Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Choosing Paints

My mother never worried about paint colors.  
She only needed one;  she was a white paint person.  

When I was in high school, they built a large custom home of over 5K square feet, 
and she had it painted white..... 
every square inch of it.  

Even the brick on the exterior!

If she were alive, she'd think that the stark white coat of primer
looks just fine the way it is.... 
Why even bother painting?!

Bookcase wall between foyer and den
Wouldn't she be surprised to know that BM now has over 140 shades of white?  

However, I suspect that she wouldn't  let the other 138 confuse her and she'd chose
plain old Bright White and Ceiling White as her color palette even today.  

As for me, I'm narrowing down the list of candidates.
But did you know that there are over 3,500 colors of Benjamin Moore paint?
Joe thinks that I have chips and samples for almost half of them!

I'm not going to my mother's extreme, 
but other than an accent wall or two 
the house will be shades of sagey taupes, khaki and creams.  

The brighter colors within will come via the tile and furnishings.  

The zingiest of the tiles is in the laundry room.  I wanted a happy room!  

I may be washing clothes just to find an excuse to spend time with the tile!


  1. ha ha. good plan on the laundry room. let me know if that works. :)

  2. I always totally stress over colors, at least I have in past houses. This one, I just accepted what was already on the walls and hopefull our next home will be our forever home and wall paint colors will once again become important to me. :-)

  3. I didn't know that about grandma. That's really funny. I remembered the country club house with blues for some reason. Might have been the blue leather couch though that's stuck in my subconscious!

  4. Love that beautiful back splash tile; is it glass tile?

  5. We're getting ready to finish our basement. I'll help you with your colors if you help me with mine!

    1. Hi Rebecca!
      You're settings come up as "no reply" so I can't email you directly and I hope you find this.
      There are just too many paint colors for anyone to be able to fathom! Good luck with your basement.... how many colors do you have to chose?

  6. Grace! If you ever want to get Mother-nostalgic, you can come see us. We have the white of the plaster and no paint at all. Aren't we just about the laziest people you know?!! No, actually, it's because we're so colorful - we didn't want to clash.... Linda & Dave


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