Friday, February 1, 2019

It's a House of a Different Color


I love the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and friends step into the Emerald City. I love the song when they all are getting spiffied up and I love seeing the white horse that pulls the carriage change colors (the horse not the carriage!). I also love the part with SURRENDER DOROTHY!

Today's post isn't about a horse of a different color but a house of a different color - specifically the walls inside the house.


As you know, my husband and I have been looking at houses online (soon to be in person) and I am amazed at the paint choices that some people choose to go on their walls.

I have seen some very colorful combinations and I just shake my head.  I am happy that they are happy with those particular color choices but I just can't see it for me.

One house in particular had cherrywood cabinets in the kitchen and then bright red kitchen walls and orange walls in the adjoining room.  I wonder if they were trying for a sunset affect?

Another house had different bright colors in each of the bedrooms - bright green, bright pink, bright yellow etc.  I think I'd have a headache with that much bright!

I was thinking about what color I would paint the walls of my dream house. I think I would choose a soft neutral (like a coffee with milk color) and then an off white for baseboards etc.  That's pretty much what we have now - they are a very calming colors.  Our home in Northern NJ had white walls with a blueberry blue baseboards.  The floors were all hardwood.  The fronts of the steps going upstairs were painted with alternating white step and then blueberry blue step.  Loved the way that looked!

I really love neutrals on the wall and then adding color with draperies, pillows, and home decor.

What color(s) would you paint your dream house walls?

20 comments:

  1. Hi Gina!

    Well, you saw my post, I will soon be making a few changes to the colors in my home. The blue that I posted isn't anywhere near the color I actually chose...you can never tell online, right?! I really don't like red kitchens, and orange would not be my color preference, but the good news is you can change the colors, especially if you love the bones of the house, have them give you a paint allowance. I love the idea of blueberry baseboards and steps, very nautical! Whatever you choose will be lovely, you will put your very own wonderful touches in your new home and it will be perfect!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, blue is such a calming color. I like red touches in the kitchen but a red kitchen just isn't me.

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  2. My favorite color for walls is Lenox Tan by Benjamin Moore. I have it in this house and also had it in our previous home. It is a good background color so if you change accessories/furniture you do not have to repaint. I have Nantucket Gray in my guest room and Wedgewood Blue in our bedroom. It is a light aqua however. When I think of Wedgewood I think of a dark blue. When I was young I liked the brighter colors but now I have come to love neutrals.

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    1. Arlene, I think you can do more with neutrals and then splash color with decor!

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  3. I'm with you, Gina. I love neutral colors or very soft colors...nothing bright or exceedingly dark. I know whatever you choose will be very nice, Gina. You have such good taste.

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  4. we used montgomery white which is really a pale yellow (cheery but not loud or bright) and wedgewood grey which was more a muted blue green, quite lovely and calm. My Dad paints houses for a living so he did our condo + helped advise us. He lives in MI so NJ is not where he works, he's just really kind and he and my Mom came out and helped us move, it was a huge wonderful help and a lot of happy memories! I have been often astounded by other's colour choices as well, I am with you on wanting calm colours!!!

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    1. Elizabeth, hooray for your mom & dad! My husband has painted different rooms in our homes but I think we are going to have to hire someone to paint if we buy a house.

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  5. It's all part of the fun with buying or building a new house... picking out the wall colors, flooring, etc..
    Very excited for you to go house hunting.
    Good luck on the new house hunt; hope you find the perfect house for you.

    We've generally had softer colors in our house, more neutral, and it makes it easier for me to decorate not having to compete with bold or bright colors. Plus it's easier for me to pick out new furniture as well. Also, I think if I were to have bold or brash colors on the wall, in short time my tastes would change.

    Have a great weekend.
    ~K.

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    1. Kerin, I'm pretty boring I think. My tastes haven't changed much as far as colors go. I do think that light color walls make the rooms look bigger.

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  6. We don't and won't paint. When we had this house built, we opted for knotty pine tongue and groove boards for the walls and ceilings and cedar on the walls of the master bedroom. The floors are all hardwood. I look forward to seeing what you pick!

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    1. Robin, sounds rustic and beautiful! I'd love to see a picture!

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  7. I'm with you. I'm a big color girl but I like walls to be able to be versatile so they can take whatever art or accessories I might choose. Maybe an accent wall in the right spot can be bold, but you have to remember that you'll be living with it and I don't know about you, but I can get a little fickle!

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    1. Jeanie, I hadn't thought about an accent wall with color. I could imagine a pastel perhaps.

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  8. I rather love white walls just because there is so much colour in all the pretties that sit in my home. I find white to be a perfect backdrop for all the happy colour that abounds. Boring, I know but there you go. Somehow in my home, white walls and ceiling are soothing and peaceful.

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    1. Kim, I am with you! Plus I think white makes the rooms look bigger. Dark colors make the room feel very small to me. ♥

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  9. I do love soft neutral colors myself so that I can add any accents of any color depending on the time of year to go with it. I do have a green color in my kraft room that I colored when we moved here. My daughter wanted yellow in her room so that is still in there even though she has been moved out for the past 10 years.

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    1. Connie, when we first moved into our first home in NJ, one of the walls in a small room (we had our piano in there) was a light blue. Even after we repainted it white, we still referred to it as the blue room.

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  10. I have neutral walls, too, Gina, and haven't gotten tired of them yet. The color is Coastal Fog, which is a very subdued khaki color. My sewing room and guest rooms are colors, though (aqua, yellow, and blue).

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    1. Kitty, I like the name Coastal Fog. It reminds me of living in Northern California. &hearts:

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