Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In Living Color

After 5 (almost 6) long months of looking for a house, we are due to close on our first home this Thursday. I couldn't be more excited, or freaked out, but I am choosing to just dance with the excitement at the moment and leave the freaked out alone and isolated in the corner.

You have no place here, freaked out, so move it along now...

One of the things that I am most excited about in owning my OWN house is paint. PAINT! For years I have had to live with white, apartment walls and I couldn't be more sick of it. I have spent hours upon countless hours devouring design magazines and blogs, drooling over rooms with beautifully painted walls. Finally, I get to pick out the colors that I want to be surrounded by and I feel like a kid in a candy store.

When looking for ideas, I find that inspiration is everywhere, which can at times be overwhelming. The good news is that our new place has hardly any paint at all, so we have a blank canvas, if you will. It is very important to me that whatever we choose fell calming and comfortable. With the high-stress jobs we work, our home needs to be as soothing and relaxing as possible.

While I still don't know what we will end up choosing, here are some images that have stimulated my senses:

From the blog Lola B's

I'm obsessed with the grayish/greenish/blueish color on the walls in this picture. This image is from the home of Kasey Buick, whose blog I love. I actually emailed her and asked for the brand and name of this paint. She wrote me back; it's by Ralph Lauren and called Faded Silk. I am seriously considering this as a strong contender for at least one room.

From Remodelista

This combo of the wainscoting with the earthy taupe
paint color actually makes me feel excited. And, don't even get me started on how much I love that rusty vintage mirror and black wire basket. The contrast of old and new is something I definitely am hoping to incorporate into our new place.

From theLENNOXX.com

I am LOVING gray right now and in fact, I am pretty certain we will be painting our main living space some variation of this color. It's an interesting neutral to me and I find that other colors really compliment it in a way that I don't find with neutrals in the beige range. GO TEAM GRAY!

Found here

While I am a bit hesitant to use yellow since it is not a color I am naturally drawn to, I do think that it looks nice used in a bedroom, especially with white linens.

Oh me, oh my - so much to choose from.

I can't wait to get started!


  1. How exciting for you, congrats! My friend painted her beach house with the taupe color and white wainscoting and has alot of navy blue furnishings - so gorgeous. Can't wait to hear what you decide on! xxoo :)

  2. I love the yellow, but I'm not so sure about having it in the bedroom. Maybe a kitchen or dining room. Definitely go for the blue-gray-green! That is a gorgeous color!

  3. I LOVE gray too! But, yellow would also be great! you just have to choose your shade carefully!


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