(Closed) Interior Designer bees/bees with a "good eye" — I need help with paint colors!

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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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
269 posts
Helper bee


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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
740 posts
Busy bee

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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
1131 posts
Bumble bee

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
2263 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 8
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I actually really like it as is. What about adding wild colourful accents? You’ve got a great neutral base!

Post # 9
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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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
276 posts
Helper bee

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
7974 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

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