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Progress and Picking Paint Colors


I hope your week is going well.  We're bracing ourselves for a freezing evening of trick or treating again this year.  Is it too much to ask for some seasonal weather while I'm trekking around the neighborhood with my daughter?  Oh well, anything in the name of candy, right?

I wanted to give you an update on the progress being made in my parents' master bathroom.   I shared the plans here, and it's finally moving along and starting to come together, and it's been a lot of fun to watch.

To refresh your memory, here is a look at the materials we selected:

Oh, how I love that marble back splash tile!

Here are some shots of the space before things got rolling:

In this area, there is going to be a built-in to store towels and linens.

Here it is after everything was taken out.  I was struck by how small it looks!  They're going to squeeze a double vanity in there.  I wish we could have widened the area, but it just doesn't work the way the closet is set up.  We'll make it work though.

The tile has been installed, and the vanity is next.  You'll notice they took the doorway back a bit to open up the space.

A closer shot of the tile.  Sorry for the color variations here - my mom took them and had some issues getting a true idea of what it looks like.  (My daughter had taken photos too, pre-grouting - hello Apple, my name is Tree), but she deleted them before I got a chance to save them.

As for the wall color, we're going with the tried and true Revere Pewter.  It's going to be perfect in this space with all of the different shades of gray, brown and cream in here.

Speaking of paint colors, I've been experimenting with different shades for my family room.  Ever since I painted my bookcases, I've been feeling the urge to make a change (plus, I've noticed that my walls have been taking a beating, courtesy of my three kids).

I started slapping different shades of gray on the wall, and ended up with this:

They look much prettier in this photo than they did to me in real life.  Honestly, I can't even remember which color is which.  Since I wasn't feeling any of these colors, I went back to basics, put some white primer on the wall, and bought three more (new) shades.

The top color is almost a perfect match to one of my favorite colors of all time - Silver Sage, but it is Gray Wisp (Benjamin Moore) - which reads more green in real life, the second color is Collingwood (Benjamin Moore) and the bottom one is Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore).  I'm surprised at how much I'm loving the Gray Owl, because I thought it would be too light in here.  But it really works with the natural light we get in this room throughout the day.

I may put the other colors back up on the wall against the white primer and see if I like them better that way, without the current color as a backdrop.  It's a big decision (and a big room to paint), so I'm taking my time.

Where I'm really loving the Gray Wisp, is in my master bathroom (that has remained a wreck since I started stripping the wallpaper).  This color really seems to work with the tile, which has been my sticking point.  Ignore the color below it - not working, I know.

Maybe now that I found a color that I like, things will get rolling...

Do you have any experiences with any of these colors in your home?  Share!


Benjamin Moore's 2015 Color of the Year (and Color Trends!)


I was purchasing paint samples the other day (shocking), when my paint guy handed over one of the new Benjamin Moore brochures - Color Trends 2015.  I snapped it right up, and upon opening it, saw their 2015 Color of the Year.  Are you ready?  

Guilford Green.

Let's take a look at it in a room:

Here is the shot that was on the cover of the brochure:

It strikes me as a more vivid celery green in the brochure, and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it.  It's not a color I could see using throughout my home, but it would be lovely paired with a lavender shade of purple in a bedroom or bath.

I always enjoy seeing the paint colors that the different paint companies offer up each year.  Some aren't necessarily to my taste, but I can most always find colors that I could envision incorporating in my own home.

There are four primary palettes that Benjamin Moore shared for their 2015 color trends.  

  • Tried, True & Utterly New
  • Ground Yourself in Green
  • Quiet on the Set
  • California Cool
Tried, True & Utterly New (The Berry Family)

This palette takes us to different shades of berry and plum, also incorporating the color of the year - Guilford Green.  I don't think I'm ready to go back to berry shades just yet - they remind me too much of my days of burgundy and hunter green.  However, I do like the Guilford Green, paired with Portland Gray, Chantilly Lace and Universal Black.

Something along these lines:
Or perhaps a room with this kind of vibe.  Quite lovely, don't you think?

Ground Yourself in Green

There are a lot of colors in this palette that I find myself drawn toward.  Specifically, High Park, Jack Pine and Antique Jade and Seahorse.

How gorgeous is this island in Benjamin Moore's Jack Pine?  I love it paired with the warm wood tones in the floors and the beam in this kitchen.  Am I crazy in thinking this island would have been even more stunning with a rich wood stained butcher block counter?
High Park is an equally rich, yet lovely color.

The "Blush Family" color palette is very soft and feminine with lovely wispy colors that complement one another in a very sophisticated way.

Silver Fox is sophisticated all by itself.  It makes me think of a Paris apartment.
Pink Damask gives just a hint of pink.

While this room isn't Pink Damask (it's Benjamin Moore's I Love You Pink), you can see how a soft pink works with a pretty sand color used in the bedding and furnishings.  

California Cool (Blue Family)

You'll notice that Guilford Green is carried through each palette, and proves that it is more versatile than one would think at first glance.

You know how much I love a deep, moody blue, so it's no surprise that Blue Danube is one of my favorites out of this color palette.
My friend Cassie at Primitive and Proper shares my love of deep blues, and used Blue Danube in her bathroom:
Oxford Gray is another one that caught my eye.  It's pretty on the walls, but I could also see it on a piece of furniture.  It works beautifully with rich wood tones as well.
Harbor Fog is another lovely blue hue in this palette.

What do you think of Benjamin Moore's 2015 color trends?  Do you have any favorites?  What do you think of Guilford Green as the color of the year?