Selecting a Master Bath Paint Color

Written by Kelly on February 2nd, 2015

This is my master bath now:

master bath

I am actually embarrassed to show you all. But this is a good lesson on how to select a paint color using your existing fixtures:

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I originally had big plans for this bathroom. This is the original wall color from when we bought the house, (yellow) trying to work with the very PINK undertoned tub, tile and granite countertop:

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Now I just want to finish this room. The only restriction I was given was that I had to keep the tub, wall tile and flooring! So the quickest and easiest way to do that is by painting the walls.

So where to start looking at colors? I know I had to find a color that would work well with the pink undertone. So I gave a few colors a try:

bath sample

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I was not loving any of the pinky beiges such as Shaker Beige or Muslin. I had hoped to maybe use a pretty spa blue color:

bath color

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But I found the best harmonized color palette was the Purple Grays, such as Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood OC-28.:

collingwood

elephant gray

I also like the Elephant Gray 2109-50 and Portland Gray 2109-60:

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elephant gray3

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Just perfect! It might not be my favorite color yet, but it works so well with the existing granite, tile and trim that the whole room will be transformed! That is what makes a room beautiful, all the parts working together.

I will have this bath painted within the next two weeks and will be sure to share after photos. So excited to finally get the room painted!

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Visiting Open Houses

Written by Kelly on January 29th, 2015

open house

Do you ever stop and visit a new construction Open House, just to see what it looks like inside? I love to tour new houses and look for different decorating ideas and inspiration. Last week I visited a couple homes in Sarasota, FL.:

Blue Wall

This room is pretty but there is one big color faux pas. Can you see what is not working in the room? I DO like the navy blue wall with the white molding. That is something that can be duplicated in your own home. Very nice!

I thought this was a clever idea to use when staging a closet:

staging

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You can really use your imagination using colorful bags with contrasting tissue paper to stage different areas in the home. (Although the shirts were distracting to me. What do you think?)

I did notice quite a few of the new construction homes are painted in a grayish beige, greige. This looks like Benjamin Moore Cedar Key.:

show house

Here it was painted in another home:

show house2

Which surprised me actually. I visualized Florida homes with all soft blue walls such as Ben Moore Quiet Moments 1563 or Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW6204.

I am trying not to be too picky here, but I would not suggest using this color of window treatments in the room above with greige walls, (and ok- they are also too thin!).

I did like the wall art with the two sunbursts together:

starburst

At our hotel, I thought this artwork display was really great:

bottle art

Creative idea for a large wall!

bottle art2

I think it is fun visiting Open Houses to peek inside for decorating ideas! How about you?

 

 

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Color Swap, Part Two

Written by Kelly on January 25th, 2015

This post is for those who loved the Color Swap post here, and asked if I could list more similar Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams colors. So that you have the colors listed all together, I have listed the color names from last week at the beginning of this post:

Ben Moore Revere Pewter and Collonade Gray SW 7641

Ben Moore Palladian Blue HC-144 and Rainwashed SW 6211

Ben Moore Manchester Tan HC-81 and Softer Tan SW 6141

Ben Moore White Dove OC-17 and Greek Villa SW 7551

Ben Moore Classic Gray OC-23 and SW Zurich White SW 7626

Ben Moore Raspberry Truffle 2080-10 and SW Poinsettia SW 6594

Ben Moore Wythe Blue HC-143 and Quietude SW 6212

Ben Moore Bennington Gray HC-82 and Khaki Shade SW 7533

Ben Moore Grant Beige HC-83 and Naturel SW 7542

Ben Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60 and Sea Salt SW 6204

Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray and Modern Gray SW 7632

Ben Moore Pale Oak OC-20 and Egret White SW 7570

Ben Moore Baby Fawn OC-15 and Modern Gray SW 7632

Ben Moore Hazy Skies OC-48 and Useful Gray SW 7050

Ben Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20 and Rainstorm SW 6230

Ben Moore Sail Cloth Ext RM and Divine White SW 6105

Ben Moore Finnie Gray CW-55 and Prairie Grass SW 7546

Ben Moore Cole Stone CW-60 and Bunglehouse Gray SW 2845

No pretty pictures this week! This is my first post without one picture. I thought it would be easier for you to print the list if you desired. Hope you enjoyed!

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Color Swap

Written by Kelly on January 20th, 2015

I think it is so interesting that some of the colors between Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are so similar. For instance: Ben Moore Revere Pewter HC-172: revere pewter

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Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray SW 7641:

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There is actually a list I have been adding to over the years. These colors not only look the same they also match based on their RGB values. A color’s RGB value indicates its red, green, and blue intensity. Each intensity value is on a scale of 0 to 255, or in hexadecimal from 00 to FF. Ben Moore Palladian Blue HC-144: bm palladian blue

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Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW 6211: sw rainwashed

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So similar. This must be why these two colors are both so popular! Ben Moore Manchester Tan HC-81: man tan   Sherwin Williams Softer Tan SW 6141: SW7641sw6141 Maybe your painter only uses Sherwin Williams paint but you had your heart set on BM White Dove OC-17 for your trim color. SW has a match that looks exactly the same. It is called Greek Villa SW 7551. Ben Moore Classic Gray OC-23: bm classic gray

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Sherwin Williams Zurich White SW 7626: sw zurich white

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Pretty remarkable how close the colors look. Ben Moore Raspberry Truffle 2080-10: bm raspberry truffle

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Sherwin Williams Poinsettia SW 6594: sw poinsettia

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Ben Moore Wythe Blue HC-143: bm wythe blue2

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Sherwin Williams Quietude SW 6212: sw quietude

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I hope you enjoyed! I love looking at colors different ways. I have a whole list if anyone is interested. I also wanted to share with you that I received an email yesterday that stated, “We’re writing to let you know that you’ve been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2015 awards!” I was so excited! Hooray! houzz badge I am off to Sarasota, FL tomorrow. I am hoping it is sunny and warm! Thanks everyone!

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