In the way of construction we, at this point, may or may not have walls this week. (Read: no chance in hell we have walls this week.) Which I would like to blame on our heating guy who was supposed to show up tomorrow to fill our geo system with glycol, but probably won’t. Except the last I heard our interior geo pipes are leaking so it might be a good thing that they don’t show up for a few more days. It still pisses me off, but at least my head probably won’t explode into a shower of hate-colored confetti tomorrow when they aren’t here.
However, the fact that we might have walls in the next couple of weeks made me realize that at some point in the near future I will have to do something with them. Like paint, maybe.
And this is where the great interior design portion of my life begins. So far the only room in the entire house I can picture clearly is the mudroom, which we’re using some of this gorgeous old wood and a barn door as design elements in. Things get a little fuzzy after that.
So I decided it was high time I sat down and got at least a rough plan for some of the colors I’d like to use in the house. Because Memorial has a pretty open floor plan (I can see all the way into the master bath from the living room if I’m lined up just right) I wanted all of the colors to have some sense of continuity.
About the only thing I know regarding how we’re going to finish this place off, is that I want it to have natural colors– I think we’ll end up a little bit rustic, a little bit industrial, and all the way comfy, in the end. With that in mind I dug into Benjamin Moore’s* virtual paint swatches to pick out things that appealed to me.
After 27 swatches, I had to stop myself:
That was a bit of a marathon, so I’m not going to lie– I poured myself a big glass of red wine and got down to the business of culling these down to a more reasonable number.
Seventeen colors is reasonable, right?
They won’t all be colors on the walls– some may be accents, and some may just stay a twinkle in my little eye– but admittedly, it’s still a bit of a mish-mash. After a big glass of wine you start getting all sorts of good ideas… in this case that meant dropping swatches onto actual rooms in our floorplan.
I think we might go pretty consistenly with Early American stain on the wood floors, windows, and great-room ceiling. We used that color on the Station ceiling and it turned out pretty good. So this alcohol-induced idea was actually pretty good in that I started to see where I might want to run colors from one room to the next, or how I’d like them to compliment each other.
Some things I really started to like on here were:
- The bathroom colors in the first floorplan
- The use of the darker blue in the study and entrance of the first floorplan
- The way the great room, study, bathroom, and bedroom colors go together in the second floorplan
- The kitchen/mudroom colors in the second floorplan
I’m still not loving the master bedroom in either version, and I definitely haven’t figured out the right combo of things that should be the same color, and things that should be different– and regardless you know this will all change once there is actual paint going on actual walls, but it’s definitely helping me with the planning process now.
Are there any colors you guys are loving lately that might fit into my scheme? Any thoughts on good bedroom colors? I’m always up for good color advice.
*I’m not particular to Benjamin Moore paints or colors for any reason, but my absolute favorite paint store in town is John’s Color Concepts and they’re a Benjamin Moore shop so I figure starting with them will make my life easier in the long run.