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My husband and I have been married for eight years now, and have lived in three different homes together. Throughout these past eight years, we have tackled countless painting projects, and that sometimes lengthy process of picking colors.
While living in this house, I have purposed to pick colors that flow well together and compliment each other from room to room.
This isn’t necessarily a new concept, by any means, but we are approaching it differently than we had been in the past.
For example, if you are choosing a color for a room that has more than one doorway leading into another room, invest in the sample size paint, and paint around each doorway to make sure that you are going to like that rooms’ new paint color with the existing paint colors in your home.
If there was one, number one rule, that I had to pick myself for painting projects, this would be it. Before you commit to an entire gallon or more of paint, be absolutely certain that it’s your new favorite color for whatever room you are painting.
Go ahead and buy that tester. If spending three to seven dollars keeps you from making a thirty to sixty dollar mistake, (and countless hours of time wasted) then by all means, do it.
I have done so with (almost) every room in this house, and I am so glad I did.
If you really just aren’t sure about a color, then leave a decent amount of it on your walls for about a week before making the decision.
In our house, though, you can usually go with your gut instinct.
See how the light affects the color throughout the day, and then decide.
Recently, as in last week, I painted our living room.
When we first moved into our new house, every single room had been freshly painted in either tan or pale yellow paint.
The thought of moving into something that was basically a clean slate was very exciting for us, and I was so grateful that the person who had flipped our house, had taken the time to paint in neutral colors.
Fast forward two years.
I am still grateful for the nearly-neutral paint colors, but I need something to break up all the yellow.
Yellow is actually one of my favorite colors, especially for interior paint, but one can only handle so much yellow.
The process of picking out a paint color took a while. Some free time on Pinterest, some paint swatches, and ultimately some advice from the local hardware store owner, led us to the perfect color for our living room.
I knew we wanted something warm and cozy, because that’s what living rooms should be!
This was also my third time using Benjamin Moore paint.
Usually I go with Glidden, because the price is great and unlike so many other people, I really, and I mean really, do not prefer to use Behr paint.
I just don’t enjoy it for whatever reason, and yes, I have used it multiple times. At least five or more to be precise.
I wanted something durable (because, toddlers) and something that would have a beautiful finish to it, as there is not a lot of natural light in this room.
There aren’t too many rooms in the home where you are given the opportunity to stare at the walls for long periods of time, not like the living room.
Side note… I don’t spend too much time doing that, but enjoying interior design, does result in me staring at walls from time to time.
The first two times using Benjamin Moore left such an impression on me, making it easy to decide to go with this more expensive choice.
Agree or disagree, you get what you pay for with paint.
Benjamin Moore has a superior quality to it, and you can absolutely tell the difference once it’s on the wall.
Honestly, I probably won’t spend another dollar on anything but this brand from now on.
There’s also the fact that buying Benjamin Moore paint supports local business, something that is personally important to me.
To wrap things up, here are some before and after pictures for you to enjoy, and there may be some more in the future as we are still working on various projects around this house, some involving the living room.
As always, thanks for reading, and happy painting from HBK!
Read Part 2 here.