Thursday, August 10, 2017

Choosing paint for our new home

When designing a room, we are advised to find an inspiration piece to work with. Maybe this piece will be sofa fabric, a rug, a piece of art, drapery fabric, or even a throw pillow. Paint comes last!   So how do you choose a paint for a new build?

In our case, the designer and I went about choosing paint with the future in mind. I did not want to move in and have to immediately repaint. I wanted paint colors I would use in my final design.

I had to create a vision of what I wanted our new home to look like. I would be using most of the furniture pieces from our current home. However, the upholstered pieces did need to be recovered, so we were not "stuck" with a color pallet from these pieces.

We decided to use the walls as "backdrops" for our rooms. We wanted to create a calm atmosphere using cool colors, with nothing "busy" or "fussy" in the background of our living spaces.

I had become intrigued with grays for the last few years, simply because I was tired of the browns that were so popular in this area. My former house was painted with brown tones, but although it was pretty, I never felt like it was my style.

We started searching through gray paint chips, and comparing them to some fabric I had chosen for the automated window shades that cover the back windows. We had a limited selection of shade fabric because of some wide windows where the fabric had to be railroaded. When we decided on the shade fabric, the paint choice came easily.

Our builder uses Sherwin-Williams paint, so we grabbed a paint deck and set to work. 

Using SW coordinating colors to help us bring various degrees of color into the space, we chose Lazy Gray (SW 6254) for the walls in our kitchen, great room, and breakfast room. Moving lighter, we used Olympus White (SW 6253) for the cabinets. Our center island was painted with Serious Gray (SW 6256).

We carried these paint chips everywhere we went. A major find was the stunning quartz countertops that work well with the grays in our kitchen. Another was stunning, yet simplistic subway tiles that seem to match the grey cabinets perfectly.

With a "backdrop" of neutral paint, it was easy to add decorative elements that brought the gray into the room.

Our master bedroom, with beautiful mahogany furniture patterned after the furnishings of homes on the charming River Road that meanders along the great Mississippi simply needed a classic matelasse coverlet and shams to cover the bed.

When we add art pieces and more pillows, etc. there will be more color, but still a serene space where we can rest and relax. And the gray paint allowed us the freedom to create these peaceful spaces.

MySouthernHome2014 video

We used special colors in the powder room, plus the formal areas at the front door. Everywhere else we used our signature grays.

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