The magical wonders of paint

I give up. I accept that I’ll likely never know why WordPress ate the photos in so many of my 2015 blog posts – but, pressing onward bravely, I’m going to share a house update!

Brown is my favorite color – really everything neutral and earthy is calming to me. Blue was my favorite in the 80s and and I must have overloaded, because my home and my wardrobe went earthy neutrals in the mid/late 90s and I’ve never looked back. 

Brown has been the dominant color in our house:


That said, I was super tired of e-v-e-r-y room in our house being brown. And bugged that in certain light, the brown looked green. (See photo above.) Every room’s color was on the same Sherwin Williams paint swatch – Kilim Beige, Hopsack, Steady Brown… This time, I wanted something a little more “fresh” that would tone down the orange of our maple cabinets in the kitchen, so no green.

Oh, you thought I was going to turn the world on it’s end? No, sweet friends. That would be cuckoo.  <wink>  I just wanted to throw in some greige. This “inspiration” color combo above is awesome, but my research (and testing) confirmed a hint of green in the Revere Pewter, so I went with it’s kissing cousin of colors – Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray. You couldn’t tell them apart unless you are someone who is ridiculous enough to watch YouTube reviews from decorators discussing paint undertones. (And that would be me.) 

Colonnade Gray is actually gray and it’s a pretty saturated color – not really “greige” or “light” like say Benjamin Moore Edgecombe Gray. (My friend Dawn just painted her whole interior Edgecombe Gray and it is stunning!) Anyway, Colonnade Gray is  definitely a warm gray as you see in the kitchen photos below – but sometimes it skews tan depending on the lighting in the room and time of day – as you can see in our entry, above. 

We touched up the trim with Sherwin Williams Extra White and I’m super happy with that contrast!


I’ve got some black here and there in furniture, a little decor, frames, stair railings, etc. and I am liking how it all comes together so differently with the relatively simple change of our wall color. 

Up next, I’ll share some of my recent gardening exploits. 

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