Probably one of the most daunting but exciting jobs as you turn your house into a home is figuring out what to paint the walls. Painting is instantly gratifying. In a matter of hours, and for a small amount of money, you can completely transform your space. But the options are overwhelming. Nothing can stare you down like a wall of color samples. (One of my most repinned items on Pinterest is my kitchen wall color – so I know I’m not alone in this color quest.) After a lot of agonizing – here’s where we landed. I hope this gives you a little inspiration as you figure out your color palette. A big thank you my friend Cristalle Volpi who poured over a Benjamin Moore fan deck with me and helped me pick out the first couple of these wall colors to get the ball rolling. Her color sense is eerie.
I probably owe our neighbors an apology. Let me explain.
We moved into our house 3 years ago. It was built in 1935. Downside – it’s smallish with tiny closets. Upside – it has a lot of cool old details – I love the big front windows, arches and high ceilings. It has an old fashioned fancy living room that I like to call “the parlor”. In my mind, that room is one long running episode of NPR’s Dinner Party Download. In a house full of Frozen toys, it is adult-zone. I also love to use the room to have impromtu family dance parties. We like to really break it down.
Here’s where the apology comes in. We had no curtains in the parlor or adjacent dining room – for 3 years. No matter where our neighbors lived on the street, they could probably see us dancing like buffoons to old skool Positive K a couple times a week. Sooooooorrrrry.