I am so excited to share with you some of the current projects we have underway in our home. It is all coming along and it is amazing to see things progress and how much the house is starting to look like “us.” One of the first things we focused on was finding a home color palette. The hubs and I tend to lean toward the lighter colors on the walls with lots of white, grays, and cool colors. We are not afraid of color though and you will see that in the color palette. Picking a color palette for your home though, after seeing the gazillion paint options in the paint store, can be intimidating. We absolutely love all the colors we ended up with but it was definitely a process to get to where we are.
We started picking a color palette before we even moved because we knew we were going to be painting every room in the already mustard yellow house. For the record, I am not a “yellow” person at all. I have never had beige, or greige, or anything that leans toward brown or tan in my home.
We went to the a few stores to look at different color options and eventually selected various colors that we loved. We made a list of every room in the house that needed to be painted, how many colors we wanted to use for these spaces, and got to work. My husband and I threw all the paint chips on our table and just started doing a process of elimination. We would pick up 2 colors and decide which one we liked the best. The winner of that one would go up against another color. It took us a few hours but we ended up with a color palette we love. We picked all colors from Sherwin Williams because we know the color lasts and we know that they will all have a similar finish. Do your own research to decide which type of paint will work best for your needs.
What color palette did we choose? Here they are!
All of the colors above are balanced out with a lot of white trim and bright white ceilings.
5 Tips to remember when picking your home color palette
- Figure out the layout of your home and which rooms are visible to other rooms. It helps to see how many colors you can see from each vantage point in your home to make sure all of the colors “go” together. The Jay Blue color is used in my office! If the door is closed, no one will see it but when I am working in my office, I just LOVE the bright, cheery color! White and silver decor really pop off this color!
- Determine if you like warmer or cooler colors. A warmer color would have more red undertones and a cooler color would have more blue undertones. Determining this will help you select and eliminate colors in the store when you are looking at color swatches. Gray, for example, has a lot of meanings and if you know what tone of gray you like you will have an easier time finding those colors.
- Pick colors with the same hue – Find a color you love and then go up or down on the color swatch or even 1 swatch over to find colors that compliment each other. This helps to really stay within the same family of color and make sure they will look great when together in a home. You can even take a color that you love and ask the store to mix it with white to get a lighter more muted version of the color. In the colors we chose, Krypton was painted on our walls in the kitchen and living room. Both of those rooms have sight lines to our foyer which is painted in Storm Cloud. Storm Cloud was just 2 colors up on the paint strip from Krypton. They both look so well together.
- Look up rooms online – One of the easiest ways to figure out if I liked a color was to look up the actual color name on Pinterest and find other rooms already painted. Seeing how the color looks in other rooms and what colors are placed in that room may really help you make decisions. The cooled blue color I fell in love with when a saw a room painted this color on pinterest. We painted one of our spare bedrooms this color. It really looks beautiful.
- Consider lighting and test the colors in your home – The lighting in the store will make the color look differently than it will in a dark room in your home or a room with a lot of natural light versus no windows. You can buy small mini samples of most colors in the store. Pick up a few and paint the samples in various places of your room to see how they look at various times of the day.
More pictures definitely to come of the rooms! I cant wait to show you once we get our furniture into them and decorated. To be honest, our contractors said that he painted Krypton in his home after he saw it in ours. It is definitely one of my go-to colors now. What are some of your favorite paint colors for your home? Please share as we have some more rooms to paint on the 2nd floor of the home, and I would love some new ideas from you!
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