Edit: This post was written on April 18th, but I delayed posting until now just to be sure we actually got it. And WE DID!!!
Our offer was accepted on the house and I think I was looking at paint samples within the hour. I’m so indecisive, I knew I needed a massive head start if I wanted to plan to paint before we move-in.
I’m leaning towards lots and lots of taupes and beige. I know — snore. But I know once the trim is all painted up with a fresh coat of white and all our beautiful home accessories and art are layered in, that taupe will provide the perfect warm backdrop for the cozy home I’ve been decorating in my mind for the past 5 years. So bear with me.
Gray is the “it” color lately so I’m tempted to steer clear, but it just looks so damn good. I know I should just paint every single room “Decorator’s White” and live with it and see how we feel at the end of the summer. But that’s so boring and safe. So second most boring it is: taupe.
I’ve always been pretty terrible at undertones, so I’ve been doing a LOT of research to learn more about that. This interior decorator had a great summary of how to approach whole-house color palettes for people like me who are thinking they want neutrals everywhere but don’t actually know what the hell they’re talking about:
I am a fan of most all color schemes when the percentages are done right. However, as popular as gray has become, put a bunch of your things together….couch cushions, area rugs, comforters, cabinets, etc. in the same viewing then pick a color that marries well with all of these elements. Never look at anything in isolation or you will have no flow or continuity between the spaces. Another thing, before you even consider picking paint, decide whether you want a cool color scheme or a warm color scheme. In simplistic terms, gray = cool and beige = warm. You want to aim for something close to a 70/20/10 for percentages but your first decision is whether you want a warm or a cool color scheme. After you make that decision, vastly dominate with something to avoid getting a 50/50 combination of colors. So beige could be a good choice for 70% (walls, carpet) then choose coordinating colors then your accents. Also factor in the undertones in your wood. Can mix cool & warm in a color scheme as long as you vastly dominate with something that is your 70%. People try to tell me ‘I only want neutrals’ but the truth is, you have to identify the undertones in everything you have or the room will fail. Ladies….you can identify with this using your foundation as a good reference…..there will be some with a yellow or a pink undertone. These things are anything BUT neutral, especially if you end up putting something with a pink undertone on top of something with a green undertone. You’ll look dead! Same thing happens in interior design. If you hold up primary colors next to paint, you can then identify the undertones. – Angelo Wilson-Keel, interior designer
A few of the colors I’m really gravitating toward are:
Manchester Tan, by Benjamin Moore
Revere Pewter, by Benjamin Moore
Shale, by Benjamin Moore
Interior by Martha O’Hara Interiors