Well, well, well.. here I am creating yet another blog post! I wanted to take time to share how I am choosing paint colors for our new home and some inspiration for our dining room, kitchen, and living room. It’s been a crazy past couple months and want to keep you updated with the progress!
Choosing Paint Colors
You know this is SO HARD TO DO. Our main living area faces the East, so we mostly get morning and some afternoon sun (more in the Fall), but barely any late afternoon/evening sun. My husband REFUSED just white paint, so we knew the color should have some contrast to the white trim
BENJAMIN MOORE + SAMPLIZE
We used BENJAMIN MOORE everywhere in our last home and I knew this time around I wanted to do the same. I know their products well and quite honestly, they COVER well. I’ll share peeks at our ‘before’ and you’ll see we will need good paint with coverage. — BONUS, I reached out to them and they even agreed to do a collab on our wall paint :)
Before choosing colors I also decided to give SAMPLIZE a try..and I highly recommend it! I tried a few colors and just lining them up on the corner of the wall was so helpful. I was able to see how each color looks against each other as well as how it played off of our lighting.
SEE THE PROGRESS!
I’m dedicating a couple of Instagram story highlights to the Kitchen Makeover and the house progress. I recommend checking them out..iit’s quite the process ;)
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED
- Trees can affect paint colors. We don’t have ANY :( — which means we only have the grass reflecting some green and don’t have any light blockage. Keep that in mind when choosing colors, especially white.
- I believe sunrise is actually warmer than a sunset (which I believe cast bluer). So I’m thinking our color will pull more yellow/red since most of our natural light comes earlier in the day.
- Definitely testing actual paint samples as well. Once I narrowed down the 2 favorites from Samplize I bought paint samples to try in various areas.
- NOTE: I heard that paint samples are not often an exact match, due to the low levels of color measurements within it. So, the final color could look slightly different anyway.
I narrowed it down to a small handful, all that I loved and took weeks to finalized ;) – I’ll break down my reasoning and final decisions below…
CABINETS, DOORS & TRIM
I chose Simply White by Benjamin Moore. I originally wanted Chantilly Lace (I loved it in my old office). But once seeing it with my wall and base cabinet color, it had too much of a contrast. Simply White is a beautiful slightly warm/neutral white.
NOTE: We used their ADVANCE paint because they no longer carry Satin Impervo Waterborne Unfortunately, unlike Satin Impervo, we had to do 1 coat of primer and 3-4 coats of paint :(
THE WALL COLOR
With WEEKS of going back and forth, I ended up choosing China White OC-141 by Benjamin Moore (in Aura eggshell). We had Classic Gray in our old home (which I did love) but nervous it would feel too cool in this new home. I knew I wanted something with some slight warmth and something I haven’t tried before! I’m so excited to see how it turns out!
BASE CABINET COLOR
Although some may say this is ‘trendy’ I did the contrasting top and bottom kitchen cabinets. I had an all-white kitchen last time and wanted to try something new and with more dimension. So, I decided to go with Revere Pewter on the base cabinets…and I AM IN LOVE! I know I’ll actually be doing all the cabinets in our laundry room this color (against Simply White walls) because I am obsessed!
OUR NEW HOME INSPIRATION
And just to take a peek at my style I thought I’d share my home inspiration with you for the Kitchen and Dining room!