Inspired for Change

Finally getting Jude’s playroom painted has inspired me to tackle some of the other paint projects that I’ve been wanting to get to since we moved in. Painting a room is the easiest way to get a whole new look for not a lot of money. The tricky part is finding the right color. In our old house, I think I painted no less than 8 (probably more, actually) different colors in our dining room before I finally landed on the right one. My suggestion is to go to a paint store, pick out as many swatches that you prefer, and hang them on the wall. Then start editing. When you’ve finally decided on a color, pick three different versions of it to paint swatches of because you will be amazed at how different they will actually look on your walls. Review the colors in different lights and different times of day.
Remember the bunny toile bathroom? Well, bunnies no more! The wallpaper is gone, and the bathroom will be textured with the help of my fabulous sister-in-law Carolyn this weekend. Then, I’m going to get to painting… I’m thinking that the final color will be the swatch on the far right. Definitely not the center one — too green.
Aaaand, while I was at it, I picked up a couple of samples of a deep coral for my studio. Whichever color I decide to go with, I’m definitely going to get it in eggshell. The satin is just a wee bit too glossy for my liking in this room. I think also that with such a bright color, the eggshell will absorb more of the light in the room and it won’t be too glaring. 

Which one do you prefer?
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    AnNicole said,

    I love your bold color choices! I think you’re right, the blue-green on the right is a winner. As far as the corals go, personally I’m drawn to the lighter of the two, but either will be fun.

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    Jeremy and Kathleen said,

    Initially I was drawn to the lighter coral but then decided I like the darker coral – especially in context to Jude’s nursery being in that same upstairs area – the darker just seems more of a contrast. The lighter could start to feel like a little girl’s room (eh?).

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    Dr. Erin and Mr. Heath said,

    I loooove that green for the bathroom. It’s going to be awesome.

    And, I choose the darker coral. It’s gorgeous.

    You have an amazing eye for color. Come paint my house, please 🙂

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    RachelShingleton said,

    Here’s the funny thing: in real life, I prefer the darker one, but in the photos, I prefer the lighter.

    In the end, I went with the darker one. I have half of it painted as of now; I’ll photograph it tomorrow when it’s light outside. It’s pretty bright, but I think if I get some more lamps in here, it’s going to look really sweet. Some new curtains might help too. hee hee

    I am so in love with the green for the bathroom too. I can hardly wait!

    Erin, I will totally come paint your house! 🙂


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