Post # 1
Does anyone have any good recommendations for websites or other resources for picking paint colors? We are repainting our whole first floor — there are no natural breaks (it’s a very open floor plan) so I think it needs to be all one color. I am feeling very overwhelmed because there will be SO much of that color. And my husband wants to paint it blue, which I think will be way too overwhelming…
Post # 3
Go to sherwin williams website. Click on Homeowners Paints, Stains, Supplies and have some fun!
Post # 4
Love Sherwin Williams website, too. Many sites have neat programs in which you upload a pic of your room and play around with the different colors. Have fun and don’t stress! I’m sure you’ll find a great color you both can agree on. 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks! I will definitely try Sherwin Williams!
Post # 6
I went to a decorating seminar this past summer with my MIL and I did learn that green, any green, is the new neutral instead of like tans and browns. I also learned that the thing to do deep colors now too. I hope you find what you are looking for and that your house looks marvelous!
Post # 7
Blue can work really well but you need to make sure that it isn’t primary color crayon blue. We painted a room that color and it was way too primary school.
I agree with farmgirl about green, we did a beautiful emerald green in our bedroom and I loved it!
Post # 8
Benjamin Moore has a cool thing where you can pick the room then change the wall color to see what it will look like. It also lets you adjust the thickness of the paint and the texture or treatment that you use. I spent hours on this thing. It was so much fun. They have tons of shades to choose from also
Post # 9
Behr also has where you can paint the walls in a virtual room.
Don’t fear the blue :). DH picked a blue I thought was too bright for our family room, but now we love it because it totally pops with the white trim and light flooring.
Another tip I heard is to pick a few colors that you like and paint a sheet of foam board. Then you lean that against the wall and can get an idea of what it’s going to look like over a bigger space.
We are also getting ready to do an open floor plan living/dining and hallway area and have not a clue . . . .
Post # 10
One of my favorite topics! I worked in a Benjamin Moore signature store for 2 1/2 years. Most popular paint companies have the option to pick shades and “apply” them to a room and get a visual. Painting a posterboard is a great suggestion; I would move it around the room at different times of the day because it will look different depending on the level of light/time of day, etc.
I also have an open floor plan on my main level (3-story TH) and painted our living/dining combo blue. It’s called Buckland Blue by Benjamin Moore. Of course I jumped on the color and didn’t have the rest of the house decided so I’m a little stuck…planning on painting the kitchen a deep rust/orange color to compliment it. If you are nervous about a WHOLE room of blue, what about an accent wall, and bringing in coordinating accent decor? Feel free to PM me if you have any questions 🙂
Post # 12
Have you read the young house love blog? They have great paint color suggestions and ideas.
Post # 13
I like Martha Stewart’s paint.