1 year ago my husband and I set out to paint our family room and kitchen after living in our home for 6 years. Yes, it took soo much time partly because we purchased a new home and they told us we should not paint for at least 1 year because of nail pops. Secondly, because we had high ceilings and did not want to get hurt so we had it done professionally and that is not cheap!! But well worth the $$! We listened alright, and put it off and off…well you get the point. So, 6 years later we went for it,we finally decide to paint. Now, before I get into the story and post pictures I have to tell you that 3 months after we painted we had to move:( So, if I had any advice, paint sooner than later because you just never know.
1. Find inspiration from existing items and friends!
First, we started with a blank canvas, our Family Room/Kitchen. Since, I really liked my curtains that I purchased from JcPenney when we first moved in I wanted to pick colors that coordinated with that and our existing furniture. I wanted to go with at least one bold color since our furniture was beige and I wanted step outside of my beige box. One of the first things I did was contact my interior designer bestie Shawna over at Red Door DC for some ideas and inspiration! Then I went to Houzz.com, which has tons and tons of ideas!
2. Use online tools!
My number 1 pick for all things design is Houzz.com!
I browsed many of their family room pictures and created an ideabook for the 2 that inspired me the most. They have thousands of pictures for every room you can think of and more! I think you will see with the finished product that I was not too far off.
3. Choose your paint & Actually test it out!
We chose our paint from our favorite Sherwin Williams! Sherwin Williams not only has great paint, they have great online tools and pamphlets in the store to guide you as you try to pair colors together. As you can see below I spared no expense to make sure I got the right colors for the rooms. I had about 6 pints of test paint, but I just wanted to make sure we were getting it right because once it was done, there was no turning back.
4. Choose your colors and start painting!
This is the fun part, to be able to see the room tranform in front of your eyes. I couldn’t get great shots of the finished product but here are the best shots I could get.
So, what do you think? I was very happy with the way everything turned out even though it took weeks of contemplating colors before we actually decided on what to use. I was going for a warm feel and an accent wall that stood out with a pop of color and I think we captured just that!
Have you used any of these tips to help in choosing your paint colors??
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