September 8, 2012

Paint Ploys

 I'm up to my eyeballs in paint samples right now.
And I love it!
I decided to go with a cooler side of neutral this time.  Who knew there were 54,258 versions of grey?!  Most of our common areas will be very neutral this time.  I realized that I limited myself when I chose distinct colors last time around.  With a lighter, more neutral wall, I can ramp up the color (and change much more often) in my accessories.

The exterior has almost reached completion. (squeal)  I'll show pics in a couple of days.  I am over-the-moon thrilled with the results.  Whew!  I'm glad that big decision is over!

I've collected a wagon full of paint sample cards, and perused the paint vaults of multiple stores.  However, I came across something the other day that caused me to pause, pull out my phone, and snap a picture.

Empty Nest Colors.
Talk about a marketing ploy!  I guess Home Depot is realizing that the Baby Boomers still have the money.
I looked around and spied color cards for kids rooms, baby nurseries, Empty Nesters, First Time Homeowners and Victorian renovation.  To no avail, did I find the Average Family of Five Dream Home card.  So, I took 509 individual cards and decided to make my own color collection card. ;)

What's your all time favorite paint color?


Richella said...

Hi Gretchen!

I just finished catching up on several of your posts. This one really made me smile--heaven help me, I'll be one of those empty nesters in just a few short years! Maybe I should get busy and design a line of furniture for empty nesters. Or write a cookbook of food for empty nesters. :)

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who enjoys choosing paint colors!

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Oooh, I love paint color talk. Our house is painted in Benjamon Moore Historical Colors.

Bedroom-Wedgewood Gray (BEAUTIFUL Gray-Blue)

Main house-Edgecomb Gray- very classic, Pottery Barn looking

Guest Bath-Rockport Gray

Front Room-Hancock Green (beachy look)

ashley said...

Funny that you say you want mostly neutrals in your new home... I have been feeling the same way about our next home (if ours ever sells!). We have dark gray dining room, slightly lighter gray living room, and a fun green kitchen. I LOVE bright colors, but have been feeling the urge to "freshen" it up at our next home. I agree with you completely - the more neutral the walls, the bolder the accessories! We recently painted our hallway and some of the upstairs "Gentle Rain", by Behr (I think?!?). It looks like it could possibly be in your pile of gray samples in the picture you have. It's very light gray and so refreshing and airy. Can't wait to see pics of your new house!!

Anonymous said...

We are currently building our dream home, too! I can't wait to see your paint color selections. I'm still trying to decide, but definitely want neutrals as well and am leaning towards the gray/beige for our main living area that seems to be popular. So many decisions!!

Jennifer in NC

Anna said...

I was all about the grays when I was picking out colors for our farmhouse--and like you, I had no idea there were so many choices--purple gray, brown gray, blue gray...etc! I ended up settling on colors more in the tan family--- Coastal Path and Hazy Skies by Benjamin Moore.
Have fun!