Thursday, June 2, 2016


I'm hopping on quickly this morning before a showing at our rental to share some of the updated rooms at the new house. Now there is actually some color on the walls. :) Of course, it's difficult to make colors translate sometimes via a camera and computer screen, so you know...maybe you'll just have to stop by sometime to see them in person!

We wanted a main neutral color for common spaces in the house, and we decided on a shade called "Comfort Gray" by Sherwin Williams. But you will soon see that it looks anything but gray in many of our rooms! 

Our entryway used to be the home of the wallpaper stripes, and now it looks crisp and clean with the trim freshly painted white and the comfort gray color on the walls. The color extends all the way up to the second story and is in the landing up there, too. 

I love the same color even more in the landing upstairs....

It looks ever-so-slightly more gray up here, and it's exactly what I wanted.

The same color in our living room looks brighter and more blue-green....

Our kitchen and breakfast area are also comfort gray....

I think there is one wall in the whole downstairs that actually looks gray....

Same color, but this is only wall that doesn't have a window across from it. Truly, this paint color is a chameleon, and it freaked out our contractor a couple of times, haha. He wasn't sure he was always painting from the right can because of how different it looked in different spots. Added in the fact that the color looks nothing like gray in some rooms, and it was a little panic inducing. :) But this was part of the appeal of this shade for me. I wanted a nice main neutral that didn't look exactly the same everywhere. 

To the left of the entryway is Eric's office, which is painted in Labrador Blue (Benjamin Moore) on the top and White (Behr) on the bottom. 

This is a really nice blue which was also used in Reagan's bedroom upstairs. The white is where there will eventually be a wainscoting treatment. We couldn't do a lot of the trim work we want right away, because we are replacing all of the flooring next spring, and when we do all of the baseboards are being beefed up with thicker boards. We asked Mario to go ahead and paint the rooms the way they will be eventually. In this room we will also be adding french doors between the office and living room with built-ins on either side...again, waiting for the new flooring first!

Across the way is the formal dining room which was painted in one of the historic collection colors by Benjamin Moore called Jamestown Blue. 

You can see that white is going below the chair rail here, too. This blue is more green than the color in the office, and I just adore it! I had planned for both rooms to be painted in this color, but Eric wanted a little more variety. You can see the Comfort Gray color right next to it in the little hallway off of the dining room. 

Heading upstairs we have a lot more variety in color! Our master bathroom is a color called Waterscape by Benjamin Moore. I love how cheery it is!

Of course it's hard to get a good picture this little space. (Yay for no more carpet up here!) The same color is used in all of the bathrooms and the laundry room downstairs. 

If you look really hard you can see a little into the master bedroom and a contrast in the colors. The master color is called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, and it's literally one shade lighter than the Comfort Gray we used everywhere else. I didn't do this on purpose. :) I chose the colors independently and only learned later that they were right next to each on the color card. I guess I like what I like!

Grace chose the very specific color she wanted for her room which she will share with Charlotte. The one I chose initially wasn't BRIGHT enough for her, haha. Grace's favorite color is blue and she wants a mermaid themed bedroom, so she chose a very happy color called Serenity by Benjamin Moore. 

All mermaids welcome here!

Despite my desire to decorate Reagan and Lincoln's room in a cutesy theme like nautical or transportation or woodland critters, my son insists on having a Superman bedroom. :) So we were in search of a darker blue color that wouldn't be too garish. That's when we found Labrador Blue, which you know, was also eventually used downstairs. 

Across the hall is Evelyn's room, and I just love the color in here. It's called Lily Lavender by Benjamin Moore, fitting since we have an Evelyn Lily. :)

Evie says, "My room is amazing! I love it! I hope you do, too! Hehehe." 
She's so funny.

Her room is going to have a flower garden theme, and I think the bead board goes really well in here. Eric wanted to take it down, but I was pretty stubborn about keeping it, haha. I knew it would look better with a new color and a fresh coat of white paint. 

The only part of the house I don't have pictures of at the moment (because it wasn't yet painted when I took them) is the basement. But I took a peek down there on Tuesday, and I am in love with the color! It's Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, and it's a great greige neutral. The perfect TRUE neutral that can go with either warm or cool tones. We'll be spending a lot of time in that space, so I'm glad we used it there. The basement will house the kids' playroom, a family room, and our home gym, and I think it's a great color for all three!

So there ya go - a quick look at all of the painted rooms. I hope they'll only continue to look better with new fixtures and in some cases, new flooring and lighting and everything else! Now it's time for me to pack up all of these kids once again and get the heck out of here while people come and check out this rental space. Just another reminder that the clock is ticking for us! Later, friends!


Sarah said...

I'm painting the boys playroom SW Sea Salt on Friday! You loving it makes me reassured with my choice :)

Adrien said...

Seriously, Sarah. Same. Brain. :)

It's a very nice, CALMING color. ;) Haha!

Heather said...

Everything looks so cheery and inviting!! Loving the renovation so far!

Adrien said...

Thanks! :)

sblind2 said...

all the colors look great! I LOVE the gray and white contrast - so clean looking :-)


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