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Let’s Talk About Paint
There is an old black and white movie with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy called “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House“. The basic premise is that an overworked and stressed out businessman and his family decide to move out to the country from the super crowded city. The house they buy isn’t what they expect and they have to tear it down and rebuild. (Money Pit is a remake of this movie). Hilarity ensues as they navigate the building process (and all the things that go wrong).
One of my favorite parts of this movie is when Mrs. Blandings is describing the paint colors she would like for their new dream house.
I tell you – if you’ll send one of your workmen to the grocer for a pound of their best butter and match that exactly you can’t go wrong.Mrs. Blandings
Trial & Error With Paint
It can be so hard choosing paint for rooms, let alone a whole house. I can relate to Mrs. Blandings trying to find the perfect colors. A paint color can look so nice on a swatch, but then you get it on the wall and notice undertones that you didn’t know were there. (We ran into that issue when painting the outside of our house).
At our last house, we chose what we thought was a nice blue color for our office. But we didn’t realize it wouldn’t get a ton of natural light, and every time I went in there it felt dark and depressing. We talked with our painter and he told us that paint colors have different “light” levels – how much light they reflect. This is called Light Reflectance Value (LRV) and measures the percentage of light a paint color reflects. No wonder the office was dark and depressing – the LRV level for that blue we had chosen was really low – which meant it didn’t reflect much light.
We decided to go the opposite end and choose a bright sunny yellow color. (But not too bright, more like a nice soft butter yellow). The paint swatch we chose looked almost white, but when we put a sample on the wall, it was the perfect shade of yellow, with a higher LRV value. We repainted the office and it made such a difference in the overall look and feel of the room.
What We Learned:
- Pay attention to undertones
- Look at the paint’s Light Reflectance Value (LRV) if the room doesn’t get much natural light.
Choosing Paint Colors For Your House
- Think about your overall style and your furniture. Do you want your paint to be a neutral backdrop to your furniture and art? Or do you want your paint to be the first thing people notice?
- Look at the natural light in the rooms. Paint can look different based on time of day and the amount of natural light that comes in.
- Look at Pinterest, design shows, magazines. What colors are you drawn to?
- Get some sample paint and paint them on the walls! How does it look against your trim color?
- If you are painting your whole house, how do the colors you choose look together? Do they have similar undertones?
Our Interior Paint Colors
For our most recent house remodel, we decided to choose an overall paint palette that was bright and airy, peaceful and inviting. Below is a list of the colors we ended up using.
We love how these paint colors look in our house. To see examples of these paint colors in our home, check out these posts below.
- Daughter’s Bedroom: First Light – Benjamin Moore
- Dining Room: Comfort Gray – Sherwin-Williams
- Kitchen: Revere Pewter – Benjamin Moore, Cabinets – White Dove – Benjamin Moore
- Living Room: Revere Pewter – Benjamin Moore
- Master Bath: Sea Salt – Sherwin-Williams
- Master Bedroom: Revere Pewter – Benjamin Moore
Paint can make such a difference in how a room feels. What are you favorite paint colors? Any funny painting stories? Let me know in the comments!
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