Nesting Place Paint Colors & A Linky For Your Paint Colors

One of the most common questions I get asked are about my paint colors.  And while I am very open with giving out any and all colors~I’ve mentioned them all multiple times, I’m not very organized about it.  So, I thought I’d list them all here in one spot.  I know how obsessed I get over choosing the right color for each room. It’s such a pain to waste money and time picking wrong colors.  But sometimes, picking the wrong colors is the best way to find the right color.

foyer: Sherwin Williams Rice Grain, see how it looks with the office colors and here on the far left you can see the sitting room color, they all work well together

Layla helped me with the jumping off point for color.  She recommended Sherwin Williams Rice Grain.  I tried it in my family room and it looked minty green, but here in the foyer, I love it.  You can read more about how I decided to paint my rental and see the color in Layla’s house here. And if you are wondering, here’s a post about the art of elimination, and how I actually decided on the right paint colors for my house.

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

You can see a small wall of this blue gray in the photo of the foyer up there.  This room is supposedly the dining room.  It has picture frame molding under the chair rail so the color is only on the top half and even then it really only has one full wall and then a wall with a window, a tiny wall up against the open foyer and a small wall to the open stair case.  So even though we are renting, I felt ok painting it a non neutral color because I can paint over it in about an hour if I ever need to.  My sister used Oyster Bay {oh and this is the post where I talk about my beloved Tobacco Road that won’t work in our current home} in her home years ago and I loved the color but wanted it a little lighter so I just went one color up on the paint card.  A small room is a great choice to add a little color.

Behr Village Square

In my office, since the bottom was white board and batten, I wanted something darker for the top.  I knew I wanted greens and blues in our house so going with a darkish/khaki/brown/hint of green undertone was a nice choice for a dark neutral.

Favorite Tan

Our family room is Sherwin Williams Favorite Tan, two shades darker than the foyer.  But the color changes depending on the weather and time of day…

And just to make things complicated, our stairwell is Sherwin Williams Ramie. It’s the color in between Rice Grain {our foyer} and Favorite Tan {family room}.  My husband rigged up all of our neighbors ladders and extra wood and small children so he could paint it himself.

Benjamin Moore Simply White {Walls} Sherwin Williams Favorite Tan {sideboard/hutch}

I also painted our kitchen and breakfast area Benjamin Moore Simply White 2140-70 {color matched}.  Believe it or not, this was the color I agonized over the most. I wanted a true white, not something with a hint of yellow or blue or pink.  I did lots of online research googling words like “the perfect white paint” and searching blogs who specialize in pretty white walls.  Most people wouldn’t even notice that I painted this part of the house.  The before paint was “white” to the average person, but to me it was pink, see that arrow up there, I still need to finish painting but, you can see the colors side by side.

For the sideboard and our table, one day I just got fed up with worrying about what color to paint my furniture so I grabbed the leftover, eggshell wall paint from our family room and painted some furniture with it.  I let it dry and then mixed up some leftover Comfort gray with some turquoise craft paint to get a pretty blue for the edges of the hutch.  Then, to seal the table top, I followed Mandie’s advice in her ebook.  It was fast, inexpensive, we use the table every day and it’s holding up perfectly.  And I don’t even have perfect as a goal, good enough would have been fine, but the table top still looks like the day I painted it.  Here’s more information about how I painted my furniture and the ebook.

Halcyon Green

Another color you will see in my home is Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green.  I bought a can and used it for my armiore, shutters and even this dresser.  Ideally, I’d like my pieces to all be a little different version of this color {which is basically a dirty robin’s egg blue, it doesn’t seem green to me at all}.  Sometimes I’ll mix in a little of another color if I’m painting a frame or something small, just to give it a slightly different hue so things are so matchy matchy.  Need more photos of painted pieces I love?

Ready for an update?  We repainted our family room::

Simply White

 

So here are all my downstairs wall colors together::

rice grain, ramie, favorite tan

comfort gray, simply white, village square

And here’s the color of some of my painted furniture Halcyon Green.


Our bedroom is Martha Stewart Flagstone which is a lovely gray.  Our room gets a ton of light in the morning, so I wanted to go a little dark.

Painting Tips

Everyone’s computer monitor is different, the color I see on my screen is not the same as what you see on yours which is probably not the same as what the paint looks like on my wall which is probably not the same as what the paint will look like on YOUR wall.

However, I do think there is value in looking at paint colors online.  It gives you a starting point.  Once you find some colors you like, do a google image search.  For example, if you think you like Comfort Gray, search “Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray” and then on the right side, click on google images.

