I’ve been fretting over paint since we moved in.
What color do I want my Family Room? It shares walls with the breakfast area as well as the kitchen so I need a good neutral color that will go well for the majority of the downstairs of the house.
Do I want tan or gray?
Well, I finally narrowed my selection down to one of these:
I am so indecisive!! Why can’t I just pick a color already and move forward?
I don’t know why I have such a hard time with this. Colors are not my strong-suite. I can confidently replace a sprinkler head, but when it comes to picking out paint colors and accessories for a room, I get hot flashes!
I bought 6 sample paints – 1/2 pint samples – (which were more expensive than I thought they would be. They were almost $4 a sample!)
They are all Valspar brand.
L to R back row: Kilim Beige – SW color that I had them color match, Bonsai, & Magic Spell
L to R front row: Elephant, Wet Dock, & Dynasty
Here is one wall in my family room. Most of the colors in this house are this taupe color and an adobe orangish color.
This color really isn’t bad. I kinda like it actually. But it’s in semi-gloss so my walls are super shiny. Also, I really want something a lot lighter and even more subtle and neutral in here.
I raced home, and immediately painted stripes on my wall.
I’ve been staring at these stripes for about a week now.
I’m really glad I decided to try out some samples first, because I was convinced I was going to paint everything the Bonsai color (2nd from right), but I swear, in my house, there is a hint of blue in this gray. It doesn’t look blue in House*Tweaking’s photos. Maybe the tan underneath is glowing through making it look a different color?
I’m going to do some accents in a really dark color, hence the dark stripes on the wall. But overall I want it very light and neutral.
I’ve decided I want gray after all, but I went ahead and got a sample of the SW Kilim Beige (far left) because that is usually my go-to color. I love it. It’s a very light neutral tan that looks great with anything. I painted my ENTIRE old house this color and I LOVED it.
But I really want to branch out and try gray.
Now I’m frustrated because I bought 6 colors and I’m not liking any of them!
Do they look BLUE to you?
Back to the drawing board!
Decor Chick just painted her dining room with gray, so I may get a sample of her gray to try out which is mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams.
I’ll pick a color eventually.
I’m sure going to have fun finding things to paint with my little 1/2 pint samples. There’s just enough in there to tackle a small project.
For now I’ve got a great little art statement going on in my living room. I’m afraid I may live with this for months!
And WHY OH WHY does the Bonsai look blue in my house, but gray in House*Tweaking’s house?