I used to be terrible at picking paint colors. Trent could tell you. Ohhhh could he tell you!! We were halfway done painting the kitchen in our rental house before I said “I hate it.” He learned that painting quickly doesn’t mean I won’t change my mind, and I learned to test the color before buying a gallon.
I also learned that what looks pretty on a paint chip is usually too vibrant on a wall. Boring, muted colors are my go-to. I can’t help it! I like neutrals!
As we near the end of buying our foreclosure, my mind has been racing with paint choices. Nearly every surface needs to be painted. This process honestly reminds me of planning my wedding with the mass amount of choices involved, and I’m tempted to hate it.
So I got DOWN TO BUSINESS and made an entire powerpoint of colors. There was no other way than to just compare colors side-by-side and relieve myself of the confusion swirling around my head from the 12 pinterest boards I decided to create. (Why so many, Katie!?!?)
One thing I knew I wanted: a warm gray. A greige, if you will. Picking a greige was the #1 thing on my list because it will be the connecting color from room-to-room. Here’s a break down:
After approx. 1 million google searches, Repose Gray is my favie.
Notice Silver Strand in the bottom left hand corner…it’s not a greige at all, but I wanted to consider it because it’s one of Joanna Gaines’ favorite colors and I basically trust Joanna Gaines with my life. Raines, Gaines -we’re basically sisters.
Repose Gray or Silver Strand? I debated. This shows a good comparison of colors just a tad lighter/darker but in the same spectrum.
I think Repose Gray will be more of a comfy, homey feeling. Silver Strand will give a fresh, light airy look with a touch of green.
Our home in Topeka was very much light and airy. This time around, I want to try a warmer tone. Hello Repose Gray!
Trent and I have disagreed a little over what colors we like, but at the end of the day he could care less. Men. The only thing he cares about is the trim color not being too yellow. He likes sharp contrast. Here’s the comparison of popular white trim:
Before doing my research, I honestly had no idea that people chose colors other than stark white for their trim. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY CHOICES!?
I haven’t made a decision yet, but leaning towards Cloud White or Chantilly Lace.
On to dark accent colors. I can see myself using one of these babies for a piece of furniture or maybe even hallway doors!
I’m loving both Black Fox & Urbane Bronze. I’m afraid the others may be a bit too “cold” when paired with some of the other paint colors in the house. Although I can pretty much guarantee Hale Navy will make an appearance on a bathroom vanity.
On to the kitchen…
The cabinets are pretty beat up in some areas, and a complete remodel is not in the budget this round of rennovations (or next or next or next HA!). In the meantime, I’m considering painting them white (most likely same as trim) or gray. Here’s my gray options:
I researched the crap out of these, and Winter Gates definitely stands out. Not too light, not too dark, with a warm undertone.
I made a few comparison charts for other colors (blues/greens and cooler grays) then promptly eliminated 90% of them with a quick google search. At this point, I knew what I liked!
All together now…
There you have it. The color palette of our new house. Let’s see if I’ll stick to it! 🙂