March 2015 - Part 1
Spring has finally sprung in Maryland... sort of... minus a few extra random inches of snow that arrived yesterday morning. But, thankfully, the sun is up and we are ALMOST back to bare ground again... for the second time this week. It's time to open the windows and air the house out from all the time we've spent indoors this winter.
Some of the most common questions I get from readers are about the paint colors in our house, so I'm devoting two separate March favorites posts to recapping all the random paint colors in the house. There is no real over-arching theme to the colors we've used in our house. We use lots of neutrals - browns and khakis are all over the place in this house. Most of our colors are just colors that we've been drawn to, have used previously in our condos, or spotted in someone else's house and coveted for our own walls. We've now been in the "new house" for almost four years and we've only got a few little areas that we haven't conquered yet.
I've tried to take multiple pictures of the walls in our house, especially in different light, because colors can look very different dependent upon your lighting, surrounding furnishings, windows in the room, etc. Some of my favorite colors are hues that I wouldn't have thought I would be drawn to and the opposite holds true too. There are colors that I'm already planning on replacing in the 5 year plan!
I should also say that we would probably still be surrounded by our boring builder beige walls if it wasn't for Papa Kevin. The poor man was painting the morning after our closing while movers hauled furniture around him and hasn't stopped over the past four years. He can't come visit without me putting him to work on some room in the house.
Onto the main level of the house...
Color #1 - Carrington Beige
The color that is most prevalent throughout our house, including in the kitchen, family room, Georgia's room and the main level halls is Benjamin Moore's Carrington Beige. I admit to stealing this color from my cousin, Melissa, years ago and I've since used it in my condo and I think several other family members and close friends have used it too. It's the perfect khaki neutral. We recommend it to everyone!
|Carrington Beige (HC-93)|
|Carrington Beige --- one side of the kitchen (with natural light and recessed lighting) vs other side of the kitchen (with just recessed lighting)|
I also wanted a neutral in the "nursery" when I was pregnant since we were going to put a large and bright vinyl design on the wall. Four years later and that "nursery" is now Georgia's big girl room. The beige definitely plays second fiddle to the hot pink accents in this area!
|Georgia asked to be in the picture after following me room to room!|
Color #2 - Lenox Tan
One of my favorite colors in the entire house is Benjamin Moore's Lenox Tan, a darker shade of khaki/light brown that we used as an accent wall in the foyer. The other walls are all the same Carrington Beige from above, but we used the accent color for the tall wall above our front door. We then also used the color in the upstairs hallway. In all honesty, if I had met Lenox Tan before Carrington Beige, I most likely would have used it on most of the walls in the house. It's only slightly darker, but really makes the white trim and woodwork pop much better than the lighter beige color.
|Lenox Tan (HC-44)|
|L- Lenox Tan on the upstairs walls and Carrington Beige on the left wall and lower walls.|
R - Leno Tan above the front door and Carrington Beige on the other walls
Color #3 - Davenport Tan
The dining room is the ONLY room in the house that I painted. It was my "therapy" painting job that I completed one day while Georgia was in the NICU. Nick and I rotated weekend days visiting her, so that the other could relax and get some other tasks done around our new house. Unfortunately, I found that when my relax day came, I was unable to do anything except pace nervously around the house! So, I busied myself with painting the dining room... and then Papa Kevin had to fix all my mistakes the next time he was in town. It also happens to be the darkest paint color in the house and I absolutely love it... Benjamin Moore's Davenport Tan.
|Davenport Tan (HC-76)|
The room itself is still a work in progress. I'll most likely add a big area rug, a banquet table and a few other wall touches in the coming months, but I'm happy with the paint color!
Color #4 - Fresh Butter
Directly off the dining room is a small little Butler's pantry, which houses my favorite area of the house - the wine and adult beverages! Since the dining room next door is so dark, we went the opposite in here and went for bright and sunny, Benjamin Moore's Fresh Butter.
Even though it is the smallest area of the house, it's one of my favorite little spots in the house and I love the contrast between the bright walls and the dark shelving and cabinets.
|The bright yellow walls in comparison to the dark brown in the dining room|
We carried that color into the front "formal" living room. We're not very "formal" people, so we just refer to it as the "front room." I would say this is by far the least used room in the entire house. We've slowly been moving some toys in there in the hopes that Georgia might start to use the room and free the family room of all the stuff that comes with a 3 year-old.
We also used the remaining Fresh Butter in the half bath/powder room on the main level of the house. It's a very tiny space, so we figured the bright color might help it appear a tad larger.
Color #5 - Grecian Green
Once upon a time, I started dating a boy with a great condo in a high rise building. The condo was beautiful and had pure white walls. That boy decided he wanted to paint his living room green. 9,383 sample greens later and more green squares painted on the wall than I can count (both might be slight exaggerations), he discovered Benjamin Moore's Grecian Green. Thank goodness for the Pottery Barn catalog that arrived that month and advertised the color. Once we moved out of that condo, we knew that we absolutely had to use Grecian Green again since it took so long to find it.
So, shortly after we moved in, our home office/study area got the Grecian Green treatment...
So, that's the main level and all the colors we've used to pull that floor together. In Part 2 - I'll review our upstairs and basement colors...