picking paint colors

Posted on September 9th, 2013 by mountain girl  |  4 Comments »

In these last couple of weeks before we move, we’ve been anything but idle.  Our house is stacked with boxes, mostly packed, except for the things we use daily.  It makes you wonder, you know, when you realize most of your things are not used daily–or even weekly.

Of course, a lot of it is seasonal–clothes, blankets, etc.  And then there are those things you just might use again: boxes of tiny baby clothes sorted and labeled in each size, maternity clothes, stacks of receiving blankets.  Still though, I wonder how much we could get rid of and never miss.  And this is after weeding out the extras over and over again.  Oh, America. Land of too much stuff.

Amidst the towers of boxes stand my paint chips.  Since it’s a log cabin, most of our new home is wood, but the interior walls are drywall.  And I’m gonna paint those walls.

We visited the paint store, and I took home every shade of red and neutral gray-green-brown, and a few yellow-creams and dark grays. From there, I narrowed my choices down a little:

I love that you can buy samples of each color in Benjamin Moore paints.  I ended up buying 8 samples, since I couldn’t decide on which red and yellow I wanted.

After painting eight poster boards with 2 coats of paint each, I weeded out 2 reds and 2 yellows. Here’s what I ended up with:

Clockwise from top left: Providence Olive, stairwell; Dragon’s Breath, doors; Chili Pepper, kitchen wall; Squish-Squash, loft.  (They must have been running low on ideas when they picked that last name.) 🙂

I’m pretty sure about Chili Pepper and Dragon’s Breath, so I bought a gallon of each.  For the others, I’ll wait to get to the house and check the samples against the walls, then buy the colors.

I can hardly wait to start making that new house our own!

4 Responses to “picking paint colors”

  1. Kerri says on :

    Good colors. Agree with you on the name choice for the yellow-ish color…. My hearth room is about that color.

  2. Colleen says on :

    LOVE the colors!!! The yellow color is really pretty… it will brighten up the room you use it in! Im going to paint a similar color in my living room when I get around to it…. as of now, except for the kids rooms, my house is BEIGE!!! So boring… =)

  3. mountain girl says on :

    Thanks Colleen! Yes, the yellow should be nice and bright. I was concerned it might be too bright, but I keep reminding myself it’s only one wall in a loft. The other wall is honey-colored logs and two sides are open, with a railing.

  4. GRANNY says on :

    LOVE UR COLORS. CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE UR NEW HOUSE. MAYBE AFTER I GET CALEBS SCHEDULE I CAN MAKE PLANS BEFORE THE SNOW. LOVE GRANNY

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