Oh, look, two of those images are from my house, that is helpful too because you can see the exact same paint in the exact same room in different times of day {the top image third from the left and bottom row, second from the left are both the same wall in my house}.  Be sure to search any color you are considering so you can see how it looks in different houses.

Once you settle on a few choices, get a sample of the color.  Even if it means you have to buy a quart, this is less expensive in the long run than buying a few gallons that don’t work out.  Paint the color on some poster board and use painters tape rolled on the back, or a few tacks to attach it to the wall.  You can move the poster board around to different parts of the room.  Or, if you are like me, just paint patches on the wall being sure not to put the paint on to thick so people will forever see where you tested.

I think this is a great time for a linky, because I know how desperate I was to see photos of paint colors from people I trusted when I was making paint decisions.  If you have a post about your paint colors, feel free to link up.  I’ll leave the linky open for a week if you want to work up a post.



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Comments

  1. What a beautiful home you’ve made!! I’m absolutely green with envy…..wish you could come to Australia and makeover my house for me. Where do you get all those gorgeous plates you have hanging on your wall??

  2. I just love seeing your home and the colors are absolutely wonderful. I am in the middle of redecorating our master bedroom and using tan/blue/off white/dr brown. Walls are my stump… we live in an old farmhouse and all the mouldings are a golden oak. Would you go neutral on the walls or a blue/gray? I know the white trim makes the walls pop.. not so sure how the blue against the oak trim will look. Any suggestions? Stumped in Oklahoma….

  3. LOVE all of your paint colors! If you were going to introduce green into your color scheme, do you have a suggestion of what that would be? Thanks!

  4. We are redoing our dining room. We can’t afford to change most
    things in attached kitchen so the colors have alot of pink on corian
    counters and med color oak cabinets. What colors could I use in dining room
    to look cohesive. My living room is a yellow leading to dining room.

  5. Hi, where did you get your glass coffee tabe?
    Thank you

  6. wonderful color inspiration! thanks for sharing all the details

  7. Oh I just LOVE the colors you chose, you definitely have ‘the eye’ for decorating, I seriously love each of your rooms, and the photo collages, swoon!

  8. I love how all these colours are so warm and versatile to decorate with, you did a great job creating a unified colour palette. Where did you get all the furniture (table and dresser) in the first picture? I like how structured they are.

  9. I have been stalking your blog for a large amount of time so far today. Can I say that I find great comfort in the fact you said sometimes in picking the wrong color you find the right one. Because I have been in my home not even a whole three years of marriage and I think I am ready to paint my walls again. Some will be getting their third coat! Oh my! But I am dreaming of white like you have been and I think you were the inspiration that is going to get these walls painted in the next two months before the holidays come!!! Yikes! Wish me luck! heart you! xo

  10. Nester,
    Love all these colors and have to pin them! Have you talked about bathrooms and colors? We have to redo our master b/c of leaking shower issues which means new tile which means prob. new paint. I have a pretty lavender in there now but wonder if I need a change. Need some inspiration from a DIY expert since all our funds are going to the demo/tile!

  11. What did you paint your base boards, particularly in the rooms where you have white walls? I am about to be painting my walls, and I am stressing about the base boards. Should I paint them the same color white as I am painting the walls?

  12. I would love to know what paint color the armoir in your office is…that beautiful light blue color.
    Thx!

  13. What color is your island table in your kitchen? I love that blue color and am dying to know!

  14. I’m in the process of painting our ceilings and wondering if you and others may have an opinion on ceiling white colors. The one I’m painting now seems too white. Looking for ideas. Thanks! Julie

  15. Amanda Evans says:

    What color are your baseboards and trim? I have to repaint all mine and I don’t know what white to use. Like you I don’t want pink or yellow. My current trim color is a creamy white that reads yellow= dirty.

  16. Leslie Perez says:

    Dear nester, you have inspired me to repaint my tired, old hunter green hutch! seeing yours makes not want to look at mine another day! i appreciate you taking the time to share your colors. You are sweetheart for doing that! I bought Favorite Tan and Village Square- on one page you mentioned the hutch being Favorite Tan and another Village Square….did you mix them?
    This is from another post on your blog….. ” I just grabbed my left over paint from my family room. Walls. Gasp. Did you get that? I used Satin/Eggshell left over wall paint for my furniture. The color is Village Square a BEHR color from Home Depot. ”

    Thank you so much for any clarification…you rock! Also you are the first blog I’ve ever followed.

  17. Hi – Love the photos of your home. And your paint colors are beautiful.

    My wife and I have been painting – a lot! And we’ve fallen in love with Sherwin-Williams. The colors and quality of their paint is excellent.

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  24. Can you tell me where you found your “blue and white” floral rug that I saw in your first picture by the sideboard and white table…please?

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