Interior Design: Choosing Paint Colors and a tip

I’m just about ready to get the house painted and I can’t wait! I never realized how tricky gray can be! I’ve been wanting to move from a very khaki/tan color to more of a taupey/gray (yes, taupey is a word! ;)) The granite in our kitchen has a lot of brown in it and just wasn’t working with the cooler colors…believe me…I tried just about everything. We’ve been living in what we call the camouflage house for the last few months. 😉 I have a tendency to paint very LARGE swatches all over my walls in every room so that I can get used to it in all different rooms/lights. I don’t know why I have such trouble picking my own paint. Whenever I pick paint for clients it’s never an issue…but at my own house…that’s a different story! 😉
I finally found one I love! It’s called Ashland Grey. The problem I ran into is that the house faces East/West so the front of the house is very dark all the time, and the back of the house is very sunny. The regular Ashland Grey looked too washed out against the wainscoting for my liking…so I had it darkened. Did you know you can do that? It is the coolest! When you find a color you love, you can darken or lighten it up to your liking. In this image you can see the regular Ashland Grey on the right and the 100% darkened version on the right.

I’m going to paint the front room in the lighter color (so it doesn’t feel like a cave) and the family room in the darker shade so it doesn’t look washed out. Because of the lighting situation, they will look like the same color…isn’t that cool? Do you love the new rug and pillows? Pottery Barn Kids has these rugs and they are awesome! Pillows are from etsy and World Market. I’ll share more soon with before and after pics!:)
Have a great day!

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Carrie-Lynn - July 9, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Hey Tammy. What brand of paint is that? I’m having the hardest time finding the right taupey color:)

Tammy - August 4, 2013 - 10:53 am

that was from Andy

Tammy - August 4, 2013 - 10:52 am

You should put the house in the middle of camp Pennalten!

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