How’s the week treating you? I think I struck a chord on Instagram when I posted a photo of our clean house . . .lamenting how it would only stay clean for 20 minutes. Isn’t that the truth. I know that when my children are grown and gone I will long for the days of messes, but let’s be honest, shall well? Every woman dreams of having a clean home for a full 24 hours. Not gonna happen, my friends. Not over here at least! As of late, I have vowed to actually stay home and get some work done both with the blog and around the house. I find that if I actually force myself to stay home while the kids are in school for a couple of days, rather than running around town, I actually accomplish quite a bit and feel like I have pushed the reset button. Do you ever just hunker down and take part in some forced productivity!? One of the most frequently asked questions by sweet readers is about my paint colors. I know that I have a post buried somewhere on the blog on this, but I thought putting together a graphic on this topic could be very helpful. And below you can read a bit about my thoughts on each color. We all know how tricky and painful picking out paint colors can be. The above covers all of the paint colors we have used. The trim work is all done in Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards. If you would like to see larger photos of our spaces, you can check out our home tour here. Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore: What rooms is it in? master bedroom, master bathroom, children’s bathroom What do I think of this color? I am head over heels in love with this paint color. No joke. It’s the softest of grays without any random undertones. It looks beautiful with moldings and is a fresh and pretty color. I have used it throughout a client’s home and they love it as well. Highly recommend this color no matter what type of light you have. Cochise by Dunn Edwards What rooms is it in? playroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, hallways and stairs What do I think of this color? This color has been wonderful in our home because it looks good with any other color. It also is very warm and inviting. I get asked about our main living areas all the time. It is definitely a taupe not a gray. It has yellow and green undertones but does not appear to in our home because we get a huge amount of natural light. If your home does not receive good natural light, I would not recommend this color. Clear Moon by Behr What rooms is it in? both children’s bedrooms What do I think of this color? I LOVE this white. It is warm and beautiful and just that, white. It has blended well with all of our trim work and is a great blank canvas. I would paint any room this color. Highly recommend. Tangerine Dream by Behr What room is it in? daughter’s ceiling What do I think of this color? It went on much to dark so I added Clear Moon to it until I liked the color. Unfortunately, I do not have the exact formula. On it’s own it looked like the Home Depot orange apron. I adore the color it is now, but it definitely needed to be toned down with white. Swiss Coffee by Dunn Edwards What room is it in? on all baseboards, crown molding and wainscoting throughout the house What do I think of this color? I recommend this color for any millwork or trim because it really is a soft, pretty white. It is not a stark white so it will miss the mark if you are looking for that. I have really loved that way it has looked in all of our rooms and would use it again. I really hope this has been helpful. I will update this whenever we decide to repaint or introduce a new color in the home. Paint can be so tricky. But take this all with a grain of salt. All paint should be test on each wall of the room you plan to use it in. You should live with it on those walls for a good 48 hours. Paint will read differently at night versus morning as well as sunny versus cloudy days. That is one of the reasons I love Pale Oak so much. It looks good all the time!
Barbara M says
I am ready for a new paint color for my living-dining area and I think I'll get a sample of Pale Oak to try. I'll have to look around for a trim paint because I don't think Dunn Edwards paint is sold here in Florida. Thanks for the inspiration to stay home and get things done!
Michele @ The Joyful Home says
First off- I can totally relate to never having a clean house. And I'm not sure that I will actually miss the mess when my kids are gone 🙂 Today, I'm hunkering down and getting actual home stuff done instead of errands- and I love it! Thanks for sharing your paint colors- very helpful!
Claire Brody says
I don't even have kids and our apartment has been quite disastrous lately. Not a good sign 😉 Love your paint colors. So warm and cozy.
Erin Fairchild says
What beautiful paint colors! Thank you for sharing!
Her Heartland Soul
This hits home for me with the paint colors. I have been struggling with finding the perfect soft soothing peaceful lavendar for our master bedrrom. I have about 30 samples on the wall and it's looking too much like a "princess" room. I want an adult lavender. We are using Pale Oak in our master bathroom. That is such a beautiful color. Your paints colors are gorgeous in your home Courtney and you came up with the perfect color for your daughter's room.
Simply LKJ says
I have been thinking of using pale oak somewhere. And, my youngest's duplex she is living in at BU is painted with Swiss Coffee. It is a very soothing neutral color.
Linda Darling says
Pale Oak is such a beautiful color. I had seen the advertisements from BM that it was a favorite of designer Candice Olson but wasn't sure how it would work for me. We recently used this color in our living room and I just love it. It is somewhere between a gray and a beige and provides lots of contrast with my white furniture pieces without looking dark in a living room that gets low sunlight. I just adore the color and plan to use it in several other rooms in my house!
What is the name of your wallpaper in your bedroom? I love it!