Picking Paint is Hard

Picking paint colors is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do so far. Ripping up carpet? Not a problem. Drywalling? Easy peasy.

While I originally thought the spackle dust may be the death of me, I changed my mind. Picking paint colors may be the death of me.

My husband doesn’t see the big deal. “Just pick one.” or “It’s just paint.” I disagree.

I once did this online color quiz. {Of course I can’t find the link now.} There were rows with different squares of colors all in varying shades. Each row was a different color. You had to put the jumbled shades in each row in order. {If I find the link I’ll update.} I got 5 out of order.

I’m sensative to differing shades & tones. I want to find the perfect one.

Color palette so far?
~ darker hardwood floors
~ 2 walnut dressers
~ crisp white trim {Behr semi-gloss untinted base}
~ cream drapes

The original plan was to paint the walls the same color as the drapes with the white trim providing the contrast. Now I think that might be to light. I’m having trouble combining the cream & the white. Both are staying, so now I’ve got to find the perfect shade that makes them look cohesive & intentional.

4 color swatches went up on the wall last night. I don’t love any of them. BM’s Manchester Tan {81} might work; it the best of the 4 but perhaps a little light.

I need inspiration. {And a decision by Friday.}

What’s your favorite greige??

Or maybe I should do a color?

Here’s a peek at the drapes:

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14 Responses to Picking Paint is Hard

  1. Kim says:

    I think you’ll be happy if you go with greige. You will get your pops of colors with all your cool stuff and it should blend with the cream and white, I think.

    Have you see Bryn’s paint color? I really like how it turned out. It looks much more tan than grey on her walls, but I think it’s cause of the light. ( Woodrow Wilson Putty 6006-1, Valspar (Lowe’s))
    http://brynalexandra.blogspot.com/2009/03/perfect-greige-love-story.html

    I also like Young House Love’s post about their favorite paint colors – they have these two down as greige. Greige- Benjamin Moore Tapestry Beige, Behr Ocean Pearl. (http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/06/email-answer-picking-the-perfect-paint-color/)

    I don’t know if this really helps, but you’ll find something you love. Good luck.

  2. Quinn says:

    It’s the story of my life! Constantly repainting – the standing joke is that I’m decreasing the square footage of my house with all the layers of paint on the walls. Anyway, greige sounds nice. Or anything in the grey tones. I’ve never been a fan of light colors on the walls, can’t work with them at all. Wish I could. My bedroom is currently blue, a color I made myself. Very close to paynes grey, which is a beautiful medium tone color.

  3. katie says:

    when we painted the first room in our house, i put about 20 different samples (actual paint samples, i spent a fortune on those samples…) on the walls before picking SW antique white. it was not at all the color i had in mind for the majority of the house, but it seems right and i’m very happy now that i stuck to a nice neutral for the living room/dining room/hallways. since then, i’ve already repainted both the guest room (repainted that only after 1/2 way done with the first choice) and our bedroom (lived with it for a few months before changing) and i still have other rooms that haven’t even gotten the first attempt at new paint yet. it is hard to pick!

    so i would narrow it down to a few and then put actual samples on the walls, in different areas so see what looks best to you. we went with restoration hardware’s (color matched by lowes) light silver sage in our bedroom with some darker furniture and some tan accents and i really like how that’s turning out… hope that helps, good luck!

  4. Kellie says:

    I’m personally a ‘rainbow’ / color-oriented person, so I am no help with neutrals!!! I’m currently planning to paint my room a soft teal with a darker accent wall!!! See, no help whatsoever, LOL!

  5. Sara says:

    We did Behr Antique white on our hallway walls with Behr Ultra Pure White trim, dark espresso floors, and it looks fab. Wel also have creamy curtains. You won’t be disappointed with neutrals! We also have Behr Cup of Cocoa in our living room with the white trim and darker floors. Everyone loves the colors in our house

  6. MEA says:

    You’ve seen my candy apple green great room and blood red master. I am useless for your neutral decisions my love 🙂

  7. Lily says:

    Advice told to me once:
    Find a painting or a book cover or a photograph that you love and work off of that color scheme

    Seems like a good idea. Never tried it out but who knows?

  8. Melissa says:

    Horray! Shout out to the white cardigan. 🙂 I am between two colors for our foyer that you might like. Benjamin Moore Shaker beige HC-45 or Benjamin Moore quincy tan HC-25

    Haven’t committed yet, but getting there.

    Love you.

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  10. Jenni says:

    Thanks for dropping by ThirteenEleven.
    I am in love with your house. It has such great detail.

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