As I’ve said before, our house needed (and still needs) quite a bit of work. The previous owners had neglected it for years. Cosmetically, it was still stuck in the 90’s. Dark paint everywhere. Where there wasn’t A) maroon/burgundy, B) hunter green or C) Pepto Bismol pink, there was faux painting and a variety of wallpaper borders. Usually a horrid combination. And don’t even get me started on the trim throughout the whole house. I’ve never seen so much dark wood trim, and not the charming vintage kind, in my life.
We knew that out of everything we could do, painting all of the rooms would make the biggest difference. I was so excited, and quite honestly overwhelmed, to pick out paint colors for an entire house. After a lot of thought, second guessing myself and, of course, Pinterest-ing, I finally decided on this color scheme for our home’s interior.
All of the colors are Benjamin Moore, except for Urbane Bronze and Sea Salt, which are Sherwin Williams.
I really wanted all of the colors to be calming and neutral, yet still interesting. Most importantly, I didn’t want them to clash and seem overwhelming. Young House Love did a very helpful post on how to create a cohesive whole house color palette, and I caught myself referring back to it a lot while I was sifting through the piles of paint swatches that temporarily took over my life. I also drew inspiration from the foyer in their current home and their second house.
As I said, Pinterest was a wonderful resource as well. Here are a few of my favorite room color inspirations.
To help make all of the colors pop, we decided to go with bright white for the trim. To keep things from being too light and neutral, I wanted to use the doors leading into the rooms for a bit of contrast and interest. Enter Urbane Bronze. A few years ago, I saw this post from Liz Marie Blog. That’s when I fell in love with this color. Its not a dull or muddy brown, yet its warmer and richer than a gray. I felt like it would be the perfect color to use on our doors. Here’s a few more of my favorite Pinterest finds to back me up.
Considering that 1,800 square feel of walls and trim required painting, and we have a rambunctious toddler in the house, we are still trying to knock out painting bit by bit. I’ve learned that this house is a process and to try to enjoy it as we go along. I’m hoping to be able to show y’all the before before pictures of our house soon. They are pretty shocking!
What kind of paint scheme do you prefer in your house? I’d love to hear from you!