Post # 1
I recently moved into a new house. The entire house is painted a grey color which is driving me crazy. My first project is going to be painting the dining room to give the house some color and character. I am so overwhelmed by paint colors. I was originally considering Benjamin Moore’s Stratton Blue but now I think it might be too dark. Our house is small so when you walk in the front door, you walk right into the living room and can see right into the dining room. Our floors and furniture are a dark brown in the dining room. Any suggestions for paint color? Also, has anyone painted their ceiling a color other than white? I keep reading painting blogs and apparently this is a suggestion for smaller spaces to make the room look larger. Just curious about other’s experience with painting the ceiling a non-white color.
Please excuse the lack of decor, we literally just moved in. Thanks for the help!
Post # 2
phillypheet: I love the grey color, but of course, if it’s in every room of the house that can be a bit much… When I moved into the house with DH he had every room a shade of beige, which is great for a blank slate, but not so great when you feel like you live in a beige bubble. I put light blue in our kitchen, a nice buttery yellow (think straw by benjamin moore) in the laundry room and we just put Palladian Blue in our bedroom, it is the most beautiful color. I absolutely love it! I plan to do a grey in our guest room and a blue/grey in the nursery when the time comes (only 6 weeks pregnant so far).
I would almost consider keeping the grey and using pops of color in the art and curtains, but I think dining rooms look nice in more neutral wall colors, what about a beige/green type color?
Post # 3
phillypheet: Go to sherwinwilliams.com. They have a link where you can upload pictures of your house and choose different colors to put on the walls so you can see it before you buy the paint and put in all the work. I did that with my house and it worked pretty well- I do love the grey though
Post # 4
Katie918: Thank you so much for the link! We are also in the process of repainting a lot. This will help a TON. It’s so hard starting with a blank slate!
Post # 5
thankfully you have a great blank slate to start with! I can’t quite tell from the pictures but it looks like you have dark wood floor with dark furniture. can you thought of adding a light sage green or a warm caramel to that main long wall in your dining area? a splash of color might make the whole place a little less dim and dreary looking
Post # 6
I love the blue color you picked out. I have something close in my living room. To keep it from being too dark, we painted one wall white first, and then we taped the wall into diamonds with painters tape. We painted between the diamonds with the blue, and the removed the tape. We only did this on one wall, so it’s a very cool feature wall in the room.
In that room, I might think about instaling some white crown molding to brighten up the space and match the baseboard. You can get something pretty at most big box housing supply stores that will already be white. It’s fairly simple to install. Then doing a blue stripe around where a chair rail would be if you had one (about three feet off the ground) I would make it about a foot to foot and a half in length. I would just leave the rest of the room as grey. Adding the white high focal point and a pop of color should brighten it up without being overwhelming.
Post # 7
Misswhowedding: I love your ideas! thank you!
globalmargaret: yes the furniture and floors are both dark so we need something to make the room more cheerful!
Katie918: thanks for the link!!
wandering_gypsy: That Palladian blue color is gorgeous!!! I might use that in our bedroom!
Post # 8
I actually really like it as is. What about adding wild colourful accents? You’ve got a great neutral base!
Post # 9
phillypheet: What about Wythe blue (on the same color card as stratton blue). I painted my dining room this color and my living room Palladian blue. I can message you photos of those if you want! We used the washable matte regal select Benjamin Moore paint and LOVED it.
Post # 10
I actually really like the grey color. It’s modern yet classic and it compliments the furniture you have. I think once you accesorize (perhaps add an area rug and wall hangings) I think it would look great!
Post # 11
my upstairs and basement wall are all painted grey. i did this on purpose. i had the stark white feel and wanted something slighty off. grey is neutral and you can do anything with it.
i should say my main floor is painted bright yellow.
i thought of doing an accent wall in my bedroom, but what if i change my mind on color, instead of repainting, i can just change my accessories. and for the 2nd and 3rd bedroom, right now they are offices and guest bedroom. when there are kids, they will just be decorated. i plan to keep the smaller bedroom as the baby room so if i have a boy then girl or girl then boy, i won’t have to repaint, just reaccessorize.
Post # 12
What if you went with a medium to dark slate blue color? That will make your white trim totally pop! Then you can layer in a light beigey grey drape on either side of the windows to help break up the wall color.
Also, once you start hanging things on the wall, it will break up the monotone-ness of your dining room, regardless of what color you wind up with.
Plus that room also opens up to what I assume is the Kitchen, so I think it can handle a deep, rich color since it has all sorts of open walls/ walkways/ windows etc.