It’s been several years since we’ve updated the paint in our home. When we first bought this house, every surface was covered in wallpaper and that cornflower blue that was so popular in the 80’s. The previous owner LOVED geese and there was a country goose border that marched around the entire living room. I thought we would never get it all stripped. We put several coats of white paint on the wainscot and painted the upper walls a rich latte. I loved the warm color of the walls and it was neutral enough that it went with everything, even seasonal decor.
But lately, things have been feeling a little worn and tired. Thanks to the million and one ideas on Pinterest, I’ve been looking to do a little interior face-lift. I knew that I wanted a whole new color scheme, but it had to be one that would be neutral enough to work with the seasonal colors that I love, yet not so neutral that it would be boring or cold.
The great thing about living in this age of the internet and vast amounts of easily accessible information is that it’s easier than ever to pick new colors for your home. Pinterest is an amazing tool that I’m constantly using to find trends in decor, great recipes, new hair ideas, and an enormous amount of funny memes to fit every situation. And now, it’s my favorite go-to place for home colors.
I started out by doing a general search on Pinterest for “color schemes“. There are so many to choose from and it’s a great way to see what colors other people are putting together. I pinned a few colors that I liked and went back to my search bar and entered just the name of the colors I had pinned.
The first color I thought might be a good one for our home was Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. By entering “Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams” in my Pinterest search, I was able to pull up a large number of images where that particular color had been used. Which is great because you get to see it in different light and in all types of rooms.
Using this method, I settled on a list of colors I wanted to try. We have a great paint place here and Ron the paint guy will mix a sample of paint for $5. I highly suggest you put out the money and buy the samples. So much better than those small cards from the paint counter. Ken picked up our color samples and then used some scrap wood to make me some color chips that were about 6″ x 12″. You could even use those nice big sheets of foam board from the Dollar Store. Just make sure that you put a couple of coats of paint on them to get good coverage.
And here is the fun part. Take those jumbo paint chips and place them in the room you’re thinking of painting. See how they look at different times of day and in different areas of the room. Live with them for a few days. What if you end up hating the color? Well, then you’re only out the cost of a latte and not $35 for a useless can of paint!
Sea Salt turned out to be exactly the color I was looking for and will be using in our entry and bathroom. We decided to go with a satin finish for both our ceiling/trim and the walls. I’ll cover paint finishes in a future post, but for now I’ll just say that I wanted a nice velvety feel that was durable and washable and we get that with the satin finish.
Paint is such an easy way to change the look of a room and one that can be an inexpensive fix. DIY home painting doesn’t have to be intimidating. Watch for posts on how we’re transforming our home with some great paint in the coming months. I can just feel our house get happier with every brush stroke!