. A gray-green, but not too gray or green. Paint cards. Pictures of beautiful rooms on the internet. Paint samples. Green swatches on the walls. Lots of disappointment and trips back to Ace for more paint cards and samples.
Nothing looked like we thought it would on our walls. We were about to give up on the green when I found what I hoped was THE color. Benjamin Moore's Aganthus Green.
I found all of these beautiful rooms online, all painted Aganthus Green.
Yes, that color! We painted swatches on two different walls on either sides of the room with different light conditions. It didn't even look like we'd put the same color on those two walls. Lighting changes EVERYTHING. We went back and forth about forty times trying to decide what to do, but finally decided that since we'd bought two gallons of the paint, we'd see it through. The following pictures are all the same paint color (color matched again) in our house.
Crazy. I can't get a picture that shows a true likeness of the color. It all depends on the time of day and the source of the light. When it's all said and done, however, I do like the paint. It is true to the swatch on the paint card (during the day hours with natural light coming in from the windows with the shades up, that is). Truth be told, if I had to do it again, I'd have chosen the color one shade darker on the paint card. Weekend Getaway. But it's all good.
A word to the wise: You may find some beautiful painted rooms on Pinterest or elsewhere online, but don't think that you will be able to recreate the exact same lighting conditions as those stunning photographs. Do buy paint samples. Do paint swatches on more than one wall in the same room since the lighting is different all over the room. Don't obsess. If you like it, have fun and go for it!
We're about 2/3 finished with the interior painting. And then there's the exterior to do. At least I love to paint. Poor John.