And the Paint Color Winners Are…

retro curtainsThe votes are in! My hearty thanks to all of you who chimed in with your preferences and useful advice, to boot. With your help, I now have a sense of direction. As many of you cautioned, I’ll likely have to review this once the new walls are up and the old ones are down, especially because the living room/dining room color vote resulted in a tie. Yes, the top vote was split between 1A Huntington Beige and  2C Richmond Gold. Interestingly, both go with the retro dining room curtains that are currently hanging.

I  think the warmer tones will work well. Though it’s ironic that I was daring to go beyond beige and that’s what you guys brought me back to. Look for a final runoff in about two months.

In the kitchen, Audubon Russet (A), my least favorite of the trio, was the winner, but Yellow Marigold (C)was not far behind. I’ll repost once the kitchen is done because I think once you have a sense of the design and our color choices for the cabinet and such you will understand that Russet will make things way too bland even for me. (I hope!)

Up to the master bedroom and en suite bath, I’m excited about the deep Grape Juice and will let you know if that changes once the bathroom actually exists. Pilgrim Haze, Bed 1, was the winner if only because many of you didn’t want to subject my husband to life with the lovely shade named Lavender Lipstick. I agree with the many of you who suggested Pilgrim Haze was most likely to work best for the long-term (i.e. even after we get rid of the bedspread).

I was shocked when I saw the color strip with Pilgrim Haze at my local Benjamin Moore store, a place I’d surely be mayor of now if I played on FourSquare. It looked so gray! But the large sample on my wall has strong blue tones. It was a great reminder of the importance of light and place when evaluating wall colors. Which is while I’ll runs this all by you again once the new walls are in place and we’re getting ready to paint.

Thanks again!

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Disclosure: Benjamin Moore is providing me with paint for all of  the rooms of our house in exchange for me sharing my insights and experiences on the journey to painted walls. I’ve made at least four trips to my local Benjamin Moore local store in the last two weeks, garnering helpful advice and buying supplies on just about every trip.

7 Responses to And the Paint Color Winners Are…
  1. tracey - justanothermommy
    September 26, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Nice choices, Kim. I love the kitchen colors. All of them would work well, but I think the yellow will brighten things up best. And it’s such a small space of wall to be painted, that it won’t be all IN YOUR FACE IMMA YELLOW.

    • admin
      September 27, 2011 | 11:27 am

      That’s what I’m hoping for. I’ll put this out there again once the cabinets and counter top are in–or at least I can share pictures of them.

  2. Jill in Atlanta
    September 26, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Glad you didn’t make the mistake of sending kids to pick the color like I did on Saturday!

  3. Kristina
    September 27, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    Love the colors. I say go with Richmond Gold … and those curtains are FABULOUS! Did you post on where you found them? Did I miss that one? I love textiles. Love the kitchens colors too. My favorites is C, then B, then A. But I love color. I have a bright orange bathroom and robin’s egg blue on walls so I would vote no beige. Love the grape. And I love grayish-blues. Lighting makes all the difference. You are also smart to use Benjamin Moore paints. We’ve used paints from all the stores, including Home Depot and Lowes. In terms of quality and durability, Ben. Moore wins hands down.

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  5. Susan Bearman
    October 16, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Picking colors. That’s one of my favorite things. Do you know about Benjamin Moore’s Personal Color Viewer? ( It’s now online — you used to have to install the program on your computer. This was the best thing ever for picking colors for the outside of our house and deciding where to put accent colors.

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