Picking a paint color is one of my favourite parts of a room transformation.
It also ~ at times ~ scares me silly!!
I’ve fallen in love with every house we’ve lived in ~ our current one included. It has a rich, rich history. Half of it was built in 1927 and half in 1967. And did I mention the ocean is only steps away?
On move in day, we found an eclectic mix of historical elements with a healthy dose of 70s and 80s style. Over time, I’ve been trying to unify the elements and flow to make it seem like a house with a single personality ~ not one with multiple ones!:)
After a few “misses” in the paint color department, I discovered the feel and style of home that I wanted to create is a coastal cottage feel.
Here are some tips I’ve used that have helped guide me through the maze of choosing colors to fit that style.
1. Observe what you love. This is where inspiration pictures come in. Pinterest, magazines, and library books are all great resources.
2. Take note of the paint colors you are drawn to. As you analyze the inspiration pictures you collect, you’ll most often quickly discover a reoccurring theme. For me, it was watery blues and crisp whites.
3. Once you discover the direction you’re headed, dig deeper to find the specifics of the elements you love. Although I know I love blue, there are just SO MANY shades of it! The choices just seemed so overwhelming. The game changer for me was when I watched an episode of Sarah’s Cottage. She was working on a kitchen in her island cottage and I fell in love with the end result.
I studied and studied that picture and went to the Benjamin Moore store to get the color swatches of that room. I was shocked to discover that the shades of blue I loved so much were actually called “gray” with a healthy mix of green as well.
4. Once you have an idea of the colors you’d like, try the swatches out in the room you are painting. Although you may love a color in a picture, it may look totally different in the light and size of the room you’re working on.
5. Most importantly, relax! The single best tip I ever read was the statement “It’s just paint, after all”. As someone who has often been paralyzed by fear of choosing the “right” color, this was a big help. Although I’m incredibly frugal and fully understand paint costs money, it’s a relatively inexpensive risk in home decor. If you get it on the wall and absolutely hate it, just change it! I’ve watched professionals (even Sarah Richardson, my favorite!) who have misses in color choice and change it after they see it on the wall.
The main point of room color and decor is to use it to achieve something that you love. If you love it, it’s right!
If you need a place to start for finding colour inspiration and learning more painting tips and tricks, check out Benjamin Moore’s website here.
And are you wondering what color I chose for our new room makeover??
Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you all about it!…
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Benjamin Moore, the opinions and language are all my own, and in no way do they reflect Benjamin Moore.